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Old 10-21-2010, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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Default Average or normal width of an RV and 5th wheel?

I'm planning on building a gate and fence across the entire front of my property. I'd like the gate opening to be wide enough to comfortably accept an Rv or 5th wheel. To be safe, how wide should the opening be?
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:25 AM
 
Location: on the road again
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How wide should the opening be? It should be wider then the rv.....lol sorry could not pass that one up

A standard RV is normally around 96 inches wide at most, newer larger class A's are around 102 inches wide. This width does not include mirrors or other safety equipment.....

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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wider then the rv...
I love it! Anyway, if you don't want your whole fence to look like a gate, make one or two sections of the fence removable, either hinged or set in holes with pipes or posts attached to the fence to slide in and lift out. Then use a normal walk-through gate. A residential fence with a 8' or larger gate will never look level, or look right.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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Thanks. I actually don't own one yet, just thinking for the future. I was thinking of buliding a double wood gate, each section 5 1/2 feet. I always hear the rule of thumb is never wider than 4 feet? I think I can make it sturdy. Large posts, heavy duty hinges and wheels if need be. Or wider if I can get away with (referring to sag).

Eventually, I'd like to put hook-ups in. I'm not familiar with what's required for sewer hook-up or how many amps of electricity is sufficient. I'd like to set it up for visitors. Thanks again for the replies.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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50 amps is the standard for large new units while smaller units max out at 30 amps.

All sorts of west coast builders incorporate RV sewer connections into house specs. Retrofitting could be a spendy exercise.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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Thanks
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: in the ground
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I'm planning on building a gate and fence across the entire front of my property. I'd like the gate opening to be wide enough to comfortably accept an Rv or 5th wheel. To be safe, how wide should the opening be?
Widest legally is 8.5-ft. I would make the gate 12-ft across with two concrete posts 6" diameter on either end. Two types of gates - a single 12-ft or a split 6-ft. The split 6 is easier to operate, but the single 12 swings as easily. If you don't want to use concrete, make the paradise poles at least 8" in diameter x 8ft long - buried 4ft down with two or three bags of cement.

For fencing - /__________/ double rail wood poles 3" diameter x 10-ft. Attached to the upright 6" diameter x 8-ft long buried with a single bag of cement. 3/8" lag bolts attach the cross members to the uprights. We had 600-ft of this fencing up a driveway that cost me $1500 and my sweat equity in the project.

If would have been cheaper to put in metal fencing - multiple (5) rail bars each panel 10-ft long attached with 6" diameter cement or 8" wood posts.


But, esthetically - a western fence made of metal just doesn't have the same appeal.
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