Everyone who owns a pickup truck, full-size or not, seems to have a funny — or not-so-funny — story about parking their pickup in their garage or other parking structures. Yes, pickups are bigger than most automobiles, yet more people than you’d think forget that.
Excluding the warning signs about roof height you might see at the entrance of a multistory shopping mall parking garage or underground parking lot, there are many common-sense things to consider when parking your pickup at home or away.
It’s not just about whether if fits: Can you can pull in far enough to close the garage door or fit between the white lines? You also must think about opening doors and being able to walk around the truck to enter the house. And don’t forget those pesky support beams and low-hanging door motors. In parking garages, you also must be mindful of support beams, turning radiuses and the vehicles you park between.
During recent testing in the Pacific Northwest with a pair of Toyota pickups, we had the chance to compare 2018 Tundra half-ton and Tacoma mid-size pickups in a residential garage. The garage housed storage closets and cabinets, a hot water heater, air conditioning, a water softener, a center support beam and an access door to the house. When we compared the trucks in different parking spots in the garage, the results were informative, so we’re sharing them with you.
Here are six things to consider before you purchase your next pickup if you plan to park it in a garage. Remember, just because they fit doesn’t mean garaging it will work for you.