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Kathy T 07-13-2015 12:21 PM

Question for you: getting trailer into/out of garage w/ 7 ft. door?
 
Anyone have experience with getting trailer in/out of garage that is not quite tall enough? I have 7' garage door and camper I am considering is 7'7". Someone suggested swapping out the tires for "doughnut" spares just for getting it in & out. Anyone tried this ?? Any other ideas?? I don't want to have to remodel the front of my house to get an 8' door if I don't have to or store it somewhere else. Thanks for helping me out !!

Bob Miller 07-13-2015 12:26 PM

You need to tell us what FGRV you are looking at and if it has a roof a/c or a roof vent so we can reply as to what will work. For many using smaller 8" wheels and tires from a pop-up tent trailer will provide and answer, but again, the existing wheel bolt pattern needs to be known.


Gotta warn you though, getting 7" of additional clearance will not be easy.




Kathy T 07-13-2015 01:26 PM

Thanks, Bob for your quick reply.....
 
I haven't chosen a camper yet, but am looking at several. I like Lil' Snoozy because there is nothing on top. A/C is mounted out back up high beside the door. The owner said something about getting something like a low beefed-up furniture dolly (for want of a better comparison) and then removing wheels altogether, but although I am mighty I am 5'2" and don't know how I would maneuver that because then the tongue would be too low to tow into garage. Most Scamps have top-mounted stuff. We will see. I am still shopping. Thanks again. Happy Trails !!

alan H 07-13-2015 01:27 PM

Since i have a HOA that will not allow me to park on driveway... My solution to a 7 ft door ( with a sectional door)
Was to make the roof vent removable
Then to disconnect the connecting bar from door to garage door opener and simply push up and temp block the door with a precut ( about 8" piece of 2x 4

Trailer then simply goes back in
No tires to change etc... Whole process takes me about 5 min


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Kathy T 07-13-2015 01:33 PM

Thank you, Alan, but.....
 
One of the trailers I am considering is the Lil' Snoozy and it has nothing at all on the top. A/C is up high on rear side by door, so nothing to disconnect. Still shopping, but thought I would try to solve as many problems as I could beforehand. Thanks a lot!

floyd 07-13-2015 01:42 PM

In many cases you can raise the tongue to lower the back then lower the tongue as you pass the axle.

Kathy T 07-13-2015 02:04 PM

Floyd, I appreciate that feedback....
 
But one of the campers I am considering is 2500 lbs and I can't see myself wiggling it around much. 7" doesn't seem like a lot, but I would sure hate to mess it up by trying something above my capabilities !! I am still shopping, but trying to overcome my obstacles while I am looking. Appreciate your comments

Bob Miller 07-13-2015 04:59 PM

Again, if you can tell us the specifics of the camper you are looking at we can provide some advice about your problem and if it can be easily resolved.;




Kathy T 07-13-2015 09:19 PM

Thanks again, Bob.....
 
When I make a choice I will get back to you so as not to waste your time with a lot of "what ifs" for numerous brands.

Ian G. 07-14-2015 06:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Miller (Post 534602)
Gotta warn you though, getting 7" of additional clearance will not be easy.

I agree, figure that smaller wheels may gain you 3" maybe 4" tops. Most FGRV's use 13" tire which means with the tires removed and sitting on the ground they will only be about 10" lower and that is not realistic at all. I use 4.80-8" wheels on my Boler to clear the 7" door into my garage, these have a diameter of 16" whereas the road wheels (175/80-13) have a 24" diameter, so the tiny 8" wheels only lower my trailer 4".

john madill 07-14-2015 10:04 AM

Consider a Compact Jr or Hunter Kathy.....
 
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They were designed to fit in an ordinary garage with a pop up top to give standing headroom when camping.

This beauty belonged to a very nice couple who attended last September's egg rally at Algonac State Park here in Michigan.

If I remember correctly they tow it back and forth to Florida and log a lot of nights in it.

slimmit 07-14-2015 11:21 AM

i fit a boler into a garage by taking the tires off and using Car dollies under the frame. it wouldnt fit even under the hubs. you may need 2x4s. even at this point the hubs still scrapped along the ground with less than an 1/2" at the roof vent. if it didn't fit after that I would have taken the vent cover off.

Uplander 07-14-2015 01:25 PM

FORGET ABOUT IT!!! Or build a free standing garage with a taller entry door...there is a company that will deliver and build on your property a metal garage (color of your choice) with a tall entry door...problem solved...and cost effective. Company is in North Carolina and has done this for customers in upstate New York and Vermont. Do an Internet search to locate them.

Bob Miller 07-14-2015 01:41 PM

WOW.... That's not exactly a very helpful reply to the O.P.'s question.
It's also making a lot of assumptions:


1. That the OP even has room on her property for a 2nd garage
2. That local building codes & zoning will allow a second garage
3. That the OP can afford to build a second garage and buy an FGRV.
4. That the OP. like many others. might consider a metal garage to be about the ugliest thing she can to to the neighborhood.


As there are a number of FGRV owners on this site that have to deal with this very problem, let's let them provide workable solutions.




Wayne Collins 07-14-2015 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by floyd (Post 534632)
In many cases you can raise the tongue to lower the back then lower the tongue as you pass the axle.

This shopper may have to get a fold down, or pop up trailer.' But that goes contrary to us FGRV types.

If money is no object, and some engineering time expended, a company called Red Dot makes A/C's for earthmoving machines, which are very rugged, designed to handle high impact and vibration conditions. the one I would like to get for our16 ft Scamp, would mount the Condenser unit at the rear above the rear window, and the Evaporator/Air Handler unit inside. Only hang up with that is that on heavy equipment, the Compressor is mounted on the engine and belt driven. Although they also have a self contained model, roof mounted, that is powered by hydraulics from the machine.
Is it the Parkliner that says their A/C is blended into the roof line?

WC

Uplander 07-15-2015 09:21 AM

O.K.....now for plan "B"...(to make Mr. Miller happy)... contact the Amish Building folks...they can build a very "up-scale" designer garage from your drawings in panelized form and then deliver and erect the structure on your pre-approved building site...I did this very thing several years ago...it matches my home perfectly!....try to remember that these are suggested possible solutions.
The O.P. Is currently trying to insert a size 10 trailer into a size 8 garage.....sooner or later he will realize the thing isn't going to fit.

I suggested the metal garage plan as a cost effective possibility....works when funds are limited...beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I could have suggested a "Hi-Low" type RV travel trailer that would also solve the height problem...as they say in the hills of West Virginia..."there is more than one way to skin a cat".

Happy Camping

Darral T. 07-15-2015 09:29 AM

I guess I have the "ugliest" thing in the neighborhood. I would NOT go to the trouble Kathi is talking about to put my Scamp in my garage. But I did have a carport installed and LOVE IT! It's in my backyard and barely noticeable (Privacy fence). But you can go under there and work on the trailer out of the sun, rain. Washing/waxing...not a problem and PLENTY of room around it. It's a carport, not a totally boxed-in garage.

To each his own....

Quote:

Originally Posted by Uplander (Post 534982)
O.K.....now for plan "B"...(to make Mr. Miller happy)... contact the Amish Building folks...they can build a very "up-scale" designer garage from your drawings in panelized form and then deliver and erect the structure on your pre-approved building site...I did this very thing several years ago...it matches my home perfectly!....try to remember that these are suggested possible solutions.
The O.P. Is currently trying to insert a size 10 trailer into a size 8 garage.....sooner or later he will realize the thing isn't going to fit.

I suggested the metal garage plan as a cost effective possibility....works when funds are limited...beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I could have suggested a "Hi-Low" type RV travel trailer that would also solve the height problem...as they say in the hills of West Virginia..."there is more than one way to skin a cat".

Happy Camping


Bob Miller 07-15-2015 09:39 AM

No need to make Mr. Miller happy, it's more about a workable solution for the o.p. and items 1-4, in post #14 may all still apply.


Again, many actual Molded Fiberglass RV owners have dealt with and solved this problem in much simpler and less expensive manners than adding another garage.


As soon as the o.p. has an actual rig in mind, more definitive answers can be provided..


AND: A) beauty is in the eye of the beholder and B) Please don't play the "Amish" card. (most of those "Amish" builders are Mennonite anyway)




Uplander 07-15-2015 09:58 AM

Darryl T., That RV carport sounds great and probably looks great as well.
Those folks in California are hard to please. Life is a bit less pretentious in Tennessee and up here in the Adirondacks.

Darral T. 07-15-2015 10:03 AM

Ahh..true my friend. Also, I hope we know just how much $$ will be invested in a "motorized?" dolly or what have you to support the camper? I can see that maybe for long-term storage. Anyway, this has worked out well for me @ apx $1200 for the past 4 yrs.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50351683@N08/6141409044/

Quote:

Originally Posted by Uplander (Post 534992)
Darryl T., That RV carport sounds great and probably looks great as well.
Those folks in California are hard to please. Life is a bit less pretentious in Tennessee and up here in the Adirondacks.


Uplander 07-15-2015 10:18 AM

Darryl, That picture says it all...I wish I had a similar structure up here in the north country in the NY/Vermont mountains. We get many feet of snow and such a structure would solve a lot of problems. I currently cover my travel trailer with a green poly tarp to protect the roof (not a fiberglass trailer). Your set up looks perfect for protection and a work space out of the weather...might even pass
"California Code"......"Looks Marvelous".

Bob Miller 07-15-2015 10:50 AM

That kind of carport is common here in CA as well, there is one with a motorho0me in it about 2 blocks from my house. But as I live in an unincorporated area with 1/2 to 4 acre home sites, codes are less restrictive, and they tend to fit in with the other properties. However, one might not do so well with local codes in other areas.


However, I stated that it "may" not be esthetically pleasing or allowed by code in some areas. That's up to the o.p and their locale, of which we know almost nothing.




Timber Wolf 07-15-2015 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Miller (Post 534847)
WOW.... That's not exactly a very helpful reply to the O.P.'s question.

As there are a number of FGRV owners on this site that have to deal with this very problem, let's let them provide workable solutions.

Actually, it may be the MOST helpful reply. Sometimes somebody has to point out that the "Emperor has no clothes" and go against the herd with an alternative workable solution.;)

Bob Miller 07-15-2015 12:41 PM

Yes, but unlike your friend the Emperor, we have a whole closet full of clothes that can be tried on at the appropriate time to see what might fit.

The O.P. asked about lowering a trailer, for which there are a number of viable answers, of which yelling "Forget About It" was not one.


But I have the feeling that the O.P. has since walked away, making all of this moot anyway
.




alan H 07-15-2015 01:01 PM

I think this has been beat to death
Lets agree to disagree on this as in many threads..... This has gone off the original? And has turned somewhat into personal attacks
Not productive in the very least and exactly why myself and others are somewhat reluctant to ask some very basic questions
How about everyone relax the camping experience is supposed to be a fun exprience


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monB 07-15-2015 03:24 PM

Raise the garage a couple foot. It's what I have been thinking of.

Mon

camperhunter 03-26-2019 10:23 AM

The better question is, which campers will fit in a garage with a height of 81.5" clearance if either the tires are replaced with a smaller tire or if the axles are put onto a low profile car dolly? Maybe some forum members can measure the height of their campers to the bottom part of the axle? Then add 2" for the low profile car dolly?

Bobbie Mayer 03-26-2019 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by camperhunter (Post 737146)
The better question is, which campers will fit in a garage with a height of 81.5" clearance if either the tires are replaced with a smaller tire or if the axles are put onto a low profile car dolly? Maybe some forum members can measure the height of their campers to the bottom part of the axle? Then add 2" for the low profile car dolly?

The other question is- will you still use it if you have to change tires every time it goes in or out of the garage? I had the same issue (but 8.5 foot camper and 8 foot door) and ended up changing doors. Nope, not cheap. But worth it to me compared to all the makeshift things I considered. That, or as someone suggested, consider a Compact/Hunter?Campster type. The new Meercat might also be low enough (not sure- it pops up but haven't looked at the height without the top up.)

thrifty bill 03-26-2019 02:54 PM

Roof air or no roof air? Roof air would render it impossible.

The Hunter Compact and trailers built similar to it are the lowest FG trailers out there, other than teardrops.


Here's a thread where people used small 4.8 x 8 inch tire/wheel combo to get a Trillium and a Scamp 13 into a 7 foot garage opening.

No way my Casita 17 would have made it, and my Escape is over 9 foot high (both have roof air).

Measure your garage door carefully. Often, the door does not go up as high as the opening. And the frame on the door itself can hang down as well. Measure actual door clearance.

I understand local restrictions. My carport/garage complex would never get by an HOA for sure.

https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...age-45719.html

Wayne Collins 03-26-2019 03:13 PM

Jack Up the Garage, or dig down the floor.

alan H 03-26-2019 05:11 PM

No roof a/c


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