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Old 03-15-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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Anyone know of a source for replacement poptop (preferably someone who has the pattern and/or is set up to provide without reinventing the wheel...) for TrailsWest Campster?

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Old 03-15-2009, 10:28 AM   #2
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Nope, but let me know if you find one... I haven't replaced my top but it wouldn't hurt. I know what most people do is take the old one off and have someone copy it (or do it without windows, or as just a screen but I like the versatility.)

I haven't quite figured out how to reattach it if I take it off.

Anyway, welcome to the forum to another Campster owner!

What year is yours?

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Old 03-15-2009, 11:08 AM   #3
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If you google replacement canvas you will find a bunch of popup type canvas makers, I'll bety one of them could fix you up.

I had a Starcraft pop up years ago and had new canvas ends made for it, they worked out great.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:30 PM   #4
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Nope, but let me know if you find one... I haven't replaced my top but it wouldn't hurt. I know what most people do is take the old one off and have someone copy it (or do it without windows, or as just a screen but I like the versatility.)

I haven't quite figured out how to reattach it if I take it off.

Anyway, welcome to the forum to another Campster owner!

What year is yours?

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Mine is a 69, have owned in since the mid-90's. The top is fairly easy to disassemble/assemble. I had mine apart last year to replace the plywood under the fiberglass lid, the wood had disintegrated. The canvas(actually the original was a hybrid sort of half plastic half canvas?) attached to a frame top and bottom, the lid justs sits on the frame and is attached from the top (6 screws which you can see from above)
A subsequent poster sayd google up canvas tops which I will try again, but the locals here don't want to touch it. It's not that different from a boat top but.....
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:33 PM   #5
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If you google replacement canvas you will find a bunch of popup type canvas makers, I'll bety one of them could fix you up.

I had a Starcraft pop up years ago and had new canvas ends made for it, they worked out great.
will try that again, but it didn't work last summer. Boat top makers around here disdain one-off little trailers
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:46 PM   #6
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will try that again, but it didn't work last summer. Boat top makers around here disdain one-off little trailers
I wonder why they turn down money, since they are in business. Especially for such a simple sewing job. When I replaced the top on my Compact last year, my upholstry man (aka Tijuana Tony ) stopped by took a few measurements, -wouldn't take the old one for a pattern, came back a day later, dropped it off, collected $150, said gracias and adios........ Larry
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Old 03-15-2009, 01:28 PM   #7
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I like the upholstery shop idea. There are lots of them down here in SoCal and that would save me the trouble of sewing one myself. I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can get replacements for the pop-up mechanism for my Campster. The piece of aluminum that slides in the track is bent and the nylon wheels are broken. Any ideas?
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:01 PM   #8
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Mine is a 69, have owned in since the mid-90's. The top is fairly easy to disassemble/assemble. I had mine apart last year to replace the plywood under the fiberglass lid, the wood had disintegrated. The canvas(actually the original was a hybrid sort of half plastic half canvas?) attached to a frame top and bottom, the lid justs sits on the frame and is attached from the top (6 screws which you can see from above)
A subsequent poster sayd google up canvas tops which I will try again, but the locals here don't want to touch it. It's not that different from a boat top but.....
I have the original and would like to duplicate it... I may try that this summer. Tricky with the zippers for windows so I'll have to think about how to do it.

How is the canvas attached to the frame? ( How was the original attached?)
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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Here's a couple of topics:
Pop-top slider replacement parts

roof window leak in Compact Jr

Maybe something in one of those two topics will help?
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I order my replacement pop tops from CanvasReplacements.com phone number 715-255-9332 send a pic of what you want to bob[at]canvasreplacements.com and he will send you a quote back. I sent pics of my Astro (same tent as Campster) last thursday when I get the quote back I will post.

Address is: Canvas Replacements W2299 Hwy 98 Loyal WI. 54446

They sell hardware as well and do custom work.

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Got a call from Chris G. at canvasreplacements.com and he said there is no problem on the manufacture of the Campster, Astro, Hunter, or Compact series pop tops. He priced mine at 415.00 with 4 windows and choice of fabric and colors. He is going into his busy season starting April so there is a 30 day lead time in having the order made. Another email to use is info[at]canvasreplacements.com. He looked the F.B.R.V. site over and saw nothing on it he could not manufacture. Phone number 715-255-8142.

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Old 03-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #12
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I wonder why they turn down money, since they are in business. Especially for such a simple sewing job. When I replaced the top on my Compact last year, my upholstry man (aka Tijuana Tony ) stopped by took a few measurements, -wouldn't take the old one for a pattern, came back a day later, dropped it off, collected $150, said gracias and adios........ Larry
So Larry, is Tijuana Tony still about? --Darrell
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:47 AM   #13
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Got a call from Chris G. at canvasreplacements.com and he said there is no problem on the manufacture of the Campster, Astro, Hunter, or Compact series pop tops. He priced mine at 415.00 with 4 windows and choice of fabric and colors. He is going into his busy season starting April so there is a 30 day lead time in having the order made. Another email to use is info[at]canvasreplacements.com. He looked the F.B.R.V. site over and saw nothing on it he could not manufacture. Phone number 715-255-8142.

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Harry, thanks for your excellent help on this. I had already contacted Canvasreplacements.com (bob) and he called me the same quote. For the benefit of others here are the 3 quotes (this is for replacement canvas on a TrailsWest Campster)
canvasreplacements.com $415.......bearcreekcanvas.com $795.....RVworkshop.com $850
....I was a bit incredulous at the two $800-ish quotes. After all, there is only a couple yards of material in this - it's not a tent camper!!!!-- they must be running UAW wage scales or something.
I have one local source I am checking but doubt they will tackle it, so I am probably going with canvasreplacements.com , soon, to beat the rush. Thanks again Harry. --Darrell
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I think if the quote includes zippered window flaps and screens like the original it probably takes a lot of labor. Some of the Compacts just have solid canvas, no windows. ($800 still sounds high- $400, well, it might be worth doing it myself or might not- the advantage of buying it is being able to take the old off and fit the new on on the same day instead of having to leave the trailer "naked" while I attempted to duplicate the canvas.

So far I'm just living with mine- it keeps bugs out, lets light in, and goes up and down. One zipper is stuck partway.
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