Definitely understand the side access desire coming from an RTT. We opted for the clear vinyl windows on the sides and the privacy screen, so 2 sets of zippers. A 3rd for the screen would be nice, but we felt that side access wouldn’t be as important after people saw how easy it is to get down from inside. After having 4 different popup campers, my experience is that climbing out of bed, stepping down to a bench, putting on your shoes inside, and making a quick exit, without letting out the heat, is much easier than climbing down a ladder. My wife and kids use the porta potti inside on cold nights. We’ve been using that setup for the last 11 years and it’s worked really well. No panels to remove.^ With fixed side screens there is no entry via the side "doors" (and, hence a ladder): Correct? So a couple is sleeping in the RTT and in the middle of the night one or both need to get up and out to relieve themselves: How's that work out if the side "doors" are fixed? Exiting out the rear door would be a hassle. And exiting down through the truck bed would involve re-positioning the mattress segments. I must be missing something?
Thank you!Well done!! Congrats on getting this marketed.
Exactly! 30” of space between the 6’-8” mattress and the rear. It’s so easy to get out of bed. And the extension panel slides to the rear so you can hang out with the rear window wide open. It’s easily accessible from below or the bed.With the bed platform setup there is still a space between it and the end of the topper, 20” or 30” if I remember right. You’d be able to get down easy but would need to open the topper/tailgate to exit the truck.
Pillows seem to stay put since the mattress is 6’-8” long and I usually leave a gap at the top of the sleeping bag. I’m 6’-2” for reference.If there is a gap as you describe, what holds pillows in place? For me, after extensively using roof top tents for a dozen years, I would also like the side windows to be doors. The pickup bed will have a fridge/freeze, camping gear, etc. and not always conducive to getting in/out of bed and to the outside via the truck bed especially during the middle of the night and half wide-eyed. Never mind the slight gymnastics of turning around, down the escape hole...unlatching the topper hatch/door, etc. I also get the fact not all are enamored with using a ladder. But options are good and just my $.02.
Thanks man! Great idea on the net and we already have plans underway for a similar option. Another option is a split panel system @Iggy came up with in December of 2016. That would make for a 110” bed. Minut Bol friendly sleeping platform...Get up and go outside or pee in a bottle, don't see what all the fuss is about. It's gonna be easier than climbing down from the pop-top bed in a VW camper. And hopefully there fridge or cooler will be in the way as that'd make a good step to get in and out of the upper bunk.
For falling pillow issues just make an 8" x 4ft bungee net that goes across the head of the bed. This was also my biggest issue in pop-top campers and I stole the idea from another vanagon owner I met while on the road in my old syncro.
So stoked to see you guys underway and getting production units out the door. Very cool. Do you have any plans in the works for insulation for extreme temperatures? I'm the main shell body and for the pop-top fabric as well?
Definitely a possibility! We’ve tried it and are not fans of sleeping with our noggings in the wedge. Flipping over to the belly and crawling out is not hard, but that’s definitely up to the users!You can sleep with your head in the hinge end. The platform looks long enough that it shouldn't feel cramped.
Thank you! 2nd and 3rd rolled out on Wednesday night.Congrats on the first production unit. Looks great.
Thanks! Yes, there’s definitely space for bedding. It makes setting up camp very easy. It closes easily with a double sleeping bag and compressible pillows. I haven’t tried it with standard pillows. The roof and ceiling are extremely robust and the latches are adjustable, so you can always pull the lid down hard to compress whatever bedding you have.Look great!
Can you store 2 sleeping bags and 2 pillows ontop and be able to close it? This is a must for me. I don't want to be moving sleeping bags up and down. I rather just store all sleeping stuff up top where its clean. Sleeping bags/comforters are bulky and take up alot space. For an overland rig space is limited. In my current RTT I store all my sleeping gear up top and close it fine, saves a huge amount of space in the vehicle/bed of truck.
This is probably a deal breaker for me if I cant.
In the works!Now one for a first gen Tundra
We started making these in late 2016. We began by designing the camper and working with a manufacturer. Our intent was always to bring them to market. Although the campers they made are awesome and the construction is extremely robust, we couldn’t get them to take the project seriously and consistency was an issue. Plus, their lead welder had limited hours and was retiring. He was crucial in the successful build of the (4) V1’s. That’s why we took on the project ourselves.These guys make similar.. also seems like they have made very few units...all fun n games n instagram until the warranties start rolling in, or you get the first call from a lawyer...
The problem with rtt's and these are they are just glorified expensive tents.. like someone said.. Westfalia pop tops. If you use them sparingly, or where it's nice all the time, great. Wind and rain, forget it. Gotta be hardside imo.
Yes! We are definitely going full size this year and have a preliminary design.Any plans at this time for a full size build?
Thank you!Not sure what portion of the Vagabond is unique and patent-able, but your patent attorney will figure that out.
Yours does look like a great execution of the pop-top topper shell thou. I like it!
Wasn’t us, but hope to be there next year! Camper class trophy truck?Did I see you guys down in San Felipe for the 250? We were having dinner at Anisetos.