When measuring a mobile home. Measure from outside corner to outside corner do not include the overhang. Your best bet is to get a 100' tape measure from your local hardware store. These tape measures are pretty affordable usually around $20 and do an amazing job if you are trying to measure the home by yourself. You can also order these tape measures online and have them shipped right to your doorstep.
These tape measures feature a little claw hook at the end that you can latch on to the siding. If you don't have someone to hold the other side of the tape measure this little latch comes in handy to keep the tape where you want it.
Once you have the width of your home measured which is usually 14 to 16 ft wide for singlewides and 24 to 28 for doublewides. You will want to run your tape measure down the length of your home again don't include the overhang of the home hook that latch right on to the outside corner and pull tight. If your home measures 56'7" long that is usually rounded up to 57'.
FIGURING SQUARE FOOTAGE:
Now that you know your width and length of your mobile home rounded up to the nearest foot. Just multiply the 2.
EXAMPLE: If your home measures 14ft wide by 76 ft. wide just multiply the two numbers:
14 x 76 = 1,064 sq. ft.
Or, if you have a home that measures 26 ft wide by 64 ft long
26 x 64 = 1,664 sq. ft.
Better yet you can use this simple square foot calculator site and just enter in the information and it will do the figuring for you!
The data plate located usually inside the mobile home will tell you quite a bit of information about the structure of the mobile home as well. The data plate will not tell you the measurement of the mobile home so it is important to know how to do that.
It's that simple....
FUN FACT: Now some people experienced with mobile homes will ask you if that includes the hitch to the mobile home. If you are measuring outside corner to outside corner than no that doesn't include the hitch. The hitch to the mobile home always adds roughly 4 ft to the length of the home...So if your home measures 64 ft long technically it's considered 68 ft. long. Most people will just want to know the measurements of the home itself!!