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Yes, a travel trailer can fit into a single car garage if the dimension of the travel trailer is less than 8 feet wide and less than 7 or 8 feet in height. The one caveat is that they are going to be either pop-up tent campers, teardrop or small travel trailers.
There are a few important things to keep in mind:
- Measure the width and height of your garage door when it is open. Don’t assume dimensions
- Don’t assume the manufacturer’s measurements are correct. Sometimes the dealer or previous owner might have changed something that increases to decreases exterior dimensions. For example, the axle might have been replaced, a roof-top A/C might have been added or removed.
- Measure, measure, measure.
Standard 1 Car Garage Door Measurements:
- 7’H x 8’W
- 7’H x 9’W
- 8’H x 8’W
- 8’H x 9’W
Standard 2 Car Garage Door Measurements:
- 7’H x 16’W
- 7’H x 18’W
- 8’H x 16’W
- 8’H x 18’W
10 Travel Trailers That Fit In a Standard Residential Garage
- Rockwood Camping Trailers
- Jayco Jay Sport
- LivinLite QuickSilver
- Opus Off-Road 4
- Coachmen Clipper
- Rockwood Hard-Sided Pop Up
- Somerset Tent Trailer by Aliner
- Sylvansport GO Pop Up
- Happier Camper
Rockwood Camping Trailers
The Rockwood Freedom tent travel trailer is an excellent choice if you need to store your travel trailer in your garage. Available in 15 different floor plans it offers excellent features. The main thing to keep in mind is the length of this tent travel trailer. You have to make sure your garage is deep enough to fit some of the models which are more than 18 feet in length
- Travel Height: 5’4″ to 6’9″
- Travel Length: 12′ 1″ to 21’3″
- Exterior Width: 84″
You can view all the Rockwood Freedom models on their website here.
Jayco Jay Sport
The Jayco Sport is an extremely popular tent camper that will easily fit in your garage. Made with sectionalized DuraTek water-repellent tent, it is also mildew resistant. The Jayco Sport is available in 4 different floor plans.
- Travel Height: 55″
- Travel Length: 18′ 6″
- Exterior Width: 85″
Visit the Jayco Sport Website.
The Livin Lite Quicksilver comes in 4 different floor plans. The exterior is available in 6 fiberglass colors. Unfortunately, the Livin Lite website leaves a lot to be desired. The specification of this travel trailer is not readily available. The owner’s manual does not have any information on specs either. Not to beat-up on Livin Lite but their website and owner manuals both need an overhaul. Too bad since it appears to be a nice tent camper.
Visit QuickSilver Website.
Opus Off-Road 4
The Opus Off-Road is a very innovative travel trailer that can easily fit into just about any standard garage. What makes the Opus a favorite of ours is the rugged design. This camper is made to be used over rough terrain. It features an upgraded, all-terrain chassis with off-road ready tires. The independent coil suspension adds to the comfort of the ride. It features an external slide-out kitchen and fridge
- Travel Height: 4′ 9″
- Travel Length: 18′ 4″
- Exterior Width: Not Specified by manufacturer
Visit the Opus website.
The Coachmen Clipper has been designed to be easy to set-up, use, and store. The aerodynamic profile makes it easy to two. The Clipper comes in three variations each with several different floorplans.
The Clipper Express is the smallest of them all and comes in 3-floor plans. The Clipper LS is the next model up and comes in 4-floor plans. The Clipper Sport is available in 3 floorplans. The Clipper Classic is available in only one-floor plans. The final model the Clipper V-Trec is available in 3-floor plans.
- Travel Height: 5′ 5″ max
- Travel Length: 22′ 7″ max
- Exterior Width: 88″ max
View all models on the Clipper website.
Rockwood Hard-Sided Pop Up
Forest River Rockwood also makes a hard side pop up camper. The series of campers combine the solid exterior of a travel trailer with a tent camper. The exterior is made of smooth bonded fiberglass and allows for quick and easy set-up. These hard-sided campers are still easy to tow and garage stored.
There are two models each with several floor plans. The “Hard Side Series” has 3-floor plans, while the “Hard Side” High Wall Series” has 4 different floor layouts.
- Travel Height: 5′ 8″ max
- Travel Length: 22′ 1″ max
- Exterior Width: 84″ max
See both models on the Rockwood website.
Somerset Tent Trailer by Aliner
Aliner makes both hard-sided campers and tent campers. Here we’ll take a look at their tent campers and leave the hard-sided models for another day. The Somerset tent camper comes in 4-floor plans. These travel trailers feature an inside stove, inside and outside stereo speakers, a 35-amp converter with charger, 6-gallon water heater and much more.
The Somerset offers many of the amenities found in a traditional travel trailer including an optional shower and cassette toilet. Even with all the feature the size of this camper makes it easy to store in a standard garage.
- Travel Height: 8o” max
- Travel Length: 18′ 9″ max
- Exterior Width: 7′ 5″” max
To learn more about the Aliner Somerset visit their website.
Sylvan Sport Go Tent Camper
Just by looking at the photo above you can see that the Sylvan Sport GO is no ordinary tent camper. This is an innovative versatile camper suitable for those who appreciate the outdoors but need a travel trailer they can easily store in their garage. So what makes the Sylvan GO unique? First, it’s versatile meaning it is not only has a camper mode but it also has a gear hauler mode and utility trailer mode.
The interior is comfortable and features an elevated waterproof tent with a superfast set-up. You also have multiple dining and sleeping options. This tent camper, like the others we have looked at, is lightweight and due to its low-profile is easy to tow.
- Travel Height: 53″ max
- Travel Length: 143″ max
- Exterior Width: 75″ max
Check out the Sylvan Sport Go.
The Happier Camper has the potential to fit in your garage but you need to make sure the roof A/C does not get in the way. So for this particular camper do measure first. The Happier Camper is a nice-looking retro-style lightweight travel trailer with a highly configurable interior. It features a wide entry door and a huge rear hatch. The panoramic windows give you an excellent view all around.
How To Lower Trailer To Fit In Your Garage
There is an expression that says ” If you can’t raise the bridge, lower the river”. In our case, if you are just shy several incles from getting your camper in your garage you can try lower the travel trailers. Here are a couple of ways to do it.
- Purchase smaller wheels – You can buy two 8-inch rims with 5.70×8 tires on them. They are typically used in tent campers and come in 5 lug configuration. Temporarily install them on your travel trailer and that should lower your unit by 3-4 inches. If you need a little bit more of a height drop some folks just use the bare rims without the tires. Just create two plywood track about 12 inches in width and roll the rim on them. To make removing the wheels fast and easy by an electric impact lug nut wrench and a small floor jack.
- Wheel Dollies – With this method, you are going to completely remove the wheel and place the set the travel trailer on a wheel dolly. Wheel dollies will keep your axle about 4-inches from the ground.
Caution: You should never try to roll your travel trailers on the bare brake drums. It will probably cause chips and crack.
If you look at the most common travel trailers they will not fit in a standard residential garage. For those, you are going to need a custom garage to store your camper. However small travel trailers such as teardrops, tent campers, and a few small travel trailers can fit in your garage. As recommend above measure, measure, measure to make sure you can back your camper in without causing damage to your RV or garage itself.
Does an Airstream Basecamp fit in a garage? – The Airstream Basecamp cannot fit in a standard residential garage because it is too tall. The exterior height of the Basecamp is 8-feet 8.75 inches while the height of a standard garage is either 7-feet or 8-feet. A Basecamp can, however, fit in a standard outdoor parking space.
Can an R-Pod fit in a garage? The Forest River R-Pod has an exterior height of 9-feet 8-inches so it cannot fit in a standard residential garage.
Can a Scamp trailer fit in a garage? In most cases yes, even with a 7-foot garage opening. Some people will need to remove the vent/hatch opening on their camper to make it fit. Others temporarily replace the Scamp’s standard tires with 8-inch wheels and tires to reduce the height of the Scamp by about 3 inches. Some will just use the wheel and roll the camper on 12-inc wide plywood tracks into their garage. The plywood tracks prevent the wheel/rims from damaging your floor.