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pop top - full van reno?

Post by millsy » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:44 am

I am thinking of converted our 16' pop top to a full hieght van in favour of trading it :???:
Anyone had experience with type of reno? Can't be too hard can it :?: :?:
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Re: pop top - full van reno?

Post by millsy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:56 am

:o No feedback from anyone :?: Obviously not the done thing :!: I'll have to put my thinking cap on to see if it's worth it or not. :confused:
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Re: pop top - full van reno?

Post by GerryP » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:53 pm

Hi Millsy,

Never seen it done before, but that does not mean it can't or hasn't. Being reasonably mechanically minded, I don't see any major structural issues, just a bit of messing around removing the top half and extending the walls up to full height etc. Mind you, it's basically framing and lining, with some electrics thrown in for lights. I can see some fiddling around with overhead cupboards as they would all be too low and there may be an issue in matching the outer cladding, but I'm sure it can all be accomplished by someone with the required skills.

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Post by millsy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:40 pm

Hi GerryP, Was beginning to think there was nobody prepared to answer this one so thanks for your input.
Two heads (or more) are always better than one especially when in uncharterd waters.
I am an ex chippy/joiner but no experience in the construction of caravans.You have confirmed all the issues that I had in mind.
The overhead cupboards will need to be renewed which will also help strengthen the additional hieght. Food for thought. Cheers 8-)
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Post by GerryP » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:04 pm

It's a pity you're not in Adelaide as I could put you on to an excellent caravan repairer/builder who would be more than happy to give you some hints. Maybe there's an equivalent company around your way that someone may know about?

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Re: pop top - full van reno?

Post by J.REEVES » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Hi Millsy,
Yes I must admit I did avoid your question as it sounded a bit hard to me and I did not want to give to many negative vibes.

The problems I see are, not saying it can’t be done:

The cladding is fitted from the top to bottom so to work the clapping into the existing cladding you will need to start removing it from the bottom first. Probably better to just have some kind of join strip and leave the existing cladding allow.

The same for the roof use a join strip.

I would rebuild the entire roof.

The interior again would need some kind of join, probably cover the join with new top cupboards.

Naturally you will need to have a good join/bond where the new top side walls attach to the existing walls. Is the van wood or aluminium frame.

I guess the level of how hard it will be is related to how good a job you want and how much money you will spend.

I personally would look at trying to obtain a full size van instead of modifying. Don’t forget that you will be looking at a couple of thousand dollars for the materials to do it.

One last negative, I know that if you build a van completely there is no engineering requirements but if you modify an existing manufacturers design then it must have an engineer certificate.
Best not let the rego run out while modifying.

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Post by dieseltojo » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:19 pm

Hi millsy,
Same reasons as JR for not looking at your question. I reckon it would look like a dogs breakfast. On a pop top the rake on the van stops in the down position. Then to go up vertically will not be presentable and less than aero dynamic.
You would only get away with it if the van will stay on site in a permanent situation.
Sorry to be negative.
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Post by millsy » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:17 pm

At last we have action :shock:
What too hard for you JR after what I've seen of your capabilities I don't think. so :lol:
And yes diesiltojo you make valid comments that need to be considered :( Thanks for all the info guys. The other half says "No don't do it, it'll be laid up for ages". Oh well anyone want a 16' pop top :?:
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Re: pop top - full van reno?

Post by bricki » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:48 pm

GerryP wrote:It's a pity you're not in Adelaide as I could put you on to an excellent caravan repairer/builder who would be more than happy to give you some hints. Maybe there's an equivalent company around your way that someone may know about?

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hi mate i live in adelaide and have a need for a good caravan repairer please advise

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Re: pop top - full van reno?

Post by GerryP » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:31 pm

bricki wrote:
GerryP wrote:It's a pity you're not in Adelaide as I could put you on to an excellent caravan repairer/builder who would be more than happy to give you some hints. Maybe there's an equivalent company around your way that someone may know about?

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hi mate i live in adelaide and have a need for a good caravan repairer please advise
Hi Brick - Have a chat with Larry Weepers at Roadmaster, Lonsdale, ph: 83846011. He is extremely helpful and will support and advise you on any DIY jobs you wish to undertake. I've had a fair amount of work done by him and am more than satisfied with both quality and cost. Mention my name (Gerry) if you want mate - might cost yer an extra 10% though... LOL :razz:

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