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Old 03-26-2017, 08:04 AM   #1
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Hello all. New memeber with a 1990 Ford extended van with a "Coachman" camper .

I have been into VW campers for decades. Always envious of the bigger rigs so I pulled the trigger and bought one. I LOVE IT. It is a 1990 Ford e 250 extended van with a fiberglass high top and a "Coachman" classB camper conversion. It runs great and drives straight but the interior is 27 years old. I am a carpenter and am in the process of gutting it and rebuilding to my likes. I really enjoy the VW Westfalia layout and this is the direction I am leaning. I would also love to add a pop top and wondered if anyone has done this post factory...

Edit "I know I spelled "member" wrong in the title. I am slow, but not that slow.

New here and any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-26-2017, 08:50 AM   #2
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I have been into VW campers for decades. Always envious of the bigger rigs so I pulled the trigger and bought one. I LOVE IT. It is a 1990 Ford e 250 extended van with a fiberglass high top and a "Coachman" classB camper conversion. It runs great and drives straight but the interior is 27 years old. I am a carpenter and am in the process of gutting it and rebuilding to my likes. I really enjoy the VW Westfalia layout and this is the direction I am leaning. I would also love to add a pop top and wondered if anyone has done this post factory...

Edit "I know I spelled "member" wrong in the title. I am slow, but not that slow.

New here and any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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Welcome ! Would love to see some pictures of the rig, we like those here...
Since you already have a high top why would you want to go to a pop top with lower height? iMHO you rig is more functional now... unless your wanting to pop your fixed top...


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Old 03-26-2017, 09:08 AM   #3
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Will learn how to post pictures this afternoon.

Yes wanting to pop the top already there. It is about 2 inches to low to stand up straight. Plus having the VW pop top all these years I love the fact that I can sleep another or others up there at a lift of the top. Does anyone know of kit like this? I have one from a parts Westy I was going to explore installing.

I am from Northern Ohio by the way...

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Old 03-26-2017, 05:29 PM   #4
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Many folks have adapted Westy tops on full size vans. If you've got the top you're already there. Cut a hole and bolt it in. The tops are getting really hard to find.

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Old 03-27-2017, 10:24 AM   #5
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Sounds like he already has a high top on the van and wants to "pop" that. @QuigRig check out Colorado Camper Van (CCV); they do pop-ups based on high tops and might be able to retrofit yours.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:50 PM   #6
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@BrianW That is it exactly. The top is from the "Coachman" conversion. Thanks for the information. Loving the help from this group.
I found out yesterday that this conversation was "winterized". Not sure if it happened with all "Coachmans" but there is a layer of spray on foam on the van walls. It is not thick. Maybe an inch or so. I do not know if it is on the top yet.
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