Re: Annoying to "break camp" every time you want to drive?
Personally I love old threads which continue a single topic (hijacks are ok with me too) over the years, rather than having to review multiples of shorter threads. And this is a good example of the continuation of an informative thread started by an op who hasn't been on the forum for nearly a year (Wed, Mar 19, 2014 8:32 am).
From the perspective of snow-SMBer's like my wife and I we don't have a "camp" per se. Everything fits in the van or is in danger of being iced-up or buried in snow. And I don't know for sure, but it seems to me that when you lower a Penthouse roof you are reducing your interior space. That space (including for storage) stays available with a fixed tall roof like the Voyager or the Cruiser. That is why considering a fixed fiberglass roof or the tall Sprinter is important for snow-SMB'ers like us.
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