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Old 10-29-2009, 09:52 AM   #1
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Opinions on Pole Barns?

Thinking of getting a Pole Barn, or some kind of metal RV garage, and was wondering what other folks were happy with- what company/brand, size, cinfiguration, etc. I'm in front range Colorado, would like to find a good local dealer. Thanks!
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:59 AM   #2
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I have a 40x60 and store my own motorhome plus another larger motorhome and numerous old cars and boats all winter. Helps with the cash flow.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:16 AM   #3
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love/hate the pole barn

I have a 30 x 48 with 12 foot side walls. I used t1-11 siding and a comp roof-built it myself with help from a cast of 20's! I love it and hate it. It is wonderful for storage and it is wonderful for BIG projects, but it is not good for: too big to heat/cool-you end up walking to where "IT" is to get it to use...back and forth. No interior walls to hang stuff-cabinets, etc so back and forth....lighting (as I get older) has become a big problem in the winter. I hung a bazillion fluorescents (spell that 3 times in a row) but they are way up there to keep the open space open. I do not want to afford all new light fixtures, so I am kinda caught 'tween the old rock and the concrete floor...floor has been painted with epoxy-still suffers from hot tire transfer-don't want to afford a more sophisticated floor "system." Oh well, perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

I always dreamed of having such a place to work, not knowing how sedentary/lazy i would get-today I am typing on this here dang computer, instead of out there getting stuff done. It is raining cats and dogs, but the AS is high and dry...that's nice, no doubt-it is plugged in and happy. So, get 'er dun, you'll most likely love it even with the shortcomings.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:23 AM   #4
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After looking at a lot of options, I chose a Morton Building. They did a fantastic job. Expensive but IMO well worth it. Great folks to work with.
The electrician is finishing the wiring this morning.
Good luck to you. It sure is nice to have a nice place to work on these things.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:42 AM   #5
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AirHeads- that thing is enormous! What is a ballpark $ figure for something like that? I think I could get by with something substantially smaller, maybe 30' long, 24' wide, 10' sidewalls- anybody have something like that? I only want it for the 27' AS and the Suburban.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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There is a BIG difference

Between what we call a pole barn and a Morton Building is a BIG difference. Morton is absolutely super. Even though the "poles" are set the same, all else is different. A far less expensive pole barn is built, around here, with surplus telephone poles for side and corner supports. Oil field casing pipe if you can weld and have access. 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 wall bracing and trusses of 2 x 4 (or metal). Interior telephone pole supports wherever needed. Use "R" panel metal for the roof and sides for structural strength (hail proofing)....roof for sure, and put whatever you like on the sides. Dump a gravel floor or pour a concrete floor....yes, up to and around the planted telephone poles and walls......it is a pole barn afterall. Wire it up according to your Farm and Ranch electrical sources. There are traveling companies that do all this for you....any Farm Journal will have ads for them.

If you can afford it....have Morton do the whole thing.
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:13 AM   #7
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Room to spare

Picture of my hybrid pole barn it is 30'x60. with 13' walls.It consists of 6x6 supports with steel trusses,metal roof and sides,5 400 watt halide lights light it up.Starting from right to left Overlander 1973,Spartanette 24 1948,and a Globetrotter 1963.Behind the Overlander is a 66 Chevy pu also waiting for the redo.
They all fit with room to spare. Dave
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:49 AM   #8
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Talking Definition for pole barn??

The old fashioned pole barn has galvanized steel siding with basic utility type treated poles. They are used for implement housing, cattle, and assundry. These are the cheapest and cost is minimal compare to Morton, etc. A lot depends on what you are will to pay. A friend just built one of the old fashioned pole barns but the wall areas are note covered. Probably you need to know what exactly you will do with your enclosure. As has been stated they are difficult to heat, insulation is then a must in the cost. If you just want to enclose your trailer, tow vehicle, etc then in my book the old fashioned pole barn is the best, of course they aren't has nice looking as a barn that has the flat siding and roofing. If you don't care what it looks like go for the old fashioned type. I look forward to seeing others opinions and what you decide to do.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:13 PM   #9
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If I could afford a Morton building I would get one! However, I am looking at a lower cost option of a metal carport style with closed sides. Here is on eof hte places i was looking at Carports Garages Metal Guard Houses Steel Buildings I think a 18WX26LX10H with closed sides was going to run around $2000 (+/-). Still looking though.
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Wow, I can see there are various definitions for pole barn - ranging from hand-made/home-made/low-cost to much more elaborate.

Keep in mind that my wife and I live in a very urban area. We basically have a city lot (although it's larger than most in the neighborhood). In our municipality there is a requirement to have a poured concrete slab for any building used to store a vehicle (yes the Airstream is considered a vehicle according to our city code). This concrete almost doubles the cost of the project - from ~$12k to $20k.

I am considering something similar to a post above.

Metal Carports

My wife and I want the boxed eave so the building looks a little more consistent with a conventional roofline rather than the curved/rounded roofline. We plan to make it 18 X 36. That will give us a modest amount of room to get around the trailer but it's not large enough to do any significant repairs/work. Our need is for storage - not repairs/maintenance. We plan to but a lean-to shed on the side for the tow vehicle. All of this will be enclosed and locked to minimize onlookers/sightseers. We plan to put lots of shubbery around the building to disguise it from neighbors.
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Old 10-29-2009, 01:26 PM   #11
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A pole shed to keep the rain and direct sunshine off.
Materials - around a $1000.00. Cost of labor
depends on how much you are willing to work.
It seems to me that a shed that is well made
does not have to cost too much. The function is
to protect the trailer from the elements. Leaving the
basic function.....the sky is the limit. Take a look at
the old farms, the old time farmers never left the tractors
out in the weather. In it's simplest form, the pole shed
is to prevent water damage and the damage from sunshine.
I believe these Airstream trailers are worth it! We have had
nearly 20 inches of rain where I live - during the month of
October this year. I am glad I built my pole shed last summer.
It was hard work...the rewards are worth it.
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #12
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Different Folks

Wow, I can see there are various definitions for pole barn - ranging from hand-made/home-made/low-cost to much more elaborate.

Keep in mind that my wife and I live in a very urban area. We basically have a city lot (although it's larger than most in the neighborhood). In our municipality there is a requirement to have a poured concrete slab for any building used to store a vehicle (yes the Airstream is considered a vehicle according to our city code). This concrete almost doubles the cost of the project - from ~$12k to $20k.

I am considering something similar to a post above.

Metal Carports

My wife and I want the boxed eave so the building looks a little more consistent with a conventional roofline rather than the curved/rounded roofline. We plan to make it 18 X 36. That will give us a modest amount of room to get around the trailer but it's not large enough to do any significant repairs/work. Our need is for storage - not repairs/maintenance. We plan to but a lean-to shed on the side for the tow vehicle. All of this will be enclosed and locked to minimize onlookers/sightseers. We plan to put lots of shubbery around the building to disguise it from neighbors.
One note that hasn't been brought up is strength in wind, etc. I would like to know how much wind the metal carports will take, especially one that is in direct wind and not very protected. Something to think about.
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Good point - Clydecrashcu

The advantage of the shed, is that not having side walls,
it catches very little / no wind. One fellow's opinion
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:50 PM   #14
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Lots of good pointers here. Wind is definitely a factor in front-range Colorado, especially in the winter, so not sure about the carport idea. I like simple, and cheap, but don't want to build something that will just turn into a kite. I guess if that happened, I could say my poor little boy was in it and then get my own reality show (or jail).
Anyhoo- I think I like the fully enclosed idea. Are there any manufacturers of these things you can suggest? I will look at the links given by wxbuoy and nvestysly.
You guys that already have 'em are lucky.
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