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March 2020

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Today’s trucks and SUVs have too much parking



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2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition.  Vehicles have too many parking spaces
2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition
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Automakers have increased the size of their trucks and SUVs in recent years. While the larger size may allow vehicles to hold more cargo and passengers, vehicles also have too many parking spaces, making parking more difficult.


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If you buy a large vehicle, you may not be able to fit it inside a public parking space, parking garage, or even your home garage. Some parking lot operators may even charge you more to park your large SUV or truck.

Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, sees the trend of increasing vehicle sizes as a problem. In addition to the parking issues, he said, “these are very difficult vehicles to maneuver. “

When you buy a vehicle that won’t fit in your garage, you are forced to park on the street or in your driveway. While it doesn’t seem like a big deal at first, parking outside the garage could make your vehicle more vulnerable to theft and weather damage.

Even if you manage to park a full-size vehicle in your garage, you may need to reduce the number of tools and supplies you store there. Therefore, it’s a good idea to decide whether you place more importance on space in your vehicle or space in your garage before choosing your next route.


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Many SUVs, trucks do not fit in garages, municipal parking spaces

United States today interrogates the automotive landscape and took note of the number of full-size SUVs and pickup trucks that do not fit our midsize world. Buyers are finding it harder to integrate their chassis-mounted body purchases into their standard residential garages and municipal parking spaces, and the problem is likely to get worse. Danley’s, which builds garages, told the newspaper that the typical four dimensions of a home garage are 18 feet wide by 20 feet deep, a square 20 feet by 20 feet, 20 feet by 22 feet or a square. even taller at 22 feet by 22 feet. If an F-150 buyer has a home with the second largest garage, they’ll want to take the truck home for a test drive – the F-150 Lariat with a 6.5-foot bed is 209.3 inches long, leaving just under 15.5 inches of clearance at both ends, the eight-foot bed reduces that to six inches of clearance at each end, and an F-250 Super Cab or larger is prohibited. Twitter user Owen described the situation in the following words: “Full size? The prices are insane and most don’t even fit a full size garage.”

There are similar issues with SUVs, a dealership president told USA Today, “The Tahoe is the new Suburban and the new Suburban is a school bus.” The 2021 Suburban would leave about 7.2 inches of headroom at both ends in a 20-foot-deep garage. These examples of pickup trucks and SUVs assume that owners are not trying to store anything along the back wall of the garage and that the pickup trucks are not lifted; even though the length is correct, a truck owner said his 88-inch tall Ford couldn’t fit through the door opening. The problem is not limited to what we think of as large vehicles, especially when so many homes have garages designed for when cars were much smaller. The problem is not new either, the San Diego Union-Tribune editing a story in 2007 about a guy having problems with his Ford Explorer and Acura MDX. In this case, part of the problem was that the city council recommended that builders put two doors in two-car garages, as council members found it more aesthetic than a large door.

Some owners today don’t care about the gap, just park their trucks in the driveway or on the street. Others, especially buyers looking at upcoming electric trucks, don’t like compromises. Two reservation holders for the 231.7-inch-long Tesla Cybertruck have said they will give serious consideration to making the deals if the truck does not fit into their garages. One of them said, “I’m not going to spend $ 50,000, $ 60,000, $ 70,000, $ 80,000 on a vehicle and then have to run an extension cord outside the garage or outside socket. ” Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that engineers were considering reducing some dimensions of the truck and adding air suspension to help lower the height.

Parking garage operators are starting to see this and take action. In New York City, some garages charge oversize fees for large vehicles and “super oversize” fees for body-on-chassis vans and SUVs.

But with cheap gasoline, lengthening loan terms, and buyers increasingly clamoring for more space or amenities, vehicles are likely to continue to grow, leaving more garages to be used as storage units and man caves. .

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Development of downtown Raleigh means fewer parking spaces, garages

Finding a parking spot in downtown Raleigh will become more difficult this year when two garages are demolished for future development.

But the compression should be temporary.

More parking spaces and garages will open in 2021 and 2022, giving the city more parking than it currently has.

Raleigh City Council was briefed on the downtown parking offer during a meeting on Tuesday.

City officials are hoping to add nearby park-and-ride parking – where people can leave their cars and catch a bus downtown – but the timing and location have yet to be determined.

Raleigh should also consider partnerships with businesses and private organizations to fill the parking gap.

There are 8,000 parking garage spaces, 680 surface parking spaces and 1,550 metered spaces, and the city has approximately 60% of these spaces. This gives the downtown area about 500 more parking spaces than is currently needed to meet demand, said Matthew Currier, Raleigh’s parking manager.

The parking lot at The News & Observer’s former home (near Nash Square) holds around 300 cars, and the Alexander Square parking lot (near the capital) holds around 700. Both will be demolished this year, leaving 500 spaces for short of town. of demand, Currier said.

The first phase of the development of Smokey Hollow is expected to open in 2020, which will add approximately 1,000 spaces. But these spaces are closer to Glenwood South and not in the central part of downtown.

Then in 2021, the city should see a surplus of nearly 3,000 parking spaces with the addition of parking lots at 2 Glenwood, Smokey Hollow phase two and 301 Hillsborough.

This surplus increases to more than 7,000 spaces compared to current demand with the addition of the 400H building, the Nexus, 121 Fayetteville and the development on Carbarrus Street.

In the long term, the city may consider selling some of its parking lots or redeveloping properties.

Turning these parking garages into pedestrianized urban developments should be a priority for the city, said Jonathon Melton, board member.

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This story was originally published 12 March 2020 5.30 pm.

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Anna Johnson covers Raleigh and Wake County for the News & Observer. She has previously covered city government, crime, and business for newspapers across North Carolina and has received numerous North Carolina Press Association awards, including first place for investigative reporting. She is a 2012 alumnus of Elon University.
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New Smyrna Beach could add downtown parking structures

Beachgoers and New Smyrna Beach residents might see more parking options around Flagler Avenue, as the city plans to implement a downtown parking garage.

The City of New Smyrna Beach conducted a survey of residents who asked them about parking and found that almost everyone said there were parking issues around Flagler Avenue.

“Ninety-seven percent of the people who responded said there was a parking problem on Flagler Avenue and they would like that problem resolved,” said Phillip Veski of the City of New Smyrna Beach.

People say parking near the beach can be hectic.

“It’s a bit clustered, a bit chaotic, and if you get there at the wrong time you won’t find parking,” said Laila Costello, who travels to New Smyrna Beach a lot.

The city is working on three potential ideas to alleviate downtown parking problems:

  • A parking garage that would have a store front downstairs and multiple parking levels above. Plants would hide the structure of the parking lot.

  • A Park-and-Ride system that would have a parking lot further away and a shuttle to the beach

  • Metered parking on Flagler Avenue

Currently, parking on Flagler Avenue is free, and people can park on the beach and nearby lots for an additional fee.

Some beach goers say they think providing more parking options will entice people on Flagler Avenue to shop and dine in New Smyrna Beach.

“If you want to get off and maybe just have lunch or something, you might not find parking and you could go somewhere else,” said Eddie McQuillan.

However, not everyone is on board.

Some people tell FOX 35 News that they think parking will take away the uniqueness of New Smyrna Beach.

“Absolutely not,” said resident Jean Reddington. “New Smyrna Beach has always been a wonderful, quaint little town that we all love and if you start putting in parking garages it will take away the historic charm of the town.”

New Smyrna Beach will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 4 p.m. to review the survey results and discuss potential parking options for the city.

They ask residents and others to attend and share their opinions.

The meeting will be held at New Smyrna Beach Town Hall.

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Big SUVs, vans overtake garages and parking lots

Parking your truck is getting more and more difficult.

Across America, the search for larger vehicles faces physical limitations. SUVs and pickup trucks get so big that they struggle to fit into some homes, parking garages, and public parking spaces.

Owners may have to think twice before purchasing bigger vehicles, as parking lot operators start charging oversized fees to accommodate giant SUVs and trucks.

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SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford Expedition and pickup trucks like the Fiat Chrysler Ram are examples of popular vehicles that have grown in size in recent years, testing parking limitations.

When Kristen Trevino recently moved into her new home in the Dallas area, she ran into a problem.

His 2016 Ford F-150 did not fit in the garage. Without getting discouraged, she bought the 2019 model. That one didn’t fit either.

“It’s too high. It’s too long, she said. Now she keeps it parked in the driveway.

His next door neighbor also has an F-150 and has just enough room in his garage.

“He can knock his own in,” she said, but added that he “touches his front wall and barely clears the door.”

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Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports, said the trend was becoming an issue. “They are very difficult vehicles to maneuver” and to park.

Take Tesla’s Cybertruck. The the massive electric pickup with stainless steel body debuted at a media event in November, while CEO Elon Musk boasted that the Cybertruck would be the fiercest and most efficient pickup on the market when it arrives in late 2021. Commercial demand, he later said, has already exceeded expectations.

But some fans interested in the Cybertruck fear they won’t have enough room for it.

Jim Griffin is Room A. The Pennsylvania resident recently placed a refundable deposit of $ 100 to secure his place in the Cybertruck queue. But he is not sure whether to proceed with the purchase after reading online discussions about the immense size of the vehicle.

“They’re like, ‘This thing is huge and it won’t fit in your garage,’” he said. “That’s when I said, ‘Hang on a second here, time out. This thing may not be suitable.

And installing the pickup in your garage is a dealbreaker.

“Today there are people who buy Dodge Rams, Ford pickups that don’t fit, and they park them outside,” he said. “The difference here is that it’s an electric vehicle and… you have to plug it in. I’m not going to spend $ 50,000, $ 60,000, $ 70,000, $ 80,000 on a vehicle and then have to run an extension cord outside the garage or an outside outlet. “

Pennsylvania resident Jim Griffin's Honda Pilot barely fits in his garage, so he's worried the Tesla Cybertruck won't fit if he decides to buy one.

Parking any vehicle in the driveway or on the street exposes it to potential damage from inclement weather, vandalism or theft.

The Cybertruck is so big that it could be classified as an average pickup if its batteries rock its total weight above 8,000 pounds, said Stephanie Brinley, senior automotive analyst at research firm IHS Markit.

After a Tesla blogger posted a video simulation showing that the Cybertruck may not fit in some garages, Musk tweeted that the company is considering certain adjustments in response to the concerns.

“We can probably reduce the width by an inch and maybe reduce the length by more than 6 inches without losing utility or aesthetics,” he said.

Tesla engineers are also equipping the Cybertruck with air suspension, he said. This would allow owners to lower the height of the vehicle to fit it into a garage.

Would your garage fit the Tesla Cybertruck?

Residential garages vary in size. Common sizes for newly constructed two-car garages include a number of dimensions: 18 feet wide and 20 feet deep; 20 feet by 20 feet, 22 feet by 22 feet and 20 feet by 22 feet, according to garage builder Danley’s. But some garages, including older ones built in the age of smaller vehicles, can be even smaller.

At 231.7 inches long, the Cybertruck would only have about 8 inches to spare in a 20-foot-long garage. Better be a big parker to drive that one in.

It’s not the only vehicle that will struggle to fit in. At 225.7 inches long, the newly redesigned and elongated 2021 Chevrolet Suburban would technically fit into a 20-foot-deep garage, but it’ll only have 14.3 inches to spare.

Even though larger SUVs and vans can technically squeeze in, many owners pack shelves, tools, and other items into their garages, reducing space to store their vehicles.

Griffin, for example, said he had laundry supplies in part of his garage.

“If you look like a Suburban or a Ford Expedition these days they’re huge and I’m not sure they would fit,” he said. “I even watched one once and I’m not so sure.”

“The next generation Suburban is going to be so big – my wife is driving one – that you won’t be able to park it in the garage,” said Jeff Dyke, president of Sonic Automotive, one of the largest auto dealer networks in in the United States “The Tahoe is the new Suburban, and the new Suburban is a school bus.”

But that’s what Americans want, he says. “Gasoline prices are low, they are reasonable and the country is in love with SUVs. “

Oversized parking fees

As residential garages get narrower and narrower, public parking garages and public parking spaces are also feeling the pinch.

Who among us hasn’t walked through a mall parking lot and seen huge SUVs and vans hanging several feet from the end of space?

“The parking spaces are not big enough,” said Dyke of Sonic Automotive. “The parking lots are not big enough to accommodate all the cars coming out. “

Dallas area resident Kristen Trevino's 2019 Ford F-150 pickup won't fit in her garage, so it's parked in the driveway.

Trevino, the Dallas-area resident whose F-150 does not fit in her garage, said she has personally experienced the frustration associated with the size of her pickup.

“My truck is really big,” she said. “Trying to maneuver in a space sucks. If you go to the mall and it’s crowded, finding a seat is a huge factor. I really have to spend time looking.

In parking garages, this is especially problematic if they have low ceilings and sharp turns.

Parking.com, the consumer brand of publicly traded parking and transportation provider SP Plus, is starting to adjust its business to handle larger vehicles. The company is already charging oversized fees for large SUVs and trucks in some batches, especially in New York City, said Jeff Eckerling, director of growth for SP Plus.

He said the company may have to consider going further if vehicles continue to grow.

“We’ll have to look at what our rates are and what we charge for these vehicles,” he said. “If you’re on surface land, we could (say) that if you park and your vehicle goes over two spaces, we could charge you for two spaces. “

For SpotHero, an app that sells parking at more than 7,000 locations across the country, oversized charges are currently limited largely in New York City, where about 11% of vehicles must pay extra.

Now, some New York lots are starting to charge “super oversize” fees, which apply to truck-based SUVs and vans, while the “oversize” fees apply to crossovers.

In the rest of the country, “parking operators could pull a page out of New York’s playbook and start charging oversized fees for larger vehicles,” said Elan Mosbacher, senior vice president of strategy and operations. operations at SpotHero.

While larger vehicles can pose some drawbacks, Americans don’t seem too bothered by this overall, at least if the vehicles introduced by automakers are any indication.

In fact, several recent announcements suggest that vehicles should continue to grow. General Motors announced that it will revive the mammoth Hummer as an electric pickup truck under the GMC brand. Ford is also set to showcase a redesigned F-150 later this year, and it will likely be larger than the previous generation.

George Augustaitis, Director of Automotive Industry and Economic Analysis at Cargurus.com, speculated that Ford might even consider bringing back the Excursion nameplate as the biggest SUV in its lineup, despite the Expedition having grown significantly in recent years.

“Everything is getting bigger,” he said.

“We never really know where the end will be,” said IHS analyst Brinley. “People buy what they want to use. Whatever their personal reasons, whatever their situation in their life, they decided it was worth it. It is not critical, it is just a fact.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.

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