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About Jack Cripe

Sales Manager and partner at Pacemaker Buildings.

RV Storage Buildings using Post Frame Construction


Now that you own the recreational vehicle you have always dreamed about; finding the best RV storage buildings to store your treasure is the next challenge. While you can always find public storage spaces; both indoor and outdoor, the annual costs accrued and access can often be limited.

Keeping your RV in the driveway does allow for spontaneous access. However, this often violates the neighborhood bylaws while detracting from the beauty of your home and landscape.

If you have ample real estate, consider a beautifully designed RV garage that will look great next to your home while keeping your RV clean, dry, and ready to go for your next outing. With the right design, this structure could do far more than simply protect and store your RV.


Why is Post Frame Construction Best for RV Storage?

Since post frame construction is supported by widely spaced, sturdy vertical columns securely anchored deep into the ground, the interior space is not interrupted by the intermittent load-bearing columns that are necessary for standard construction.

Post frame buildings are often lower in cost than conventional garages. Additionally, a tall, spacious post frame structure offers:

  • Wide, open interior space without vertical support obstruction, perfect for maneuvering, servicing, loading, and unloading.
  • Plenty of additional room for storage of accessories and camping equipment.
  • Adjoining garage space for other vehicles, bikes, and lawn and garden equipment.
  • Instant access for “spur-of-the-moment” outings.
  • A beautiful exterior appearance that can match or complement your home, barn, shed, or other structures.
  • Shorter construction time over standard buildings.
  • Minimal site preparation required.

Planning Your RV Garage Entryway

Although the width for your RV garage door may not be noticeably different than for pickup trucks and cars, the height will be different from a standard garage door. The typical height of an RV garage door should be 12 to 14 feet high.

Consider installing a taller doorway than you might need right now, as you may decide to upsize someday; or consider that a future buyer might require a taller doorway for their vehicles.

Design Options

Post frame offers many design possibilities. For example, one popular approach is a free-standing structure with a high center to accommodate the RV with smaller standard sized garage spaces and entries on either side. This practical approach puts all your vehicles in one location with plenty of room for storage and other equipment.

In a rural setting, a barn-type structure with a gambrel roof can provide two large entries to house your RV and perhaps a tractor or large pickup truck.

In most instances, additional storage, shop, office, or even a den can be added to any unused space either at ground level or upstairs as a loft in your new RV garage.


Modern post frame structures intended for RVs and other vehicles or items provide long-lasting, durable protection. The post frame design resists extreme wind conditions and severe storms by redirecting these forces through the widely spaced vertical posts inserted directly into the ground.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

For questions about your new RV storage building, contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings. Pacemaker is a premier designer, component supplier, and builder of post frame buildings for agricultural, commercial, and suburban applications. Situated in North Webster, Indiana, Pacemaker is a family-owned business that has been serving customers throughout Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio for over four decades.

The Pacemaker Team has refined many of the designs, methods, and materials used in post frame construction to become a practical and economical solution for virtually any type of building.

For more information, check out some of the past projects completed by Pacemaker. You can also call the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at 1-888-834-4448.

Top Uses for a Garage Pole Barn

Top-Uses-for-a-Garage-Pole-Barn-315When we think of a garage, we naturally envision a place to store cars, pickups, and lawnmowers. However, as we all know, our garages often become places for many other purposes. In fact, as usually happens, we wish we had built more garage space. Especially for those practical and not-so-practical reasons that we had overlooked originally. Consider these uses for a garage pole barn.

How about extra space for a workshop? Or, possibly, you need to find room for that camper or boat that you recently purchased. An indoor place to house those extra cars or even that antique you are restoring would be nice as well.

Make Your Dream Come True

A well-designed post frame or pole barn garage could be the answer to your dreams. Post Frame structures are spacious, inexpensive, practical, and even expandable, able to accommodate your several cars, boat, and camper while also providing a new workshop or office, all in one.

You can create more breathing room within your home as you transfer much of the overflow into a clean, functional post frame garage. The uninterrupted space within, as well as the option of an easily accessible room upstairs, can solve every storage issue you may have.

Creating the Ideal Storage and Workspace in Your Garage Pole Barn

Vehicle Store-All Building

If your lot is sufficiently sized and you want additional space, consider a 32’ x 40’ or smaller pole barn garage that will house all your equipment and vehicles. Make sure the entryways are ample enough for your cars, a motorhome or camper, and boat as well as those smaller toys and gardening equipment.  Typically, overhead 12’ x 12’ doors will accommodate larger coaches, but the key is to confirm in advance so that you do not undersize your entryways.

One of the primary advantages of post frame construction is the massive clear space within, unobstructed by interior vertical beams. This allows you to maneuver and reposition vehicles and machinery easily without excessive turning, backing up, or worrying about causing structural damage to the supporting beams of conventional structures.

Workshop and Storage

Having a pole barn garage workshop lets you install more equipment while providing ample space for supplies and raw materials. The workshop may be adjacent to or above the automobile parking and might even include a den and bathroom above or on one side.

Designs should allow ample light, both natural and artificial, as well as the necessary heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Recreation Room and Storage

Besides allowing ample space for parking your vehicles, why not add a recreation room to your pole barn garage design? This could free up much-needed space in your home while offering a space for family and friends’ fun and entertainment. Allocate a section for a TV viewing area, a pool or ping pong table, or maybe a bar and party room. Add a bathroom and kitchenette, and you may find your family spending more time there than in the house.

Design and Build with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leading manufacturer, designer, and builder of post frame materials and buildings. For over four decades, this Northern Indiana family-owned and operated construction company has created post frame buildings.

The experienced Pacemaker professionals will help you with the design, components, and construction of your custom post frame structure.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view the many beautiful examples of past projects.

If you have any questions, contact the experts at Pacemaker by phoning 888-834-4448.

Considerations for your Post Frame Horse Barn

Considerations-for-your-Post-Frame-Horse-BarnModern post frame construction offers the ideal design for a horse barn or equestrian center. The large unobstructed space combined with a lofty roof structure and flexible interior space allows for ample mobility and storage capacity.

The flexible floorplan of your post frame horse barn should accommodate your changing needs and allow you to add, remove, or expand your stall and storage capacity as needed.

Here are a few factors you should keep in mind while thinking about your new post frame horse barn:

How Many Horses?

Just as when you look for a home for your family, the first consideration is how many will be living there. Your barn should be able to comfortably accommodate the number of animals you plan to house. Also, consider the future as well.

Horse enthusiasts occasionally underestimate the number of horses they plan to own or board, so make sure you have room for expansion if needed. You can always find a current use for the extra space, and the incremental cost per square foot with post frame construction is minimal.

How Big Should Each Stall Be?

Generally, each horse should have enough space to lie down, stand up, and turn around easily. The recommended size for most horses is 12’ x 12’. However, having a larger space gives you more room to easily conduct your visual examinations, have a vet attend, attach a lead, or other engagement with the horse.

Wide Aisles are Useful

When leading one or several horses to and from their stalls or staging them for riding or washing, ample room is needed for the horses and people to maneuver easily. The main aisle should be at least 12’ to 16’ wide.

Wash Bay

To maintain the horses’ health and to keep your post frame horse barn clean, a wash bay is very important. Functionality during every season is a must. The area should have durable flooring and be located away from the stalls, feeding areas, and the tack room. Ample lighting and, of course, a clean water supply is essential.

Make sure you that you have substantial drainage in the space to prevent water from backing up and flooding.

Washing a horse in an area that is too small can be dangerous. Design enough room to turn the animal around and leave plenty of space so you can manage any skittish animals.


Maintaining a clean atmosphere while keeping the air moving is good for both horses and humans. Post frame structures offer a variety of ways to provide natural ventilation. This can be achieved through open rooftop cupolas or overhangs that offer shade and cool air. Additionally, plenty of doors and windows can be left open when needed. You can even add ceiling and floor fans to ensure occupants stay comfortable.


Natural lighting should be your primary source. Plenty of glass windows plus open windows placed beneath overhangs should be enough during daylight hours. At night, you will need to rely on electric lighting strategically spaced to allow visibility to all stalls and rooms within. You can also add security lighting around the perimeter.

Tack Room

A spacious, comfortable tack room is perfect for storing your tack, equipment, brushes, and other non-food supplies in a protected environment. You might also want to make this area your private office or relaxation area, the perfect spot to unwind.

You could also consider adding a bathroom with a shower, a kitchenette, and a TV area, as well, depending on your space and needs.

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings: Experts in Horse Barns and Equestrian Centers

As you think about constructing or upgrading your horse barn, look for support from a post frame construction company like Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings in Northern Indiana. Primarily serving the Midwest and Great Lakes Region. Pacemaker will design, supply components, and construct the highest quality post-frame buildings for equestrian. commercial, agricultural, civic, and residential buildings. In business for over three decades, Pacemaker has been prominent in the technological evolution of modern post frame buildings.

For more information about building a post frame horse barn or equestrian center, call the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at +1.888.834.4448.