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Old 09-02-2011, 09:56 AM   #15
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with 3" on either side you won't have far to wander :-)

a 2x4 rail on each side will prevent rubbing on a sharp concrete edge.

you can easily fill the front of the trench with a few bricks and a bit of cement to dam the front of the trench. if the trench is pitched to the front it won't pool anyway.

you only have to trench far enough back to clear the air conditioner and then the wheels would be back up to the regular floor level.

naturally, the easy way is to change the door :-)
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:37 AM   #16
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........... I only have about 3 inches of clearance on either side of the airstream right now - makes for a tight squeeze when backing in!
3" is VERY tight to back a 30' trailer in. Just a slight angle adjustment will have you against a side. Mine is 12' wide and I can still get into trouble. Go as wide as posible.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:17 PM   #17
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Follow up if you are interested....

I decided to enlargen the opening to avoid removing the a/c unit each year...I spent several hours over the weekend doing so and successfully removed the overhead door and hardware, the door frame and the 'bulkhead', widening the opening by about a foot in the process. I backed the Airstream in with ease and it fit beautifully.

Now I just need to build the new door! I'm thinking of a sliding door rather than double barn doors...
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:50 PM   #18
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When I was building garage, I opted for 10 ft ceiling figuring on enough clearance for MH worked until changed to new MH. I could have gained a few inches if I would have used a steel beam and a lot of inches if I did barn sliding doors on exterior track, but the other owner didn't like the look, reg. garage doors were more acceptable. ;-) Hit the same esthetics on energy efficient roofing, only white, light grey is govnmt approved giving a tax break, but tan matched the house.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:23 PM   #19
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I have a 2015 FC 23D and need about 2" to clear my carport. Two questions:

Can I deflate the tires enough without damaging them to get the 2"?

Can the top of the Dometic AC (cover) be removed and if so is there any free space below the cover?
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:32 PM   #20
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I have a 2015 FC 23D and need about 2" to clear my carport. Two questions:

Can I deflate the tires enough without damaging them to get the 2"?

Can the top of the Dometic AC (cover) be removed and if so is there any free space below the cover?

Part one;
Probably, move slowly though, deflate just before moving under, and reinflate just after clearing obstruction.

Part two;

Maybe.

You will need to look to find out.

Part two


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Thanks. Do you know whether there is a "low profile" Dometic cover out there?
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:42 PM   #22
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There are low profile air conditioners available.

That might be an answer, but not a real cheap answer.


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Old 01-31-2016, 06:11 PM   #23
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A "hot rod" friend down the street with a detached two car garage wanted a taller garage. He assembled a parking lift in the center, then built a wooden truss work above the drive on ramps to the wall studs. He then unbolted the garage from the foundation. The parking lift had no trouble raising the garage just over five feet. He had per-fabricated five foot walls which he assembled on the foundation, then lowered the structure onto the five foot walls, bolting everything together securely. He now has ample room to park one car above the other using the parking lift. He did this by himself.

If you have a detached garage, raising the structure a foot or two should not be a really big job.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:52 PM   #24
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I am thinking the Dometic AC on the 2015 FC is the low profile version. It doesn't look like there is any room under the cover and looks about as low as it can go unless I am missing something.
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There are low profile air conditioners available.

That might be an answer, but not a real cheap answer.


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Old 01-31-2016, 10:01 PM   #25
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I am thinking the Dometic AC on the 2015 FC is the low profile version. It doesn't look like there is any room under the cover and looks about as low as it can go unless I am missing something.
The OEM Dometic Penguin that comes with your 25 IS their lowest profile A/C unit and measures 11" from the roof.

You can increase your clearance by using an RVP/Coleman Mach 8 unit, which is 8 " off the roof, but will require you to change your t/stat and wiring…..not a very pleasant job as it also involves your furnace.
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