I purchased a dodge ram 3500 van extended and am doing some roof expansions. Familiar conversions include Starcraft, Southern Comfort, Majestic, Tuscany, and more! I left it on a few hours, as I was instructed. In or around 2009, when one of the major manufacturers went out of business, these windows as much as tripled in price. Thought I responded to this one. I just want to keep the water out. Note: Some pop tops, especially if they go up much higher, can weigh considerably more. The curve of the roof at the very end running the length of the van is more then I expected and looks like its gonna be a problem when I try to mount the first 2×4.
Yes we can, but it's a lot more involved than obtaining a windshield. Use a marine caulk for bedding. The mold release makes the gelcoat finish shinier and washes off. Using 2 suppliers, I was able to find all the patch panels for all the rotted areas that the van would typically rust through on. Does modifying a van like you did make it difficult to insure? This means they will never fatigue and lose their strength. Elevated Roof Fitting Service Subject to availability we offer a roof fitting service at our workshop in Washington, Tyne and Wear. Weekend fitting may also be available for vans delivered to our premises before 9.
High roofs are good, bending over to get around is not. Various roof racks are optional. Gel coat colour is only available on a certain range of roofs so please contact us for more details. Rely on our dedication to the collision repair industry to provide you with parts for conversion vans: Matching single-side. I'm just preparing you for what you might find. We designed our first expandable top in 1961. Of my own personal vehicles countless over the years only about 4 lost it if used in road salts for any other reason than rust! Front 3 window screens unzip and roll down.
Every joint has been reinforced with glue and screws instead of nails. This will help bring light into our window-less van, and vent out steam when we cook. V-Sales has in stock over 2000 Creation windows of various sizes. I have a Woodshop and have been building custom things since I was in Middle School! I'm curious how you attached the aluminum cross members to each other and how you attached the initial frame members to the van? Address City State Zip Country Telephone include area code Fax number include area code E-mail address. And isn't that the point. There are good support frames the run the length of the van sides.
I had no idea when I took delivery this summer that this problem would follow me everywhere I go. As a slightly wacko Idea, I would really like to make the top a removable boat, but that's another project, another day. It's stronger and only slightly heavier. The real strength comes from attaching the plywood panelling to the framework and the roof with screws. Where the tubing met the body, the closet pole was fit to the body, then inserted into the tubing, and a sheet metal screw or two were used to lock it in.
It is important to note that after use in inclement weather you should dry out the canvas thoroughly before you store. The rest of the interior weighs more, maybe double. I had originally thought of running support from the floor as well but you loose a lot of space because of the curvature of the van walls. It might be a little heavier. Use the identification points for each section to help us identify the repair part you need to repair a van conversion.
I made the first side, then the second side, to match. I had no problem obtaining liability insurance, which is the only required insurance in California. Contrary to common misconception, parts are still manufactured after the converter shuts down. Nothing has loosened up, or started to squeak or rattle any more than it did day one. A friend has a Ford Econoline that I played with in visualization on how I would raise the roof and my ideas are very similar to what you have done. It started out to be a construction office, crash pad. This could also work for a camper.
We also framed an opening for a skylight with an exhaust fan. The links below provide excellent information, and lots of pictures, to get you going with your install. I'll leave it to an expert to put the last layers of filler on and sand true. Actually, we feel the roof is stronger after the Penthouse has been installed. The van gets 15 mpg + on the freeway, 12mpg around town.
Pic above shows how to pull a motor and tranny out of a van by yourself. Okay, fast forward --- and here I am just finishing up fitting all the interior panels. How difficult was it to cut the old roof off? Its convertible car-top vinyl-impregnated fabric exterior is easy to clean. Here's the donor van at the junk yard that gave up it's roof. Hello, I was wondering what you did for insurance with your van.