Re: Popup tops. Love them? Hate them?
They look interesting when deployed. There's an outfit from Quebec I believe that makes
a van called a Safari Condo. We saw a few in Quebec last August. They reminded me of the
old VW Vanagon or Westfalia or whichever model had the accordion top, on a Ford or GM chassis.
Then there's the Sportsmobile. Saw some of them out there too last summer. They appear to have
meshed/screened/sliding windows/vents when the top is raised, which would probably provide
increased air flow in the evenings, but also expose the van to the weather if left unattended.
I like the Roadtrek's Fantastic Fan vent and the rear side window flip up open vents combo myself,
but they aren't likely as effective as the overhead "windows".
I would have to guess the structural integrity of a van with a removable top might be weaker than
a fixed one, but an engineer I'm not. I used to own a Corvette and they said they added extra frame
struts to increase body stability to compensate for the weakness created by the convertible roof.
Does Sportsmobile or Safari Condo do something similar on their "convertibles"? I have no idea, or
even if it's an issue.
Just my opinions/observations.
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