Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-08-2016, 11:44 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
illking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 170
Send a message via AIM to illking
How much does a electric retro-fit run?
__________________

__________________
www.thevanpires.com
2001 E250 RB30 Agile 4x4
1976 G30 Pathfinder 4x4 SOLD
illking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 12:04 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
rallypanam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco/Nevada City
Posts: 3,739
Quote:
Originally Posted by illking View Post
How much does a electric retro-fit run?
A small fortune.. I think it was around ~$4k if my memory serves me.
__________________

rallypanam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 12:58 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
skyrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: SoCal
Posts: 458
Garage
$3000 was my last conversation w Peter at SMB west a couple of months ago. The electric version even has a slightly different size cut-out.
__________________
__________________
George ><>
2005 5.4L E250 RB50 4x4 SMB
2000 4Runner Limited 4WD

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
skyrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 01:04 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
rallypanam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: San Francisco/Nevada City
Posts: 3,739
Quote:
Originally Posted by skyrat View Post
$3000 was my last conversation w Peter at SMB west a couple of months ago. The electric version even has a slightly different size cut-out.
I was close....
rallypanam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 03:21 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
skyrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: SoCal
Posts: 458
Garage
It probably is 4 Grand by now...
__________________
__________________
George ><>
2005 5.4L E250 RB50 4x4 SMB
2000 4Runner Limited 4WD

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
skyrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 03:34 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
LenS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,209
We have a manual with no spring adjustment and ~70 lbs of solar and awning on the roof. It is at the LIMIT for lifting for this 72 year old male.
__________________
Len & Joanne

The Green TARDIS
LenS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 07:03 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 427
Don't even think twice, electric all the way.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
2002 LX470 expo ready
2008 Ford E350 EB V10 4x4 Sportsmobile PH top
Custom off road trailer
Tienckb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2016, 11:13 PM   #18
REF
Senior Member
 
REF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Boulder, CO.
Posts: 2,172
Send a message via MSN to REF
.......CCV pop top
__________________
'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 06-08-2016, 11:20 PM   #19
Site Team
 
Gooseberry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Covina
Posts: 1,313
Garage
I would love to get a electric seeing how my wife can't put the top up or down


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
__________________
Kelly, Claudine, Sophie dog, Bell the redheaded step child and Gooseberry RIP.

Most the time the Copilot is Now Sophie dog the noise maker.

2000 7.3 PS Quigley/RB30 with a 6 window poptop.
Gooseberry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 08:32 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
moorefc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: PNW or maybe Baja Sur
Posts: 268
OK I will take the other side, having had both. Downside to the electric is very slow up and down and the greater actuator complexity and (very small) risk of not working. Slow is 1 min 20 sec up and about 1 min down...You are holding the rocker the whole time. Would be easier if they had a timer switch, but so far I'm too lazy to mod it...You can also bend your supports with a small oversight....
Upside is the weight variability on the roof doesn't matter.....

Downside to the manual is if you have varying weight...Mitigation is to balance the springs so it takes some effort to get it up loaded, but almost hanging on it to get it down. It is easy to do, and we have found a sweet spot where unloaded it springs up and loaded with ~50# requires not much push...YMMV with greater weight variability.
Upside is very reliable and quick...

We went the the electric and it is easy, but painfully slow......

Anyone with a mechanical that is lifting with difficulty do adjust the spring tension....I have a historical post on how it can be done relatively easily and quickly.....

Either is a treat to camp in in the boonies!
__________________

__________________
Pac NW and warmer places
1995 E250 EB 5.8 2WD on to a new owner
2006 E350 EB Elect Top 2WD
moorefc 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

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 11:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×