Pop-tops are the last word camper accent. Sitting low to the roof of your automobile when not in use, they don’t have an effect on gasoline consumption or entry to low areas like a high-top does; when parked, merely flip the latches, push up, and you’ve got prompt headroom and pure gentle. Most, if not all, pop-tops may embrace a mattress.

So far as I do know, there are a number of methods to get a pop-top put in onto your van. This web page covers business installers; for do-it-yourself concepts, try the Construct your personal poptop web page.


Sportsmobile are a widely known Ford and Chevy converter, making personalized vans for overland journey. They’ll additionally set up only a pop-top into your present van, for $6000 to $7000. Ford vans could be common physique or prolonged, 1992 and newer; Chevrolet vans should be 1994 and up.

2007+ RB low roof Sprinters, Dodge ProMaster low roof, and Ford Transit low and medium roof vans will also be fitted with pop-tops.

Colorado Campervan Ford Van Poptop

The non-obligatory mattress within the pop-top (or ‘Penthouse High’) is comparatively small – 41″ large by 76″ lengthy. There’s an additional six inches throughout for ‘elbow and leg room’ nevertheless it’s not a part of the padded mattress. Nonetheless, two can sleep comfortably up high. The highest itself is powerful, and the conversion (in response to Sportsmobile) really strengthens the roof!

Electrical elevate is an out there choice, as is photo voltaic prewire (the wires are constructed into the highest and fed right into a physique pillar inside). Electrical elevate tops can carry as much as 150lbs of drugs on the highest, and nonetheless be raised and lowered; Sportsmobile recommends not more than 40lbs on handbook elevate tops. From expertise, I can suggest the electrical elevate – the handbook elevate is troublesome to boost, particularly for anybody underneath 5’9″ or so, and the additional carrying capability of the electrical is nicely worthwhile. Including even a photo voltaic panel to the handbook elevate high throws off its stability for elevating and decreasing it. The electrical choice does add about $1000 to the worth.

With the highest popped, there’s 6′ 10″ of headroom (8′ within the Sprinter).


GTRV (aka Coast Outfitters) do full conversions in addition to partial – together with putting in poptops on a spread of vans: Sprinters, Ford Transits, Mercedes Metris, Ford full-size vans (the outdated E-350s, and so forth), Chevy/GMC full-size vans, Toyota Siennas, Chevy Astros / Safaris, and extra.

About their fullsize van tops, GTRV tells me: We really use 2 tops, one we name the shell which fits from underneath the windshield gasket to the rear rain gutter and from rain gutter to rain gutter on the perimeters. That is completely fixed to the unique roof of the van and types the muse and despair for the pop high to set in so that you get a easy silhouette and subsequently no wind noise or leaks. Each components are hand laid fiberglass, which we do ourselves utilizing a particular course of and inner bracing to maintain every thing gentle and robust, you may stroll on our roof regardless that it’s only one/2″ thick. We solely add 3/4″ to the peak of the van for the complete measurement.

Their minivan tops are one-piece, and add about 5″.

The non-obligatory higher bunk is as much as 6’7″ lengthy, and about 42″ large, with some further, non-padded house round it. Tent materials could be personalized, for one thing apart from the common tan canvas.

They’ve two places: a Canadian store exterior of Vancouver, in Richmond, British Columbia; and a US store in Sebastopol, CA.

Tops are available in angle-rise variations (V-tops) or straight-up pops (T-tops) and are low-profile – therefore the GTRV label: Garageable Top RV.

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Costs are about $8000+, the final I heard. Their rep wouldn’t give me an actual quantity over e mail. Their clients converse extremely in regards to the high quality of labor, and the images that I’ve seen of current conversions again that up.


Colorado Camper Van

Colorado Camper Van is beginning to construct momentum with the 4×4 van crowd, who love the customized method to poptops and the enormous areas that they create.

The proprietor began together with his personal poptop construct, proven under and documented on, and from there created his personal firm doing van conversions. He’s positioned about an hour and a half north of Denver, CO.

One other construct (above proper), this time for a buyer, was documented on The completed product seems to be good, with a bigger cutout than the Sportsmobile high, and electrical elevate.

The latest information features a new, lower-profile high:

The web site says that they will convert any sort of van. Photos on the positioning present Ford vans, a Chevy Astrovan, and a Ford Tour SUV with a poptop. The low profile high (about 5-6″ above drip rail) is $6200 and contains electrical elevate, flip-up mattress, LED lighting, and a white gelcoat end. Excessive-top poptops are additionally out there (about 18″ above drip rail), and the rumor is {that a} medium top high (about 14″) is within the works. Although the web site doesn’t point out it, I’ve heard that the poptop could be shipped as a equipment for DIY or native set up.

CCV additionally provide a high bunk resolution for $2400:

This image is from the Colorado Camper Van web site.

Ursa Minor ECamper

Ursa Minor have developed a really good poptop for the Honda Component, turning this intelligent little automobile right into a compact camper. The ECamper conversion consists of a fiberglass and carbon fiber topper, that’s completely connected to the automobile. It makes use of gasoline struts for elevate, and entry to the highest is both by the sunroof, in case your Component has one, or by an entry hatch that Ursa Minor will set up for you. There’s additionally entry to the tent from the skin.

The mattress is an inch or two over 7 ft by 4 ft. Standing top by the entranceway is 6’6″.

The highest matches all years of Parts, and begins at $5250. Add-ons like colour matching, entry hatch set up, roof rack mounts, and so forth are extra.

Ursa Minor Jeep Camper

When the Honda Component on which the ECamper was designed was discontinued, Ursa Minor went on the lookout for different autos onto which to graft their cool little poptop. Out of this search comes the Jeep Camper J180 Habitat and the Jeep Camper J30 – two poptop options for the Jeep Wrangler Limitless.

The J180 Habitat onerous high is a fold-over tent, that sleeps as much as 4 adults. It’s to not be confused with a roof-top tent, because it’s nonetheless accessed from contained in the automobile (although it will also be accessed from exterior). The dwelling house is very large – the platform hinges over the entrance of the automobile, offering 4 ft of headroom within the entrance portion, and over 7′ within the rear accessway. Pricing begins at $9800 and goes up from there with the addition of aspect glass, paint match, and equipment. The J180 is offered immediately by Ursa Minor, in addition to by the well-respected Journey Trailers outfit because the JK Habitat. The Journey Trailers web site offers extra detailed details about this high. Photograph:

Their different choice is the J30, a extra conventional poptop. It pops up on an angle, just like the traditional VW poptops we’re used to, and sleeps two on a 2″ foam mattress measuring 87 x 51 inches. The J30 begins at $5750.

Each tops take the place of the manufacturing unit onerous or smooth high, and could be eliminated when not needed.

North Westy

North Westy are based mostly in Washington state, and can add a poptop to your hardtop VW Vanagon.

Whole worth is round $8500 and contains the manufacturing unit fibreglass high, with new canvas and new seals.

Different conversions

These listed above are the one firms I do know of that can match pop-tops to your personal van/jeep. There are different conversion outfits that can embrace a pop-top in a brand new conversion out of the manufacturing unit.

Safari Rental has numerous totally different tops out there.

There are additionally pop-top camper inserts for pickups, which I don’t cowl right here (but!)

Cool, however unavailable

American Expedition Automobiles has a candy wanting pop-top idea for a Jeep Wrangler:

Construct Your Personal

I’ve began itemizing DIY poptop set up initiatives on their very own web page. To date, these all use outdated VW / Westfalia poptops, on a wide range of van platforms.

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