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Hi

My name is Jim and I'm new to the forum : )

My wife and I are interested in purchasing our first travel trailer. That said, I would really like to be able to store it at my house. I'm on over a 1/4 lot and have "RV side access" but the problem is that my lot is pie shaped and is narrow in the front. I have what looks like about 9 1/2 ft. from one side of my RV gate to the eave of the house. What are your opinions on this? Doable? What are your experiences? FYI it is a straight shot through the gate, no obstructions etc

Once inside the gate I'm good as my back yard really opens up..... heck i could probably fit 3 or 4 trailers back there its just a matter of getting through the opening in the gate.

Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated!


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I don't think a TT would pose a problem. now a large class A with mirrors sticking out two feet per side is different.
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Most Travel Trailers are 8 feet wide, how well it will pass the house is a question of how straight your path is. If the trailer is not to be a large one, there are some 7' and 7'6" wide models as well in units less than 25' long.
If you are really concerned with fitting one by there, you could rent a u haul 6x12 trailer for a day, the actual length is about 17' by a total of about 7' wide.

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Minimum width is the width of your trailer... likely 8'.

9.5' is pretty tight, but doable if you are capable of backing up a trailer. Is your trailer as tall as the eave of the house? If not, you'll have even more room. My suggestion is to actually measure, not assume, your dimensions. Find out if you need to worry about the eave due to trailer height, or if you are under your eave. Find out exactly how wide it is and them determine if you are comfortable with your backing ability. I've been towing a travel trailer for a decade, so I'm fairly comfortable backing into a tight space (provided I have good vision by mirror or a trusted companion to help while I back up).

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if you're not comfortable or experienced in backing a trailer, is it possible to widen the gate ? Or do you even have room for that?


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My old house was 12', and it felt tight! I suppose 9.5' is doable, but there's not much wiggle room. Use a spotter or three at first, then mark with paint where the tires need to be at various points for future reference.


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Go slow and only small corrections when stearing. Ill agree the size of the opening depends on how good you are at driving. I have a large double gate for mine, and im not a bad driver. My problem is the entrey is off set and not straight. So you have to back up and can not see where the tralor is going. For something like this you need a larger opening.


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Good advice above. Don't assume anything - drop a weighted string from the eave and measure the actual distance. Can the gate be moved? Can the eave be cut back? Gutters if any in that area removed?

Good idea to rent a traier. Clamp a 10' 2x4 vertical to the side and make sure you have the clearance.


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At eight feet wide plus four or fives inches for the awning etc. it is doable. Slow, careful and with a good spotter.


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If you're worried, you could get a Scamp or a Casita. They're only 6'8" wide.


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