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Old 04-29-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Garage Door Size for Airstream

Hi,

I am designing a new garage that will attach to our home.
I'd like to be able to put our 69 Caravel in it.
I'm trying to gauge what size the door should be.
It is either 9' or 10'.... hard to measure.
Has anyone ever done this? If so, what size of door do you have.
I am hoping it is 9'....as I think a 10' door would look to industrial.

thanks in advance,

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Old 04-29-2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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I think you'll be looking at 11' for clearance... with roof top air most Airstreams are around 10'6"...
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My feeling is as large an opening as you can make.

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Hi,

I am designing a new garage that will attach to our home.
I'd like to be able to put our 69 Caravel in it.
I'm trying to gauge what size the door should be.
It is either 9' or 10'.... hard to measure.
Has anyone ever done this? If so, what size of door do you have.
I am hoping it is 9'....as I think a 10' door would look to industrial.

thanks in advance,

Julison
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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I'm an engineer, not an architect, so take this for what it's worth, which may be nothing…

If it was up to me, I'd make the door opening two feet wider than the trailer at a minimum, and one foot taller than the highest fixed point of the trailer, so you have a full foot of clearance all around. Inside, I'd make the length and width of the garage at least eight feet longer and wider than the trailer, to give you a full four feet of clearance all around when the trailer's parked, to provide maintenance space. More on one side if you're going to have a workbench or storage cabinets inside the garage. You don't want to have to pull the trailer out to give yourself enough elbow room every time you do maintenance on it, and four feet all around gives plenty of working space even if the work involves lying on a roll-around creeper to get underneath.

And I'd put all of the garage lights around the perimeter of the garage, not in the center, since shining a light directly on top of the trailer puts the sides and ends in the trailer's shadow, and that's a waste of light. Fluorescent fixtures, high on the walls instead of on the ceiling, would be good, so the lights shine on the trailer, but above your head so when you're working you're not blocking your own light, either.

And I'd add a sewer line outside, with an above-ground cleanout plug right next to an exterior door, so that it's within easy reach of the parked trailer, for when you have to work on your trailer's plumbing system.

And in a perfect world, I'd make the driveway long enough that you can fit the entire tow vehicle and trailer in a straight line between the street and the closed garage door.

But then again, being an engineer and not an architect, I'd probably make it functional but ugly; that's how engineers usually do things.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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Mine requires a little over 10' - not sure exactly, but about 10'4" ...

But my axles are original, so probalby sag a bit ... what if I replaced them? It'd probably get taller. And if I were to add better-ground-clearance-axles for better off-roading, then what? If I were doing it, I'd make it somewhat oversized so you can get that "new" trailer of tomorrow in there, not just the one you own today, even if it were to look a little "industrial."
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:25 AM   #6
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Julison, I just build my AS storage, I had a pull thru built. My doors are 10 ft wide x 12 ft high. The AS wll pass with plenty of room. All I have to worry 'bout now is watching for the truck mirrors, they fit but with just 6 inches to spare. My AS is 9ft 6 high but if I upgrade at some point I wanted the room.


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This pull through is 22' wide with a 12' opening at both ends. There's 30 AMP service and lights.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #8
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My 65 Safari is 9' 10" w/ roof air and new axle. I installed a 10' door on my barn and it works great.
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Garage Door Heights

Thanks all for your input.
I don't (currently) have ac on the top of my Caravel, so I think from what I've tried to measure and what I have seen here that I need a 10' high door at a minimum. The problem is that the garage I have designed is attached to our house so I have to try and make it fit the look as best I can. The front elevation in the dwg I have doesn't look to industrial but every garage I have seen with a 10' high door looks some what out of place for a garage on a house. I don't want to spend the money only to feel that I have a loading dock in my yard. Hmmmm.... If anyone has a picture of a 10' garage door on a garage that is attached to their home....post a pic if you don't mind.
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side opening doors

Today, most folks think roll-up door; how about a side opening door(s) with the extra 1-2 ft above on a separate hinge?
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Today, most folks think roll-up door; how about a side opening door(s) with the extra 1-2 ft above on a separate hinge?
Rather than side-opening doors (the hinges always end up sagging and you need added clear space in front of the doors for the swing radius), you might go with with a sliding barn-style door on an external flat-track rail. You end up with a rustic look rather than industrial.
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I found a few pics in the forums:
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:53 AM   #14
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It might be a good idea to go to your local door supplier to see what sizes are available, then design around standard size that fits your needs. If you go with a non-standard size your selection will most likely be limited to a few wood door styles.
Keep in mind the trailer will pivot on the axle when moved (if the hitch end goes down the rear end goes up) so you may need some extra door height if your driveway is not level.
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