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Old 06-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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An idea for poptop replacement...

I am thinking of just cutting out the old top where it isn't easy to remove, then attaching new fabric with Velcro. Plus: Easier to do. Also, I can make an all-screen top for warmer weather and one with flaps and windows for cooler weather. And I could store these in the trailer (not in place) and minimize the hassle of closing over a fabric layer.

It sounds do-able; I haven't looked closely at it yet to see if I can foresee any snags. But for those of who have worked with poptops, do you think this would work?
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:25 PM   #2
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Do it!

Seriously though; I don't have a pop-top and never have. But I did catch a couple of episodes of "Extreme RV" on the TV over the weekend and they featured the Cricket trailer. I think I recall somone posting about it on here before.

It's not FG. But the point is that they use a Velcro attachement system for their pop-top too. Here.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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I just removed the fabric from my 1973 Hunter Compact-II and the basic fabric cleaned up real well and, after almost 40 years, is still usable. (Let it lay on the lawn in the sun for a day before cleaning) I am having Riverside Tent & Awning sew in new screens and make new window flaps ($200) and will put it back in with new s.s. screws after painting is finished. The basic point is that what I have fits. I have seen several remade fabric sections and very few fit correctly, either to small and you can't get the top up, or to large and baggy.
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Do it!

Seriously though; I don't have a pop-top and never have. But I did catch a couple of episodes of "Extreme RV" on the TV over the weekend and they featured the Cricket trailer. I think I recall somone posting about it on here before.

It's not FG. But the point is that they use a Velcro attachement system for their pop-top too. Here.
Wow, that Cricket is very well-thought out.

I couldn't find any info on the Velcro attachment, though.
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I just removed the fabric from my 1973 Hunter Compact-II and the basic fabric cleaned up real well and, after almost 40 years, is still usable. (Let it lay on the lawn in the sun for a day before cleaning) I am having Riverside Tent & Awning sew in new screens and make new window flaps ($200) and will put it back in with new s.s. screws after painting is finished. The basic point is that what I have fits. I have seen several remade fabric sections and very few fit correctly, either to small and you can't get the top up, or to large and baggy.
Hm, that might be true, but removing and replacing it in a Campster isn't easy. I'm not worried about making something that fits. But I'll keep that in mind as if I do have to remove it I might just be able to put in the new screens (windows are fine) myself.
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I was googling ways to do this and ran across this
Pop top insulation | 1705.net

It has insulated panels for a pop top. If I go the velcro route, I could sub out screen for insulation in colder weather. Or have both.
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I think I am going to go for it; I'll wait until I get the fabric to cut the old one out, then use sticky velcro on the frame and sew on on the fabric, and make new fabric sides. I'm thinking coated nylon or cordura fabric for the sides, with roll-up plastic windows over netting just as the originals, except I'm a bit worried about sewing that clear vinyl stuff.
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I just removed the fabric from my 1973 Hunter Compact-II and the basic fabric cleaned up real well and, after almost 40 years, is still usable. (Let it lay on the lawn in the sun for a day before cleaning) I am having Riverside Tent & Awning sew in new screens and make new window flaps ($200) and will put it back in with new s.s. screws after painting is finished. The basic point is that what I have fits. I have seen several remade fabric sections and very few fit correctly, either to small and you can't get the top up, or to large and baggy.

Bob you made patterns right- when you had it out ; )

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No pattern, but what I can do is make an exact measurement drawing. It is symetrical and the only observeable difference top to bottom is a 3/8" tuck in the bottom that was put in at the factory.
The fabric seems easy to replicate, but where the holes go will be dependent on where they are drilled on your unit, plus mine as streached a tad over the last 40 yeas I am sure.
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I own a Cadet which has a popup and I was replacing the material on the gap and put in screening to increase airflow and light. I initially used velcro and found that it quickly becomes contaminated with dead bugs and insects who are attracted by the light. In the end I used fabric tape, the kind that you iron the 2 sides together.
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Bob, will you be posting an exact measurement drawing as you previously mention in the near future? I am currently doing a complete frame off on a cj and it didn't have a poptop for me to use as a pattern
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Compact II is different from Compact Jr.

Len, I'm confused as to what you did. Was it velcro to close the windows? I don't think bugs would get to the velcro on what I'm thinking of as it would always be attached.

I haven't done anything yet as I'm hoping to score an old tent at a garage sale and scavenge the fabric and netting.
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Bobbie,

Go for it. I used velcro to attach the material to the top of the pop-top. You could use the velcro on the bottom too. I used nylon that would be used on tent floors, waterproof and doubled it.

Just make sure that the bottom is a little bigger at the perimeter than the top. Your plan should work if the wood for the mechanism is good. That would be the only catch.

Recheck the posts I did on my pop top.

My trailer is at a friends as we have had our drive way redone.

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The wood is good. Why make the bottom bigger than the top? Is it that the frame is smaller at the top? I guess I will have to measure anyway.
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