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Old 01-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Survey of Garageable Trailers and Heights

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
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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Wellllll, it's not just age of the trailer, but axle replacements that may have occured. My 1988 16' Scamp might have fit under a standard garage door with it's saggy, baggy axle... but since I replaced it with a 45 degree down axle... I need at least an 9' door. So, the original age of the trailer may be meaningless....
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:04 PM   #3
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This was the #1 consideration during my trailer search. I ended up up with a "flat top" Boler. The '68 and '69's were not as tall as the later molds. Even though it has a new axle it still sits as low as original. To add to the difficulty the drive way slopes down which causes the trailer to angle in a bit higher.

Trailer height 7'
Door height 7'4"
Breathing room (or hold your breath room!) probably around 2" at the angle.

I realize you put 6'9" but thought the flat top was worth an honourable mention.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. The 6'9" is to give a general idea -- based only on one garage with a new roll-up door. Heights of "typical" garage openings appreciated.

I ask for the year made to help isolate running changes to frames, bodies, suspensions that may affect overall height. I would like to compile heights reflecting a trailer with fully functional suspension, of the type originally fitted. Manufactures' information could be used, when available.

Donna, the workings & design of torsion axles are new to me. (Trails West being of the leaf spring persuasion.) How much drop could one see, while still functional?
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:04 PM   #5
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There again, it's not just axles etc. folks need to measure, but all the "stuff" sticking up from the roof from A/Cs to vent covers to added covers over power vents. etc. I really wish there was a standard measurement for a particular year or brand... but I truly don't think that will happen unless it's newly manufactured with stated heights with all that stuff (possibly) sticking up on the roof.

What I worry about, is a newbe looking to buy a trailer and thinks "okay, I can buy XX brand trailer that was built in XX year and it will fit under my garage door." ..... probably not in real life.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:27 AM   #6
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The height to fit in my garage was a major factor in my choosing an Amerigo. My Amerigo has a built in air conditioner so there is nothing sticking up on top of the unit. My unit is only a fraction over 7 feet tall. Because the Amerigo is comparatively wide, there is more space inside than many FGRVs.

My Amerigo is a 1974 model, and is in very good condition. The all-fiberglass exterier really holds up. We have used our Amerigo for several years, and love it.

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Old 01-07-2012, 10:00 AM   #7
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Dean, thanks for the info, is your Amerigo a 16?

Donna, the purpose of gathering height info is to give a general idea of make / model / years that may fit in garages, narrowing the search. There will be variations between individual trailer -- especially if AC units, solar panels & flood lamps are fitted to the roof.

W A R N I N G : Prospective owners should measure their garage / carport opening, and ask the seller to measure that trailers' highest point, then double check yourself when viewing.

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Old 01-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #8
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Better plan on building a garage with overhead that accomodates the trailer imho.

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Old 01-07-2012, 10:27 AM   #9
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You could compile a list of trailers that might fit, including Scamp 13 and Casita 13. But I don't think it's possible to ever say they will fit. That's because (without roof A/C) they come so close, it can easily go either way. It's Caveat Emptor, and each prospective buyer must measure their own garage opening and the trailer they contemplate purchasing.
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Yes. It is an FG-16. The brochures are here at
Fiberglass RV - Document Center - Amerigo

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Old 01-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #11
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At 7'8" and 7'6" the current Casita and Scamp 13s do not make the list.
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Most modern standard doors are 7' or the older ones are 8'
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Better plan on building a garage with overhead that accomodates the trailer imho.

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Many 13ft fiberglass trailers were designed to fit under a 7ft door, and did with caution.
At our former home , we raised the header and installed 8' doors, most 13ft Scamps and other small fiberglass trailers will fit under that even with roof air. Eggy-Sue(our 13 Scamp fit... with roof air, maxxair and a Delta antenna in place. A 16 would fit but not with roof air.

We have since moved and constructed a small building with 10 ft side walls and a 9ft door, now I hardly even need to be cautious, even with a 16 Scamp with roof air.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:51 AM   #14
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Scamp height

My 16 ft scamp measures 8 ft 3 in. from the ground to the top of the roof top Air conditioner It will not fit through an 8 ft garage door I tried to rent a garage but the ones in my area have mostly 7 ft and a few 8 ft doors . There are not many with 10 ft or 12 ft doors and they charge about double versus a 7 ft. door . (They know you want it for a travel trailer and charge accordingly)
There are places in my area with pole barn space to rent but they do not allow removal until April . They double and triple park boats and trailers in the bldg. and do not want to move everything in the pole barn just to dig yours out. If I ever build another garage it will have a 10 ft door and enough room to work on all sides of the trailer

Thanks Steve Dunham
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