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Old 03-26-2019, 12:51 PM   #1
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Default Height of Class Bs

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My wife and I camp/travel in our 2005 Casita 17’ Freedom Deluxe. In our quest to downsize we have sold our home and moved into a smaller house that we had been using as a rental. We are going to build a metal two bay garage for our Casita and tow vehicle. Even with our axle lift kit, our Casita is well under 9.5’ tall. Due to zoning restrictions and size limits, we would like to limit the height of the two garage doors to 10’. This will accommodate our Casita; however, we are thinking about a small used motorhome in the next year or two to see how we like that style of RVing. We are thinking about a Class B or B+. Generally, speaking I am finding that most traditional Class Bs are under 10’; however, many B+ motorhomes are over 10’ by a few inches. We are trying to avoid 12’ garage doors. Plus, we may be moving at retirement in less than 4 years, so I don’t want to overbuild. We are thinking a traditional used Class B may be the ticket. Is my generalization that most Class Bs will be under 10’, correct?

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Old 03-26-2019, 01:20 PM   #2
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Yes, in general, Class B's are under 10 feet. With that said, my Chevy based Roadtrek is 8'-9", a Dodge Promaster based RV will be about 9'-6" tall and a Mercedes Sprinter based Class B is just under 10' tall. I don't think I would want to attempt driving a Sprinter based Class B through a 10' tall door. If you're planning on building from scratch, a 12' tall door should be easy to integrate. I would also specify a door that is 10' wide to clear the mirrors. You need to check the specific RV manufacturer's height specifications in order to be certain of the heights.
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:40 PM   #3
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My Sprinter Class B (Sportsmobile) with roof AC is 9' 10". A high roof Sprinter is 9' 0" plus the AC unit is about 10". A high roof Ford Transit is 9' 2" I think.

I keep mine in a rental storage unit with a 10 ft garage door. I have a 5 car garage at my home but with only standard height garage doors and it is cheaper to pay a storage fee than to build or modify my garage. Unfortunately, a "10 ft garage door" doesn't always mean that the finished usable height is 10 ft. My storage unit garage was only 9' 10" but I was able to modify it a little to get an extra 1 1/2" to 2" to make it fit. It is tight though.

If was building a new garage, I would build it with an 11 ft door for a Class B but 10 ft may work if you plan very carefully.
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Old 03-26-2019, 02:54 PM   #4
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My high roof Sprinter with MaxxAir opened, no AC fits easily to 10’ high doors.
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:31 PM   #5
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Dean, when we built our present home 21 years ago, we built an attached three car garage with a double garage door for the cars/SUVs, etc. and the third garage was built with a 9x9 door to accommodate our 1996 Roadtrek. Later we got a 2007 Roadtrek 210 and both fit into the third garage.......but pretty tight. The 96 was on a Dodge and the 2007 is on a Chevy chassis. No way I could get any other model in there, with the possible exception of some of the old vintage units made prior to 2000.

As others have stated, you really need to get a twelve foot door. And you need it at least ten feet wide IMO. And that will be tight on a C or B+, probably OK on Bs. If you are going to the trouble of building I would sure recommend 12x12 on the door. Anything else may limit your choices. Also, make it long enough inside so you can work and move all around the vehicle and a toad if you end up towing.

I have wished a million times for a taller door.
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When I built, the garage door provider said it could be any height in 3 inch increments; with my ceiling height a 10' 9" door was all that I could realistically squeeze in. Just saying don't necessarily think in terms of standard heights being in 12 inch i crements.

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We are going to build a metal two bay garage for our Casita and tow vehicle.
May I ask where are you getting the garage? I am looking for a manufactured garage myself (not too successfully).

On height I have exactly the same issue. My current B is exactly 9' tall (with AC), but I wanted to make sure future vehicles would fit.
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From manufacture specifications online Sprinters with rooftop AC:

Winnebago Era 9’8”
Winnebago Era 4x4 9’10”
Winnebago Boldt 9’9”
Winnebago Boldt 4x4 9’11”
Winnebago Revel 4x4 9’10”
Roadtrek RS 9’9”
Pleasureway Ascent 9’7”
Coachman Galleria 9’9”
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Our 2018 Coachmen Crossfit/Beyond was 9' 10" when we bought it, but we added SuperSprings which lifted it by an inch or two. I would guess that it is currently over 10' tall, including the AC unit. At some point we may also get taller tires. I wouldn't attempt a 10' door.
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From manufacture specifications online Sprinters with rooftop AC:

Winnebago Era 9’8”
Winnebago Era 4x4 9’10”
Winnebago Boldt 9’9”
Winnebago Boldt 4x4 9’11”
Winnebago Revel 4x4 9’10”
Roadtrek RS 9’9”
Pleasureway Ascent 9’7”
Coachman Galleria 9’9”
The 10 ft. overhead door is the finished dimension of the door frame and in the open position the door protrudes in the opening typically about 2-3” because of the spring resistance. It is possible to get most of those RVs in put you would have to have a second person manually shove the door open with a stick to get the last inches open to get in and out.
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