Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
Member
 
clubnobbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 91
Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Greetings,

I have been talking to Derek at Colorado Camper Vans and Alan over at Sportsmobile West about installing a penthouse top on my 2003 EB XLT.

I'm leaning towards manual for the SMB and, I guess, power for the CCV. Cost works out about the same.

Any opinions or preferences for either?

Coming from LA, the SMB would be easier to get to and install while I wait. Colorado would take more effort and a place to stay.

I searched here for a comparison, but couldn't find any.

TIA!

__________________

__________________
__________________________________________________ ______
2003 E350 15-Pass Zombie Van • 7.3L Diesel • Quigley 4WD • CCV Mid-Pro Pop-Top • Urban-Coated Gray • Fiamma Awning • Aluminess Nerf Bars • Wind Deflectors
clubnobbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 08:03 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
mikracer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Posts: 2,209
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Most people will say to spend the extra money now to get the power top from SMB. Since your van is white, you don't have to spend the extra money on getting it paint matched which is nice. Unless you want to get the raptor lining done anyways.

Which top are you thinking about getting from CCV?
__________________

__________________
2005 E350 Chateau - V10 - Agile Offroad 4x4
2012 CTS-V Wagon - For the baby...
mikracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
REF
Senior Member
 
REF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Boulder, CO.
Posts: 1,810
Send a message via MSN to REF
Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

viewtopic.php?t=13179
viewtopic.php?t=15492
__________________
'03 Ford E350 7.3L Diesel
(de)SMB'd Custom RB-50
Quigley 4X4 w/Deavers & Agile Offroad's R.I.P. package
CCV High Profile Pop Top
REF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 08:17 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
1der's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 2,004
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Hmmmm, we just had a pretty detailed discussion with Bee under another thread. After much research I am driving from SF to CCV to have Derek's top installed. He is designing a mid height top right now, should be ready for our install in four weeks or so.

my wife snd I have hashed this around ourselves for six months, checked off the pluses and minuses, and decided CCV was worth the extra 2000 miles round trip and extra lodging costs. Have not had the CCV installed yet, but have spoken to many who did. Give me a few months to use it and you will get my review.

Ray
__________________
Ray
Beastie 3: 2002 7.3 EB Cargo: Agile TTB, CCV Mid Top, Custom Walk Through, Lots of stuff added. BlingMyRig.com
1der is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 10:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: San Diego
Posts: 288
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1der
After much research I am driving from SF to CCV to have Derek's top installed. He is designing a mid height top right now, should be ready for our install in four weeks or so.

Ray

So... You're driving BOTH vans out and having two tops installed?
__________________
1995 SMB Quigley 7.3 EB
"a quality, stock 460 is a real pleasure" - twogone
blupaddler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2015, 11:04 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
1der's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 2,004
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

I wish !! Nope, Beastie 3 (7.3) gets the CCV top. Top is second step in build along with insulation at CCV. Agile TTB /Aerotank was first step. Design of wiring / plumbing is in the works.
__________________
Ray
Beastie 3: 2002 7.3 EB Cargo: Agile TTB, CCV Mid Top, Custom Walk Through, Lots of stuff added. BlingMyRig.com
1der is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2015, 09:31 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
86Scotty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: TN
Posts: 8,302
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Any pics yet of the new mid-height design Ray? I've been waiting forever for Derek to update his website but no luck yet. There are lots of newer things he's done that should be there.
__________________
Currently vanless. Weird.
86Scotty is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2015, 09:50 AM   #8
Member
 
clubnobbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 91
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikracer
Most people will say to spend the extra money now to get the power top from SMB. Since your van is white, you don't have to spend the extra money on getting it paint matched which is nice. Unless you want to get the raptor lining done anyways.

Which top are you thinking about getting from CCV?
I was thinking the lower profile one. But, now I hear of this mid-height design that's coming out. THAT might be the ticket!

Going manual is my silly notion of "roughing it". But, now I realize I'm super-lazy and will probably regret the manual every time I set up camp after a long day of driving.
__________________
__________________________________________________ ______
2003 E350 15-Pass Zombie Van • 7.3L Diesel • Quigley 4WD • CCV Mid-Pro Pop-Top • Urban-Coated Gray • Fiamma Awning • Aluminess Nerf Bars • Wind Deflectors
clubnobbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2015, 09:50 AM   #9
Member
 
clubnobbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 91
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Quote:
Originally Posted by REF
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=13179
viewtopic.php?t=15492

Thank you, Good Sir. These help a lot!
__________________
__________________________________________________ ______
2003 E350 15-Pass Zombie Van • 7.3L Diesel • Quigley 4WD • CCV Mid-Pro Pop-Top • Urban-Coated Gray • Fiamma Awning • Aluminess Nerf Bars • Wind Deflectors
clubnobbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2015, 09:52 AM   #10
Member
 
clubnobbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 91
Re: Penthouse Pop-Top Comparo? (CCV vs SMB)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1der
Hmmmm, we just had a pretty detailed discussion with Bee under another thread. After much research I am driving from SF to CCV to have Derek's top installed. He is designing a mid height top right now, should be ready for our install in four weeks or so.

my wife snd I have hashed this around ourselves for six months, checked off the pluses and minuses, and decided CCV was worth the extra 2000 miles round trip and extra lodging costs. Have not had the CCV installed yet, but have spoken to many who did. Give me a few months to use it and you will get my review.

Ray
Thank you Ray.

I think I'm convinced to go with CCV and that mid-height top. I'll send Derek an email now.

This forum rocks!
__________________

__________________
__________________________________________________ ______
2003 E350 15-Pass Zombie Van • 7.3L Diesel • Quigley 4WD • CCV Mid-Pro Pop-Top • Urban-Coated Gray • Fiamma Awning • Aluminess Nerf Bars • Wind Deflectors
clubnobbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Loud Mobile

pinz712

Van22

Van22
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×