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Old 08-26-2013, 11:39 PM   #15
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The brake drums on car dollies worked for me: Fitting 13' Scamp into garage with 7' opening
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:57 PM   #16
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the 8"rims lowered the scamp low enough to get it in a garage with a 8' door

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Could you have meant a 7ft door?
My trailer(pictured below) fits easily under an 8ft door opening with stock tires.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:16 AM   #17
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No, unfortunately it's a 7 foot door opening. I wish I had an 8 foot door opening because it would probably be what I need with the stock 14" rims. It drops at least 6 to 8 inches once I put the drums on the car dollies. A bit of a pain but having it in the garage when I'm not using it gives me peace of mind. There have been several camper trailer thefts in our city including my neighbor whose pop up trailer was stolen. They even had proper theft protection.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:37 AM   #18
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just a short note regarding the solving of my problem of getting my 13 ft scamp in my garage. I bought 2 4.80x8 5 lug trailer tires from a trailer supply store for a very reasonable price,for 2 tires and rims.worked great.
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I have been using the 4.80x8 wheels since I bought the Boler and started the modifications, they work great. In Canada you can buy them at Princess Auto.

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Old 08-27-2013, 11:47 AM   #19
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Ian, how tall is your garage door opening and do you have any vents on the top of your boler? The biggest problem for me are the vents, although those wheels look like they might be small enough to work for me and might be worth looking into. As it stands right now, I've got the brake drums 3 inches from the ground and one of the top vents scrapes the top of my 7 foot garage door opening by just a hair. I have no room to play with for sure.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #20
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No, unfortunately it's a 7 foot door opening. I wish I had an 8 foot door opening because it would probably be what I need with the stock 14" rims. It drops at least 6 to 8 inches once I put the drums on the car dollies. A bit of a pain but having it in the garage when I'm not using it gives me peace of mind. There have been several camper trailer thefts in our city including my neighbor whose pop up trailer was stolen. They even had proper theft protection.
The stock rims on a 13Scamp are 13".
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #21
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Ian, how tall is your garage door opening and do you have any vents on the top of your boler? The biggest problem for me are the vents, although those wheels look like they might be small enough to work for me and might be worth looking into. As it stands right now, I've got the brake drums 3 inches from the ground and one of the top vents scrapes the top of my 7 foot garage door opening by just a hair. I have no room to play with for sure.
My garage door is just shy of 7' and I have a 14"x14" roof vent on top that is about 2" (maybe more) above the roof line. I need to install the 8" rims backwards on the hubs for them to clear the brake drums but this works fine and I have several inches of clearance to the door.

This shows the Boler outside my garage with the 8" wheels installed
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Can U roll it in on the hubs?
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:32 PM   #23
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Can U roll it in on the hubs?
I would never roll a trailer directly on the hub, it would be too easy to damage the hub face where the wheels mounts which would cause runout on the mounted wheel. also if the axle has a negative or "up angle" trailing arm configuration like most Bolers and Scamps the hub would not even contact the ground.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:46 PM   #24
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Ok. Here's a long shot but. . Can you compress the springs using a chain or leaf spring compressor. This might give u just what you need to get under the door header.
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Ok. Here's a long shot but. . Can you compress the springs using a chain or leaf spring compressor. This might give u just what you need to get under the door header.
That may work for some trailers, but typically Scamps don't have leaf springs. They ride on a torsion axle.
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That may work for some trailers, but typically Scamps don't have leaf springs. They ride on a torsion axle.
The Scamp still has springs, even though they are not of the leaf type, or even steel - they're just rubber. I think it would be difficult to arrange a safe system to compress the springs significantly, which would mean pulling the suspension arms up toward the frame. I wouldn't try it.

This is just a "last inch" technique, since that's about all the travel available, but that's all that was being suggested.
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My bad, thanks for the correction. :-)
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Would seem to me that you could get a metalworking shop to cut out a pair of circular steel plates to the smallest possible diameter that would fit over your hubs. Have them also cut out the 4 or 5 holes matching the bolt pattern on your wheels and the center hub as well (if required). Then take an old bicycle tire and glue it over the edge of the steel plate as a driving surface, and who-la, you have a new set of wheels giving you maximum possible clearance. If that is not enough clearance, you would have to also remove your vents from on top of the trailer and set them up so that they can be readily removed and re-installed. If it still don't work, you are out of luck and will have to either increase your garage door size or park elsewhere.
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