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Old 01-29-2013, 09:44 PM   #1
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We were camping at Idaho's City of Rocks Jan. 26 and it snowed 6 inches of heavy, wet snow.

We had the lid popped on the Sportsmobile. Suddenly in the middle of the night the lid slowly came down under the weight of the snow.

Nobody wants to go out and sweep snow off the roof in their PJs in 20-degree weather.

Any ideas on how to keep the lid propped up or will that damage the lid under the snow load?

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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I have four wooden dowels that I put in the corners to keep the from coming down. SMB also make some fold up supports that mount on the inside. One of the forum members built their own fold up supports.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:11 PM   #3
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Re: Snow load

I bought 1" aluminum tubing and put rubber foot plugs on the ends. Just curious, is your top electric?
You're the first person who has ever said the top came down that I know of. Damn, that could be a death wish is you failed to put some sort of backup support up.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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Re: Snow load

I would take two small woods. One in front one in back. I saw a thread here a guy took an adjustable tool (no idea what the name is for) A great idea! And also good for protection. I heard that one time criminals go on the top and shut it down with their weight. So the guys inside had no change to get out of the bed. In that time an other took everything out of the car.......Happend in South Africa

I will sleep upstairs in cold waether. So the isolation is better
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:59 AM   #5
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Maybe a hood prop...kinda expensive

http://www.mactools.com/shoponline/prod ... aptor.aspx
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:08 AM   #6
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Is that a Landcruiser with a camper top you have buried in the snow? If so, it's ironic that you have now bought a 4x4 US camper van. Most folks here would kill for a diesel Landcruiser pick-up with a camper which are plentiful in the EU, while you have imported a US van into the EU!

Despite the so-called 'free market' USA, practically speaking we cannot import any vehicle newer than 25 years, even the diesel model of a car sold with a gas engine in the US. And we are given a very limited choice of vehicles by the major manufacturers. The market is very tightly controlled here. From what I understand you can import anything you want into the EU if you pay the duty, apart from the fact that you have a much wider range of vehicles to choose from.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #7
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^^^ its not hard to import the actual motors and if you know the right avenues, you can get the entire vehicles here. wether or not its worth the time and money is a completly different story.

a company i worked for had a few containers shipped here. it was badass to have some very rare stuff, but the hoops you have to jump through and the chance of loosing your ass if you get caught make it hardly worth it....but some customers were willing to take those chances, so we did it successfully a few times.

where you live makes a big difference too. idaho is so lax about regestering a vehicle with no vin is just silly. all they care about is DOT approved lighting. the stuff we brought in here would never fly in a state like california.

and the snow we have been getting is super heavy. kinda crazy your top came down. that would be a rude awaking.

ive lived in idaho my entire life and still havent visited the city of rocks. im hoping it will be one of our first adventures once we get a top on our van.
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Here's my rig in Evanston, Wyoming on January 29th.



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Old 01-30-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
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I don't have an electric top. It's pretty hard to push up and can be stiff. That's why it was a surprise to have it come down.
Thanks for the tips.
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Favorite pics of our rigs are when they're covered in snow.
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