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    Truck/Garage dilemma

    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?



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

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



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    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.


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Is it normal that my garage isn't long enough to actually fit a modern truck?
    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).


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

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



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    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.


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    My house was built in 2005. It is a side-load garage if that makes a difference.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    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.
    I've done a lot of construction and I've have never seen a garage less than 20' deep be build.


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    I've done a lot of construction and I've have never seen a garage less than 20' deep be build.
    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.


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Mine is 20' deep.
    Isn't that 240"?



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

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



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    It is. I assume that 240" doesn't count the garage door. I guess I could just leave the garage door open.....
    Your garage door takes up a whole foot?



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    It is. I assume that 240" doesn't count the garage door. I guess I could just leave the garage door open.....
    I have a Ram 1500 and I can fit it in a 20' garage. The garage door usually only takes a few inches out.



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    Isn't that 240"?
    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.

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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    I have a Ram 1500 and I can fit it in a 20' garage. The garage door usually only takes a few inches out.
    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.



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