Have you considered building another garage for the caravan 👍👍👍
I did consider an extension but it has taken me 15 years to get this far. Another thought I had was to cantilever a carport off one side to keep the vertical rain off the caravan, wont do a lot for the highland horizontal rain though.
A canopy on the side would be the best solution IMHO, to keep the worst of the weather off but still allow it to ventilate and be out of the way. You're building the garage to allow yourself to continue working through the worst of the weather in your part of the world; you don't want to find yourself working outside on the apron in the rain because the caravan is too much aggro to move for a "quick" job. You'll soon start to resent it.
But I appreciate we're starting to talk serious mission-creep. As someone with 24' of almost immobile commercial vehicle on the driveway, I'm a fine one to talk, so feel free to ignore everything I say!
the canopy would be a piece of curse word to do really. I have plenty RSJ kicking about to make it. The steel is easily man enough to support it without requiring columns to the ground. Only real costs would be 2 purlins (I have 4 spare already), some 10mm plate, 9 x 2.5m sheets and some flashings 2 purlins = £50 Same for plate £50 9 x £15 for sheets 5 x flashings = £50
circa £300 all done
certainly something to be thinking about, the caravan has a mover on it so its not like id need to hook it up to the car every time to move it. I reckon I will be just about able to get a car in and out without moving it but wont know in reality until I try I guess.
Another option is to cut the A frame and add some inner 'C' sections that would allow it to be bolted together?
sweet jebus, no Ill not be doing that, would work though but nah. Another option would be to make an opening in the back wall and put the caravan in nose first so that the frame protrudes through the back wall then box it over. Pitty I have blocked it up fully, but could be suitably adjusted.
I'm similar - we have front garage that I had built for our trailer, the pop will fit in the garage but it needs to be 5" longer to get the wheelie bars in! Builder did say we could extend the base by 6" and leave the top half as std.
if someone had told me 15 years back that the garage may need to be a shade longer to accommodate my caravan, Id have hoofed them in the balls and called them mental. It was for my road/rally 205 M116 weapon, alas the old 205 is gone and the caravan is here Funny how things change innit.
But at least I have a Scimitar to leak oil on the floor I guess
And so the blockwork is now virtually complete. All thats left is a small 4" block on the flat and 6" block on edge between the vehicle door to go. However I am leaving that open for now so I can back in the tipper trailer with hardcore for the floor sub base. Have bought a job lot of larch planks to clad the gable end from eaves to the peak in overlap formation.
The other out of sight gable end will be clad in box profile sheeting.
In the meantime I am going to try my hand as a window and door fitter to fill a couple of those holes, but offshore again until Friday so that's the weekends job.
looking back at the pics, there has been a fair bit of progress made this year, if the brickie had hung around if would have been near done by now, but at least I can say I have done 80% of it myself, maybe even 85%. If it wasnt for the Coronavirus keeping up working at home, it would be nowhere near this stage.Perhaps the Corona Cavern may be a suitable name for it. Its been 19:30 to 22:00 most nights Mon to Thurs and 06:00 to 11:30 sat and sun. I figure the roof will be a full days work to install maybe 2 then the rest will pick away at.