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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

    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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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    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

    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

    My pickup would barely fit in my garage (when I parked in the garage). The width of the garage is a problem - can't fit the truck, the Corvette, and then lawnmower/tools/etc in the garage at the same time. Plus, attic access is in the garage, so have to keep that area clear. Not having a basement really sucks.

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    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.
    6'-8" is huge. No way you would fit in any sort of parking garage - many of them around here are 6'-7", a few are down to something ridiculous like 6'-4". That always makes me nervous in the truck, as the antenna will hit objects. As far as navigating the garages, it can be done. Not sure if being in Houston means that the garages are a little larger to accommodate trucks or not.



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    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:
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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    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:
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    I just hang a tennis ball from the ceiling when it hits the windshield you stop.



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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    I just hang a tennis ball from the ceiling when it hits the windshield you stop.
    I'm not taking any chances. I bolted a 4x4 to the floor as a stop. Don't need an Excursion in the kitchen...


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    Re: Truck/Garage dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    I'm not taking any chances. I bolted a 4x4 to the floor as a stop. Don't need an Excursion in the kitchen...
    Watch out, those things have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. Next thing you know you are on your *** in the garage!



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