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Old 02-28-2017, 04:31 PM   #1
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Seneca RV port width

I am planning/hoping to build a detached garage with a carport for my ordered Seneca. It will have a wall on one side and columns on the other. How wide do you think I need to make this? I am guestimating between 14 and 16 feet. I am going 40 feet long and 15 feet high.

The less I use on the RV port the more I can have in my new shop. Suggestions appreciated.

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Old 02-28-2017, 05:19 PM   #2
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If you want to be able to open all the slides without having the RV in the exact perfect location, I suggest 16'. Even then, you'll need to make sure you're not too far to one side or the other. I have 18' shed and with the slides out, I have at 3' + to spare on my 2016 HJ. Sorry I don't have it on location or I'd take an exact width measurement for you. If no one else has that info, I can get it for you in a week or so.
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Old 02-28-2017, 05:31 PM   #3
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I don't have a Seneca but a Greyhawk MV (class C).
I just completed a building to house the MV. I went with two roll up doors to accommodate storage of stuff as well.

The build is 28' wide, 38' long, 16' tall, two doors 12' wide for the coach and 10' wide for other stuff. The coach is officially 32' long.

The coach door is a 12' roll up door because the MV is 8'-4" wide.

I placed the coach dead in the middle of the building door to assure the mirrors will clear equally. Then painted a high-vis orange strip on the cement floor along the lower edge of the coach on the driver's side(easily seen from the rearview mirror).

Following the line on the floor (by looking in the rearview mirror on the driver's side) assures me that both mirrors have ample clearance to back the coach into the building without threat of hitting the mirrors on the building.

I then placed the coach into the building with 2' of clearance from the wall to the rear wall of the coach. I placed an 8'x 4"x4" cut in half behind the rear tires, anchored into the cement floor to stop the coach from hitting the wall.

This setup allows me to back the coach into the building unassisted (if need be).

With the coach in the building (as a test) I opened the slides (on the driver's side, no slides on the passenger's side) and noticed there would ample room if the build was only 17' wide.


I hope this helps you in some way.

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Old 02-28-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
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I didn't even think about the slides. I was thinking about door and compartments. The right side will have columns and hopefully slide can go between columns. You got me thinking, thanks.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:08 PM   #5
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16 feet will allow you to open all the compartments. Some of them stick out under the slides. Go for it.
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:29 PM   #6
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20 x 50 is the optimal size garage in my opinion. Garage door opening 12' wide x 14' tall at a minimum to allow for the biggest rig. I've had a fifth wheel just clear the door by inches with those specs. 50' deep to allow for the longest rig. This is the minimum I've built in the past. Never cut yourself short or you'll regret it down the road if and when you change rigs. You want to be able to get it in easy, open all slides, work on it, use it while stored etc. Spend money now, save aggravation later.
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:37 AM   #7
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I think the optimal garage size 100 x 200 or larger, however that will never happen I am thinking of a 16 W x 40 L x 15' high garage for my metal CNC shop. Currently working from a 10 x 30 shed so that will be a nice upgrade. On the side I will add a 14-16' wide RV port under the same roof but open on 3 sides. The support columns and wall will be the limiting factors.

I am trying to find the right balance for the shop, RV port and cost. Each foot of width adds 40 square feet which adds about $1,600 at $40 per square foot. I convinced the DW I needed this so I would not need to buy a RV cover for $500. After 43 years she doesn't even shake her head anymore.
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The RV stall in my garage is 16 x 40, wish i built it 20' wide. Was perfect for the last coach however; although the slides can open the compartment doors hit the walls. Go 20!
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I'd think very hard about the 40' length. We store ours in a 16'x40' RV garage attached to our house. We cannot open the hood since it tilts forward and it barely fits anyways. The 37' does not refer to overall length as we are 39'+. I have shelves along both slides so I cannot fully open the doors and the slide outs are completely out of the question. I agree with go bigger or you will regret it statement.


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Old 03-02-2017, 11:43 AM   #10
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Since this will be an open carport, opening the hood should not be a problem. I am putting a 2' overhang all around so the cover will actually be 18 x 44. The 4th side will be the garage wall. I just have to watch out for the support columns on the open side.
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