||The roll out awning is usually
mounted from the pop-top section of the roof of the caravan.
This means you would have to unclip the catches that secure
the roof to the body and release the rollout awing prior to
raising the roof. Once inside, you would lift the roof
and secure the brackets that hold it up. Most pop-tops
also have gas struts, scissor like canopy lifters or 'easy
lift' bars that assist in this process.
reported that, as the van would have a lower profile, it
has less wind resistance but some tests have revealed
there is little difference overall.
be lighter to tow depending on how the van is
of gravity which should assist stability on the road.
Due to its
lower profile, it may fit more readily into a garage or
longer to set up.
stopping for a rest and a ‘cuppa’ it is more likely you
will have to stoop down whilst inside or go to the
trouble to raise the pop-top’s roof.
height is lower and you may need to watch you don’t
knock your head.
be no overhead cupboards but rather a row of cupboards
that would be lower and these are likely to be smaller.
is a shower facility inside then the top section of it
will most likely be vinyl and this may be more difficult
to keep clean.
want to have solar panels on the roof there may be a
weight limit or you may have to have stronger gas
conditioner is likely to be a ‘split system’ as it is
not common for it to be mounted on the roof due to its
Some maintenance is
required to prevent mould and mildew in the gusset of
the top-pop shower and lubrication of any gas struts.
Camper Style Pop-Top
For a number of
reasons, such as pack down size, storage and
affordability, the camper style pop-top is a favourite.
Once the pop-top camper is set up it is almost as tall
as a caravan and the style with expanded sleeping areas
provide extra central cabin space. Off-road models
are also available.
Some brand names are
Coromal (Navigator), Goldstream (eg: Crown, Storm & Wing
models); Jayco (Swift, Swan, Eagle, Hawk and their
Outback range). Interestingly, Jayco's website states
the Outback RV range is for 'limited unsealed road
use' and their 'Terms & Conditions' do exclude some
items from their warranty eg: to name a couple - stone
damage to body, chassis or running gear and water damage
due to water crossings.