How to Take Measurements for a Full Caravan Awning
People often overlook the fact that taking proper measurements can mean the difference between a comfortable trip and a holiday disaster. Full awnings are caravan awnings that are designed to wrap all the way around the rails. So for getting an awning that fits your RV perfectly, you need to take accurate measurements. But when it comes to measuring caravans, people are often clueless.
You can compare the measurement process to be similar to buying a new pair of jeans. If you are not careful about it, then you could end up getting a pair that is either too tight or too loose. So now you should be able to understand the importance of getting an awning that fits perfectly. Surely you can rely on your caravan manual for getting the dimensions, but these are standards that are good only when the caravan is in pristine condition. There is also the possibility of the manual getting lost. What do you do when you have nothing to guide you with respect to the required measurements?
It’s simple! Just follow these simple steps.
- Get yourself a ball of string. You might even find one lying around in the house or if you have a cat, then you can definitely find one in its possession (cats love to play with a ball of string). You can go for anything that is flexible enough and has enough length which would allow you to measure the caravan properly.
- Now you need to put a tent peg in the ground but make sure it is parallel the back edge of the rail (directly under the van).
- Tie one end of your string to the peg and let the remaining string traverse through the length of the rail. Be careful here as you need to protect the rail as well as the twine from being damaged.
- As soon as you reach the front of the caravan, you need to continue all the way to the ground till you reach point A (as shown in the figure above).
- When you are completely sure that the string is still attached to the peg and the other end has reached the ground then cut it while keeping the end as close to the ground as possible.
- Once you have cut the string, you have the measurement with you. All you need to do now is to compare it against a standard measurement tool and you can either measure it all at one go or you could fold it in half and just double the measurement that you get.
- When you have calculated the length, just note it down and don’t forget to convert it into centimetres.
You now have the measurement for getting your caravan awning. Just take this measurement to a vendor or a manufacturer and they should be able to help you out with the most suitable caravan awning for you.