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Old 11-13-2003, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Are Parking garages a standard height?

I ask this because I'm always wonder whether the van will fit in certain garages, on time it was so close the antennas were hitting on every cement support. It was about to touch the roof. But there are some parking garages at school and they seem even lower.. but I'm not sure, they say the clearance is 7 feet, that's for the second level anyways, the first level is 8foot 2inches. But you'd think they'd make all garages capable of fitting the most popular van in America. I mean... there are a ton of people that drive these so why would they make garages that didn't fit them?

So yeah.. anyone have any idear on this? Also what is the height of a stock van? I went and measured but didn't quite have a tape measure so i used a stick, i got about 6foot 11inches.
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

No.

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Well, maybe.
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

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No two garages are the same height, there should be a sign on entry which will say what the lowest clearance is on that level, got to pick up on watching for the signs before getting in line to enter.

These heights could change higher or lower as you go up or down so you have to be alert. For sure get the van measured correctly front and back, mark it somewhere so its visible when needed. Also take into consideration the aerials, no need ruining a $100 cb antennae.
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

The height is one thing - however, even if you fit under the clearance bar that the put at the entrance, be very careful not to get into a position where you get your van wedge under something. Due to the length of your van, you may fit under the height resriction, but hit when the front wheels are going up or down - it's all geometry...

I usually suck up my pride and have a friend get out to chack if I am unsure - better safe than sorry 0 hitting concrete would really ruin my day...
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

I estimate mine at near 7 foot 6 inches, probably at the antenna which I use as a "feeler gauge". I fit easily under 8 foot limits, but won't attempt anything lower unless I can see it in relation to my antenna (which is about 2 inches higher than the roof).

Of course, new tires and wheels will change all of this... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

Well i went to the airport today and was forced to go in a parking garage that had a 7 foot clearance... it fit fine. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

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Well i went to the airport today and was forced to go in a parking garage that had a 7 foot clearance... it fit fine. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

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I just simply avoid them ... not worth the chance since we're usually talking about an inch or two within 7 feet which is about the height of my van. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

No one has a roof rack like I do? Thule.
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I have a roof rack, pop top, 31" tall tires and a 2" suspension lift... I'm closer to 9' tall and that's if I deflate the rear airbags!!!!

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haha nice one
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

Most are 6'6"-7' high.

The only "standard" I've found seems to be "2 inches lower than whatever I'm currently driving".
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

The only "standard" I've found seems to be "2 inches lower than whatever I'm currently driving".


Yup....I agree with that 100%. I work over in NY city and there isn't a single parking garage over there that I can fit in....well....maybe there's one or two but I haven't found them yet. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

There are no standards for garage heights. You can't really trust the restrictors at the entrance either. The last van I had carried a big scar on the roof to prove it. Nope, I did not do it, just had to deal with it...

I have found the solution is to make sure at least one flexible antenna is a few inches higher than the tallest spot on the van and use it as a vertical curb feeler.
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Re: Are Parking garages a standard height?

I was able to get mine to fit in the garage at home by putting drop shackles on the rear and pulling the roof rack off. I usually avoid parking garages unless they have at least a good eight feet or so of clearance. Way too many variables so I usually stick to surface lots.

Here at work the building, the one I manage, I have hung a 8" piece of pipe at the entrance and see people rolling under it constantly but I actually hung it a good 10 inches lower just to give me a margin of safety. Even my own van won't fit. But a year or so ago an extended chevy van came in with a full load of phone books. After they unloaded them guess what happened, it popped back up several inches an on the way out it hit a dozen or so fire sprinkler heads and damaged the ceiling in several spots. The bonehead driver should have stopped and let some air out of his tires. I ended up hitting his insurance company up for several thousand dollars, new sprinkler heads, ceiling tiles, grid, cleanup and labor. Even the van had a grand or so worth of damage.
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