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I’m in the process of drawing plans for a 1000 sq ft living area over garage to build on 5 acres in the mountains.
My plan was to build a metal building for RV storage.
After talking with my contractor, now maybe I can add a 44’x14’ RV shed off the side of my building. This would be better as I could insulate it and avoid having to winterize the RV as well as having septic and power in the shed.
First, is 14’ wide enough with slides open on both sides and what would be the minimum door height needed for the tallest MH?
I have a shorter Toy hauler now but want to build for worst case scenario and future resale.
It looks like most MH are around 12’6” so I’m thinking a 13’ clear door opening?
Any other thoughts or opinions are appreciated.


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Six inches would be too close for me even if the drive in was level.


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I would build it wider than 14' wide.

Are you and the contractor talking the same 14' wide? He's probably talking outside dimensions and your probably talking inside? If outside dimensions, by the time you have 2x6 studs, that only leaves 13' inside by the time you put on the inside sheathing.

Your rig is probably 8' 6" wide, subtracting that from 13' leaves you 4' 6" or 2' 3" on both sides of the rig. How far do your slides come out? I don't think you'll have enough room to walk outside down the length of your rig, you may have to go outside the building to get from one end to the other?

Go at least two feet wider - that only adds one foot on each side. And a 13' tall door is asking for trouble. Go with a 16' ceiling and a 14' tall door. Even at 16' tall, how are you going to get on top of it if you want to do any work on the roof while inside?

You may fit in the dimensions you're thinking about, but are they really going to be usable?

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Unless you're going to stay in the RV (or use it as a guest house) while it's in storage, there's no reason to extend the slides.


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jplante4 wrote:

Unless you're going to stay in the RV (or use it as a guest house) while it's in storage, there's no reason to extend the slides.


This might be true if you never enter the unit except when travelling. If it were me, however, I'd want to be able to service it, clean it (inside and out), do repairs, etc... without having to pull it out of the building to do it (and staying in out of the cold and rain when weather doesn't cooperate). I agree with the earlier poster that a few additional feet of width will go a long way, and the OP would likely regret going too small just to save what might be a relatively small amount of money in the scheme of things.

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Door height I would do is 14', there are many RVs out there that meet the 13.5' max allowed by US DOT. I used to have a 15' wide storage space (outdoor), there was plenty of space to open slides on both sides.


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My motorhome is 13' high. To be safe I would put in a 15' high door.


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You'll definitely want a 14' high door. Our 5th wheel toyhauler is 13'1" and there are some that are a bit taller. I would do 15' on the width just so you have room to move around a bit if you have the slides out.


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Thanks for the responses. Some great info.
I also googled RV garages and the best info were posts from RV.net.
I definitely need to go bigger. Most people that have built them say around 20x50 with 14’ door is ideal.
That puts me back to my original plan.
I can get a 40x60 all metal building with 2) 14’ doors, walk door, windows, skylights and boxed soffits for around $85k. This is turn key with 5” concrete floor.
The appropriate sized stick built would probably be half that cost but less than half the size.
I can also use the shed for other equipment storage.
Also, this is California so the price may seem high to some.
I’m looking around $200+ / sq ft just for a simple 2 story house above garage. ??

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We just built a "RV port" for our TT. With the slides out and the door open, we need about 15' of width to be able to store it.


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