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Old 03-25-2014, 09:10 AM   #1
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Airstream Garage Dimensions

My wife and I just purchased a 28' International Serenity. It is in storage at the dealer now, but we are thinking of building a storage garage behind our house to store it in.

My question has to do with the right length dimension for the building. The spec's say the trailer is 27' 11" long. Does that include the tongue? We have a Fiammi bike rack on the rear of the trailer, but I don't think that adds a lot of length. Beyond that though, I assume we'll want some additional building length for safety and "walk around" capability.

If anyone out there in Airstream land has any experience that might guide us, it would be appreciated.

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That measurement DOES include the tongue, and the bumper.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:20 AM   #3
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My trailer is 31' coupler to bumper.
I am planning an RV garage soon.
I think 36-40' long and 12-24' wide.
How much it costs will determine the size.
It will be angled like a spot at a campground to make backing in from the alley easier.
If I can manage a 24 x 36' building, other things will go in there like the tow vehicle, motorcycle, lawn mowers, bicycles, etc.
If I have to get a smaller building it will contain less stuff.
I want to stay in the $7,000 range, which might make the building 18' wide rather than 24', but we will see- soon-
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My trailer is 31' coupler to bumper.
I am planning an RV garage soon.
I think 36-40' long and 12-24' wide.
How much it costs will determine the size.
It will be angled like a spot at a campground to make backing in from the alley easier.
I want to stay in the $7,000 range, which might make the building 18' wide rather than 24', but we will see- soon-
Ergonomically, you would want at least 3 feet clear space all around for access. Except you can shorten the garage front-to-back by only providing your clearance at the rear, and not around the hitch; you can always get enough room at the hitch just by opening the garage door. Your 1836 is well-chosen in that regard, allowing nearly 5 feet on each side and the rear if it if it's centered and with the coupler as close to the garage door as you can get it. That gives you room to line the garage walls with shelves or cabinets and still have adequate clearance.

Also, if you plan to do any work on the A/C or roof vents inside the garage, you'll want at least 3-4 feet of clearance over the trailer's roof, too. But you'd need about that much over the door anyway if you intend to install a roll-up garage door, to provide clearance for the roller mechanism.

If you're looking to buy a pre-engineered metal building, the wall panels are usually 3 feet wide, and you'll get the materials slightly cheaper if you stick to all dimensions except height being evenly divisible by 3 including the width of the door opening, so there's no need to vertically section any wall panels. Again, your 1836 is ideal in that regard, especially if the garage door is 12 feet wide (9 feet wide would be too tight, what with awnings and such sticking out the sides of the trailer, and anything between 9 and 12 requires one or two wall panels to be cut to fit at extra cost). On the other hand, instead of 2436 for your double garage, to fit a 9-foot-wide garage door for your tow vehicle alongside a 12-foot-wide garage door for your trailer, with one 3-foot wall panel in between and on each end, you're looking at 27 feet wide, rather than 24 feet.

Inside the garage, put the overhead fluorescent lights around the sides at the tops of the walls, not down the center of the ceiling like in most garages (although fluorescents on the ceiling between the two garage doors is okay for a double garage, in addition to along the walls). That way the trailer itself won't block the light and leave the sides in shadow.
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There are several very informative threads concerning garages / storage / covers. Look in winterizing /storage. Lots of great ideas!
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I haven't decided on height, but anywhere from 10-12' at the top of the door should do it.
Some people say make it 13' 6" high because you might buy a fifth wheel or motor home.
Ha ha- buy a fifth wheel- I can't foresee either of those events transpiring in my life.
Motor home? Only if I find a good clean used 1996 Classic 360- or Airstream re-introduces the Classic motor home-
I would like to have room inside the building to get on the roof (at least on my hands and knees- I'd be too scared to stand up anyway) if necessary.
In a fantasy world I envision catwalks on both sides of the trailer to facilitate washing/waxing and a drain in the floor both for washing/waxing and dumping at home or using the trailer as a guest house (the guests would actually stay in the house and I would stay in the trailer).
There is already 50 amp electric service and a water supply where the building will be.
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I think the trailers are 9' 6" high.
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There is considerable benefit to being able to park the tv and trailer hooked up.

For a 30' trailer allow at least 4' clearance to the back wall for the avoidance of bent aluminum. Allow at least 2' in front of the hitch.

In general due to differences in light levels it is extremely difficult to see objects on the sides of the trailer while backing into a garage therefore for avoidance of bent aluminum considerable clearance is necessary especially if you do not have a 50' straight approach so that you'll be completing your turn as you enter the garage. The longer trailers are nominally 102" (8.5') wide but projections e.g. awning poles and tow vehicle mirrors require more clearance than that. I would see a 12' wide door with 14' clear width inside as a safe minimum however a great deal of care will still be needed while backing.

Be careful since shed sizes are usually quoted as outside dimensions so the interior clear space will be smaller. With doors it's usually panel dimensions not opening size that is quoted.
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So, an 18 x 36' with lights on the side with a 12' door and 12' ceiling height should git-r-dun.
We will discuss dimensions when we discuss price with the shed man.
I do have the rear view camera on the trailer.
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So, an 18 x 36' with lights on the side with a 12' door and 12' ceiling height should git-r-dun.
We will discuss dimensions when we discuss price with the shed man.
I do have the rear view camera on the trailer.
Also make sure it includes a roof vent to dissipate heat, and a vent low on one wall (rear?) to let air in to make up for what the roof vent lets out. Insect screens on both vents.
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Please post elevation photos of your home and indicate the proposed location of the new garage.

FORM

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BEAUTY

These are integral in timeless architecture.

Natural lighting when you enter from either access will cast a glow on your Airstream. This is not just a storage unit!

More to say after the photos.

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I will post pictures at some point.
I live in the Mississippi, which is flat as flat can be.
I want the Airstream building to match the existing building and the trim on the house.
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I will post pictures at some point.
I live in the Mississippi, which is flat as flat can be.
"Elevation" photos have nothing to do with elevation per se. It's the front, rear, and side views in architectural parlance.
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I have vintage which is a bit narrower than the new Airstreams. New barn is in the works... as soon as we get done battling with the zoning board

Our barn is going to be a "monitor" style. Center section is 12'Wx40'L with 12' ceiling on the ground floor, second floor is 8' ceiling height. Two side wings will be 16'Wx40'L with 9' side walls height. It will cost a bit less than a new Airstream

We are going for the all steel construction with a reflective insulation layer, we can add more insulation as needed.

The picture is a of a smaller, similar building, ours will have 3 roll up doors across the front and windows down the sides.

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