Many proud caravan owners are looking for the perfect shelter to ensure their pride and joy is safe, secure and out of the weather. There are so many possibilities when it comes to building a caravan shed — here are some of the most important design tips to keep in mind:
The #1 Question: How Much Will It Cost?The number 1 question we get asked at the initial enquiry stage goes something like this: “We’re looking at getting a caravan next year. How much is a shed to put it in?” It is almost the classic, “How long is a piece of string?” The reality is, caravans and campervans come in a staggering array of different sizes. It’s important to design just the right shed for your situation. Once you’ve got the design right, then we we can easily quote an accurate price. But before your design is locked down, it’s impossible to say how much it will cost. To that end, here are some basic things to consider when planning your caravan shed. (If you’d like our help, simply request a free Shed Design & Quote Session here).
Caravan Shed Height: You’ll Need More Than You Think
- Start with the overall height of your caravan, then allow some “extra” for things like aerials and air conditioners.
- We always advise customers to add a bit extra, as the vast majority of people upgrade to a bigger van, not smaller.
- Once built, a shed can’t be made taller. It is often advisable to go as high as council will allow (within reason). It doesn’t add much to the cost to go 300mm or 600mm taller because you’re really only adding a bit of length to the wall sheeting and columns.
- Look out for little things like the aerial that is almost hidden in the photo below. It’s hard to see, but there is an aerial on this van higher than even the air conditioner. If you only allowed 100mm above your van height for your door opening, this aerial would be damaged or broken, costing more to replace than the cost of a slightly taller shed.
Caravan Shed DepthIt sounds obvious, but you would be surprised by the number of people who underestimate the overall length of their caravan. My own “18 foot” (5.48m) caravan is actually 7.5m in overall length, when you consider the depth required to house the whole length. In a 7.6m deep shed, I wouldn’t be able to walk past the back or the drawbar with the door down. Ideally, you want to allow some extra room so you can at least walk around your van with the door closed. Making your caravan shed a little longer or wider is nowhere near expensive as you would think. And it usually pays to have the next van in mind too. Getting something a little bigger than you need now is much cheaper than re-building the whole shed later.
Caravan Shed Roller Doors: Important Tips You Must Know
- Whereas a door is made to match the width of your door opening, the height doesn’t work that way. The panels run horizontal and roll up onto the drum at the top. If your opening is 3,200mm high, you need a door stated as 3,500mm high (depending on the brand). The extra length in the door will simply be left on the roll at the top (refer to the picture below).
- The caravan shed height required for a 3,200mm high opening roller door is a minimum 3,800mm. For a 3,500mm high door, it is 4,100mm.
- A word of caution: the specified “nominal height” of a roller door is not necessarily its actual “drive through” opening height. At Designer Sheds we always refer to roller door heights as the actual opening height, but we are the only shed company we know of who do this. Most refer to the manufacturer’s nominated height. This can lead to a host of problems. For example:
- With B&D brand roller doors, their Series 1 doors, the nominated height is the opening (“drive through”) height. However, their Series 3 doors with the same nominated height only open to a height that is 100mm less. So a 3,000mm high Series 1 door opens to 3,000mm, but a 3,000mm high series 3 door only opens to 2,900mm.
- “A” series Taurean doors have heights of 1,200mm, 2,200mm, 2,500mm, 2,800mm and 3,100mm. All are opening heights, except for the 2500, which only opens to 2,430mm. Confusing? Too right. Hence it is extremely important that when you get a quote from a shed company, you get them to specify the exact opening “drive through” height of all your doors.