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Old 02-10-2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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Have any of you Element owners seen this mod? A camper on top of your Element. Westfalia style! It does have fiberglass in it.

http://www.ursaminorvehicles.com/camper.htm

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Old 02-10-2008, 08:09 PM   #2
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Too bad it only works with the AWD models.

I had plans to convert mine using Westfalia fixtures. Didn't keep it long enough to do so.

It was only a matter of time before someone came out with a commercial solution. Actually, I am suprised it took this long.

It looks like most of the "quirks" are addressed.. especially the entry/exit. I had to push my seats forward to get out of the thing when I was in Camp Mode.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:29 PM   #3
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Gina, You are relatively close, compared to me, maybe you've seen some on the road and didn't realize it. Keep your eyes peeled!

To retrofit mine it would be $4000 some dollars. Not something I'll be doing anytime soon.

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:16 AM   #4
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Looks like it would be great for that hunting trip. Also would make up an extra bedroom when you do take the TUG.
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It needs a ladder!

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Old 02-11-2008, 10:06 AM   #6
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Exactly. Although a scissor-jack type electrically powered emerge-through-the-opening one person platform seems like a business opportunity to me. That is one cool rig. Stay tuned for mods.
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Hmmm. Element roof top camper
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I have seen those for all kinds of different models tho.

This on in pretty slick in that it follows the lines and you don't have to exit the car to go to bed.

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Yes, I like the UrsaMinor one for the same reason. It's all together. I also don't think I could get my dog to come down the ladder on the other, up ok, just not down. Although the second one is half the price.

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Old 02-11-2008, 07:20 PM   #10
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http://www.ursaminorvehicles.com/camper.htm

OH MY GAWD!!! I Love it!! A guest room! A place to go and nap!
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:25 PM   #11
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Sunset magazine had plans to make your own in the late '50's.
I built one for our '52 Willys station wagon. The top was supported by a bow at each end made from electrical conduit and held apart by 3 spring loaded poles. There was a large screened opening on the "driver's" side covered by a zippered flap. On the "passenger side" was a larger flap which served as the door and it also had a screened opening. At the gable ends were triangular screened vent openings which had folding rain covers. The mattress was a 3/4 bed size. The plywood box had 6" tall sides which, when the rig was folded, contained the custom canvas tent, and it's assortment of hardware.
It was supported on the car roof by cargo carrier racks which were available at most auto parts stores.
The ladder folded in half lengthwise then unhooking a pair of screen door latches allowed the sides to fold next to each other in a parallelogram fashion.
Between the cavernous Willy's interior and the roof top tent, we had sleeping quarters for the whole family. There was also a fitted canvas cover for the "box" to keep it weather tight when on the road.
It looked quite close to the pictured example except the roof had a ridge which allowed one to sit up comfortably inside.
It worked very well for many years until we no longer had the vehicle. It was sold in the early '80's at a yard sale for $100 to become a play house.

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