Enclosed trailer height?

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03 May 2007 17:07 #6969 by Justin Kerns
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My father is building a new shop that will house his classic tour cars and enclosed trailer to haul them. Determining the door height has led to the trailer height which has led to the required door height on the trailer itself.

He does not know exactly what car he will end up with, however I was hoping for feedback on the "pavement to top of the top" dimension for ACD closed cars. How tall is a typical J sedan? Cord 810/812 & L-29's are obviously lower, but knowing the height would be helpful. He is also considering Packard, Marmon and Cadillac.

The trailers seem to start at a standard 63" door height and go up in 6" increments from there. Is there a typical door height used to haul classics?

Thank you for sharing this knowledge!:D

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03 May 2007 22:35 #6970 by balinwire
balinwire replied the topic: Dream Trailer, Shop
A roll up door 10' high is nice for ventilation during hot days. Any trailer should go in that opening.
Build your walls tall and set the windows high above benches and any roll away tool cabinets so they don't block the light.
With tall ceilings, you can install a lift so you can do under car service and park another car in the under space as well.
Get a trailer under six feet tall. Remember there is wind resistance on the front of the trailer exposed to the wind and most hotels awnings are as low as 6'6"inches. A long trailer will allow a service area inside the front area.
Cinder block shop walls are nice as they are fireproof. Lots of electrical plugs inside and out are nice. A nice air-conditioned office with a sofa is nice to. Good luck with the trailer, get heavy dual axles with electric brakes, some states do not allow inertia braking.

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03 May 2007 22:49 #6971 by Justin Kerns
Justin Kerns replied the topic:
Thank you for the suggestions. His shop will be 30x60 with 14' ceilings. There will be a 2 post hydraulic lift and 2 doors that are 18' wide. He was thinking 10' high on the doors but I wanted to research a bit more.

For a trailer height of approximately 6' you'd have to stick with the minimum door opening which is 63" tall. Is that enough to fit a classic? Seems like it might not be for closed cars, which is what he wants. I'm 6'-2" and I have stood next to cars that are dang near if not as tall as me. You'd need another 10" of inside height for me to stand up in the thing.

Is 5'-3" sufficient inside clearance? And if not, what is? I guess that's the crux of the matter....

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04 May 2007 01:10 #6972 by sds1861
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Justin:
My 1932 Auburn coupe stands 68" tall.
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04 May 2007 18:20 #6974 by Joel
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Justin,
with 14' sidewalls, I would reccommend that at least 1 of the doors be 12' tall. If you ever need to put a pickup camper or a motorhome in there, a 10' will not clear the roof mounted equipment on the rig. Don't ask me how I know. <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: -->

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04 May 2007 23:23 #6975 by balinwire
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You guys are right about a 12 foot door. Shops keep getting bigger. My car is very low so 10 is tall for me. I rent a mobile home storage area with a 14 foot roll up but I never have to lift it more than halfway up.
There are some nice self contained diesel trucks with large rear covered areas. I bet some have 8 foot doors. You could load the car in the back and pull the whole rig into the shop without unloading.
There is a company near me that has acres of wonderful dream racing trailers and fully-contained vehicles, check out there website, they may be able to help you.
http://www.turnkeytrailers.com/classic.htm

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