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Old 08-01-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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how to get a 7'6" trailer thru a 7' garage door

Any ideas on how to get my 7'6" high Scamp 13 footer (no AC on top) into and thru a 7' garage door? there's plenty of space past the door but it's a problem I have to solve -

one idea is to let air out of the tires and reinflate once in the garage -

another is to get smaller rims (8 inch??) and tires just for garage storage in and out and then swap out back to standard 13 inch rims for the trip

does anyone have other ideas? thanks
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:48 AM   #2
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I have the same problem. I have to take off the tires and hubs to get mine into the garage.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:33 AM   #3
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Lower the ground...

OK, in my room now
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:35 AM   #4
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I have the same problem. I have to take off the tires and hubs to get mine into the garage.
OK that lowers it- but how do you roll it in ? you can't just drag it
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:44 AM   #5
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smaller rims is probably the easiest but i have also seen others use disc brake rotors appropriately sized to fit the lugs or circles cut out of wood 2"x10"'s w/holes drilled for lugs
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:43 PM   #6
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OK that lowers it- but how do you roll it in ? you can't just drag it
How about a couple of appliance dollies?
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:55 PM   #7
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you can have the garage raised they cut out the top end and add a panel to the role up door and re do the tracks a guy i worked with had this done to his house so he could get his raised Hummer inside....never saw the garage though....
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:15 PM   #8
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One possible solution is to get a pair of these:
2 Piece 1000 Lb. Capacity Vehicle Dollies

and build a wooden insert to hold the hub on the dolly. I use two pair of these modified wherein I cut down a piece of 2 by 4 to sit on the bottom of the "U"; on top of that sits a piece of plywood that covers the entire top such that a load is carried pretty evenly across the top surface. I use these for moving printing presses that weigh in excess of 2500 lbs. around my shop.

It would be a simple matter to make a wooden support to hold the hub. So one would jack up the trailer, remove the tire and lower onto the dolly. Repeat on the other side. An advantage is they are casters so moving the trailer side to side once in the garage could easily be done.

Hope this helps,
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:41 PM   #9
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Here is a lengthy discussion from a couple years ago http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f55/how-to-fit-a-7-4-high-egg-into-6-11-garage-35085.html

Here is a link to how not to do it, also previously posted on this forum YouTube - idiot with a caravan
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It's a problem that may require an expensive solution.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:27 PM   #11
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The best solution is to go to an 8' articulated door. I have a 7' cantilevered door and it's a problem. I tried the dollies but the wheels are so small it is difficult to move. I put on 8" rims only and they worked and moved, however will cut into asphalt driveways. I also used 2 vehicle floor jacks to hold up the back of the trailer, and lowered the front dolly wheel to it's lowest point and that can work as well.
Or, remove your garage door, put in the trailer, and reinstall the door!
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:40 PM   #12
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I have same problem. I think 1st use a board to hold / prop door in full open. I also thought of a dolly or smaller wheels, 8" ? and or let some air out if needed. Stock is 13". J C Whitney sells boat trailer tires of different sizes. nee right bolt pattern. Might have to remove vent cover.

I think a homemade dolly might be the best. It would lower it alot.

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Old 08-03-2010, 10:39 PM   #13
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Going to build this setup.Take the wheel and hub off the trailer and get 2 U bolts for each axle, plus 2 caster wheels with a weight limit of 400 lbs each.
I need to have the Scamp axle 1/2" off the ground so I can get it into the garage.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:20 AM   #14
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Here is how I did it:

13 ' Trillium in 83" garage door

That was our first year of owning our Trillium.

If you go to post #10, there are pictures. (excuse the messy garage)

Last year we left it out and took it south after the holidays!

Of course, around here sometimes most of the cold weather is in December, but not always.
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