Pole Barns/Carport or Garage for wrenching at home.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by ChevyCam, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. ChevyCam

    ChevyCam Light Load Member

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    I'd like to build a structure where I can work on my semi in open shade and out of the elements. I was originally thinking of a thick gravel pad and 24' long RV style 3 sided carport. They cost roughly 3k in my area. I would like to build a full on shop or pole barn at a later point in the future. Estimated cost of construction of a 30x40 steel building is 30k in my area. 10x the cost of the carport. No HOA or restrictions to worry about. As a new O/O I need a solution before winter rolls around. Right now all repairs are done in the driveway with zero shade.

    Curious to know what some of you guys are doing for storage or how you work on your truck at your home.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Heated pole barn makes a nice place to park the truck over the weekend, interior stays warm, dont have to worry about cold draining the batteries as much.
     
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  3. Just passing by

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    Okay. Full disclosure I am not an O/O but... I too want to build something similar at my place. I saw a pretty nice set up in Texas somewhere with two containers and a raised nicely done metal roof in between them. Got me thinking.
     
  4. ChevyCam

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    I have some ideas saved in my phone of builds done like this. I always question what type of equipment would I need to place a 20' container into place. A 8 ton excavator and skid steer might be able get it moved into place depending on terrian. I'd like to hear from guys that have done these builds already. Im sure some of you frequent the forum.
     

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  5. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

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    I'm not an O/O either, but I've got a Pole Barn for when I DO bring my company truck home (which is often; at my discretion) and it's nice and warm in the winter to work on our PV's and/or the ATV/bikes, et al.

    I'd go all, or go home, just IMHO. Will look for pix.
     
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i would get (if i were to do this in stages), a fully reinforced concrete pad, extra thick, maybe heated, to the size of the pole barn you want later in life. this way, you defray some of those costs of the rebar/concrete/ and heating set up now.
     
  7. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

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    Absolutely.....if minimal, for starters.
     
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  8. mhyn

    mhyn Road Train Member

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    Were are you located? in some states you better have cooled place and not heated.
     
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  9. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

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    Last winter. 8" Concrete pad.. not sure of the dim's, overall, tbh. Built it mostly myself with help from the Amish, of course, but for the concrete. I did the electric. About 35k. 10 years ago.


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  10. G13Tomcat

    G13Tomcat Road Train Member

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    Gravel drive, and concrete pad. (My old Bessie, God love her....:( )
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