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Depending on which side the house is on you will need to account for the awning also. About six more inches.


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If the eve is going to be on the drivers side as you are backing in you shouldn't have a problem. If the eve is on the passenger side you will hit it at some point in time, so you might as well fix it now before you damage both the eve and the trailer.


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Double check your clearances, clearance after the gate is opened to the eave and how high up is the eave. If it is a straight run at it, should be doable. Don't forget the mirrors on the tow vehicle, they probably will have to be folded in until clear.
When looking at the trailers, remember that the box width stated is NOT the total width of the complete unit. It may state 7'6, 8'0 or even 8'6". (102"). Our RV is 8'6" wide plus awning on one side and slide toppers on the other, thereby requiring a clearance of almost 9'.

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I made sure the post on my gate was right under the eave, preventing my trailer from hitting the eave without also hitting that post. My gate width is 10 feet. I've been backing through it with a standard 8 foot wide trailer for over 16 years. It's not difficult, especially if your approach is straight. You should be able to see both sides with your mirrors. Just take it slow.

I actually have to round a tight corner, then line up with that gate with very little room for maneuvering. It can take 10 or 15 minutes.


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It's not a lot of spare room but certainly enough if you can hit it straight.

Now if there are odd turns on either side of the gate, all bets are off.


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buy a 7 or 7 1/2 ft wide trailer. back it in straight and buy a small motorized dolly to inch it thru the opening.
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We have a 5th wheel and a 9ft wide gate to our backyard. We backed in very very slowly because the clearance is mere inches. Ours is adjacent to our house too, with roof of Rv same height as gutters. Talk about stress!! Our gutters have a few dents from the initial efforts! We did get good at it though!


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We have an 11' driveway with the house on one side and a chain-link fence on the other. Two below grade window wells intruded about 18'' into the space. 25ft TT not bad getting in but harder to get out. Real trouble was when you wanted access, the fence made it impossible to fully open the door. {It was a no slide model). We lived with it for 12 years. Bought a 30 footer and rented a storage lot. Best $45 I ever spent even tho it's 11 miles from home. Stress - free coming and going. Sure wish we could store it at home but "the juice wasn't worth the squeeze".


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The physics of the clearance changes if it isn't completely level the whole way in. Tilt one way of the other and those measurements will change. And, like another poster noted, if you have to execute any turns all bets will be off.

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