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Old 12-02-2022, 11:09 AM   #1
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moving van w penthouse up...


Wondering what the knowledge is about moving the van w the Penthouse up? Say just in the driveway or into a shop from the driveway? Driving VERY slowly and cautiously.

I often have the Penthouse up in my shop for work/cleaning and want to move the van into the driveway for engine running or loading gear for a trip... in my mind it's not much different than a windy campsight.

Of course; all the caveats apply... damage from collision, moving on off-camber roads etc...


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Old 12-02-2022, 11:25 AM   #2
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mines not a smb, but I’ve got countless miles moving around in the sticks upgrading camp spots and not “breaking” camp. i typically only do this for my wife when she’s having pain and can’t leave bed, but I have wandered around before just looking for a better spot. Just gotta he mindful of the items you mentioned along with tree branches, etc.

some people go insane trying to warm you that the tops up when you pass them, lol.

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Old 12-02-2022, 04:41 PM   #3
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I saw someone driving down the street in san diego with their pop top up.

I can't imagine driving it slowly in and out of a driveway would do any harm.
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Old 12-02-2022, 05:52 PM   #4
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moving van w penthouse up...

Iíve moved my van a few times with the top up and it always feels sketchy. One time it did get a small bit bent. I donít do it anymore (Iíve had two different SMBs with 12+ yearís experience owning them). My manual top takes literally seconds to put down and up so itís not worth the risk to me.
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Old 12-02-2022, 09:25 PM   #5
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I wouldn't make a habit of it but I've moved mine around, very slowly, a few times to get more sun on the solar panels.
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