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Old 01-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #15
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For various reasons, trailers that fit in a garage are desired by some. (Without resorting to dollies or small specialty wheels.)

With the pop-top trailers such as my Trails West we typically assume they are low enough, while fiberglass eggs are more of a mystery as to height -- unless you own it already.

In this thread I hope to get people to post the year, model and height of trailers that fit under a typical home garage door, perhaps a maximum of 6ft 9in.

If a trailer is something other than 13 feet long, please note that also.

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1970 Trails West Campster : 6ft 6in
I have a TrailsWest and have had a Compact Jr, several Scamps and others. "My TrailsWest has the axle below the leaf springs"
The pop-up section is actually their way to address the height issue, where others addressed it by lowering the floor. So a stock boler or Scamp 13 is actuallyequal to or shorter than either of the aforementioned rear entry trailers with pop-ups Even when closed.
The new post fire Scamp 13 will no longer fit under a standard 7ft door.
A 16 Scamp will not fit under a 7ft door even without any roof gear.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:53 PM   #16
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My garage door turns out to be 8ft.

The 1978 Trillium 4500 is ... hard to measure. The obvious roof line is 7 foot, but there is a headroom bulge plus another few inches of roof vent. I'd estimate it a 7'6''.

Having a garageable trailer is a very, very valuable feature
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #17
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Floyd, my Trails West #267 has the axle above the leaf spring and an overall height of 6ft 6in. (I just received a scan of a Trails West Brochure, no height dimension is given, and they listed *torsion spring suspension* in this brochure depicting an early frame type.)

In post #3 here, Mark (WildBirder) mentioned '68 / '69' "flat top" Boler at 7ft, were any lower than that?

The former owner of my Trails West stores his Perris Pacer in the garage, not sure if his is a 7ft door.

Thanks for the additions.

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A neighbor of ours has a height issue with this Van based RV.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #18
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Over time I hope to get more real world heights added to this thread. Here are overall heights as listed in brochures from the Resources Document Center:

Compact Jr 6'9"
Burro 7'4"
1973 Playpac 7'4" (with dome)
1973 & 1977 Boler brochures list a height of 6'11"

N O T E : Measure twice before purchasing a trailer to fit in the garage of your Victorian row house on Haight St.

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BTW I added a Trails West Campster brochure to the Documents center yesterday.
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #19
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We have a1999 Casita Patriot (13') and it will not fit in our 7' garage door. I know your looking for trailers that can fit through a standard garage door. But don't rule out some trailers that take just a little effort to be able to fit through a standard garage door. What we do for or Casita is pull off our 15" tires/rims and put on the original 13" rims with tires and it clears the 7' garage door by an inch. Works well for us in a HOA community that does not allow outside parking of RVs. Takes us maybe 10 minutes to do the process. Even if the HOA allowed outside parking, we like how it stays out of Florida hot sun!

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:28 PM   #20
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My Compact Jr fits thru the 7 ft door & inside the garage.

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Old 01-12-2012, 03:17 PM   #21
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My Campster must have the axle below the leaf springs as it stands tall and just scrapes through the 7 ft garage door. It is also much higher to step into than a Boler or Scamp. And I have twelve inch wheels on it as I was worried (for good reason) that thirteens wouldn't make it through the garage door. I did knock off one of the trim pieces the first time I went through. I am not sure the wheel height made a difference but it could have.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:58 PM   #22
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For those who can, please measure & post your trailer height here -- especially if is notably low and possibly "garageable".

Bobbie, even at 6'6" my Trails West would literally scrape by on the "7ft" garage with it's original old-school pull-up wood door. Now with a new metal roll-up in place, I have at least 3-inches clear over the highest point. Not all "7ft" garage openings will be the same -- but then not all Trails West Campsters will be either. (The cover of the Campster brochure shows the body very low over the wheels. I expect the removable wheel spats were originally considered necessary to give more clearance during a tire change.)

Bob, did your '99 Casita Patriot (13') come with the 13 inch wheels? (Currently they list 15 inch wheels and a height of 7'8".)

We may want to rework the original goal as so few would fit in garage using a "7ft" or even an "8ft" door without resorting to smaller wheels or removing vents.
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For those who can, please measure & post your trailer height here -- especially if is notably low and possibly "garageable".
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My Campster must have the axle below the leaf springs as it stands tall and just scrapes through the 7 ft garage door.
My 1971 Compact Jr. measures exactly 84" tall with the roof closed, and its axle is now "spring over" just like Bobbie's trailer. The ground clearance to the bumper is now 11". It was factory spec "Spring under" when I first bought it, and the ground clearance to the bumper was 7" with an 81" measurement at the closed roof with the "Drop Axle" but it was constantly dragging the bumper when crossing a driveway curb cut. If I were to replace it with a straight axle, it would gain another 4" in height: 15" ground clearance at the bumper and 88" tall at the closed roof.
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Mark,

The 1999 13' Casita Patriot came with 13" tires. We upgraded to 15" for an extra margin of safety and tire availability.

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I have a 1974 13' Scamp. My garage clearance is 6'11, my Scamp is 6'10, my back bumper is 12 inches off the ground, and my step is 10 inches off the ground.

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