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Old 03-01-2021, 03:05 PM   #1
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Storage Shed Size for 2021 25' FCFB

Picking up our 25' FC in April and working thru storage options, can't leave it out in our neighborhood due to HOA rules. Cost per ft/mo here in MD is $9-11/ft/mo depending on contract duration, so let's say best case about $2700 yr, with only a guarantee to stay above 50 degrees, not conditioned.

As a COVID project last spring I built a 12 x 16 shed in my back yard for about $3000, so thinking I could build a shed for less than $8k and store it at home, break even in few years. No room for a garage, only a shed up on 6x6 posts in a fairly shallow graded area.

So, having never maintained/stored one, but having built a shed with focus on maximizing lumber size/usage/less waste, was thinking about a 12x32 shed for a 26'11" x 8'6" 25' FC. Can pull it out for any heavy maintenance. Leaves me 30" on both ends, and about 21" on both sides once it is inside. Will maximize door size in a 12' wide by 12' high end (probably about 10'x11' doors). I could make it wider and longer, but really want to keep it as small as I can. Really don't expect to size up, started this journey looking at Basecamps...

Will clearly tax my parking skills, not much room for error there. Need to ensure the ramp angle is extremely shallow to avoid hitting AC unit on trusses. Going to get an engineering look at the plans for a permit to ensure foundation will carry the load.

From an experience AS'er storage perspective, what I am missing about this plan?

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Old 03-01-2021, 04:22 PM   #2
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I would build it 14' wide.
Since you are starting from scratch.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:31 PM   #3
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For parking at your home, and it will be tight quarters... consider adding another $2500 to your budget for an electric trailer mover... that could be a better solution for right parking spot.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:15 PM   #4
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We have a 12' wide opening (no door) in our RV/car port for our 25'FC and I have to be fairly careful to get it in and keep it straight all the way. 10' may work on paper but I'd go with Lafette's suggestion for a wider door. I have no experience with elect trailer movers.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:19 PM   #5
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What exactly does your HOA require? Fully enclosed? I would tend toward the minimum structure. Since most weathering comes from the overhead sun or the dreaded hail, and you aren’t planning on storing much else inside, leaving off the sides will reduce initial cost and maintenance and make for easier access.
Electrical (or a solar panel) and a sewer hookup would be a welcome design addition.
By shallow, you mean the elevation change? The slope and available traction have a lot to do with the type of dolly, should you go that route. I set down pavers over our Florida sand and can move our 23FB up a 2 degree grade (with a second hand single tire dolly, grade measured with iPhone - I would definitely recommend something beefier for a 25, but one could probably be had for closer to $2,000).
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:31 AM   #6
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Thanks all, just was I was looking for by way of experience!

Think the 14' width makes sense, then I could do a 12' wide garaged door.

Had not thought of a dolly to move it into the shed, great thought and much more maneuverable than the 2021 Silverado.

HOA does not allow trailer storage, but does allow a shed, so that's how I am getting around storing on my property, so do need to have sides to make it not visible to neighbors.

Thanks again,
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:38 AM   #7
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16’x32’ is my recommendation. 30” is too tight. Even if you hug one side you’ll want to be able to walk down the sides with out rubbing on it and occasionally open a ladder for maintenance on it on either side. You can never have too much room but you can easily have too little.
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:39 AM   #8
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Your HOA will probably turn a building like that into a nightmare ( water run off, etc) .Off home site storage may be best route.
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Old 03-02-2021, 10:57 AM   #9
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Tight

I have a 2021 International 27FB. My storage garage is 18'x35'. Perfect size, but the door is only 10' wide as it was built for a motor home on a Mercedes Sprinter 3500 frame. I get it backed in with patience and spotting by my wife, but it is tight with only approx. 6"-7" clearance on each side. As has been said, at least 12' wide door. More space is always better than less.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:58 PM   #10
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Shed size is always a tough one. We went 24x40, and love it. But I digress. Consider scissor trusses, rather than the usual type that yield a flat ceiling. They made an amazing difference. With 12 foot sidewalls we ended up with 15 feet height in the center. YMMV.

We had enough room under the header to install a 10’-6” door, which gives some extra clearance as I back our 25’ AS up a small grade and into the building.

Enjoy your project!

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Old 03-02-2021, 09:16 PM   #11
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Thanks all, just was I was looking for by way of experience!

Think the 14' width makes sense, then I could do a 12' wide garaged door.

Had not thought of a dolly to move it into the shed, great thought and much more maneuverable than the 2021 Silverado.

HOA does not allow trailer storage, but does allow a shed, so that's how I am getting around storing on my property, so do need to have sides to make it not visible to neighbors.

Thanks again,
Greg
You're probably going to end up with a huge "shed" that you can't store your travel trailer in. Courtesy of your HOA.
Wait for it......
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:28 PM   #12
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Or budget $500 for a trailer dolly XL. I used it to move my Int 25 FB and now my 30’ FC Bunk. Works great! Just be sure you use a quality 1/2” drill. I used my Ryobi 1/2 hammer drill.
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Old 03-03-2021, 06:13 AM   #13
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My current storage garage is 14' X 35' and has an 11' wide door. I have to back into it from an angle as there isn't enough room to go straight back initially because of the garages across from it. It took my wife and I several very frustrating try's at first, second, third.... but now do it with ease after a year or so and many times. We are in the process of building a new house with the RV garage attached. We are going with a 14' wide door and able to back straight in. It will be a piece of cake. But for now it's patience and on going practice for us.
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Old 03-03-2021, 06:56 PM   #14
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As others have said a 12’ wide door is a must. A friend of mine has a 10’ wide door and he rues the day he didn’t make it 12’. And I am building an RV garage onto my new house that has 14’ sidewalls. The reason is because if you should ever get something other than an Airstream you need a 12’ high door because most other RVs are 11’6”.
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Be sure to get everything approved by your HOA - IN WRITING!! Some HOA's can be a--holes. I was approved for a building (12 x 24) one time and they changed their mind after it was built. I had to have a house mover come and pick it up and move it over for 10 inches. I was not a happy camper!!
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:59 AM   #16
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Sounds like you will be building a detached garage, not a shed. Best check with both the HOA and Local Building Dept before you get started. Once the Building and Zoning codes kick in, you will likely need a contractor to get involved. Might be cheaper to drive a little further and find a less expensive storage facility. check with some local warehouses or farmers with barns. Covered storage should be under $150 per month, open storage half of that.
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