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Old 06-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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Smile Hi from FL/still reseaching campers

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We are still researching and kinda' overwhelmed from so many choices. Most important factors I guess are: we need to store in our standard garage, fit 2 adults & 2 small dogs, EASY to set up (that's why we ended up here, maybe we could not use a pop up) dependable (we are not too handy ) we are not looking for luxury fancy items simple but dependable..... Any thoughts
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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This is the only thing that comes to mind with your requirement of storing in a garage: Aliner - The original A-frame travel trailer
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
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There are several other choices including the Hunter Compact-I, II & Jr and the look alike Campster that will all fit into a garage. And a few have worked out changing to temporary smaller tires on Scamps and others to fit into a garage.

Also tent trailers offer a lot of room and very little towing weight.

Look around here and there are pics of several tent trailers as well as my Hunter Compact-II

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Old 06-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #4
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Thanks!! will look at those..... but don't know why I am kinda' in love with the Scamp but realize it might be difficult to store in my garage What have y'all heard about TrailManor's? I've seen many people in these forums do all kinds of changes to their A liners and TM's campers and we are not really that handy... tough the fiberglass RV would be less prone to leaks or things just going wrong (might be wrong) .... Thanks for your input
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:47 AM   #5
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FWIW: Trail Manor trailers are heavy beyond belief. They put a lot of steel in the frame to be able to raise and support the upper.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:14 AM   #6
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Everything has changed! We are now looking at Olivers!! While my husband still has an Airstream in the back of his mind...... We are a bit away from retirement so still have time to research......any feedback? Thanks All so much


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Old 02-17-2015, 05:30 AM   #7
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Scamp Camp happens every February in Florida at Highland Hammocks State Park. Though the rally is dominated by Scamps there are all kinds of fiberglass trailers at the rally that you can walk through and meet with owners. Unfortunately this year's just ended but it's a great place to get a feel for fiberglass trailers.

We are located in Wauchula, FL right now and you would be welcome to see ours. We'll be here until the first of April.
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:28 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=Glory;505060]Everything has changed! We are now looking at Olivers!! While my husband still has an Airstream in the back of his mind...... We are a bit away from retirement so still have time to research......any feedback? Thanks All so much.

Most Airstream's are larger than most glass eggs. I doubt you would find one that would fit in a standard garage.

The Alto would work...
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Old 02-17-2015, 06:57 AM   #9
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My 16' Casita is stored inside my garage right now and with 14" tires. I have to gently push the lip of the garage doors up a bit till bottomed out and the Casita backs right in with the AC on the front.
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It sounds like you have a garage door that is a bit taller than the standard 84" door.
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It sounds like you have a garage door that is a bit taller than the standard 84" door.
I am not convinced there is a "standard" garage door height. I suspect there s a wide variety of garage door openings and so, garage doors have different sizes. Mine is a two car garage. I have not measured the opening but I was the owner builder that built the house. We can do that in Florida, thankfully, if you are building your own home in Florida on your own property. When I framed the garage i went by a set of architect's prints and rough-framed the opening to the blueprint's dimensions. I paid someone else to install the garage door-one side a two car opening and other side a single car opening.

So, I'd advise anyone wishing to store a travel trailer inside their garage to actually measure theirs, keeping in mind that they just might gain a few inches by pushing up on the bottom of their garage door lip once the motor takes it till it stops. This will go up even further than their chain drive opener will automatically take it. Thats what I do and my 16' Casita (lower than the 17') just squeezes underneath.
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I am not convinced there is a "standard" garage door height. I suspect there s a wide variety of garage door openings and so, garage doors have different sizes. Mine is a two car garage. I have not measured the opening but I was the owner builder that built the house. We can do that in Florida, thankfully, if you are building your own home in Florida on your own property. When I framed the garage i went by a set of architect's prints and rough-framed the opening to the blueprint's dimensions. I paid someone else to install the garage door-one side a two car opening and other side a single car opening.

So, I'd advise anyone wishing to store a travel trailer inside their garage to actually measure theirs, keeping in mind that they just might gain a few inches by pushing up on the bottom of their garage door lip once the motor takes it till it stops. This will go up even further than their chain drive opener will automatically take it. Thats what I do and my 16' Casita (lower than the 17') just squeezes underneath.
Length may also be a concern in a "standard" garage. You still want to be able to squeeze around it, which is next to impossible if the rear of the trailer is butted up to the rear wall and the tongue is kissing the garage door. Slithering under it to get to the other side is not really convenient! Perhaps you could measure the height of the door when opened to its max and the depth of the garage from door to back wall. Posting that information might lead to some forum members providing you with better suggestions.
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Many years ago I parked an Econoline van with a roof vent in my garage; easiest way to clear the vent was to push up on the door edge and poke an empty 1 gallon plastic bottle (with cap on) up between the front edge of the door and framing.

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Most home in the US have 84in or 7ft height on standard garage doors by 8ft ,10ft 12ft 16ft depending on opening These are 4 panel doors of 21in a piece so next size up is usually 105 in by 8ft -16ft . I'm sure you could get 8ft 4 panel doors but might be more money . If you keep it to standard 21in panels probably a lot cheaper to build . My new to me house ( 1991model) has a 84 in door . IN fact every home I've owned and some that I have built have all been 84 in high.. Jim
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