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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

jxgyvr wrote:
There is a guy in the BC Lower Mainland who is making a hightop that may be a replica of the Getaway design. I think the company goes by the name Coast Mountain Hightops. A quick internet search should turn up some hits.

(Full disclosure: I am NOT in any way connected to them).


Thanks!
It seems this company is now defunked Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

Dr. Bjorn's website at https://vanagonwestfaliaparts.com/ seems to have a listing for a Reimo hightop for Vanagons.

Disclosure: No connection with Dr. Bjorn's Auto. However, I have bought parts from him.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:01 pm    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

jxgyvr wrote:
Dr. Bjorn's website at https://vanagonwestfaliaparts.com/ seems to have a listing for a Reimo hightop for Vanagons.

Disclosure: No connection with Dr. Bjorn's Auto. However, I have bought parts from him.


Yes, I am in contact with Bjorn - he has access to those beautiful new REIMO hightops, and I am very seriously considering. His prices are much cheaper than the "CANADIANHIGHTOPS"... but still I really hope I don't have to pay that much. In the end a hightop thru him would end up well over $2k... So my hope is to find a second hand GA or AW top, perhaps from a scraped van somewhere...
>>> but I will get something from Bjorn if NOTHING else turns up.

I MUST get a hightop! To me the difference between a van with or without a hightop is indescribable.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:57 am    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

epowell wrote:

These measurements are about what I would expect in comparison to mine, but may I ask you, does yours have the still arched rear section of the roof, or do you have the more spacious "flat ceiling" at the rear section?


Mine has a flat ceiling
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:03 am    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

g shepherd wrote:

Mine has a flat ceiling


Thanks... OK that means if I find a used AW hightop and I install it without cutting away the ENTIRE rear part of the ceiling, then the total BED HEIGHT will be 3" less... so a total of about 43cm.
hmmmm.... I think best will be to rip out the entire ceiling in that case.

I am still interested in this GETAWAY hightops... seems some of their models (common in BC) have the full 60cm bed height. . . . this would be wonderful.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

epowell wrote:
His prices are much cheaper than the "CANADIANHIGHTOPS"...


Have you priced side windows yet? It helped me with my decision. NAHT's come with two, and Reimos are extra, around $400/side if I recall correctly.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:34 am    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

joetiger wrote:
epowell wrote:
His prices are much cheaper than the "CANADIANHIGHTOPS"...


Have you priced side windows yet? It helped me with my decision. NAHT's come with two, and Reimos are extra, around $400/side if I recall correctly.


Yeah, maybe with the extras the prices are the same. I just noticed that it was possible from Bjorn to reduce the price because with him those extras are optional. I was thinking to pass on the windows and make the bed part myself, pass on basically everything except the bare top itself... and even then it is well over $2000. Amazing... So I will be looking hard for a salvaged high top somewhere in BC or even Alberta perhaps. Buying in Washington would involve duty and tax and hassles I'd rather avoid.

Who knows, I very well might finally just end up building on myself from scratch.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:24 am    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

epowell wrote:
So I will be looking hard for a salvaged high top somewhere in BC or even Alberta perhaps. Buying in Washington would involve duty and tax and hassles I'd rather avoid.

Who knows, I very well might finally just end up building on myself from scratch.


I feel like in that part of the world, there's a Getaway Van top sitting in somebody's back yard just waiting for you. Finding it is the hard part!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:50 am    Post subject: Re: "Postal" HIGH TOPS in Canada? Reply with quote

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I feel like in that part of the world, there's a Getaway Van top sitting in somebody's back yard just waiting for you. Finding it is the hard part!

There is absolutely no question that there is one waiting for me (I only need ONE!) Smile ...so finding it is the tricky part...
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