Project Pop Top Bed - 72 Danbury

Discussion in 'Camper Conversions' started by mattw, Aug 4, 2020.

  1. I've decided to fit a bed up in the pop top to provide another option when camping with the kids and maybe for an adult.

    Having seen a few others doing similar, my plan is to cut the boards to rest on the frame of the roof opening and make them removable when they are not needed. All the other versions I've seen have been on other conversions whereas mine is a 72 Danbury which presents a challenge...the roof springs / struts are mounted on either side of the roof opening and are in the way of the roof frame. Not a problem I hear you say, just cut around the support bracket....which is fine but when closed, the springs / struts get in the way. This is a problem only when the roof is closed so my plan is to stack the boards, 2 at the front and 2 at the back and move them into place when camping.

    I did think about fixing a length of angle iron to either side of the roof opening to clear the poptop mechanism but for some reason the sides are at 45 degree angles making this difficult.

    I have bought a massive sheet of 18mm ply (I wanted it to be as strong as possible!)

    Wish me luck

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  2. Good luck!!
     
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  3. I also have a Danbury and intend to do the same with my top so will be watching this thread closely
     
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  4. Had an hour at lunch time today so I cut all the wood to size.

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    The rear two will stack as per the picture and the front one will slide back to create the bed base

    Undecided on whether to cover the entire boards in the same carpet material as the inside of my pop top or just the top side. Might just do the top and see how it looks.

    Next is fitting the 45 degree strips flush with the roof frame to stop the boards sliding side to side.


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  5. Fitted the first two positioning / finishing strips which stop the boards sliding side to side. Next is cutting the board around the pop top hinges

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  6. Today was spent dodging thunder storms and adding some carpet to the top of the first board. Also added some screws to 100% secure the strips.

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  7. Got the final piece in today and test fitted the kids (they fit). Just got to cover it in carpet and it’s ready for camping this Friday!

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