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Slidepods poptops.

Discussion in 'Camper/Day Van Conversions' started by slidepods, 28 Dec 2016.

  1. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

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    At slidepods we are guilty of not shouting enough about all the services we offer and therefore lots of people just assume we only make our unique removable pods. This couldn't be further from the truth though. We actually offer a full conversion service catering for everything from audio system upgrades to pop tops.

    Currently we only fit SCA roofs as we are an approved SCA installer. We can also supply and fit reimo and skyline for those that want them and will happilly offer a fit only service for these roofs but we wont supply or fit any other types. We are currently working with a local manufacturer of poptops to offer a SWB slimline colour coded roof with a cab close and a slatted bed for around 3k.

    Like everything we do we take the time to protect every van and install every roof properly. We use the best equiptment to achieve a perfect finish and an even distribution of adhesive (this is extremely important). We also keep you updated with whattsap messages of each step of the process so you can see we are treating cut areas of the van and protecting it properly. We also make sure everything gets properly cleaned with isopropyl alcohol prior to starting the application of primers activators and adhesives to ensure a sound bond.

    It generally takes us a day and a half to install a roof but we like to keep the van for 3 days to allow us time to let the adhesived cure a bit.

    Here are a few pics of the last roof we did before christmas.

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  2. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner Grape Yellow Beach VIP Member T6 Legend

    Wondered how you fitted those tops. Hate to think how much isopropyl we get through at work, I keep a couple of gallons in the stores which needs replenishing when I get back to work. Looks like to take a lot of care over your work. :thumbsup:
     
  3. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

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    fitting roofs isn't exactly rocket science there are however some things about it that can only be learnt through experience. A big tell tale sign on roof fit quality is to take a look at the front spoiler on an SCA roof and the finish of the adhesive work on it. All to often I see roofs that have been finished using spit and a finger tip (don't get me wrong a good finish can be achieved this way but more often than not arent and why not spend the £3 on proper adhesive tools that guarantee a perfect finish every time). I have in the past had to spend nearly a whole day rectifying a poorly fitted SCA roof (fitted elsewhere by a converter who refused to admit there was a problem with the quality of the fit). the problems included.... badly misaligned clam shell (causing roof to not close properly and seals not to function properly), badly mis aligned bed causing terrible knocks and rattles, not enough adhesive on reinforcing frame causing constant squeaks when driving, x3 of the metal plates that secure the reinforcing frame to the van structure missing and poor sealant work leading to leaking roof. After us the van was due into a bodyshop to be repainted as it looked like it had been rattle canned! All in the remidial works came to more than we charge to fit a roof from scratch! :eek:
     
  4. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

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    we have never bothered launching it properly but here are a couple of pics of the Teign conversion we designed earlier this year (its still been very popular) P.S we didnt line this van (just the celing and mood lights as the previous celing broke in half when removed :laugh::laugh::laugh: I am itching to build a van of this design with and SCA 194 roof (I just think it would make the ultimate campervan!
     
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  5. GarryM

    GarryM Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Do you guys make a kitchen pod that swings out from the B pillar at the front of the sliding door. I want to fit something on my RH Slider

    I am looking at fitting a kitchen in my T6 where I have double sliding doors and want to be able to use the kitchen inside on bad days and swing it outside on good days into an annex. I am unable to find anything in Australia that will adapt to the swing out mechanism to even just build the kitchen to fit onto.

    Garry
     
  6. slidepods

    slidepods Senior Member Trade Member T6 Guru

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    Sorry Gary we dont do anything like that currently
     
  7. GarryM

    GarryM Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Pity, I feel like I am reinventing the wheel each time I try to do something that is different from what is fitted to the likes of a Californian Camper, like my slide out bed.
     
  8. GarryM

    GarryM Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Started with the cabinetry fit out. Decided not to go with a side slide, it was just too complicated so fitting kitchen and toilet box into the interior in front of the two sliding doors. One is only a half cabinet so you can get in!!! Rear slide works well with bed. IMG_1189.jpg
     
  9. DaveyB

    DaveyB Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

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    Is that so you can sit on the thrown with the door open and enjoy the view. Very liberating - in more ways than one.:rofl:
     
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  10. GarryM

    GarryM Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

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    Thats a good response. Hadn’t thought of that. :) My wife may be happy with that solution, very airy. The porta pottie comes out of the cabinet on a slide and could be done with the door open. There is plenty of places in the outback where the nearest person is hundreds of kilometres away and it would not not matter.
     
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  11. T6 Dave

    T6 Dave Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    @GarryM , not sure if the height would be a good one for use, apart from for us males, but the 'Roos would need considering? :D What with being environmentally friendly and all, it could also put a new meaning to "going to the outback" :whistle::thumbsup: but other than that, what a way to read a paper!
     

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