Pop Top up or down for storeage ?

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 18:45
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G,day there folks, we have a pop top van that when not in use we leave the top in the down position & place one of those Van covers over it.
Trouble is the cover is designed for a full Van, so you end up with all the excess length of sides hanging on the ground.
We do it this way as I thought with leaving it in the "up" position for purposes it would put excessive load for prolonged period of times on the gas struts.
We did buy from Jayco four adjustable "props" which are designed to releive the struts of the load, but they look to me to be a bit "iffy"
The longest the van is not in use & therefore covered would be about six months.

Thanks for your comments/advise in advance
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 19:56

Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 19:56
Hi Barry, We purchased our first pop top six mths ago, after having a full van. We leave ours up as being advised by a dealer that the top surround ( can never remember the correct term) can deterorate and be damaged in the down position more easily than up. Also use the props in each corner as a safe guard against sagging. It also keeps symbo happy as she thinks the roof will fall to the floor!!...lol.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: lifeisgood - Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 21:33

Saturday, Feb 16, 2008 at 21:33
Mmmm We have a small pop top that does not have the luxury of a car port. It has enjoyed all weather over the last 10 years but the top is always down. No issues with moisture or stale air.
Sure you might open the door once in 2 months when its sunny.
Only put it up when we are packing or unpacking it.
Thats just our experiance in Melbourne climate. cheers

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Reply By: stockos - Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 14:07

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008 at 14:07
we have a coromal pop-top. The owner's manual states to store in the down position. ' this will protect moving parts against elements. Gas strut pistons will be protected inside the cylinders. Flywire and velcro will be protected against uv rays. Crossarms and vinyl skirt are also at risk when left exposed while not in use daily.'

Hope this helps.
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