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Old 10-15-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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The Ideal Storage Garage ?

We have finally decided to erect a pole building to store our trailer and lease out space for RV storage. What options would you include if you were building from scratch? If you have a storage building, what would you change? Pictures appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 10-15-2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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Mine is on a slab which I think is important especially if you want to use it as a work area, and I wish I had a completely enclosed building so it could be heated. Remember no matter how large it is you will still think its not big enough.

Make sure you are aware of contract law as it pertains to vehicle storage in your state. It is very tricky to take possession of a vehicle for non payment of storage fees. I tried the storage business, profitable but can be a headache. Also cover yourself by requiring each person have insurance for damage against all sorts of troubles inc rodent.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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1) Plenty of room for backing a long trailer in. Or a drive through would be even better.
2) Gravel pad
3) Lighting
4) Electric plug in (some jerks want to plug in and leave their ACs on 24/7 though).
5) Tell people to keep their mitts off of anything that doesn't belong to them.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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I figure about 80x150 would do.

14' side walls and a mezzanine with living quarters overlooking a nice Airstream fleet is our grand plan.


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Old 10-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #5
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Mine is enclosed and attached to the house. It's 47.5' deep and 25' wide with some additional space. Full bath, 32" and cable hookups. 50 AMP service, water, sewer drain close to A/S drain. Space for 30' A/S, Silverado, Open Car trailer and mower. Electrical outlets about every 10'. Makes maintenance and upkeep pleasant. And very importantly. Lots of lighting on 14' ceiling. 12x12 garage door.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #6
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I am in the process of building a garage to house the AS, TV my tractor and boat. with a second floor that will be used as a studio for my wife and a wood working shop for me.

It is 30'x40' with a 12'x40' lean to. Will have four 30amp outlets two inside and two outside to provide outlets for the boat and courtesy parking (outside), trailer and welder inside.

here's a picture as of today (looks like you have to load the image in a new window to see it)
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:05 PM   #7
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If I were paying for inside storage:
-24 hour in/out privilege
-locked, ideally with walls or fencing separating each area
-Common fresh water fill, dump area.
-at least a 15 amp convenience outlet.

Ideally:
- pull thru
- heated
- dedicated full hookup
- compressed air
- lighted
- possible to live in
- Big enough to fit TV hooked up
- ability to monitor via web cam

Am I asking to much?!
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:23 AM   #8
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Some Good Suggestions...

Thanks for the great suggestions...many of which we will incorporate into the storage/garage building. Hadn't thought of webcam or ability to park trailer with tow vehicle attached. Good ideas! We will have a well and septic and do plan on having hookups available...at least in one outside area. Pull through would be great but requires a bigger footprint in the layout. Also considering adding a shop to one side...it would be nice to have an area for interior construction. Will also have to look into legalities of renting out storage space. I certainly understand the pitfalls of inside storage...5 years ago we had our motorhome stored in a storage unit and it collapsed under snow load and totaled our coach. Thanks for the input...

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:12 AM   #9
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Lots of good ideas at this forum: The Garage Journal Board - Powered by vBulletin

Personally, I'm looking forward to owning a "Garage Condo" to store my Airstream Interstate, my 1957 Chevy station wagon and my 1947 Chevy Coupe. Here's a link to a development near me that's breaking ground soon. Welcome to M1 Concourse - The Ultimate Car Enthusiast Destination
(I'm already on the waiting list).

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Old 10-18-2013, 07:33 AM   #10
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If I were paying for inside storage:
-24 hour in/out privilege
-locked, ideally with walls or fencing separating each area
-Common fresh water fill, dump area.
-at least a 15 amp convenience outlet.

Ideally:
- pull thru
- heated
- dedicated full hookup
- compressed air
- lighted
- possible to live in
- Big enough to fit TV hooked up
- ability to monitor via web cam

Am I asking to much?!
It would depend on how much you want to pay for all of that!
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:10 AM   #11
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More projects than time.

My shop ended up being a 30x60 13' walls,the entrance main door is 12'x12'.
My work shop is also there,with mig,compressor,30 amp and 15 amp every 10'.400 watt high hats for lighting.
It`s not heated and don`t need heat,shop is in Ohio,and I live in Fl. When the temp starts to go down,I start to go south.
My immediate project is a 66 Chevy C10,short,step side,that project should be done next spring,then I can start on Spartanette,or Globetrotter.
I think I`ll have to live quite a few more years to get finished. Dave
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:16 PM   #12
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Fun Begins...

Thanks for all who submitted suggestions. We just received acceptance of our offer on 3 acres of land on which we will be constructing several garage/storage units. Many of the suggestions we will incorporate into the building...

-24 hour in/out privilege
-locked, ideally with walls or fencing separating each area
-Common fresh water fill, dump area.
-at least a 15 amp convenience outlet.
-ability to monitor via web cam

Initial plans call for 5-bay...3 with 12 x 14 doors and 2 12 x 12 doors with an attached shop. I'll start a new thread to document the progress. Again...thanks for the input.

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Old 10-20-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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A bit late, but here is what I have to store my RV....currently an Allegro Bus, soon to be a new Serenity International...

12' x 14' door, interior height of about 18'...to 15', width 15', length 58'. Two floor drains, one sewer clean out, two 50 Amp connections (One for guests). Space is heated to about 55° F and in summer never exceeds 80° F because of the large concrete volume in floor/wall.

Lighting is four "light tubes" for daytime, three 70 watt Na Vapor lamps for nights. Also, some LEDs for quick low volume light.

Not inexpensive, but so convenient. Allows full maintenance upon return to home base, plus keeps batteries up.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:35 PM   #14
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Here's the garage I built for my Airstream back in 2006.
It had a small kitchen, a bathroom with shower, and 30 amp receptacles everywhere. Outside, I had courtesy parking with full hookups for famous visitors like Lewster and Ken J
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