If you like getting away from it all but don't like roughing it, a four wheel drive camper conversion may be just the thing. The rear of the vehicle can be fitted out with folding beds, cupboards, stove, fridge, sink - all the luxuries of home. Pictured (right) is Derek Drew's Volkswagen 4x4 camper.
To get enough head-room to stand up, a lifting roof section is
This is normally done by cutting a large hole in the roof panel and
installing the pop-top section.
Needless to say this should be done professionally to ensure
a water-proof, rattle-proof and strong enough job.
The change is a little easier on a
because the hard-top or station-wagon roof
unbolts and can be completely replaced, in this case with a
fibre-glass roof with a lifting section.
The old roof section can either be sold, or kept in case
you want to transfer the pop-top to a new vehicle at a
If the four wheel drive is a little larger,
particularly a forward-control
or cab-over design, reasonable head-room
may be achieved with a fixed roof. This gives more internal room
for cupboards etc. but may compromise wind resistance and
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