how to measure van

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  1. mjltigger

    mjltigger Funster

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    This feels like a daft question but I'm genuinely confused.

    I can't reach the roof of my van from outside and I have a skylight that I know raises the height. I need to book a ferry and want to be sure I get the measurements right so I get the right ticket and have no issues getting in and off the ferry.

    How do I measure the height?
     
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    Take a string , go onto the roof . Once the string touches the ground make a mark where you hold it!

    Once back on earth you can measure on the ground

    Amicalement

    Frankie(y)
    Edit: If the skylight is a bit away from the edge you will need a rule or a long stick to go from the skylight to the edge of the van
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    Try googling your make and model and it might give you the dimensions. Remember you might have an aerial too.
     
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    It should be in your van makers manual, failing that take the height you can measure and add about 2 inches for government work;)

    The ferry people are not too worried to be honest (but you might pay a little less)(y)
     
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    I have googled and got a variety of numbers.. I'm more confused by that because the ferry height band is close to the height I've found. I don't have an aerial but the skylight is over and above the standard height.

    Is it ok to go on the roof? I'm not light lol

    BTW it is a high top transit van conversion
     
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    I think I'm going to have to go with over 2.5m which seems to preclude me from booking some ferries. The heights I've found range from 2.25-2.5m and I'm too scared to go on the roof...
     
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    I have a 3 m straightedge that overhangs both sides of the van and is placed across the highest point of the van and I check that it is level with a spirit level. I then measure from the overhang of the straightedge to the ground on both sides and if one side is longer than the other then I take the greater measurement.
    Works for me
     
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    what van have you got? and reg year
     
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    Hi
    You will prob just book under 3 mtr no probs then. Pete
     
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    When I've booked it just asks below 2,35m in height & 7m in length or under 4,35m in height &10m in length.
    for vans it is 2,4m (H) & 6m (L) or 4,35(H) x 6m(L)
    Thats dfds. & yes they do check. they have auto height checkers as I accidentally booked wrong & was pulled for it.
     
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    I am sure that the height of your vehicle should be displayed where the driver can see it, or is that no longer required. My RV is just over 11' and there are a good few bridges round our way it would struggle to go under.
     
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    hi mjltigger, if its a van conversion sounds like mine ...a high roof transit , so makers figures will only give you a guide then add the ht of the protruding skylight for an approx. figure...
    scattycat's method is the way to go to give near enough exact height..
    I have a dome on now , but seem to remember mine with just a roof light came in at around 2.6 m
     
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    I too do that but my van is parked out front on a block paver drive with a natural slope away from the house so a spirit level is not much help. I lay a straight edge over the roadpro dome, the highest point, and make sure it's equidistant height wise from each edge of the van. Then measure as before. As a double check I add the roadpro 40cm to the published height of the van. It takes 3 ladders, 3 tape measures, 4 people and a lot of shouting and some swearing but we get there in the end. :)
     
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    From inside the MH, standing on something, stick your head out of the skylight and look around just to confirm it is the highest spot. Then measure down to the floor and add this to the hight of the floor above ground, which you should be able to measure at the door. I would add 100mm for safety, 'cos if your roof hits the ferry the MH comes off a lot worse.
     
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    Ffs - next you'll all be suggesting a laser level and a reading from a NASA satelite!!!!

    Try this age old tried and trusted method........

    1. A stepladder
    2. A tape measure. :doh:

    Then go have a :drink:
     
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    Dave you could have used a satellite theodolite, and use trigonometry, geometry and mathematics getting NASA involved seems a bit much don't you think!!!!!!!?

    Take it into boots and put it onto one of those height weight and BMI scales.......sorted you'll have it all.
    :BigGrin::rofl::rofl::rofl::BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks for all your replies.. some sound more complicated than others but I'm going to have a go over the weekend..

    Vin0114 it is a Transit lwb high top 1999.. brewerydave I'm not sure I can get an accurate measurement because I can't get high enough on a ladder without the virtigo kick in in.. feel free to take the Mickey
    devonbeekeeper that was what my OH suggested..no chance of me saying she was right lol...
     
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    Thank you - I will!!!

    I assume that's the same short ladder you used to take your avatar picture:rofl:
     
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    That wasn't a short ladder it was a tall camera...
     
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