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Old 10-10-2008, 12:29 PM   #15
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Does it have airbags? Can you let air out to get it on the garage?

I would insist that you have them bring it to your home and very carefully see if it will go in garage...

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Old 10-10-2008, 01:06 PM   #16
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MM, If it were only that easy. This is a private party purchase, and it is 600 miles away. If it were not such a nice coach with only 4700 miles on it, and SO FAR below value, I'd take a pass.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:22 PM   #17
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vj...So...Do you have room to raise the header above the garage door? Can you find out how much it might cost to have a taller garage door installed if it can't go into the garage?


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I have no real good idea how to get a perfectly accurate measurement. But if are interested we will be in ST George next week at least 5 days starting sunday. You could come over and measure ours? Let me know. Alvin
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MM, I'm trying to work out something to raise the header a bit but can only go so far, that's why the measurement is critical. Alvin, I appreciate your offer to meet you in St. George and measure yours. Can you email me direct at (redboots@kanab.net)and I'll give you my phone number so we can talk and set up a place and time to talk? Thanks, Jim
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Just for grins, if you haven't already, you might want to measure the header. Then run a line axis on the floor to get a true clearance height. Just because the header is at 12', doesn't mean you can clear a 12' vehicle, especially one as long as a motorhome!!!
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:25 AM   #21
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I went ahead with the agreement to purchase the motorhome and will pick it up in a week or two. The seller measured it and it comes out to exactly 12'-0", as per the specs for it. My garage header also measures exactly 12'0". So, when we get it home it will just be a very careful first time check and see trial fit. It will either clear, or not. If not, there are two possible options. I can pretty easily raise the header up to 3" and put an extension strip on top of the door to seal when closing. The highest point on this coach is the A/C cover. I'm told these are attached to the roof, not the A/C itself and there is room between it and the top of the A/C unit. If so, I may be able to modify (section) the cover to gain a little. All it really needs is a 1/2". As far a length of the motorhome, it doesn't matter, as long as the highest point clears, we're good!
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:35 AM   #22
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What I really don't understand is,with a 12'-0" door being a very standard size, why would the manufacturer not make their coach 1" shorter to begin with??
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One thing I thought about is they make low profile air conditioners. It might be if you only have one air to switch to a low profile unit. I think you gain 4" of hight. It probabally only cost 300 or 400 to sell what you have and buy a low profile unit. Alvin
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Make sure that you update all of us on this. I am very curious. Be careful. There will always be a solution though!
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This whole thing is a little strange and started by someone wanting to buy our Safari Trek. They changed their mind, but that got me started looking at used MH's again. The only downside of the Trek is no slides. So we focused on 30' and under motorhomes. Looked at Tiffen Allegro, Georgie Boy, Itasca, Winnebago, etc. and found this one year old, one time used, National in Reno. We fell in love with it and the sale price was too good to pass on. Made an offer, accepted, then we ran into the height problem. My wife had her heart set on it by then so we decided to make it work. Alvin (onecb) has graciously offered to let us look at his National while he's in St. George, Utah about 85 miles from us. That will really give us some relief by having a little familiarity before we drive 600 miles to pick up our new one. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
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Well I met Alvin today and he walked me through everything on his MH. I really appreciate him taking the time to meet with us and give me the tour both inside and out. I know we made the right decision to purchase this National and now we're anxious to get to Reno to pick it up. Hoping all goes well with the transaction, but with a motivated seller, I don't see why not. We live so rurally that our closest WalMart is 85 miles away, so being able to look this over with a knowledgable owner before purchase was a great thing.
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We're leaving in the morning to go pick up our new National 29A. About a 600 mile drive so we'll stay overnight someplace on the way up, and then take our time coming back across Nevada getting used to the new MH. We're excited!
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redboots, congratulations and have a safe trip.
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