Truck/Garage dilemma

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  1. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    I've owned 15+ vehicles in my life but I've never owned a truck so I've recently been checking them out but I have one question. I was looking at a Dodge and it was 229". This seems to be about a foot longer then my actual garage.

    I had never noticed this before but while driving through my neighborhood this morning I noticed a lot of trucks in the driveway. I have a 3 car garage so I know that I could make it fit but don't want to go though the hassle. Is it normal that my garage isn't long enough to actually fit a modern truck?
     
  2. cytech

    cytech Well-Known Member

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    My truck barely fits in my garage as it is. But I make it work.
     
  3. Acylum

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    If you drive around some neighborhoods in small towns with older houses, you'll notice several garages with "bumpouts" on the walls opposite the garage door(s). I guess the earliest garages were built for horse carriages, Model As and Model Ts. Then as cars became longer people needed more room. My grandparents had a garage like this. Not on topic, just something I learned working my summer construction job in HS and college.
     
  4. jbhtexas

    jbhtexas Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. How old is your house? My house was built in 1979, and the garage is 248" long (front wall to inside of overhead door).
     
  5. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    My house was built in 2005. It is a side-load garage if that makes a difference.
     
  6. fatkid1974

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    Don't just worry about your length. Check you height also, I'm not sure how tall those new dodges are, but the Ford Exhibitions are 6'8" tall I believe. Most standard garage doors are 7' tall, if your door doesn't go up all the way, you could also have issues there.
     
  7. JWIL4CY

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    That's odd. Most garages built today are at least 22 feet deep, definitely no less than 20 feet. Sounds like a builder that's cutting corners.
     
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    fatkid1974 Well-Known Member

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    I've done a lot of construction and I've have never seen a garage less than 20' deep be build.
     
  9. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    #9 dmclone, Jun 17, 2013
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    Mine is 20' deep. I don't think with the garage door it would fit. Probably just means I shouldn't buy a truck. I sure wouldn't leave it outside.


    It annoys me to see people with 3 car garages, own 2 cars, but still always leave a car outside.
     
  10. 3TrueFans

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    Isn't that 240"?
     
  11. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    It is. I assume that 240" doesn't count the garage door. I guess I could just leave the garage door open.....
     
  12. Cyclonin

    Cyclonin Well-Known Member

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    Your garage door takes up a whole foot?
     
  13. JWIL4CY

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    I have a Ram 1500 and I can fit it in a 20' garage. The garage door usually only takes a few inches out.
     
  14. CYlent Bob

    CYlent Bob Well-Known Member

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    I once watched a guy pull his big 4x4 into a garage until the rear bumper cleared the door.....but he forgot about the big honkin' ball hitch sticking out of the back. It was interesting to watch.

    CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK CLANK CRUNCH RRRRRRRRRRRR

    "What was that?"
     
  15. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it would fit, I'll have to re-measure. I think the my garage door takes up at least 5 inches. Regardless it would be VERY close.
     
  16. 3TrueFans

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    I bet it would be a tightish squeeze, but it seems like it would fit. Maybe if you pull in and then angle slightly.
     
  17. JP4CY

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    My house is 10 years old, my 4 door truck fits in with a couple inches in the back, and about two feet in the front.
    I usually let it sit outside in the summer, since I'm doing projects in there, but in the winter it goes inside.

    This helped with me parking it in the garage at the perfect spot. It's very handy:
    Striker Hand Tools 00-108 Parking Attendant Garage Parking Sensor - Amazon.com
     
  18. cytech

    cytech Well-Known Member

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    I just hang a tennis ball from the ceiling when it hits the windshield you stop.
     
  19. jbhtexas

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    I'm not taking any chances. I bolted a 4x4 to the floor as a stop. Don't need an Excursion in the kitchen...
     
  20. FDWxMan

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    I agree with True. 240" should be > 229" and the truck will fit.

    Unless this is some kind of metric problem, and in that case, you're a commie bastard.
     

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