Building a motorhome garage (1 Viewer)

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Hi,


Has anyone had built a garage for their motorhome? I have been thinking about it and there are a few timber structure builders that specialize in car garages.


Would be good to hear from anyone that had done it.


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Your first step will be to determine if you need planning consent. Carports and garages are often permitted development but it can depend on how close you are to boundaries, and other buildings, and the overall size especially height, and whatever else might already have been built. Some areas, particularly National Parks, will have permitted development rights removed. For a motorhome, you may need a bigger building than the permitted development allows.

https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/43/outbuildings
 
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Thinking of a carport type - IMHO garages will hold damp if the vehicle itself goes in wet............ and they get filled with junk:)
 

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Bear in mind that if you do use a carport even with translucent roofing panels you'll severely reduce any solar input you get so if you rely on it to keep your MH batteries topped up you'll need to have EHU instead.

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I built one for my moho. It's steel clad, on a galvanised steel frame. Just about possible single-handed. You can build any size you want. Mine was 9m x 6m and 4.5m high. I needed planning permission. The base turned out to be the most difficult as I had to go down about 2m (lot of concrete and reinforcement).
Moho is now safe from prying eyes and the elements.
 
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Always a way around planning rules ;)

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We built a 'motohome port'

It is in Poland so I cannot comment on UK Planning rules.

We were fortunate in having an area which had been the base of a garage and has an inspection pit, It is also adjacent to other outhouses.

We built some pillars on the outhouse to raise the level to take the beam support for the upper side of the sloping roof and pillars from ground up to take the beam supporting the lower side of the roof.

There was already electric supply to the outhouses so it was easy to fit a proper EHU socket, as Minxy Girl suggested.

Geoff
 

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If itā€™s a large open carport would you have to take precautions for the wind as it could be a giant sail.

Sail effects arise due to curves. This shouldnā€™t be a problem with a carport.

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This is mine it started of as my work van port but I adapted it to suit my M/H size, more details in the for sale section.

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This is mine it started of as my work van port but I adapted it to suit my M/H size, more details in the for sale section.
One good windy day in Scotland and that would be either on top of the motorhome or in the garden of a neighbour a few doors down lol
 
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I was refused planning permission for ours, 3.9 metres high timber garage no matter what I proposed to build it from. Reclaimed brick base to match existing house, sash Windows in same colour as existing house ones, timber construction painted to match existing property. Living in an AONB probably didn't help but just accept and move on.
 

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One good windy day in Scotland and that would be either on top of the motorhome or in the garden of a neighbour a few doors down lol
Would struggle to survive here too!

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You can buy 'temporary' structures/shelters if you can't get permission for a permanent one and just want to give your MH etc some protection from the weather.
 

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Permitted development can sometimes be of use, especially of you don't make it too tall, the alternate is to rent a small industrial unit with a friend and park a couple in there!
 
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One good windy day in Scotland and that would be either on top of the motorhome or in the garden of a neighbour a few doors down lol


Up here that structure would last about 20 minutes, OK in a very sheltered area though.
Beautiful van inside it though.
 

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I didn't know you could do that, what's a temporary structure?
... anything that's not permanently built ... you can buy large tent frame/tarpaulin type structures which are often used as garages, stores, etc. As they are able to be moved in the future they don't usually require any sort of permission at all. You can still secure them to the ground etc but they must be able to be removed 'easily', therefore not permanent, eg:

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Built my own 10 years ago. Double garage to the right with roller doors and staircase to the full length attic. Carport on left has greater height by having a lower floor level made possible by the sloping site.
 
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... anything that's not permanently built ... you can buy large tent frame/tarpaulin type structures which are often used as garages, stores, etc. As they are able to be moved in the future they don't usually require any sort of permission at all. You can still secure them to the ground etc but they must be able to be removed 'easily', therefore not permanent, eg:

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My brick base timber garage was not permanent, could be taken down which was specified in the plans, but still refused permission, complicated isn't it.
 

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My brick base timber garage was not permanent, could be taken down which was specified in the plans, but still refused permission, complicated isn't it.
I wonder if it was the 'brick base' that caused the issue assuming this means a brick 'wall' and not just the actual 'drive' bit?

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