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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Pic mikey9! Happy family happy camper. Applause VW Logo
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me and my two brothers in law all have hightops Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 5:43 pm    Post subject: Jim's Folly Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread! So great, I'm considering a hightop on my syncro.

Couple questions for you AdventureWagen guys:

How heavy is the AW top? It would be great to know how heavy just the top shell is, and then with all the wood stuff too.

Is the top dual-layer construction with insulation?

Do any of you sleep up there? In the one AW I've been inside, the upstairs looks almost too tight up there for an adult to sleep comfortably.

Since I'm able to modify my hard top syncro, would taking the crown out of the roof and making it flat like a Westy help make the AW top more sleep-able?

Thanks!. Sorry I don't have sweet photos to add, but maybe this thread can feature some resource information too. Cheers, Joel
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The AW top is actually 2 shells, I'm guessing around 150# or more.

Seems to me the westy bed is higher up than the bed in an AW, and if you put the top onto a westy the folding part of the upper bed doesn't have enough room to clearance.

by the way, karl mullendore has a ton of pics of high-tops, if he posts them here it might take up 3 pages!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's mine.

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It's a top from northamericanhightops. I love it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Adventurewagen top is 2 layers and so is most quality tops like Westfalia,Dehler,Reimo. This is great for keeping out summer heat as well as winter cold making it so year round camping is an option. This is why they are popular with skiers around the world. The bed up top on the Adventurewagen is plenty of space. At first you think it looks tight but there is enough room to lay on your side and roll over to the other side. There is enough room to snuggle with your kid up to about age 4. The hardest thing to get used to when sleeping up there is remembering to not sit up in the night when you wake up!! Laughing I did that twice Embarassed I have napped up there 4 times when my little girl was a baby and mom and child would stay downstairs. As far as weight I don't know the exact numbers but you sometimes forget it is there its so light. There are many more plus's to having a high roof like stealth camping anyplace and still being able to stand up, No tent flapping in the wind and is super quiet in the rain. No need to wrap up your camper outside with some stupid looking tarps to deal with rain on the family vacation Cool Front storage on Adventurewagen is huge. I hope this helps. VW Logo Here is a pic of the wife and daughter waking up. She looks comfy.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I got to ask - how do you folks with AdvWagons get upstairs?
Do the cabinets form a sort of built-in set of stairs?
I got to tell you, gettin upstairs in my Westy is quite an exercise. Especially in the middle of the night.
I'm thinkin that I haven't discovered the right combination yet...

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea for a thread. I don't have a hightop but I've always liked 'em. Keep the photos coming.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again, for your viewing pleasure:

http://westyventures.com/Highroofs.htm

In the fifth row, center, is my Syncro 16" before I bought it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking a cool combo would be a factory sunroof with an AW top. You could close off the top area when not in use, so that you don't need to heat/cool that space. Hmmm...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I'm thinking a cool combo would be a factory sunroof with an AW top. You could close off the top area when not in use, so that you don't need to heat/cool that space. Hmmm...


My Syncro 16" has the original manual sunroof - the previous owners used it as a security method when leaving the van for long periods - they stashed the valuable items in the highroof, closed the sunroof, and removed the crank handle.
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My 81 Adventurewagen on a trip to Oregon a few years ago. I love the thing! You can't beat the amount of interior space up in the top. The entire trip we had all of our gear loaded up there. Definitely my favorite camper setup!
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This has got to be my favorite set up of all high tops. I wish we had more of these in the states.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I'm thinking a cool combo would be a factory sunroof with an AW top. You could close off the top area when not in use, so that you don't need to heat/cool that space. Hmmm...


In mine, after the bed extension fits into place, I have a second insert piece that sets in to completely block the opening to the high roof. Much easier to find than a sunroof van and as effective regarding heating/cooling. I also will put the bed extension and insert in place when traveling with a lot of stuff in the high roof area in order to keep stuff from falling out in hard stopping.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woah that sounds like a neat deal! Got any pictures?

My top doesn't "seal" as far as I know. It's got this angled wood at the front that seems like it would make it difficult.

Does anyone know where I can get those little square things that go on the end of the arm that holds the sunroof up in the AWagen? Mine somehow both got lost. Also a screw to mount the arm to the van and I think I need to replace my upper windows too. Ideas?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:01 pm    Post subject: hinged bed extension Reply with quote

Ideas bouncing back and forth evolved into this. Nice solution to keep everything in place.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here are some more pics of Getaway tops on syncros. The bottom two are of my van. The Getaway is by far the most functional van I have owned. I have never seen one like the van in the earlier post. Mine is a 91 while the other look to be a mid 80's.
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Northamerican hightop on my Subaru 2.2 syncro. Taking boats out at Troy on the Grand Ronde River last month. Still have to install windows, skylight and insulation
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is turning out to be a good thread. really stoked to see all the different types here.
Dipple ... Buy far yours is the nicest Get away van I have seen. Like that style better than early ones.
taigagreen.... I love the family of jokers. You lucked out for in laws!!
jrasite... Nice Adventurewagen pics. I live on the north coast and know the feeling.
Andrew A. Libby.. The northamerican is looking great!!
Shepherdsond... Nice northamerican hightop too. Great pic with the river and boat.
Themasterof42... Great OR trip pics...
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