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HELP !! poptop or new van

webs
02-12-08, 18:30
hi all, im toying with getting a poptop fitted to my 2.5 tdi 2002 ex AA van, i would like the extra sleeping space for the kids without the hassil of putting up the awning, BUT i do not want to out price my van due to her age and high milage 186000 on the clock, SO do i sell her and buy a van already fitted with a poptop, OR spend the money getting a new roof put on to my van, i love my van i think she looks good and runs like a dream, ive already spent about 3000 on her, re-spray,wheels, full width rock n roll bed, leather saab seats on swivel bases and a safe fitted in the drivers seatbase and a few more extras,and she is just how i want her, SO COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR OPINION, on what you think i should do,
( sorry i cannot post my pic on the forum as dont know how but pictures of my van are in my profile so have a look it might help, ):)

reimoboy
02-12-08, 19:30
Our kids love our pop top. Although your van has done quite a high mileage it certainly looks very nice and at least you know it's history. If you are going to keep it long term then I would say go ahead and get the roof fitted. You could buy another van with a roof already fitted but could end up forking money on perhaps a poorly maintained van. T4s can easily do in excess of 300K miles if you look after them so there should be plenty of life in the old girl yet :D

Roleur Coaster
02-12-08, 19:38
You've obviously invested a lot of time and money in your van, mileage isn't that much of an issue unless you want it to be.

Buying another van, you could get yourself a right minger and waste money that way.

Reimo or LeisureDrive?

JandT
02-12-08, 19:43
I would go for the pop-top on the van you have now. You know the van and its service history. We have a pop-top on our ex AA and they are great, you will wonder how you ever managed without it. Go for it:)

T

webs
02-12-08, 20:16
thanks for your views guys keep them comming, i have spotted a vw reimo roof fitter in hythe kent which is near to me they fit a pop top for 2200 ish( if i have seen it right ) im just waiting for an email on more info and how long they will need the van for, the reimo roof is nice but i do like the fact that the side opening roof are bigger in side, but dont know where to get one fitted local, i did find one on the forum in scotland, but i think is too far to go as im on the south east coast, but i will travel for the right thing, but it will add to the cost, and i will have to stay over in a hotel near if they need it for a few days, so if you know of a specialist that do either poptops that you would reccomend it would be a great help.Y:

BANANAVAN
02-12-08, 20:36
"better the devil you know"

phil
02-12-08, 20:48
defo get your van done.

a pop top is on my list of things for Barney over the next couple of years, its not all about getting your money back, our T4 is part of the family now, we love it.

to put it in perpective, the mother in law has just spent 350 down the vets getting a 150 jack russel mended.

I totally get that :)

Phil

Desp Dan
03-12-08, 05:42
If you have the money available I'd go for a pop top :tu

Talked to you at Brighton Breeze & your van looks great, A:

It would be a shame to sell it just to start all over again with a van WITH a pop top.

We considered having a pop top but went down the Khyam Awning route which works for

us when peeps are'nt falling thro the side of it "Tanked up" LOL: LOL: LOL:

Dazboi
03-12-08, 06:21
If you have the money available I'd go for a pop top :tu

Talked to you at Brighton Breeze & your van looks great, A:

It would be a shame to sell it just to start all over again with a van WITH a pop top.

We considered having a pop top but went down the Khyam Awning route which works for

us when peeps are'nt falling thro the side of it "Tanked up" LOL: LOL: LOL:

i wonder who that was? LOL:LOL:

David
03-12-08, 07:18
thanks for your views guys keep them comming, i have spotted a vw reimo roof fitter in hythe kent which is near to me they fit a pop top for 2200 ish( if i have seen it right ) im just waiting for an email on more info and how long they will need the van for, the reimo roof is nice but i do like the fact that the side opening roof are bigger in side, but dont know where to get one fitted local, i did find one on the forum in scotland, but i think is too far to go as im on the south east coast, but i will travel for the right thing, but it will add to the cost, and i will have to stay over in a hotel near if they need it for a few days, so if you know of a specialist that do either poptops that you would reccomend it would be a great help.Y:

Leisuredrives main place is in Manchester, the Scotish one is just an approved agent. they've also got an approved Southern Agent but not sure where he's based.

ahay!
03-12-08, 11:38
Our kids love our pop top. Although your van has done quite a high mileage it certainly looks very nice and at least you know it's history. If you are going to keep it long term then I would say go ahead and get the roof fitted. You could buy another van with a roof already fitted but could end up forking money on perhaps a poorly maintained van. T4s can easily do in excess of 300K miles if you look after them so there should be plenty of life in the old girl yet :D

I've spent the last few post agreeing with Reimoboy :eek: and I promise it will stop soon Y: but on this point we agree (lord that hurt) :D

thanks for your views guys keep them comming, i have spotted a vw reimo roof fitter in hythe kent which is near to me they fit a pop top for 2200 ish( if i have seen it right ) im just waiting for an email on more info and how long they will need the van for, the reimo roof is nice but i do like the fact that the side opening roof are bigger in side.........

Assuming you are talking about this lot http://www.conceptmulti-car.co.uk/ I would recommend them, and now that ruddy Reimoboy will now be forced to agree with me LOL:

reimoboy
03-12-08, 11:52
I've spent the last few post agreeing with Reimoboy :eek: and I promise it will stop soon Y: but on this point we agree (lord that hurt) :D



Assuming you are talking about this lot http://www.conceptmulti-car.co.uk/ I would recommend them, and now that ruddy Reimoboy will now be forced to agree with me LOL:

Ahay speaks the truth *<:-)> conceptmulticar come hightly recommended, I would also put in a good word for www.middlesexmotorcaravans.co.uk (http://www.middlesexmotorcaravans.co.uk) who fitted my pop top A:

(now I must be off to find a thread in which to have some witty battle with penguin kingRasp:)

webs
03-12-08, 19:22
Here is a link t there site...

http://www.uk-motorcaravans.co.uk/

Give them a bell and have a chat.

Rob

nice one rob64981, thats just what i was looking for i will call them for a chat,

Roleur Coaster
03-12-08, 19:30
If it helps, here's my side-opener. Nice as I'm 6'2 and can stand up with stacks to spare. Also got flase floor in it for kiddies to sleep in, although would easily take an adult or two).

Opened up...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150402.jpg

Front view (not alot taller than original van, especially when lowered about 40-50mm...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150395.jpg

Nice clean lines...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150395.jpg

And finally, inside the pop.
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150405.jpg

Hope this helps.

Cheers

HECKY
03-12-08, 19:33
If it helps, here's my side-opener. Nice as I'm 6'2 and can stand up with stacks to spare. Also got flase floor in it for kiddies to sleep in, although would easily take an adult or two).

Opened up...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150402.jpg

Front view (not alot taller than original van, especially when lowered about 40-50mm...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150395.jpg

Nice clean lines...
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150395.jpg

And finally, inside the pop.
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp124/rudolfhukker/PA150405.jpg

Hope this helps.

Cheers


Hi, how much did this set you back?

Cheers

webs
03-12-08, 19:35
thanks rudolf hukker i like the side opening poptops as they seem to have more space whats your thought? where did you get the poptop from and did it cost much, i will need to take a look in poptop roofs to do a bit of home work, thanks for your replys guys its a great help,

Roleur Coaster
03-12-08, 19:49
Twas on van when I got it, but it's a leisure drive one. Van was fitted out by RV Tec, so it may be worth giving them a tinkle and gettin' prices, etc,.

Personally, I like it, and means van is a very useable four berth plus a side awning for extra space.

boardman
04-12-08, 22:14
yep thats the one i want too , reminds me of the old bay and spacemaker!!!!!

there was a guy at t`breeze with one (a trader) who was giving out fyers with the details

but i`ve lost it now ,sos :ILU:

webs
04-12-08, 22:25
many thanks guys for all the replys, links and photos, its a great help, i will look in to the cost and who is nearer to me, now do i have a colour coded roof of go for matt black, hmmmm.:clap

webs
31-01-09, 11:36
A: hi all its me again, well i have made my mind up and i am going to have a poptop roof fitted to my van and want it booked in asap, but i have been chatting to some lovely guys that fit reimo and leisuredrive roofs ( thanks to the threads guys) and im stuck on which roof, i like the side opening roof and they are about 1000 cheeper than the riemo roofs but people say the quality is poor and they would only recomend the greman roofs, BUT 1000 CHEAPER now to me thats alot of money, what do you guys think are the english ones of such a poor quality???? that it will not last, the roof will be used alot during the summer and if im going to spend my money on a poptop i only want to do it once,and get it right first time:(
many thanks :ILU:

andygti39
31-01-09, 11:54
i've fitted a few leisure drive roof's and i think they are good apart from a little bit of water leaking in through the stitching that holds the velcro on for the window blinds. all it needs is a litle bit of clear sealant rubbing on with your finger.

Wagenworx
31-01-09, 12:04
Remio pop top all the way T:..... I looked into side opening ones and they just dont look good and I feel If used alot won't last......I have a Remio and I'm very pleased with it :D.

The end of the day It's your choice and budget....

Merry Monk
31-01-09, 12:46
Riemo for me as well;)

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e111/merrymonk/Van049.jpg


http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e111/merrymonk/Van044.jpg

This is the best one of inside I have:confused:

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e111/merrymonk/Van043.jpg


Whichever one you go for, if you lower it when wet raise it gain ASAP to dry it out, or you could get mildew;)

ahay!
31-01-09, 13:08
Hi Webs W:
This is probably not going to help but................I:
Bilbo's do a nice side elevating roof and it seems a good quality. For example they have this (http://www.bilbos.com/stock/stock_view.cfm?id=746)in there used section
But there is a but, but I'm not sure they work on T4's any more :(
For the record we have a Reimo pop top, and can report no problems :D
ahay! :ILU:

JandT
31-01-09, 18:34
We have a reimo pop top and cant fault it, its spot on.

Noticed that a similar pop-top has been discussed on the forum recently. One of the forum members has just had one done or is just about too. It may be worth hanging on too see how pleased he is with the finished result. I think it was 1000 cheaper.

Hope you are pleased with whatever roof you do decide on and i think you have made the right decision in keeping the ex aa ( but then i am biased;)).

Tra:):)

diggersg40
31-01-09, 22:00
We have a reimo pop top and cant fault it, its spot on.

Noticed that a similar pop-top has been discussed on the forum recently. One of the forum members has just had one done or is just about too. It may be worth hanging on too see how pleased he is with the finished result. I think it was 1000 cheaper.

Hope you are pleased with whatever roof you do decide on and i think you have made the right decision in keeping the ex aa ( but then i am biased;)).

Tra:):)

could be me your talking aboutRasp:Rasp:

picked my van up today and all i can say is im well chuffed with the whole conversionT:T:

i'll start a thread tommorrow with pics;););)

matt

JandT
01-02-09, 10:14
Sure there will be alot of interest about the look and how happy you are with it. Glad you are pleased with it, i'm sure you will wonder how you ever managed without it:)

Looking forward to seeing the piccies

Tra:)

webs
01-02-09, 10:16
A: thanks for all your replys guys, its a great help, looking forward to some photos from diggersg40, i have also been following the threads on the poptops which are non reimo and much cheeper, for me its my prioritys ive got to get right,putting in a through lounge carpets and redecoration of my house and family home OR a new poptop on my much loved t4I: so after much hard thinking and sleepless nights ive made up my mind and its the POPTOP ON THE VAN Rasp: and its so scary what else 3000 can buy, a small car, new bathroom, holiday, well im not going to think about it as i will have more sleepless nightsLOL:
thanks guys for the info:ILU:

cumbriankeith
01-02-09, 11:15
I've just had a Lesiuredrive one fitted by them at their place in Bolton and I'm pleased with it - it's the same as the one on the blue van further up this thread. They normally charge around 2200 fully fitted, but I got it a bit cheaper while they were offering mid winter cheap deals. I used to have a T3 with one of their side lifters and was always happy with it.

I looked at Reimo ones but didn't think they are that much different in quality. Bilbo's do a side lifter but won't do you a roof only - but they will still fully fit out a T4 to include a roof.

webs
01-02-09, 12:33
I've just had a Lesiuredrive one fitted by them at their place in Bolton and I'm pleased with it - it's the same as the one on the blue van further up this thread. They normally charge around 2200 fully fitted, but I got it a bit cheaper while they were offering mid winter cheap deals. I used to have a T3 with one of their side lifters and was always happy with it.

I looked at Reimo ones but didn't think they are that much different in quality. Bilbo's do a side lifter but won't do you a roof only - but they will still fully fit out a T4 to include a roof.

hi cumbriankeith, is your side opening poptop made in the same fabric as the reimo ones and could you fit two adults up there, whats the room space like? i have had a good long chat with leisure drive and he sounds cool and i got a good price but after the 289 mile travel and the 3 day stay in a b&b im working out how much money i will actually save and the possability i might have to re visit the company if any thing may need to be put right after the fitting, (you know sods law), but yes the price is much better than the reimo ones, thanks for your replyT: