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Old 06-22-2015, 09:50 PM   #1
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Trailer that will fit through an 8ft garage door

Hi. We are new to trailering and have decided on some sort of new fgrv but think we want one that we can store at home in our garage. It looks to me like Scamp, Casita, Happier Camper and Trillium Outback might work.

Are there other options I'm missing? Can I trust the specs (ex. if the mfg says 7' 10" so only 2" to spare) to be accurate?

We want a very light weight trailer that can be easily towed with our existing vehicle (Lexus RX, max 3500 lbs) over mountain passes if needed. A bathroom isn't a high priority for us. We would prefer a bigger bed but it looks like we'll have to compromise on the 48" bed.

Currently the 16 ft Scamp (like floorplan 4) or the Trillium Outback (love the bigger windows) are the front runners for us. The Happier Camper looks so cool, but I would prefer something a little homier.

Any thoughts? Thank you in advance!
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:17 PM   #2
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Depends. Axles relax. You could end up buying a 19(XX) trailer expecting it's going to be XX height... and the owner changed the axle and now it's TO TALL. Whatever trailer you decide to buy, make sure you know the height! Don't assume, you may be very sorry.

I changed the axle on my 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe. Prior to axle change, it would fit through an 8' door. No LONGER.

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Old 06-23-2015, 12:01 AM   #3
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Our Compact II and the other pop-tops all fit easily in standard garages. They are a little harder to find, but worth the wait.


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Old 06-23-2015, 01:27 AM   #4
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My 76 boler fits through the garage door. Original axel but new tires are slightly larger.


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Old 06-23-2015, 01:49 AM   #5
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First off Jill, welcome to FGRV. I THINK that any FB trailer, other than a 5'er, without roof air would clear an 8' door. Pull up the manufacturers sites and check their specs. But as Donna D pointed out, if it's not new, it may have been changed from factory by past owners. I added a 3" lift to mine so my specs are out the window. There are a few ways to lower the unit to clear the door and many have been posted. All are pretty cheap to do also. Others will chime in soon.
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Old 06-23-2015, 07:33 AM   #6
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A Lil Snoozy would fit, @ 7.6.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:27 AM   #7
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If only my garage doors were 8'............
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:41 AM   #8
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Good point! Don't assume your garage door is 8' unless you measured it.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:26 AM   #9
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Most garage doors are 84 in (7ft) 4 panels .So Each panel is 21in. So usually if one wants a bigger door its 105 in. They add one extra panel .
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:01 AM   #10
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Smile 2004-2006 Escape 17 ft

My Escape fits in my 8 ft high garage with enough room for my wife's Honda civic beside it. In 2007 Escape increased the clearance of the trailer and had added to the overall height so anything newer would not work for us. My 79 Boler also fit which was higher than any others I have seen. I could spin the trailer around the garage with a wheel on the tongue.

Again most garages are only 7 ft so make sure you measure twice before purchasing. I did.

We upgraded to the Escape for the bathroom as we plan on doing a lot more traveling when we retire.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:42 AM   #11
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Thank you for the great input everyone.

Definitely measured my garage before posting. I just double checked though and was a bit surprised to find that I have 3 18" panels in the middle and 2 21" panels on the top and bottom (5 panels total). Before I thought they were all the same size.

I liked the Lil Snoozy layout a lot, but think the weight (2500 lbs dry right?) will be too much for our 3500 lbs towing limit. And we thought about popups (like the Compact II) but decided against that.

Grant, how tall is your 2006 Escape? Did you have to do anything to it to make it fit?

I will search the forum to see what others have done to reduce the height.
Thanks again.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:02 PM   #12
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Casita clearance

16' Casita with standard axle will fit through an 8' door. 1999 and earlier 17' Casita will fit. Both have no air conditioner on the roof. MaxxAir fan covers added to either will prevent entry but both can be removed easily for storage. If the trailer is too tall by an inch or two you can let the air out of the tires and refill them when you get it in.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:05 PM   #13
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I am not sure why 2500 lbs would be too much for a 3500 lbs tow limit. Sounds perfect to me. There are those on this site that go well over their tow limit.
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Good point! Don't assume your garage door is 8' unless you measured it.
Yes! Our door top is 7'...even our non top AC Scamp 13 could not fit. Disappointing. Had to buy storage space for our Escape. Will be measuring garage openings when we go house hunting!
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