Dave Bennett, Member #203
Travel, Explore, Live: AMERICAN ADVENTURIST
This was called a Barrtop then. My father and uncle invented it in the mid 70s. My father designed the opening mechanism, my uncle the torsion bar.Mechanics Illustrated magazine named it as one of the best new inventions of 1980. If you look close, you will see extruded aluminum receivers at the corners and recessed rivets just like on aircraft. My father kept the business going until the late 80s when he sold it to Sixpac for $1000. My father was a counselor and my uncle an engineer. They have both passed. The original design was overbuilt. He went to a fiberglass shell made in Tijuana, Mexico but still lost about $200,000. RV is tough business. I have videos of the original Cartop and the original Barrtop, both hand made.
Thank you for coming on the forum to share the info. Cool to know the history.
Evil Uncle Stu * K
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