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PostSubject: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:22 pm

I wanted Tango to be a full 4 berth camper.  The decision as to which pop top I'd have fitted was made by 2 factors: ease of operation and the fact that my son (now 17) was starting to find the upper deck in Max a bit claustrophobic.  Tango was booked into Spaceroofs just over a week ago and I picked him up yesterday from their Okehampton base, in pretty horrendous weather - heavy winds and rain.  But hey, we've all had that drive haven't we?!!

The spec I went for was orange canvas to match the paintwork, grey headlining to match that in the cab area, a light cream for the bed mattress to compliment Tango's tan leather interior.  Of course I had the advantage that Tango was a tintop Kombi, so that made the job more straightforward (and a little cheaper) than if converting a BraziBay already fitted with a Danbury pop top, but here's the results:























As you can see the grey plastic headlining panels that are part of the Danbury install are now gone.  I have them if anyone needs a spare.  Pm me.  The rear speakers and spotlights have gone, to be reinstalled in another location, but the original strip lights have a new home.  The roof is simple to operate.  As it's held down by ratchet straps on both sides, these are simply released, as the popper that holds the front section of the canvas rolled up.  A simple push and the roof is elevated via the pneumatic struts.  Lowering is the reverse of these actions.  There is room for a sleeping bag/duvet on top of the bed when the roof is lowered.  

As you can see I also went for the classic type roof rack on the front as I was after the Westy look.

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:55 pm

Looks great Tim, love the Westy look
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:01 pm

We doo like the 'Westy look' too! Cool

Interested to know if the area over the cab incorporates a plastic roof rack - if so does it have any anchor points for strapping etc.

Looking forward to seeing Tango in person sometime during 2018.

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:04 pm

Very nice roof Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:09 pm

For those of you interested, I'm in discussions with Spaceroofs to create a Westy style roof rack that will fit in front of a Danbury poptop. More details real soon. Will be self-install.

The roof rack has no bottom so you just see the top of the cab roof. This can be part of the development if we get these created. Idea

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:50 pm

Very nice Smile

Any reinforcement put back into the bus to compensate for a the original roof removal?
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:44 pm

I would be interested to know how does ease/difficulty/fiddliness of putting the roof down compare with Danbury's? And security of clamping shut once down?
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:53 pm

@AnotherBlueOne wrote:
I would be interested to know how does ease/difficulty/fiddliness of putting the roof down compare with Danbury's? And security of clamping shut once down?

First off it's half the job as you're only pulling one end down. You just need to watch the canvas towards the rear that it doesn't accidentally get caught in the scissor hinges, but only an issue if there's a side-wind I'd guess. The canvas naturally folds inside the aperture, once down you slip the straps through the guides and lock it down. Another reason I went for the Westy style rack is the shape causes the airflow to go over the top of the roof. The little spoiler that Spaceroofs sell would also do the same. As Pete told me yesterday, they've yet to have a roof pop up on the go. Nope I'm not on commission.

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:54 pm

@Skytiger wrote:
Very nice Smile

Any reinforcement put back into the bus to compensate for a the original roof removal?

Think there's at least one crossmember. I'll check next time.

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:45 pm

I had been thinking of spaceroof recently as it’s a bit tight up there, meaning pals reluctant to stay.

The drive to Okehampton is rather far from Glasgow though! Did you manage to get a club discount?

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:02 pm

@gordonmac wrote:
Did you manage to get a club discount?


You can only get club discounts if you can guarantee multiple orders.

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:16 pm

I won a 300 pound off voucher for these I think in that raffle we done last year if anyone has a use for it they can have it if it’s still valid I will try and find the email.
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:24 pm

Sorry it’s for 200
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:36 pm

Rachelvw - Our friends at Space Roofs very kindly offered a £200 voucher off any purchase for our on-line auction last year - the closing date was May 4th (be with you - it was all to fit in with the space theme!). The email you are looking for is therefore likely to be in May 2017 or soon thereafter.

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:48 pm

A good choice Tim, I would recommend these hinges.                                  https://www.buttysbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Westfalia_Roof_bed_hinges_T2B_BB-085-3-1-1.jpg
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:22 pm

Out of interest Tim, would you consider changing Max’s poptop for a Spaceroof?
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:27 pm

@harryhornet wrote:
Out of interest Tim, would you consider changing Max’s poptop for a Spaceroof?

Don't know. Ask me in 6 months!

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:28 pm

@oldskoolsboy wrote:
A good choice Tim, I would recommend these hinges.                                  https://www.buttysbits.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Westfalia_Roof_bed_hinges_T2B_BB-085-3-1-1.jpg

What do these enable?

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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:44 am

Originally fitted on a westy upper bed. They attach to the loose panel enabling you to swing (like a clam) when making bed up. Have a look on you tube. Westfalia The pop top bed
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PostSubject: Re: Tango's Spaceroof   Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:48 am

Ta.

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