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Old 11-05-2018, 07:30 PM   #1
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Real world height of Georgetown - door clearance?

This post might sound dumb....but here it goes.

Just bought a 2012 Georgetown 329DS. Winters get pretty tough here in MN so I would prefer to have it indoors. My issue is the best options for available covered/indoor storage anywhere near me have 12' high doors, but the specs for my unit say it's 12' 1".

Anyone have any experience as to the actual height of the units compared to the specs?

Or...as alternative, has anyone deflated tires slightly to "fit" their rig into doors that are slightly too low? Is there potential for damaging the sidewall for temporarily partially deflating tires?
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:06 PM   #2
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I personally would not deflate your tires. I would be concerned with side wall damage like you mentioned.
What I did was to get a true measurement by taking a 6' level and I placed it on the highest part of the motorhome. This was my A/C shroud. Then I he'd my wife place a tape measurement on the end of the level and measured it to the ground. This way I knew exactly how tall my unit was. It was a couple of inches lower that what the specs were.
The only thing taller was the whip radio antenna but that was not an issue.
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Old 11-05-2018, 10:45 PM   #3
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Coach height...

The published height for my '16 270S was also 16' 1" and I found that was very accurate. My shop has a 12' door and I was hoping to squeak the coach in somehow. Couldn't do it. The door opening measured exactly 12'. I removed the upper door header, which was a standard 2X8, and the thickness of that board (an actual 1 3/4") made the difference. I was able to slip it in with a fraction of an inch left. I fashioned a sheet metal piece to take up the gap where the header was (it wasn't load bearing) and managed to make it all work.

(Note: The stainless radio antenna mounted on the top of the front cab had to go as it stuck up too far and wasn't flexible enough to get out of the way when I rolled the door up and down. I put a 16" rubber antenna in it's place that clears the door.)

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Old 11-05-2018, 11:09 PM   #4
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I'll rig up a long level and give a shot at measuring the height before driving the motorhome to potential units.

A manager at one of the potential units suggested deflating the tires...even though my former truck driving father-in-law talked about doing that to get rigs under low bridges, I don't think I'll try it.

I didn't even think about the metal antenna, will need to take a look at that.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:34 AM   #5
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Mark......

I’m pretty sure you’ve got a typo in your post where you said the height of your ‘16 270S was 16’ 1”

You wouldn’t even be able to go down the interstate if you were that tall.

With any rig.....either the air conditioning unit or a radio antenna is usually the tallest point on the roof. Measure your rig carefully.....they’re all different.

FYI.....I installed a sidewall mount fibreglass CB antenna on my rig and purposely installed it so it’s a few inches taller than ANYTHING else on my roof. I use it as a feeler when approaching low clearances......trees, branches, etc. If I hear anything, it’s time to stop and get out to look.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:41 AM   #6
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My 2015 335 is supposed to be 12' 2". I pretty much believe it and have gone into airport arrivals terminal with 13" 6" clearance with no problem. The OP post that said he removed a 2x8 (1-3/4 inches) and that made the difference also confirms this height. Perhaps the XL models with larger tires are a bit more.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:03 AM   #7
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Ken, good idea on the antenna. I might have to look at that. Battling trees and low hanging stuff was not on the front of my mind going into this.

It sounds like it might be a bummer on the height. That extra 1" to 2" excludes the most common 40-50-foot long storage around here. There are a tiny number of 13-14 foot door spaces around here, but pricing and availability are issues.

I might have to start browsing the RV Cover vs. No Cover battling opinions in other threads. I'm not ready yet to park it in someone's barn an hour or two away.
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Mark......

Iím pretty sure youíve got a typo in your post where you said the height of your Ď16 270S was 16í 1Ē
You're right. I did make a mistake. I meant 12' 1". Thanks for the heads up. Sorry everyone.

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You're right. I did make a mistake. I meant 12' 1". Thanks for the heads up. Sorry everyone.

Mark
LOL. We knew it was 12' the first time....although I suppose you could have been driving one of those London style double decker buses converted to an RV!
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:01 PM   #10
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Should be a couple more inches by taking the AC covers off.
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