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Old 09-29-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Built a new shop on my acreage two years ago - 2,000 square feet with radiant infloor heat. Didn't want the profile higher than the house and decided to go with 14' walls and 12' doors when I built it. This was a great idea for our travel trailer that was only 10'9" high. Flash forward a year later and we sell the travel trailer and buy our Cruiser Patriot CF345RF - 12'9" tall - tried to fit it in the shop last fall when we brought it home in October - no go - unit too high - just about took out the air conditioner which is on the back slope of the unit. Unit was winterized when we bought it so didn't have to do it last fall. Due to living out of town and mice, we don't like our trailer outside and we were fortunate last year that we had no issues through winter - used the electronic deterrents and Fresh Cab.

So, figured I would try something different this year. I found 4 X 14" 6 bolt trailer wheels (not an easy find) and mounted low profile 14" car tires on them (not sufficient for weight long term - but we would see) and since my shop has gravel out front decided to excavate a bit of a slope down away from the door to keep the front end lower on entry. Several of my friends felt this was not going to work but thankfully for our mid profile 5th wheels (lower in the front and back!), SUCCESS!! Got it into the shop today with several inches to spare - then had to put the other wheels back on inside the shop so they could carry the weight for winter. If we had a Rushmore - this wouldn't have been possible - glad to have my Cruiser!! Now I can clean the roof and wash it this winter at my leisure - able to open all slides while in the shop. Also allows me to continue a few modifications on it at any time and be ready for 2014 camping.







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Old 09-29-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
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watch your head around that ceiling fan when you are on the roof.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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I have a shorter rod for the ceiling fan - I'm going to install that right away!! I can't even turn it on right now it is so close!! It wasn't that close until I put the wheels back on - raised it significantly higher.

And I should point out I have two 12' doors into my shop so this is just one side - I can still access the other side.

I had the 5th wheel hitch in maneuver and the air bags drained in the truck in order to lower the butt end of my vehicle.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:07 AM   #4
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Indoor storage that is a wonderful thing!
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:25 AM   #5
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I wish we had a building to store ours in the summer months !, today was the first day I opened the slides ina month or two, I was expecting to see some type of heat related issues in the interior, but was happy to see none. now is the time to start to thing about a weekend trip !
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #6
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That sure does look nice. I hope to have one or build one after we move next year. I may have to go half as big for a shop and trailer storage. I must agree that I will have to plan for trailer height.

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:45 PM   #7
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Nice - envy you - our's sits outside in the winter. Used to cover them but got too much chafing on the sides and back.

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #8
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Down here we have the opposite problem, too much heat and sun in the summer. My building is 18x44 and the door is 14 ft wide and 13.5 ft high so the Cruiser is an ez fit. The truck sits next to the fiver in the standard garage. If you don't have garage door openers, the Chamberlin Liftmaster jack-shaft opener is excellent.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:43 AM   #9
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If you don't mind me asking, how much did it cost for your building alone? I would love to do something like that for our 30SK.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:43 AM   #10
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Down here we have the opposite problem, too much heat and sun in the summer. My building is 18x44 and the door is 14 ft wide and 13.5 ft high so the Cruiser is an ez fit. The truck sits next to the fiver in the standard garage. If you don't have garage door openers, the Chamberlin Liftmaster jack-shaft opener is excellent.

Top left corner of last picture - Chamberlain LiftMaster 3800. Have them on both doors - changing out my doors in the garage in house with the same units this winter - quiet and powerful.
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