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Old 04-30-2012, 10:26 AM   #15
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By the way - the pics I posted in #13 are both 10' doors. The owners said something about taking the antenna off.


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Old 04-30-2012, 11:25 AM   #16
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Very informative. A guy here in Lakewood, CA, built a garage for his ONB (other name brand) Class A. Blends in well with home and neighborhood. Now, that being said, not all of us have the space/lot size etc to build an oversize garage.
For those of us that want cover for the AS, does anyone have a recommendation on "RV tents" ? that work good in heat and won't tear apart in one season?

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Old 04-30-2012, 12:26 PM   #17
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There are several companies that make metal carport-type covers. We have been looking at them to protect our Bambi from baking in the sun. However, since recent (forced) early retirement, we have found a better solution: In the summer, head north where it's cooler!
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:40 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by wmarsha View Post
Today, most folks think roll-up door; how about a side opening door(s) with the extra 1-2 ft above on a separate hinge?
i would go this route too. there are many ways to set up a decorative panel. it can hang on a hook, chain or spring loaded barrel bolts mounted on the inside that are accessed when the door is open, etc., etc.....

now if money is no object you could put a zip dee awning across the top of the doors :-)
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #19
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Go bigger than you think you need. I have a commercial building with a big overhead door. Recently, there was a hail threat, and I decided to put our Bambi inside. Visually, I thought it would be no problem. Actually, it was tight, width and height. Fortunately, the Bambi is not a wide body, or it would not fit. Plan for the future - you don't know what size your next A/S will be, but it will probably have a rooftop unit. You never know....
It's funny, the Bambi looks small compared to most other units, but inside a building it is HUGE.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #20
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My Airstream with air conditioner is 9' 8" high. Most new and old units, with air conditioners, are roughly similar in height.

In talking to builders and overhead door companies be sure you understand any difference between opening size and clear height. In some cases a 10' high opening may not have 10' of clearance because of door components hanging down even when the door is open.

If the approach driveway or apron is not flat some allowance should be made for the extra vertical clearance needed when the rig is tilted, although this is usually more of a problem with longer trailers. There should also be some allowance for bounce. Any pitch to the floor for drainage should be considered.

I would allow a 10' door without air conditioning and an 11' door with air conditioning.

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