A garage is a great location to store your pickup truck.
Not only are you avoiding the hassle of dirt, debris, and snow in your pickup truck bed, but you also need to winterize your truck to protect it from heat damage.
You can have peace of mind that your vehicle won’t get damaged or stolen by criminals.
One of the more difficult tasks for truck owners is figuring out how to fit their pickup inside the garage.
Full-size trucks such as the Ford F-Series and Ram HD are some of the largest pickup trucks in their class, and the bigger and better trend is looking to continue through developments such as the new Tesla Cybertruck.
These types of vehicles don’t make for an easy storage solution if you are planning on purchasing a new pickup.
We have put together some tips to help you get your pickup truck out of curbside parking and into your garage.
Here is a step-by-step guide. Check it out.
Step by Step Guide
Measure Garage Dimensions
If you want to see if the truck can fit in your garage, the first thing you need to do is measure.
The length of your garage can be assessed with a tape measure. If possible, be sure to factor in the hinges of your garage door and leave a few inches of wiggle room.
If you measure the lowest point of the ceiling, you can see its height. The track and arms of your garage door can limit parking space, so be careful when opening and closing the garage.
Check for Obstructions
Measure the width of your garage and truck with doors open, and take into account any objects within your garage that can affect parking space.
Not every garage has vertical support beams that stand in the way, but it is important to take note of these obstructions inside your garage.
If you notice anything that might affect your ability to fully open the truck door, then the chances of fitting your pickup into the garage will be much less.
Measure Truck Dimensions
Measure your pickup truck’s length and height. If you are in the market for a new truck, consider the make and model as well as the configurations you will choose.
Changing cab sizes can affect bed size. The longest version of the Ford Super Duty is 263 inches long and many garage dimensions are within 18 feet to 20 feet.
If you depend on a car garage for parking space, you may want to rethink your truck options.
Carefully review both of the dimensions of your pickup truck and garage after you’ve measured them.
There are no obstructions to block truck door clearance or room for walking if your truck’s length and height are less than the garage dimensions.
You fit your pickup in a garage with little to no work.
Under less fortunate circumstances, your truck’s dimensions will not fit into your current garage setup. If this is the case, we have a couple of solutions that could work for you.
Gain Height by Removing Accessories
If the main reason you can’t safely store your pickup truck is the height, then there’s an easy fix for that.
All-terrain tires, a lift kit, or LED lights on the truck roof are examples of pickup truck modifications that can be detrimental.
The height dimensions of your truck should be re-adjusted if you want to remove this mod and accessories.
If you have a little bit of luck, these small changes can mean the difference between a suitable and ill-fitted truck inside your parking garage.
Remodel your Truck or Garage
If you can’t fit your pickup truck in a garage because it’s too long, then some ingenuity can go a long way.
Adding a roll pan bumper to your truck will reduce its length by approximately three to five inches.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can call in a contractor and expand your garage with an exterior coil-up garage door.
It is possible to alleviate the length problem by installing ramps at the end of your garage.
If remodeling is not possible, you can try adjusting your parking technique and angling your pickup truck until it fits inside the garage.
If you own a small-width garage, be aware of the risk of accidental scratches and dents.
Truck driver by profession, automotive lover by heart. Ricky is the main publisher and editor at Truckile.com sharing his life-long knowledge and experience in the auto industry and truck driving!