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Old 06-06-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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It is a boring day, so I thought I'd post some pictures for your amusement. This is where my truck sleeps every night. I've got about 1.5" of clearance total. I'd knock down that back wall, but part of it is a panic room made out of 1/4" thick steel that's bolted to the slab every 3 inches (it's the thing with the coolers sitting on it). I am going to build my next house and I'll have a 30' long garage put in that thing (maybe longer, who knows)! I had to remove a support off of the garage door that was hogging up an extra 2 inches, otherwise there was no way it was going to fit.

It takes me about 3 times in and out of the truck to make sure everything is lined up. I've got 2 tennis ***** to help me. The back up camera is not of much use since I have to almost be touching my bumper. I was thinking about making some sort of "bumper" to go in the receiver hitch so that the "bumper hitch" bumps into the panic room instead of my real bumper. I haven't hit my bumper yet, but I've only been parking in there for 4 months . The Ram was a couple inches shorter than the F150, but I didn't care for the ride half as much as the F150. Best riding and driving vehicle I've ever been in.
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That sir is a tight fit.
I am in the same boat but decided to keep it outside for now. Im worried would actually cause more damage than prevent squeezing into the garage.
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That sir is a tight fit.
I am in the same boat but decided to keep it outside for now. Im worried would actually cause more damage than prevent squeezing into the garage.
Believe me, I'd park outside if I didn't live in Oklahoma. I have a fear of hail! I've actually left work a couple times and parked in the garage when bad t-storms were rolling through. I'm sure the wife appreciated having to shuttle me back over to work haha.
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that is a tight fit
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my garage is fine for the lenght of my truck, the thing that has me worried is that i wont fit when i am able to get new tires. my truck is barley fittin height wise as it sits.
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Dang man!! Do you hold your breath everytime the garage door closes? lol
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Dang man!! Do you hold your breath everytime the garage door closes? lol
That's what I'm thinking. I'd be afraid to close the door. You got what, two inches front to back clearance?
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That's what she said.
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Wow... this is timely. I'm in the exact same boat. I tried to measure and it looks to be within an inch or two - hard to tell exactly.

I have one of those two car garages with the center support as well - so lame. That means folding in the mirrors every time as well - ugh.

I'd leave it outside but I have oak trees that like to drop nastiness on my paint. :/

Has anyone retrofitted power folding mirrors on their 'non Platinum'?

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When I built my garage I almost ended up in the same situation. I told my architect that I wanted a garage big enough to park a full sized truck (at the time I was using a Chevy 2500HD with crew cab and an 8' bed as an example) measuring approximately 21 feet. When I got the plans and started to review them I noticed that the depth dimension for the garage was 21 feet. I told him (the architect) that I didn't want to have to drive into the wall to make it fit, make it 24 feet. He argued saying that was too deep but complied. After the garage was built (I had never built anything before) I find out that the measurement (24 feet) is taken on the outside wall so my inside measurement is only 22 feet. If I had not changed the plans the original 21 foot garage would have measured 19 feet and likely not held the past 4 trucks (including the Platinum) that I have owned. In other words if given a choice, build it big!
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Could you hang a tennis ball from the ceiling that hits your back window when you make it in close enough? Or always park front in and have the tennis ball hit your windshield when you're good.
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I've got one tennis ball that slaps my back up camera right in the lens when it's in position. I also have one that slaps my back glass right in the middle of the sliding window when I am there. I was parking in there with my wife's jeep this winter. Now, THAT was fun. I threw her out of the garage once it warmed up lol. Even with the *****, I am not brave enough to put all my faith in them. I still have to get out and check clearance and make sure the bumper is perfectly parallel with the wall.

I prefer to back in so that I can get to the driver side without opening the garage door and walking around the side (annoying to have to either open the door, or climb over the truck by using the tires as a step to get into the bed and crawl over). If I parked on the other side, I'd block the entry to the garage.

I measured my garage just now at the expensive of slicing open a finger with the dang tape measure (durrr me say metal edge sharp). My garage is 234 inches. I believe the truck measures out, bumper to bumper, at 232.5.

And no, I do not hit the button to close the garage. I use the latch release to manually lower the door. Then I hit the close button and make sure the latch catches. My wife already shut the door on it once when I wasn't all the way in I'd went inside and left it partway hanging out because I decided I was going out again shortly. Sure glad the safety bounce feature works. I can say it's been tested truck safe. I took away her garage door remote after that day, so now she has to use the front door to go outside to her Jeep.
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Also, besides the obvious reasons, having a tight fit is annoying because I can't put on a light bar or a brush guard.
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That's pretty damn funny...I think.
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That's what I'm thinking. I'd be afraid to close the door. You got what, two inches front to back clearance?
I'd almost be tempted to bend the garage door out a bit for space Nice fit.
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A steel panic room bolted to the slab?!! You sure take the tornados seriously!
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A steel panic room bolted to the slab?!! You sure take the tornados seriously!
Don't forget your truck keys when you run to get in that panic room!! (need space for that purty truck in the room too!!)
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I have the exact same problem. Roughly 3 inches to spare. I even put a mat on the wall in case I touch the wall (not in pic). A laser on the ceiling guides me to stop at the exact same spot now.

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Y'all are crazy. I have to park outside everyday because I live in an apartment complex, but if I had a garage and it was that close, I would just leave my truck outside. I'd be way too scared, paranoid, etc. about trying to fit it in there. I wouldn't want to die of a heart attack at 22 lol. Now if I lived somewhere that had hail like I think the OP said he did, I don't know what I'd do. Major props to you guys for making it work though
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