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Old 28th June 2020, 09:41   #1
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Default Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

Advice requested!

I have a 2 vehicle garage which is unfortunately pretty restricted both in terms of width and length. Although it is 3 sides open, there are 2 solid side pillars which jut into the already limited width . FUrther, as the depth/length is also limited, I am forced to back my vehicles in close to the rear wall to save them from the rains.

I currently use the parking sensors, reversing cameras and plain judgement to park my cars, BUT have messed up on rare occasions and/or in low visibility conditions. I need some kind of stopper at the end (rear wall), as well as rubbing strips for the accursed side pillars.

Has anyone explored fitting parking protection equipment like wheel chocks (portable), fixed parking stoppers, pillar guards and corner rubbing strips? I see them all over BLR's offices, MLCPs etc but rarely in residential private garages.

Any tips from anyone please? There is an amazing variety of equipment available off Amazon, Industrybuying, Tolexo, Flipkart etc. Some samples below:

Wheel chocks (portable): https://www.amazon.in/s?k=wheel+chock&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
Wheel stoppers (fixed): https://www.amazon.in/s?k=wheel+stop...f=nb_sb_noss_2
Pillar guards: https://www.amazon.in/s?k=pillar+gua...f=nb_sb_noss_1

General road safety products:
https://www.unnathi.com/corner-guard.html
https://www.roadsafetybangalore.com/...pper-Bangalore

Before anyone suggests a good old pair of bricks will do the job as well , rest assured I am fully aware of that! Lastly, a few pictures of my situation:
EDIT: Apologies for the filthy state of the garage as the recent storms have wreaked havoc with muddy water from the adjoining garden area.
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Old 28th June 2020, 09:48   #2
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Default re: Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

Hang a tennis ball from the ceiling that'd touch the rear windshield such that its marking the exact spot where you should stop reversing.

This is the cleanest way, and if one wants to be even more careful and doesn't mind, keeping old car/bike tyres against the wall would help.
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Default re: Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

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Hang a tennis ball from the ceiling....
keeping old car/bike tyres against the wall....
Thanks but want to do it in a more professional permanent way.

Forgot to mention that we'll be replacing the soiled granite blocks with heavy duty tiles shortly. As part of that project, I want to install these conveniences; the garage is part of the facade of the villa, and looks super ugly currently.

No way I'm going to add to the ugliness with old tyres .
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Default re: Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

OP is already aware of Wheel Stoppers that I was recommending.
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Wheel stoppers is the way to go. I have now used them for over 10 years.

Park the car as you would normally do, mark out the rear tyre position. Fix the stoppers accurately and secure with anchor bolts.

Also try and fix a thick rubber pad on the pillars.
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Also try and fix a thick rubber pad on the pillars.
Long Strips of Rubber from Scrapped Truck Tyres would make perfect lining for corners of Pillars under DIY project
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Default Re: Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

I can see what you might have against wheel chocks, because they are rather big and can be bright / ugly.


Small Chocks

The good news is that if you are a cautious enough reverser, you don't need massive chocks. If you go slow enough, even a sudden 1/2" rise (eg. something like a metal pipe on the ground) is enough to obstruct the car from moving further, and signal to you stop.

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In fact, even a drop / channel that's about 5" wide and 1/2" deep (going into the floor) might work the same way.


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GrammarNazi's tennis ball trick is brilliant, but if you don't want the jugaad look of a hanging tennis ball, another simple way to do it is just to have a marker on the wall. Align it perfectly with your ORVM at the position at which you should stop. Typically you'd put this on the passenger side, since that will be closer to the wall, which will minimize parallax (variance in the car's position).

It doesn't have to be an obvious "marker" - could be any kind of wall decoration, or even a small sticker.

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The advantage of this is also that you could move it easily if you change cars (something that you wouldn't be able to do if you installed wheel chocks or a gutter etc).


Hi-Tech

If you want to go all 2030 you can rig up something like BHPian chiro3110's radar parking system:




Extra (Door) Protection

For saving your door edges from dinging against the wall, you can consider pool-noodles (DIY : Pool Noodled Garage - Protection for Car Doors):


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Default Re: Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

I'd looked up the pillar guards last year, but didn't actually get to buying them , still undecided on that.

I'd suggest couple of simple/long term solutions for preventing the rear of the car from kissing the wall at the back:
1. Use old cycle tyres or thinner car tyres but fix them to the wall in a pattern like maybe the Audi logo or the Olympic rings, this way your aesthetics are taken care of

2. Alternatively, paste a rectangular strip of rubber on the wall, you can always paint some design/border around it to make it look good

3. At the rear portion of your car parking slot, raise the floor (anyways you have the plan to replace the tiles etc) by 1-2", making sure the raised portion starts where you car tyres would be when its close to the wall but not touching it, leave some buffer for stopping the car with braking though
This may not work if you change your car since the rear overhang may be different in the new car, but given your current constraint I don't think you will go for a car that's longer!

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Default Re: Parking bump stoppers, wheel chocks & pillar/corner guards

Since you are renovating the parking space, you can finish the last 4 feet from the wall with rough cement instead of tiles and bolt in a 6 foot rumbler strip. If you change your car, you can unbolt the strip and align it to a different location that suits the new car.
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