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Old 08-09-2018, 07:12 AM   #11
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Welcome Vocal and thanks for the tale . Iím sorry you have/had to endure the frustration.

Love your interior ... happy travels!
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:09 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear about all your troubles. Maybe I should rethink the kind of van I'm buying. I wonder how many Promasters they have done since yours.
Zero. They have done none. But they are starting to build sports MobileĎs with the high roof from master. But they arenít putting the pop tops on them anymore. My understanding was that they took delivery of five tops, installed the first one on my van, and then never built another because the top doesnít fit quite right on the vans, as they found out after doing mine. My guess would be that they have to either modify the three remaining fiber glass tops somehow, or re-design them and wait for them to be produced and delivered. But so far, itís just my van that has a working and functional sportsmobile top on it. One of their employees, as I stated above, took one of the tops and permanently attached it to the roof of his van, but it is not functional. It has no canvas and no lifting mechanism, itís just the physical fiberglass top bolted to the roof of his van. My guess is that he bought the low top 136 inch wheelbase with the plan of having his van down as well, but after my catastrophe, He decided to just cut the roof off and put the fiberglass top on to give him full standing height. Otherwise, I donít know why he would do that. I have to assume he bought the lower roof intending to put a functional popped up on it, but that did not work out after they did mine.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:15 AM   #13
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They should update their website...they still advertise the conversion!
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:48 AM   #14
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They should update their website...they still advertise the conversion!
They also advertise a manual lift instead of electric, but they would not install that in mine, even though that was my preference. They said it was indeed available, but they were not willing to put the manual roof on the van. It made no sense. It was also $2000 less, so I’m thinking they were just pushing to get more money out of this van.
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:28 PM   #15
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They also advertise a manual lift instead of electric, but they would not install that in mine, even though that was my preference. They said it was indeed available, but they were not willing to put the manual roof on the van. It made no sense. It was also $2000 less, so Iím thinking they were just pushing to get more money out of this van.

It may have been due to the size of the pop-top. Isn't the size a fair amount larger than for Ford/Chevy vans?




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Old 08-09-2018, 07:37 PM   #16
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OMG, VocalVirgo, laughing and crying at your rant. Welcome to the forum.
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It may have been due to the size of the pop-top. Isn't the size a fair amount larger than for Ford/Chevy vans?




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No, itís smaller. They only made the 5 tops for the 136Ē wheelbase.
After it was put in one of the guys that works in the bed he told me that they have the manual lift mechanismís in Texas, and they had one there at their shop but they did not want to install them anymore. I asked him how reliable the actuator would be if I put my roof up and down several times a day and he said like any electric motor, it should just last forever. I believe that. But I still would have preferred the manual le after it was put in one of the guys that works in the bed he told me that they have the manual lift mechanismís in Texas, and they had one there at their shop but they did not want to install them anymore. I asked him how reliable the actuator would be if I put my roof up and down several times a day and he said like any electric motor, it should just last forever. I believe that. But I still would have preferred the manual lift
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:20 PM   #18
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OMG, VocalVirgo, laughing and crying at your rant. Welcome to the forum.
I get that reaction a lot, LOL. Itís funny because I write exactly how I speak. Oh, and by the way: youíre welcome. :-)

And thanks for having me, Iím glad to be here. :-)
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:26 AM   #19
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Welcome and glad you are enjoying the van regardless. Sorry to hear about the problems. You are not the first to complain about Sportsmobile West.
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:32 AM   #20
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man, what a load of crap. so sorry you are getting treated like this. total bs.

that was a good read though. you have a great sense of humor regarding a really fucted up situation. glad you arent so tainted from this ordeal that you arent getting out and enjoying your van though. campervans are great that way. help you forget all the other crummy things in your life
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