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Old 02-08-2019, 05:43 PM
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Default Barn door - need 2” more to clear RV ac.. brain trust what say you?

Bought a new place that has a nice big barn with 12’ doors. Need 12’ 2” to clear rear ac unit on my motorhome. Door reloacation and notch out is prob not possible. Letting air out of the rear tires
might get me thru but pain in the ass with hubcaps and sensors. One viable option may be to load the receiver hitch with weight. A large poly tank filled with water may do it but looking at all options. Once I clear the door frame I have plenty of room. Front ac clears by 1” and the rear doesn’t because of the rake. I did fill up the fuel tank which is aft of the rear axle. Open to all ideas.. good news is that the Contender clears by 3”’s..

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Can you lower the floor?
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Concrete slab so not possible
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I once saw a boat trailer with very small tires so the t top would fit under the carport. Can you swap to smaller tires ?
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:51 PM
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Maybe extreme but do they make a lower profile ac unit that would fit?
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:51 PM
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Are the doors sliders, swing open or roll up?
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:55 PM
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Sounds like your options are limited.

Can you cut 6" off the top where the doors meet the building and mount that 6" on a hinge to swing back down into place once the home is inside?
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Suitcase weights on a weight bracket that fits into the receiver? Or something similar.




or coat the AC unit with butter and drive in really fast...

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Cut the concrete, redo the entrance so you can clear.
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If the door cannot be modified then I’d explore airbags. I had a similar situation and had to raise a door opening 8”.
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Without seeing how it's framed, nobody can say for sure but it would probably be pretty straightforward to re-frame the door header and install a bigger door. In fact, if you really only need 2", the existing door can probably be saved too. Let's see a photo of the inside of the door.
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Originally Posted by nccoaster View Post
Cut the concrete, redo the entrance so you can clear.
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Is the AC behind the rear wheels? Raising the front wheels maybe?
Maybe build a ramp to raise the front?
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Burn it and rebuild twice the size if not three times.

Also pics of wife.
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remember when you back out the rear will rise slightly so be careful that it doesn't hit then also
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Pics of door and framing and entrance would be nice.
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Airbags on the rv sounds like a good plan. A little expensive, but would likely have other benefits
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Originally Posted by ono loco View Post
Concrete slab so not possible
Skid steer with a concrete planer will make short work of this.
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Sounds like your options are limited.

Can you cut 6" off the top where the doors meet the building and mount that 6" on a hinge to swing back down into place once the home is inside?

I like this idea..
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1. Sell and buy a motorhome that fits.
2. Remove A/C unit
3. Install a more streamlined A/C unit.
4, Raise the whole structure.
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