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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Takes 5 minutes to set up! Go to www.cartopcamper.com and watch the video.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sawsalesman, great looking setup Very Happy

One advantage of the fold open rooftop style tents is the amount of sleeping space they have. A poptop's bed is about 6'-1" x 47". Sawsalesman's family size unit is 8' x 71" and a standard size model, such as the one on the below Syncro, is 8' x 56".
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There is also a changing room available, this hangs down below the portion of the tent unit that folds over making a nice side tent.
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If you're near the Salem Oregon area and want to see one of these in person let me know.

Disclosure statement; I'm the owner of Compact Camping Concepts & Top-Tent.com .
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You guys; these kinda look like tree houses. I'm sure the kids love them!

But also looks like a falling hazard. I worry about falling from the upper bunk in my poptop westy, when climbing up and down!

Ah, to be so young again. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott,

Just so you known I only posted the other site because it shows a video of the set up. Your service was excellent and we will be sleeping in it this Friday night.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sawsalesman, no worries, we have some new youtube videos in the works. Look forward to hearing your perceptive on being Tent Topped after sleeping in your new tent unit for a few nights.

BusterBrown, It's funny you mention falling, I get may people that ask, ďDonít you worry about falling out in the middle of the night?Ē

My answer is; While sleeping in a ground tent, when was the last time you woke up in the dirt outside your tent? This excludes times when excessive alcohol consumption was involved and you donít remember how you got there in the first place. The likelihood of ripping through the side of a rooftop tent is extremely small. Also remember the tent bows act as bed rails and keep you safely inside the tent if you roll up against them.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sawsalesman wrote:
I think some of you are missing the point. My bus is a tin top full panel (including no back window) and it will never be converted to a Westy interior. A pop top Westy is a great vehicle but I don't want to own two buses! Does it look funny, sure but it works for us and will for others. Say someone with a 7 passenger bus. Hell, at one point Klaussinator was talking about making something similar and possibly cutting into his tin top roof.


Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to post your photos and show how the tent looks. This is awesome, and gives me motivation to follow through with the project!

Don't worry about the people coming in and dismissing your tent. I've also invested so much into my tin-top and I absolutely love it just the way it is. Also, I would like the flexibility of being able to remove the tent instead of having it all of the time.

Can't wait to finally get one of my own!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is another one for our folding tent unit that a customer has setup on a VW ...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott,

Enjoyed my tent for a full week. Very comfortable with the built in mattress and I even had enough room to put an oscillating fan up there to keep us cool during a couple of warm nights. Going to Maine this weekend and try it out there as well. Should be interesting to see what the hurricane does but it looks like it is calming down and will only bring a little rain and 20MPH gusts tomorrow night. I think the drive to Maine in the morning will be more interesting than the actual camping later that night. Looks like it's going to blow past pretty quickly. Bring on the steamed and fried clams!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BTW I'm scarred of heights so I went out the back.
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whoa whats this? where who and how much?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=553284

this is the same thing, but brand new.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ned wrote:
...What happened to sleeping in a tent on the ground?

Drowning?
Oh ya. Not everyone lives in the midwest....nevermind. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hippie wrote:
ned wrote:
...What happened to sleeping in a tent on the ground?

Drowning?
Oh ya. Not everyone lives in the midwest....nevermind. Laughing

Grizzly Bears. With the roof tent they at least can't sneak up on you in the middle of the night. The shaking of the bus will alert you to the fact that they are climbing the ladder and give you time to get your gun/bearspray. Shocked Oh yeah, not everyone lives in the mountain west.......nevermind.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TomWesty wrote:
Hippie wrote:
ned wrote:
...What happened to sleeping in a tent on the ground?

Drowning?
Oh ya. Not everyone lives in the midwest....nevermind. Laughing

Grizzly Bears. With the roof tent they at least can't sneak up on you in the middle of the night. The shaking of the bus will alert you to the fact that they are climbing the ladder and give you time to get your gun/bearspray. Shocked Oh yeah, not everyone lives in the mountain west.......nevermind.


yah this goes for Zombies also. except substitute bearspray for baseball bat.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best replica of a Amescador rear tent.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/720562.jpg

Here are some shots of the whole Dutch conversion with the rear tent.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airkooledchris wrote:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=553284
this is the same thing, but brand new.


Actually it isn't the same thing. Only similarity is that it extends out the back. Construction is totally different. For different usage and storage.
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FYI here is the original VW accessory. There are many pics of it scattered around the Samba gallery. Problem with the remaining ones is that they are 35 years old. Much fancier and heavier with a lot of features but also very bulky to stow.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an orginal Westfalia one.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude your stacked! Very nice. Ive been thinking of a back tent. Might as well get it all from the 70s camping era. I have the westfalia side tent as well but that back one is sweet.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sawsalesman, Glad to hear you Tent Unit is working out for you! They can handle wind and rain just fine, although I won't want to hurricane test one Shocked

The rear door tents look like a great option for gaining a some extra space. I've seen the one from Flyawaydesigns, they are just up the road from me, nice heavy duty tent.
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fastwagens wrote:
TomWesty wrote:
Hippie wrote:
ned wrote:
...What happened to sleeping in a tent on the ground?

Drowning?
Oh ya. Not everyone lives in the midwest....nevermind. Laughing

Grizzly Bears. With the roof tent they at least can't sneak up on you in the middle of the night. The shaking of the bus will alert you to the fact that they are climbing the ladder and give you time to get your gun/bearspray. Shocked Oh yeah, not everyone lives in the mountain west.......nevermind.


yah this goes for Zombies also. except substitute bearspray for baseball bat.


Haha oh yea!?! What about zombie parrots?!?
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