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Old 05-26-2022, 09:00 AM   #1
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Poll Barn Dimensions?

We just took delivery of our new 28.’ We would like to build a pole barn to keep it clean. Good thing we didn’t already have one because when it rained two days ago, like cats and dogs, it proved two leaks.
Anyway, what is/are your recommendation(s) for size with a 3” Dexter lift kit. I think that makes it an even 10’ tall.
I would like the sides to be somewhat open so my feral cat can keep the rodents away.
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Old 05-26-2022, 09:34 AM   #2
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Where are the leaks? Sad it is occurring on a nice new Airstream especially since they claim to do a full rain water test during the build process.
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Old 05-26-2022, 11:10 AM   #3
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First, it is rare for people to complain that their utility buildings are a little too large.

If I were doing my semi-open sided pole barn again I would make it wider for super easy in&out and working around the sides of the trailers. If you are looking ahead to other vehicles and/or owners, a 12’ height might be beneficial.
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Old 05-26-2022, 02:10 PM   #4
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I built a pole barn for my 28’. I built it 36’x18’ with a 12x12 door. That gave me plenty of room on the sides for working on the Airstream, etc. And I could store things in there as well. However, I stored a lot of stuff in my garage which was 36x36. If I didn’t have the 36x36 garage I would have built it 24x36. That way you can store things on the side.

Some of it depends upon the size of your site. I could only go 36’ long comfortably due to the fact I wanted to back in straight and I didn’t want it too close to my septic drainfield. But 36’ long is plenty.

DEFINITELY you want a 12x12 door. The reason is that most other travel trailers are 11’6” high. Resale will be better, the extra cost is insignificant.

I would not keep the sides open. Put rodent traps inside. Otherwise you loose potential storage. And you get better protection from the elements. But then again I live in Wisconsin and didn’t want the snow to blow around it.

Regarding your leaks…I had a leak in mine. But I was able to find it by looking at the seams carefully. I then took some sealant and covered it. Leak gone.
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Old 05-27-2022, 05:42 AM   #5
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Heres mine. I hired a fellow in my area to build a 24x36 pole barn and poured a concrete slab. The height from slab to bottom of trusses is 12. I then bought the 8x12 hemlock siding boards and added the sides my self. Later I added the 16x36 shed roof to store more stuff. Now Im thinking of adding a shed roof on the other side, can always use more room. Only down side of not enclosing it totally is lots of pollen in the spring and birds nesting in summer. Not fancy but keeps the weather off things.

Not sure why pics are sideways, I did down size them, sorry.
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Old 05-27-2022, 06:06 AM   #6
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Heres mine. I hired a fellow in my area to build a 24x36 pole barn and poured a concrete slab. The height from slab to bottom of trusses is 12. I then bought the 8x12 hemlock siding boards and added the sides my self. Later I added the 16x36 shed roof to store more stuff. Now Im thinking of adding a shed roof on the other side, can always use more room. Only down side of not enclosing it totally is lots of pollen in the spring and birds nesting in summer. Not fancy but keeps the weather off things.

Not sure why pics are sideways, I did down size them, sorry.
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That is cool! How much did that set you back and when did you build it?
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Old 05-27-2022, 06:25 AM   #7
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I dont have any advice on your pole barn. My neighborhood has an HOA so a pole barn is a distant dream.
Sorry to hear about your leak. Were you able to find what exactly was leaking? Pretty sad they were not able to catch the leak before it left the factory. Ive never visited the factory, but watched a few YouTube videos and often wondered if they had an additional leak test at the end of the build process. I guess I know the answer to that question now.
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Old 05-27-2022, 06:40 AM   #8
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Obviously if you have the space, a pull-through option would greatly minimize hassle since you're planning to keep it somewhat open.
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Old 05-27-2022, 07:34 AM   #9
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We had ours built in the fall of 2018. I put the sides on in June so 2019. I want to say we spent 12000.00 on grading,gravel, lumber, metal for roof, concrete and labor. Heres a pic when I started on the sides.

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Its a 1520. Runs great.
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:11 AM   #12
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here is mine. 36 deep by 40 wide. Middle bay is 14 door for resale later as a 5th wheel would fit. side bays are 12x12 door.Click image for larger version

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here is mine. 36 deep by 40 wide. Middle bay is 14 door for resale later as a 5th wheel would fit. side bays are 12x12 door.Attachment 416585

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Old 06-05-2022, 01:04 PM   #14
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My garage is 24x36. I can fit our 30 foot Airstream, plus my F250 in there.

I'd say 18x36 is minimum. Highly recommend a 12 foot door.
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Old 06-05-2022, 01:35 PM   #15
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We did 40 x 32 for our FC 30 & truck. Was able to put in a 14 x 18 workshop in the back on the truck side with storage above. We went with a 12w x 14h door for the AS. Dont need that tall for the trailer but we always think about resale and wanted it to fit a 5th wheel or motorhome of a future owner. (This is our 8th house weve owned). 12 wide door is plenty for us to back the trailer in.
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24 x 36. Plan on enclosing it one day which I highly recommend. Keeps birds from nesting under it and dust from cutting grass, pollen, etc.
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My pole barn is 56x42 with 2 12x20 foot doors. Go as big as your wallet will permit because no matter what in the future you'll wish it was larger.
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Old 06-06-2022, 07:01 AM   #18
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As said, 12’ height, but for reason not said: so you can jack it up a couple feet for axle, tank, and other work.
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24 x 36. Plan on enclosing it one day which I highly recommend. Keeps birds from nesting under it and dust from cutting grass, pollen, etc.
That is the idea I was looking for

After looking at all the responses, I definitely will go to 12 high for resale value. I would have never thought of that.

I like the idea of a more open approach, for cost because we are are on the hunt for either a place on the beach, where the wind blows or the Rockys, where the air is dry; Doctors orders. Plus, we have a feral cat that takes care of rodents.

Looks like the 36 for depth is what we need for the 28 footer ( four feet overhang front/back. How long is your AS in the pic?

I may go 16 1/2 wide to put an even 4 on each side.

Thanks very much for the responses. Those pics of enclosed barns are very impressive. We may wind up with that type of enclosure at our next residence.
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Old 06-08-2022, 09:27 AM   #20
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We built a 30x40 and ended up with a 12' high x 14' wide door. While you could do an 11', keep in mind that altering that later would cost you significantly more than now. Our Airstream is only 20' but since we just started gutting it we appreciate the extra space - even with a boat and another car in there. As stated by our builder, no one ever wishes that they have a smaller garage!
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