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Old 10-09-2018, 09:32 AM   #31
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Seriously, buy a diy kit from ccv and call it a day. Me and 3 friends installed just the top in 4 hours, The canvas took a little longer, but if I had been ready to install the canvas that day I’m sure a pizza and some beer would have got it completed that day. This was in a cargo van so prep was more minimal then a passenger van, but in the end we are very happy with our van.
I didn't know CCV sold a DIY kit... How much do they charge for one of those?
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:41 AM   #32
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id post it up, but I guarantee the prices have changed since 2013....and not in the consumers favor, lol. either way. everything that's wrong with my install is nobodies fault but my own
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:25 PM   #33
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I also want to point out the value of having a "stealth" RV. I can park in many places, needing only 86" clearance.

But even more, I was able to keep the SMB at my curb in a town with RV restrictions, and the neighbors were ok with it too.
That was a big consideration for me, too. The city I live in has limits for width, length, and height for street parking, and the pop top squeaks in where a hard top wouldn't.

I feel lucky in that my 1990 E-250 extended van (converted when new) seems to have escaped (or perhaps predated) a lot of the fit problems people report with their pop-tops. Even after 28 years it still sits square on the roof and is quiet while driving. The interior cabinets have loosened up a bit at the joints after 120,000 miles of driving and body flex, but that's my only real complaint.
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