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Old 10-23-2015, 04:22 PM   #1
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TUiREL T70 Laser Tape Measure

After a few near misses scraping my A/C units off of my 13.6 ft high fifth wheel, I looked for and bought what's turned out to be a really good and inexpensive ($38 at Amazon) digital laser tape measure.

The only negative was the single sheet owner's manual (1 side English, 1 side Chinese). So I scanned and re-arranged the instructions to be more meaningful. Now it's a 5 page PDF file with big print.

As a bonus, this unit can measure the height of your trailer without you having to crawl up there (hint: It supports the Pythagorian Theorem)

I've posted for public sharing at the clicky link in the beginning of this message. Also, I shared this with the manufacturer and they have no issues.

Tuirel Mfg Product Page for T70 Handheld Laser Distance Meter
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Old 10-24-2015, 05:34 PM   #2
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I run diesel so I fuel up on the same islands the semis do. They fit under the awning and so will I . Biggest down fall with gas is a lot of stations don`t give enough room to swing with a 30 foot plus trailer.
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So hbillsmith,
I looked at the website and Don't see how you were able to measure your rig????unless someone gets on the roof and holds something from the highest point out over the edge for the laser to hit......we did that with a tape and the wife held the tape on the ground and I used my laser level on the wall of the 5er's home....
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I looked at the website and Don't see how you were able to measure your rig????unless someone gets on the roof and holds something from the highest point out over the edge for the laser to hit......we did that with a tape and the wife held the tape on the ground and I used my laser level on the wall of the 5er's home....
A squared + B squared = C squared. Works every time.
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Old 10-25-2015, 04:37 PM   #6
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Awesome! Thank you so much for this great tip!

FYI - for hunters or survey work the T100 goes out to 328 feet and is only 5 dollars more on Amazon.
T70 - $49.99 T100 54.99

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TUiREL T70 Laser Tape Measure

After a few near misses scraping my A/C units off of my 13.6 ft high fifth wheel, I looked for and bought what's turned out to be a really good and inexpensive ($38 at Amazon) digital laser tape measure.

The only negative was the single sheet owner's manual (1 side English, 1 side Chinese). So I scanned and re-arranged the instructions to be more meaningful. Now it's a 5 page PDF file with big print.

As a bonus, this unit can measure the height of your trailer without you having to crawl up there (hint: It supports the Pythagorian Theorem)

I've posted for public sharing at the clicky link in the beginning of this message. Also, I shared this with the manufacturer and they have no issues.

Tuirel Mfg Product Page for T70 Handheld Laser Distance Meter
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I run diesel so I fuel up on the same islands the semis do. They fit under the awning and so will I . Biggest down fall with gas is a lot of stations don`t give enough room to swing with a 30 foot plus trailer.
I agree, but I've been lucky. Sometimes, I have to wait for a pump to open up, which we don't mind given the dog can go for a walk. I've been told that some of the larger truck stops have one or two gas pumps on some of semi islands for the larger RV rigs. Anyone confirm this?
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At only 11'6" I have never had a problem getting under the awing, but I have sweat some serious bullets trying to get around pumps and cars, as I don't get the required amount of practice towing the 5ver.
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I went to a flying j in Ohio across from an overnight stop at a campground. We used the rv lane and the sign saying rv lane scraped our front AC. We are 13'6". The girl inside said that is a common problem there. Being that it was the same roof the truckers go under, I wouldn't have even thought to use a laser to check the height.
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So hbillsmith,
I looked at the website and Don't see how you were able to measure your rig????unless someone gets on the roof and holds something from the highest point out over the edge for the laser to hit......we did that with a tape and the wife held the tape on the ground and I used my laser level on the wall of the 5er's home....
It works something like this. You need to stand about 10 feet or so off to the side of your RV. Holding the unit steady (say pressed against your chest), you first press the Pyth symbol button, then for distance measure A point the laser to the highest point of your RV and press the Measure button. Then keep holding the unit in the same place and for Distance Measure B tilt it down to point the laser to a spot at the bottom of the RV and press Measure button.

The unit takes distance measure A, distance measure B and uses its internal sensors to register the angle created by the tilt. Those 3 measures (A,B,Tiltangle) are all it needs to calculate the RV Height and that is displayed as the answer.
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