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Old 03-23-2011, 01:19 AM   #1
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Trails West Campster has a small pop-top in the area of the Galley. My hips hurt, so I always sit on a stool to cook and wash dishes. The pop-top leaks too. What would you advise on sealing this thing up ?????
I just purchased this trailer today.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:38 AM   #2
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If you are having a body shop do it, you may want to consider installing small 'sides' to provide permanent headroom. My Trillium (solid roof) has the center section that rises with a taper from the front of the trailer, peaks in the middle and tapers back to even at the back. The rise is only a few inches but gives me 'just enough' head room where needed. The raised portion represents about a third of the width of the roof. However, once it's done, it done and almost impossible to economically reverse. I'm not suggesting you do it because I'm not familiar with your needs or your particular trailer, other than looking at camper photos, but if you do decide there are potential advantages to be had.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:51 AM   #3
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Most of us here support modifications, but I would suggest not doing what you suggest. How about selling it to somebody who likes the lift top and buy a taller camper?
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:11 AM   #4
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If you seal it up... you've created a pseudo-Havasu! I saw a Havasu at the Oregon Gathering and liked it... nice little trailer. We've seen a couple of pop-up brands for sale, where the owners had permanently affixed the top. Perhaps you can do something that's not really permanent, but stops the leaks. Hummm lengths of butyl and strong latches?? I'm not familiar enough with the mechanism to really offer suggestions. Just thinking out loud.
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I would replace the canvas rather than seal it up, because it loses a lot of the value of a pop-top if you seal it up. If it won't go up, its too short for many, and if it won't go down, it won't fit in a garage. You can always leave the top down and cook sitting down, it doesn't leak when down, does it?
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:17 AM   #6
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If you are having a body shop do it, you may want to consider installing small 'sides' to provide permanent headroom. My Trillium (solid roof) has the center section that rises with a taper from the front of the trailer, peaks in the middle and tapers back to even at the back. The rise is only a few inches but gives me 'just enough' head room where needed. The raised portion represents about a third of the width of the roof. However, once it's done, it done and almost impossible to economically reverse. I'm not suggesting you do it because I'm not familiar with your needs or your particular trailer, other than looking at camper photos, but if you do decide there are potential advantages to be had.
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Barrie, thanks for your insite to my need to Seal-Up the pop-top.
I will consider your advice.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:25 AM   #7
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I would replace the canvas rather than seal it up, because it loses a lot of the value of a pop-top if you seal it up. If it won't go up, its too short for many, and if it won't go down, it won't fit in a garage. You can always leave the top down and cook sitting down, it doesn't leak when down, does it?
Bobbie, thank you.
My Campster had the canvas replaced with 'Tavern Tarp'....that really cheep blue crap. It is leaking rain water and is wrecking the plywood
ceiling. I have to act quick because I live close to 'wet' Seattle.

You bring up a very valid point...Resale value. I wasn't even thinking of
that. Thanks Bobie !
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:29 AM   #8
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If you seal it up... you've created a pseudo-Havasu! I saw a Havasu at the Oregon Gathering and liked it... nice little trailer. We've seen a couple of pop-up brands for sale, where the owners had permanently affixed the top. Perhaps you can do something that's not really permanent, but stops the leaks. Hummm lengths of butyl and strong latches?? I'm not familiar enough with the mechanism to really offer suggestions. Just thinking out loud.

Thank you Donna,
looks like I had better re-think a 'fix' for my Campster.
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Doc, can you cover it in the meantime to help prevent the continual wet from the rain? Sometimes when we're in panic mode, we don't think things all the way through.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:31 AM   #10
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Thank you Donna,
looks like I had better re-think a 'fix' for my Campster.

Posting here is quit a help to a new owner and new member.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:41 AM   #11
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Most of us here support modifications, but I would suggest not doing what you suggest. How about selling it to somebody who likes the lift top and buy a taller camper?

Well Don, that is interesting....HOWEVER, I just spent a year looking for
an Egg and this was the best I could do. Came close to purchasing a
"Beater" Boler that would have taken a years work or more $$. So here I am , an old time many trailer owner and motorhome owner starting out with a bit of a 'Fixer Campster'.

But yes, I would trade for a Cutie Boler type anytime.

Thanks Don,
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Hi Doc,
Sorry it was difficult for you to find an egg. My comment comes because I really like the pop-tops. I nearly traded my 16 ft Scamp for one, but I found one to buy (also a "fixer").
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We really need Larry&Carrie and/or Francene to pop in on this topic.They both have pop tops they've put a lot of work into. Don, you might consider sending them each a PM (click on the links in the names I've provided) and describe your problem. Maybe they've got a solution that will fit your needs.

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Lisa H. has done hers, and the pop top is different in a Campster than a Compact- mechanism is different so it may affect replacing it.

Still, I don't see how it could leak if closed. I just put mine down when it is raining or blowing rain.
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