Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kits?

Re: Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kit

Postby Lumpy » February 22nd 2016, 2:55am

You'll never get disappointed by buying the RIGHT widget, even if it costs a lot more. You'll always be disappointed if you "settle" for the widget that's "Not exactly what I wanted".

Amortize the cost over a couple-three years then break it into months. At some point your math will say "Not that's not so bad, is it".


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Re: Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kit

Postby tequilasunset » February 22nd 2016, 3:43am

Yeah I know you are right but I'll feel much better after its done and I have enjoyed it on a few trips :)
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Postby smokinjoe » February 22nd 2016, 4:17am

Gavio, that is an AWESOME job. I always wanted a pop top.

My question is, I haven't seen one in person. Does it just add head room or do you sleep laying down up there? Seems like sleep space would be better?
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Re: Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kit

Postby tequilasunset » February 22nd 2016, 4:41am

smokinjoe wrote:Gavio, that is an AWESOME job. I always wanted a pop top.

My question is, I haven't seen one in person. Does it just add head room or do you sleep laying down up there? Seems like sleep space would be better?



This video should help...

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Re: Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kit

Postby Nomad » February 22nd 2016, 5:35am

Im on the fence right now in doing a plywood hightop or plywood poptop seems way cheaper self build than trying to get/do any of the above....
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Re: Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kit

Postby gavio » February 22nd 2016, 6:39am

Gavio, that is an AWESOME job. I always wanted a pop top.

My question is, I haven't seen one in person. Does it just add head room or do you sleep laying down up there? Seems like sleep space would be better?


Thank you!

There are different types of poptops out there, some include upper beds, others not.... Early VWs (and others) had a small square poptop in the center of the roof, just so you could stand up while cooking and what-not.... Later VWs and many other vans have a longer top that gives you room to stand up, plus maybe a spare bed, or even the main bed up there.... The tops from CCV raise up something like 40 inches, which gives you almost a whole second story - of course they cost as much as a whole second van, too....

Some vans in the 60s and 70s had tops that operated with hard sides that folded up to form solid walls with operable windows rather than a tent....I used to have one and loved it - it was my original idea for this build, but ultimately I went for something a bit easier... Mine is just to be able to stand up, and also provide extra storage when the top is down, my bed is down below..

seems way cheaper self build than trying to get/do any of the above


"Seems" may be the key operative here... It is a lot of labor, and a ridiculous amount of details and doodads to buy/fab/figure out.... Nevertheless, I will have around $800 in mine when finished (still haven't made the canvas - that's this spring), so it is an awful lot cheaper financially than CCV.....plus mine isn't like anybody else's, so that makes it worthwhile to me.... If you do go down this road, take your time with the thinking/figuring stage - there are very few straight lines in a vehicle roof...
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Re: Pop top camper top anyone still install them or sell kit

Postby tequilasunset » March 5th 2016, 12:16am

Well since my skills are limited and not having a place to do it etc... I am taking the plunge to hit up CCV in June. Going to have the basic top installed with all the lights and stuff that they include, along with some Yak rails for future solar panels and crap on top.

I am pretty excited about blowing more money than I paid for the van, while being unemployed... it's only money and I can't take it with me. :banana:

Now to get cracking on the interior build...
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