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Barn door - need 2” more to clear RV ac.. brain trust what say you?

Old 02-10-2019, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Lowered the rear tires down to 20lbs and drove it in. This not something I want to do everytime. Door guys is coming back out to relook. My dad and still think you can shorten the lower spring brace and notch out the header.
That is probably true since you only need a couple inches, but I'd want to add some strength to the header if you're going to cut some of it out. You'll be cutting near the center which is where the bottom edge of the header is the most important in terms of overall strength of the beam.
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Old 02-10-2019, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
While letting air out sounds simple i have to remove the simulators and the TPM sensors on four tires and then reinstall so PIA. The door will go high enough on the tracks to clear . The spring and door frame is my limiting factor. I wish someone would tell me why winching the door up or down wont work and get rid of the spring all together. The the most resonable idea so far seems to be the low profile AC. Mine are the tall ones so this coulld work.. will look into mechanical doors.
Winching the door won't work unless you can figure out how to pull from the bottom. If you pull from the top you'll eventually pull the door apart. That's a heavy door.

You can move that spring higher, no matter what your overhead door guy may have told you. You'll need to unwind the springs before and tighten them afterward - that job can literally kill you so I'm not going to tell you how to do it but it can be done by a home handyman - I've done it many times. The same spring kit will be used on multiple doors so you're likely OK to add 6 inches to the top or bottom of the door but you'd need a co-operative door installer to figure that out for sure. Or you can just try it and hope for the best. I always figure engineers overbuild things so fools like me can get away with shit.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by bobofthenorth View Post
Winching the door won't work unless you can figure out how to pull from the bottom. If you pull from the top you'll eventually pull the door apart. That's a heavy door.

You can move that spring higher, no matter what your overhead door guy may have told you. You'll need to unwind the springs before and tighten them afterward - that job can literally kill you so I'm not going to tell you how to do it but it can be done by a home handyman - I've done it many times. The same spring kit will be used on multiple doors so you're likely OK to add 6 inches to the top or bottom of the door but you'd need a co-operative door installer to figure that out for sure. Or you can just try it and hope for the best. I always figure engineers overbuild things so fools like me can get away with shit.
No actually he cant move the spring higher the roof is in the way. Look at the pictures. He can however shorten the center spring support and either notch or just cut the entire header lengthwise and raise the header sill. Just like I posted on the last page. He needs a carpenter that understands garage doors not a door installer. As for the spring he doesnt need to detension it or anything.

OP where is CLS, TX?
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Lowered the rear tires down to 20lbs and drove it in. This not something I want to do everytime. Door guys is coming back out to relook. My dad and still think you can shorten the lower spring brace and notch out the header.
you might want to go post on irv2 those people are very familiar with motor homes and might have a better answer if theres a solution on that side of the equation
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:40 AM
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The most practical solution is to just swap the standard height AC for a Lo-profile model - saves around 5".. Going to get pricing.. will cost more than door mods but is fail-safe and easy.. thanks to everyone that has contributed to this thread..
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:03 AM
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Good move
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:43 AM
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I think you have made a smart decision.
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