How Wide Is a Standard RV Door? – All You Need To Know | RV and Playa (2023)

Whether you’re remodeling your RV or you’re packing for an adventurous trip, it’s helpful to know how wide your RV’s door is. The last thing you want to do is to buy some new furniture or a new toy for your RV and then not be able to get it inside.

How wide is a standard RV door? Widths of standard RV doors range from 14 to 70 inches. The door of some rear-hatch models can go up to 46 inches. As with most “standard” doors, the measurement can vary according to what brand of unit the door is needed for, what model the unit is, and even the age of the model.

In an effort to provide you all the information you need, we have put together some general information about RVs and their doors. Keep reading to learn more about your RV’s doors.

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What Is the Standard Width of an RV Door?

As we mentioned, this can vary a bit, depending on what kind of RV you have. And RVs aren’t generally very “standard” in and of themselves.

Companies and individuals have been making travel trailers and “camping trailers” in every possible shape and size, practically since the first automobiles started showing up on our highways.” A quote from the OldTrailer.com web site.

With that in mind, it is no wonder there are so many different RVs around. And not all of them use the same size door!

RV models that have only one entrance door will most often use a rather narrow door to save room on the inside. This is particularly true for older model pull-along trailers and for pick-up truck drop-in units.

Providing a way to get to the cargo space under, or on, the outside of any RV, there will be an access door, which is usually anywhere from 14 inches to 70 inches wide.

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What Size Opening Do I Need for an RV Door?

To truly understand the width of your RV motorhome entry door, it’s helpful to know how the manufacturers measure for one.

When measuring for the width of your RV’s door, it’s important to first consider what type of RV door you’re working with. Are you replacing or repairing a:

  • Class A entry door
  • A motorhome door
  • A toy hauler door
  • A travel trailer door

They’re all constructed very differently. Another thing to be aware of is whether part of your door is rounded or if all of the corners are square angles.

Getting an Accurate Measurement

To get an accurate measurement, use your tape measure to measure only the rough opening of the door space both in width and height. The rough opening includes both the door and the frame. It is technically where the “skin” of your RV ends at the door.

To get this measurement, you need to:

  • Cut away the weather stripping and caulk from the outside of the door and frame and pull your RV door and frame out of its position,

or

  • Go inside your RV, remove the door trim so you can clearly see where the rough opening is, hold a block of wood on both sides of the door’s rough opening, and measure between the blocks. This method requires two people, multiple measuring points both from side-to-side and top-to-bottom, and a lot of accuracy.
  • Make a diagram of the places you’ve measured and record the measurements for each spot.

RV Front Door vs. RV Access Door

You know where your RV’s front door is. Your RV’s access door is typically along the bottom, outside areas of your RV, or in the back near the bottom. Although you access the interior of your RV via the front or entrance door, you should never refer to that way in as an access door.

Just as with different types of RVs, access doors are built differently than entrance doors. The measurement process for access doors is the same as what we described for your entrance (or front) doors.

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How to Replace an RV Door

Now that you’ve measured the rough opening of your RV’s door, you know what sized door you will need. Always use the smallest measurement to make sure your new door assembly will fit properly.

Because RV motorhome entry doors are not standard doors, and because manufacturers do not have consistent sizes, in order to replace your door, you will want to:

  • Search salvage lots for RVs of the same make and model that has a door that’s in good shape you can use to replace yours.
  • Contact the manufacturer to order a new door.

Can I Repair My RV Door Instead of Replacing?

If you are a DIYer and feel comfortable with your skill set, you can work on repairing your RV’s door.

One of the most common reasons that RV doors get damaged is that the RV has not been set up to be level. This puts strain on the doors, creates cracks, and allows moisture and debris to enter into those cracked areas creating a perfect environment for rot.

If this has happened to your door, regardless of whether it is the entry or access door, here’s how to fix it:

  • Remove your RV’s door. If it is attached to the frame on standard hinges, you can remove the hinge pins and pull your door out. If part of the frame is actually on ribbon hinges, you will need to remove the entire door and frame assembly.
  • Remove the weatherstripping. Once you have your door laying flat on a work surface, remove the weather stripping rail and cut away the rotted material.
  • Clean it up. Using a rag and some carburetor cleaning fluid, remove all of the rot, dirt, and debris from both the weather stripping rail and the damaged area.

NOTE: Notice there is foam insulating the inside of your door. Do not get the cleaner in that area or get it wet. If the foam has damage, you are better off replacing the entire door.

  • Measure twice. Now that the area is clean, carefully measure the opening you have exposed.
  • Cut once. Cut yourself a piece of solid wood to fit the opening.
  • Prepare to put it together. Liberally apply some exterior/interior construction adhesive to the side of the wood that will connect to the door’s insulating foam.
  • Insert the cut piece of wood and make sure it is all the way inside the door, but that the outside of the wood is even with the bottom of the metal at the opening.
  • Apply adhesive again. Use a significant amount of the exterior/interior construction adhesive to the weather stripping rail.
  • Replace the weather stripping rail making sure that you get it both securely in place and aligned with the existing screw holes.
  • Let it set! Give the adhesive a day to dry and set.

Put your door back in place, and you’re ready to get on the road!

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Replacing an RV Screen Door

If it is your entry screen door that has been damaged, there are a few options for you. You can measure the screen door the same way you measure your entry door and completely replace it.

  • Remove any torn screen from the weather stripping
  • Cut some new screen
  • Use a flathead screwdriver to insert the screen back into the weather stripping or frame,
  • Apply some exterior/interior construction adhesive around the assembly to secure the screen
  • Line the screen area with clear exterior caulk to give it a finished look.

Another option to consider is to replace your fixed screen with either a piece of plexiglass or with a retractable screen. These are both items that will need to be custom ordered to fit in your opening.

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Maintaining an RV Door

You’ve got a brand new door now – or you are just fine with your old door and want to keep it in shape. Here are a few things you can do to keep your RV door in good shape:

  • Mind where you park. As we mentioned earlier, the best way to care for your RVs doors is to make sure you have parked it, so it is level. Granted, this can be a bit of an ordeal if your rig doesn’t have self-leveling jacks, but it is worth it to keep your RV in good working condition.
  • Keep seals clean and lubricated. As your RV ages, you will need to perform upkeep and/or replace the seals around your windows and doors. One way to keep them in good shape is to make sure they are kept clean and lubricated.
  • Check hardware and fasteners regularly. You will also want to make sure that your RV’s hardware is secure. Sometimes door hinges, locks, and handles can come loose with use. Occasionally check to make sure screws don’t need to be tightened or replaced.

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Sources:

https://www.pellandent.com/RV-Entry-Door-Replacement

https://www.campingworld.com/search?q=rv+doors&lang=default

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FAQs

How wide is a door on an RV? ›

The average RV entrance door is 26 inches wide and 70 inches tall. That said, larger RVs have larger doors, while smaller campers have smaller entryways. What's more, your RV has several different doors.

How wide is an RV? ›

Most RV's are between 96″ and 102″ wide. This doesn't include mirrors or other safety equipment. Some states have a limit of 8.5' while others have a limit of 9'. But the vast majority of states maintain the 102” width maximum.

Are all RV door windows the same size? ›

Different RVs have different window sizes. You need to be on point with the measurements, more so, if you're looking to replace your current windows. Ensuring a proper fit would save you a lot of money with issues arising from incompatibility.

Are RV doors universal? ›

Since the door locks and keys are the same for almost every RV, your travel trailer is not safe at all. Apart from door locks and keys, the storage compartment keys are also universal, so anyone can do the dirty job if you aren't around your RV.

What size is a normal trailer door? ›

Many of our homes are built with main exterior doors that are 36” wide and 80” tall, just like many site built homes across America. However, the door size may change with the type of manufactured home you buy. TRU homes often come with main exterior doors that are 34” wide and 80” tall.

What size door do I need for a RV? ›

Standard RV doors are 12-14ft wide and 12-16ft tall. The minimum height and width would be 12ft x 12ft.

Is an 80 inch door actually 80 inches? ›

It needs to be a minimum of 80 inches (although some codes allow for 78 inch doors). Doors that have a height of 80 inches are 6 foot, 8 inches in measurement, which is the reason standard interior doors are known as “6/8 doors.” A 78 inch door would be called a 6/6 door.

Is a 36 inch door actual 36 inches? ›

The standard door or opening width and height can vary by where you live, but is usually it is 36 inch wide by 80 inch tall (36″×80″), or 30 inch wide by 80 tall (30″×80″), or 34 inch wide by 80 tall (34″×80″), or 32 inch wide by 80 tall (32″×80″), or 28 inch wide by 80 tall (28″×80″).

How wide is an RV with slides? ›

Our research shows that Class A motorhomes are typically 8 feet (or 102 inches) wide. When equipped with a slide-out feature, a Class A can get to the width of 12 feet with the slide-out extended.

How wide is an RV with slides out? ›

On average, slide-outs can extend between 2 and 3 feet out from the side of your RV. If you have slide-outs on both sides of your rig, you can estimate an 8-foot wide RV expanding up to 14 feet wide when using your slide-outs.

What is the most popular RV length? ›

These RVs range in length anywhere from 29ft- 45ft. That's a pretty big gap in sizing. As 29ft is the size of a slightly larger passenger van.
...
Most Popular Length of Class A Motorhomes.
ModelLength
Newmar Essex45 feet
Thor Palazzo34-38 feet
Winnebago Grand Tour42-46ft
Forest River Berkshire38-42 ft

Are double pane windows worth it in an RV? ›

Although there are some downsides to double pane windows, they are overall an excellent investment for your RV. Dual pane windows improve temperature control, noise reduction, safety, and more. And although they have a high up-front cost, you'll save money in the long run on electric costs.

Are all travel trailer doors the same size? ›

Generally speaking, an RV access door usually ranges in size from 14 inches to 70 inches.

What size is a 1620 window? ›

Casement Window Standard Sizes
WINDOW TYPESTANDARD WIDTHSSIZE NOTATIONS
Casement Window Standard Sizes12-in 12-in 12-in 12-in 12-in1616 1618 1620 1626 1656
14-in 14-in 14-in 14-in 14-in1816 1818 1820 1826 1656
18-in 18-in 18-in 18-in 18-in2016 2018 2020 2026 2056
24-in 24-in 24-in 24-in 24-in

Why are RV doors always on the right side? ›

Why are RV doors on the right side of the unit? Answer: Driving is done on the right side of the road (in most countries), so parking, loading, and unloading of cargo or passengers is usually done on the right side of the street/road. By putting the door on the right side of an RV, it's safest for the passengers.

Can you replace RV door? ›

Replacing your RV door is a straightforward process if you do it correctly. Remove the old door, using putty tape to secure your RV's door frame to the wall. Rremove the excess tape using a plastic scraper. Check if the door will swing freely and latch properly.

Why are there 2 locks on RV door? ›

RV Door Latches

One locks the handle and the other typically locks the deadbolt. Many use two different keys. It's important to always lock both! As we all know, deadbolts provide more physical security than a handle lock but together, they are hardest to defeat.

How wide are slide doors? ›

What Is Considered a Standard Sliding Glass Door Size? A standard sliding glass door is 80-inches tall with a width varying from 60 inches to 72 inches depending on the space. In most homes, doorframes are measured to a standard size to make door replacements easy.

How do I measure for a door replacement? ›

Take three measurements inside the door frame – at the top, middle and bottom. The widest measurement determines the width of the door. Use a tape measure to understand the width of the three areas of the door frame. Run the tape measure along the width of the frame from the left to the right and record these numbers.

Is a 32 inch door too small? ›

The standard door width for interior doors is 32 inches.

Described as a “2/8” door, this 2-foot 8-inch-wide door is the minimum recommended width required for a passage door.

What size door do I need for a 36 inch opening? ›

Door widths which are considered standard usually come in sizes of 2/6 (30”), 2/8 (32”) and 3/0 (36”). Standard door heights are 6/6 (78”) and 6/8 (80”). In addition, special sizes can sometimes be custom ordered. A 36” x 80” pre-hung single door will use a rough opening of approximately 38-1/2” x 82-1/4” to fit.

What size door do I need for a 35 inch opening? ›

Measurements For Rough Opening
Rough Opening WidthRough Opening HeightDoor Size to Order
29.75″ - 31″81.5″ - 83″28″
31.75″ - 33″81.5″ - 83″30″
33.75″ - 35″81.5″ - 83″32″
35.75″ - 37″ 37.75"-39"81.5″ - 83″34″ 36"
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What are standard door sizes? ›

Standard Size for Interior Doors

The height for all passage doors must be a minimum of 80 inches and the standard width sizes for interior doors are 24”, 28”, 30”, 32” and 36”. The minimum recommended door width to allow persons with disabilities' to pass through is 36 inches.

What is the rough opening for a 32 inch by 80 inch door? ›

Common door size is 32-in x 80-in Unit dimension is 33.5-in x 81.75-in. The suggested rough opening is 34-in x 82.25-in.

What is nominal door size? ›

A nominal size or trade size for doors is a size "in name only" used for identification. The nominal size may not match any dimension of the door but within the domain of the door size. For example, a 2'/8” wide door can any of the followings: 32” 31-¼”

How wide is a 32 inch door? ›

Dimensions
Door Height (in.)81.75 in1.75 in
Door Width (in.)33.438 in4-9/16"
Nominal Door Height (in.)80 in2 in
Nominal Door Width (in.)32 in82.5 in
Rough Opening Width (In.)34.4375 in

Is a 30 inch door actually 30? ›

In the building trades, a 30-inch door is called a “2-6” door, meaning 2 feet, 6 inches wide, or 30 inches.

What size opening do I need for a 32 inch door? ›

The rough opening of a 32-inch (32 x 80 inches) prehung door is 34 inches wide by 82 1/2 inches tall. These dimensions are enough for the opening to adjust the door and frame.

What is the 2 2 2 rule for RV? ›

The RVing 2/2/2 rule is a safe and effective way to plan your travel. It means drive no more than 200 miles a day, stop every 2 hours, and stay 2 nights in each place. Some RVers also put an appendix on the rule encouraging drivers to arrive at an overnight destination by 2:00 p.m.

Is it better to level an RV with slides in or out? ›

Any professional should tell you that the typical recommendation is to level first, then put your slides out. However, they'll also state you should go with what your manufacturer states in your owner's manual. For most, they're right. Level first, then slides.

Is it better to leave RV slides in or out? ›

Water leaks in your RV slide can cause structural damage and can also cause damage to furnishings or stored items in the RV slide. To protect your RV and your belongings from unwanted moisture, it's best to store your RV with the slides in.

Can I walk on my RV slide out roof? ›

Presence of a Ladder

In general, if an RV comes from the manufacturer with a built-in ladder on the back, that ladder is intended for roof access. This indicates that it's safe to walk on the roof. HOWEVER, over time the integrity of the roof can change.

Does RV width include mirrors? ›

Width is measured by measuring from one side of the RV to the other of the widest part of the RV. You do not measure side mirrors, light covers, slide-outs or awnings when measuring the width of an RV.

Can you drive RV with slides out? ›

You should never drive your RV with the slide out extended. Once you're ready to pack up your RV and hit the road, simply retract the slide out and you're good to go. Inside your RV the slide out can have furniture, cabinetry, or extra storage space installed.

What length of RV is easiest to drive? ›

Travel trailers are usually in the range of 12-40 feet and are not difficult to tow. Many come in lightweight models, making them easy to drive with SUVs and other family-friendly tow vehicles.

What length RV is best? ›

In general, anything up to 35 feet is ideal, but there are exceptions. For example, Banff National Park campgrounds limit RV length to 50 feet, while it's 25 feet in Death Valley National Park. State parks also have varied limitations on the RV length permitted to stay.

What are the most common problems with RVs? ›

Today we're discussing the top three RV problems you're most likely to encounter and what you should do about them.
  1. Leaky Roof. Water leaks are pretty much inevitable when RVing. ...
  2. Electrical Issues. Just like your actual home, your RV is likely to run into electrical problems from time to time. ...
  3. Slide Out Problems.
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Why do people put foil on RV windows? ›

Place double bubble foil insulation in an RV to cover the windshield. This will cut down on the largest source of heat by reflecting the sun's rays. Some RV windshields cover a lot of surface area, meaning more exposure to this type of heat.

How do I keep my RV windows warm in the winter? ›

DIY RV Window Insulation (That Doesn't Block the Light!)
  1. Hang Heavy Curtains.
  2. Covering the Windows with Reflectix.
  3. Clear, Heat-Activated Window Film.
  4. Motorhome Windshield Insulation.
  5. Insulating RV Windows with Bubble Wrap.
  6. Velcro Window Covers Made from Clear Vinyl.
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Are all RV doors on the same side? ›

You could probably find some RV somewhere with an entry door on the driver's side, but the convention is that the hookups (sewer, water, electric) are there. You wouldn't want to be tripping over those when coming in and out so the entry door is on the other side.

Are RV doors always on passenger side? ›

Unlike other vehicles, including large trucks, campers do not have doors on the driver's side. The door is on the passenger side for several reasons, primarily safety, security, and standards. Camper doors are on the passenger side because 70% of the global population drives on the right.

What is the most common window width? ›

The standard window width for double and single-hung windows, the most common style, is 24 to 48 inches. Casement windows range from 12 to 36 inches wide. Large and decorative options, like bay, bow, and picture windows, can be as wide as 126 inches.

What size is a 4080 window? ›

96″ 2080

What is a 4010 window? ›

4010 Series Double Hung Windows. The Series 4010 is a replacement double hung with a fusion welded main frame providing strength. Custom made to your measurements, the Series 4010 will meet the most challenging of remodeling requirements. It is available in three vinyl colors to fit your home's décor.

How big of a door do I need for an RV? ›

Standard RV doors are 12-14ft wide and 12-16ft tall. The minimum height and width would be 12ft x 12ft. The size is the best way to differentiate between an RV garage door and a standard garage door.

How wide is a garage door for an RV? ›

Typically, RV garage doors are 12 or 14 feet wide. The height is the major difference between an RV garage door and a standard replacement garage door. RV Garage doors are usually around 12 to 16 feet tall since an RV is elevated.

What is the 3 3 3 rule for RVs? ›

By adhering to this simple rule of thumb, you can make traveling easier for your whole family. What is this? First, limit your travel to no more than 300 miles in one day. Second, arrive no later than 3 p.m. Finally, stay at your destination for at least three days.

Why are RV doors on the right side? ›

Why are RV doors on the right side of the unit? Answer: Driving is done on the right side of the road (in most countries), so parking, loading, and unloading of cargo or passengers is usually done on the right side of the street/road. By putting the door on the right side of an RV, it's safest for the passengers.

What is the width of most RV? ›

RVs vary in length, but most are about 8 to 10 feet wide.

How wide should a driveway be for an RV? ›

For the use of larger vehicles such as work trucks, RV's and trailers the pros recommend a driveway with 12 feet width at minimum.

Is 10 feet wide enough for a garage door? ›

Here is the standard garage door size based on height and width: 7-8 feet high by 8-10 feet wide for a single garage door. 7-8 feet high by 16-18 feet wide for a double garage door. 10-14 feet high by 10-14 feet wide for a RV garage door.

How wide is a standard door? ›

The standard door width can vary, since there is a ton of variety in sizes and styles of doors. But the standard common door width for US homes is 36 inches. Other very easy-to-find sizes are 30 and 32 inches.

Is there a standard door size? ›

In US houses, most of the common size of the door is 80 inches x 30 inches with a 2 inch thickness. However, not all doors in the house have the same dimension. Doors size can vary from a minimum of 30 inches and as tall as 96 inches, and thickness can depend on the door material.

Do you level a travel trailer with slides in or out? ›

Any professional should tell you that the typical recommendation is to level first, then put your slides out. However, they'll also state you should go with what your manufacturer states in your owner's manual. For most, they're right. Level first, then slides.

How wide is an RV with opposing slides? ›

On average, slide-outs can extend between 2 and 3 feet out from the side of your RV. If you have slide-outs on both sides of your rig, you can estimate an 8-foot wide RV expanding up to 14 feet wide when using your slide-outs.

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