@heidiurs you make a strong argument, I never actually considered cutting past where boll_rig did. I'm definitely going to continue to think about this as I finish up some other things...mainly how I'd reinforce it. I think I'll finally need to track down a welder.Hi sallf,the best thing i did to my burb was cutting the roof out.Now i can walk around if i have to and also get dressed in a upright position.As my fibreglass roof is on the light side i can easy push it up by hand.Cut as much roof out as you can as long as you reeinforce it enough.
Looking good! Glad to see that the posts disappeared due to busy-ness and the project still went on.I finally found a company called Acme Tents in Denver who would take on this job. For not having any experience in a project like this, I think they did a pretty good job and were really friendly. I decided to go with 2 long screen windows along the sides and then another screen window at the front. For the back, I wanted to have the option to completely open it, so asked them to just cut me an extra piece of vinyl and said I'd figure it out. Here are the plans I sent them.
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The windows all have vertical zippers on the sides and some black ties to roll them up. In hindsight, the issue with this design is that the bottom is open, so when it rains the water runs down the vinyl and basically comes inside. If I had installed it the other way (so the open portion is at the top) or insisted that we zip all the sides it would hold up to the rain a little better. I have a couple gutter type ideas to fix this, but probably wont get to it until the spring.
Here you can see one of the windows partly up as I was trying to attach it.
Also, by far the best last minute decision I made was to paint the steel scissor arms black. They had some rust already so wanted to improve their longevity and to keep rust off my bed!
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Used tin flashing to screw it in at the top.
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And riveted it in on the bottom between a small piece of aluminum angle.
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I ended up screwing in a thin aluminum strip on the outside, which helped keep the vinyl from getting pinched when the topper closes. This is still a little bit of an issue, but I've found that if I lower it and then stop when it's a couple inches up, I can just walk around the truck the material in.
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Sorry I don't have great photos at the moment and I'm probably leaving out a lot of details, but overall I'm really happy with how it came out! The memory foam is super comfortable and everything mechanically is working great so far!
I'll try and get some better photos posted next week. Here's a couple shots in Buena Vista the other day.
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Hey Jake, I ended up getting them from a lighting shop in Boulder but this was the product: https://www.diodeled.com/fluid-view-12v-led-tape-light.html
Do you have a link for those LED strips? Thinking I’ll install some on my XJ top
WowFinally got around to taking some glamour shots last week. Enjoy!
Fully popped. You can just make out the solar panel on top.
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The black cord that goes around the middle is just a piece of elastic that pulls the material in when the top closes.
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The back flap fully opens and mesh windows on the right.
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Led strip lights in the cove up top.
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Here's a good shot of the scissor lift and a full length mattress ended up fitting perfectly.
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Looking up through the hole.
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Switches for lights and actuators, and hole for the Goal Zero battery. Velcro'ed a 4 way usb splitter for easily charging lots of stuff.
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Led lights in the back are super bright!
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And possibly the best unintentional feature of this build, is I might actually have a place in my life that isn't covered with dog hair. Lol, I give it two more trips before she's up there with me.
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Just realized that I don't think I have a single picture of the truck with the topper down. Coming soon!