Five Things To Consider When Installing An RV Gate
If you park your RV in a fenced yard during the off season, a purpose-built gate can make the process much easier. Know the following before shopping for a gate.
1. Gate Size
Gate size can vary, but most standard size gates are is 12 feet wide and made to fit fences between 4 and 8 feet tall. This provides more than enough room to maneuver even larger RVs. If a standard size gate won't fit properly into your fencing or space, then you can have a custom gate designed to meet your specific needs. Just keep in mind in needs to be wide enough to easily maneuver your RV.
2. Double or Single
A double swinging style gate, which each gate being about 6 feet wide, is the industry standard. One side of the gate can be pegged so it is stationary most of the time, allowing you to use only one side for pedestrian or lawnmower traffic when you aren't moving your RV. Single gates rolling gates, which simple roll open along the fence line, are also available. These work well in areas with space constraints that won't allow you to open a double gate.
3. Style Options
You can have a gate made to match almost any fencing style. Chain link and vinyl options are readily available and already match most stock fence designs in these materials. You can also have decorative gates made of aluminum, wood, or a combination of both materials. For wood fencing, RV gates are typically made to be decorative with a metal frame and wood pickets. The metal frame helps support the weight of the gate so movement doesn't damage the wood.
4. Post Requirements
Due to the size and weight of RV gates, strong gate posts are necessary. Most RV gates are installed on heavier posts made of metal in concrete footings. This ensures that the posts don't shift under the moving weight of the gate. Wood is typically avoided as it is more likely to wear out over repeated usage. The depth of the footings will vary, depending on your location and soil type.
5. Opening Mechanism
You can opt for a cost effective manual gate or you can install a gate with an automatic opening. Swinging style double gates will require a cantilever opener that can be set to open one or both sides. Rolling gates typically use a simple chain motor to pull them open on closed, but you will need to keep the track clear of debris so it opens easily.
Contact an RV gate installer in your area for more information on your available options.