Originally Posted by boywonder
Dude: You're scaring me a little..........there's gotta be something a little sexier out there.....
Haha! Come on now, you're an engineer....surely you can see the "timeless form-follows-function beauty" of these elegant pieces of hardware....
Ok, yeah, of course I agree. Not sexy.
But they worked awesome on my parents' 1985 Coleman Pop-up camping trailer.
What's the better answer? This does seem to be a semi-frequent topic over the years here on the forum. The quality with which penthouse roofs drop into place (and stay there without squirming or making noises) seems to vary wildly from van to van. There's a reason a not-insignificant number of people end up having to do paint/rust repairs in the area where the penthouse seats on the steel roof of their van....and its because those tops are constantly moving all over the place, sliding and rubbing/wearing the paint off.
(The rugged latches on the hoods of Jeeps were definitely looking a lot more tasty, but I couldn't picture as easily how to implement them.....whereas the clunky white camping-trailer-style clamps would grab the van's gutter soooo easily.....fast install....probably pretty kickass functional results....?)