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Old 11-05-2013, 07:54 AM
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this has anyone ever installed a 4 post car lift in garage to use to store your boat so you can park a car under it
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Assuming this would be for a 20' Cigarette as your username suggests, I can't see why this would not work.
It would probably be best to block the trailer to make sure you have the weight evenly supported, and you may even end up with the boat fore or aft of center for proper weight distribution.

Make sure you get a wide lift.
And if going all out, might as well get the rolling lift-jacks to make blocking the boat even easier.
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if you mean for a 20 ft boat why not puy the car on it and park the boat underneath?
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Your going to be hard pressed to get the boat/trailer on ther lift. My dually fits on our lift (outside rears hang off) but my 19' centerconsole and trialer is too wide.

We have a big 4-post also, good to 14k LBS
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Originally Posted by sailtexas186548 View Post
Your going to be hard pressed to get the boat/trailer on ther lift. My dually fits on our lift (outside rears hang off) but my 19' centerconsole and trialer is too wide.

We have a big 4-post also, good to 14k LBS
it can be done on a symmetrical lift,,i do it all the time when repacking wheel bearings..
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So what about the reverse scenario, extra wide, extra tall 4 post, will a boat fit under it?
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owners we are building new garage need to park 3 cars that are used daily and want too store there 22ft boat garage is 36ft wide 28ft deep with 12ft ceilings
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Can be done, but, most 4 post lifts are only 16 ft long, so you will need to make a jig of some type to support the hitch end to hold the nose up. I would think it would be easy to bolt a small tube or square shaft to the cross member, then clamp onto the trailer. This will also ensure it does not roll on you.

The biggest problem though as I see it, with a traditional 4 post, is getting the clearance needed for the width past the posts to place it on the lift. It would be relatively easy to widen a lift with spacers, but be very carefull, that the legs are mounted well into the floor so they do not tilt as the lift rises.
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Originally Posted by cig20 View Post
owners we are building new garage need to park 3 cars that are used daily and want too store there 22ft boat garage is 36ft wide 28ft deep with 12ft ceilings
Sure a 22' boat is going to fit in a 28' garage on a trailer?

Without seeing a floor plan and some elevations, I think you are going to interfere with the garage door. You might have to have the tongue of the trailer pitched up when on the lift to get it over a standard 8' tall door which might work. 9' feet, maybe not.

...assuming normal garage doors. Or are you going with roll-ups?
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Originally Posted by Sydwayz View Post
Sure a 22' boat is going to fit in a 28' garage on a trailer?

Without seeing a floor plan and some elevations, I think you are going to interfere with the garage door. You might have to have the tongue of the trailer pitched up when on the lift to get it over a standard 8' tall door which might work. 9' feet, maybe not.

...assuming normal garage doors. Or are you going with roll-ups?
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