Replacing the Campster Poptop roof - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-17-2016, 06:46 PM   #15
Senior Member
Name: Talia
Trailer: Hunter Compact Jr.
Posts: 117
Originally Posted by Bobbie Mayer View Post
Talia, that's an interesting idea. The only issue is that you need a certain amount of weight to keep it from popping up by itself . But that might be enough weight, hard to tell.
There aren't latches that lock it in the down position? There should be...

Talia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2016, 08:55 PM   #16
Senior Member
Bobbie Mayer's Avatar
Name: Bobbie
Trailer: 2011 Escape 15A
Posts: 3,253
Yes, but that is another issue- with foam how do you attach the latches? I guess they could go on the frame. Might be different with a Compact as it uses a different mechanism.

Bobbie Mayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2016, 10:39 PM   #17
Senior Member
Name: K C
Trailer: 1971 Trailswest Campster
Posts: 1,579
When I need to attach something and there is foam between the item I am mounting and the substrate I cut out an area of the foam and replace that section with a piece of wood.

The original latches for the Campster, the upper latch was attached through the popup roof, on through the plywood liner of that roof and then into the fitting itself.

The bottom hook for the latch was screwed through the fiberglass rim of the opening and on into the 1 x 2 wood outside the rim.

I really like the latches, so easy to use and very strong. It is terrific that they are still being sold as brand new affordable replacement parts. I did not know they were hood latches for Jeeps until my friend saw them and recognized them immediately.

They really do work great, there is no need to reinvent the wheel and go looking for a substitute latch. If you look you will likely see the four pairs of holes where the hooks used to mount. You could install the hooks in those holes than hook in the upper part and mark your new roof on the inside for the bolt locations. Use some marine bedding compound in the bolt holes that go through the popup roof, that will keep the water out.
k corbin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2016, 10:29 PM   #18
Senior Member
Bobbie Mayer's Avatar
Name: Bobbie
Trailer: 2011 Escape 15A
Posts: 3,253
My "loop" parts never left. I just had to add four new hook parts, and yes, it was nice they were still available. I got two last spring to attach the temporary heavy plywood top (only two because I just automatically thought of a "set" as being four!) and two more this spring to attach to the new top.

Did your top have a plywood liner? Mine was covered with wood veneer so I never saw what was under that (if there was plywood or just blocks where the clamps went through.)

Bobbie Mayer is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
An idea for poptop replacement... Bobbie Mayer Modifications, Alterations and Updates 18 11-20-2016 07:41 AM
Compact jr poptop moves too far THOMASJU Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 5 02-08-2014 07:34 AM
rremoving old fabric Campster poptop-owner input needed Bobbie Mayer Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 22 08-20-2013 10:31 PM
Poptop canvas replacement help needed Ricky 4 Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 23 12-29-2012 11:00 AM
PopTop for TrailsWest Campster DJ Hirte Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 26 11-01-2011 09:14 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.