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I'm sure it depends on several factors, rather than it just being a no-go b/c this vehicle didn't come from the factory that way. A sunroof usually comes as an option...not as an entirely new design of vehicle. Most likely, the structural components are the same across vehicles of the same model year, and only cosmetic features are changed based on (most) options...moving the overhead light for sunroof installs, for example. That's a much more cost-efficient process for mass producing complicated products like vehicles.

I agree that it shouldn't be done by some bozo with a sawzall...but that's also not what the OP said. He asked if it was possible. And it is. Otherwise, businesses like Webasto wouldn't make money installing all kinds of things in vehicle roofs.

Again, you can point out all the reasons it can't be done, or you can just google how it's already being done by professionals and help OP figure out if it's feasible for his vehicle.
You are assuming that the OP's desired vehicle came with a large sunroof in one of it's trim packages. If not, there would be no extra support built in.

Webasto doesn't "install all kinds of things" they mostly add HVAC units to vehicles/heavy equipment and don't do roof mounted tents. Also most of the vehicles they add things to were designed from the factory to get the units installed on their roofs. Those that weren't require modification/strengthening ($$$) and even their sunroofs are much more then simply cutting a hole and slapping one on.

That kind of thing died a deserved death back in the 70s/80s when the aftermarket sunroofs almost invariable failed to seal and people found their roof was rusted out as well. Often when the sunroof fell into the vehicle.
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I'm gonna bow out of this thread now. Hope you find what you're looking for, pengyou.
Yes, I have! Found many great ideas...have done a preliminary looksie and will look further. The ultimate decision will be made after I buy a place to park it - next year - and when I go searching for parts and vehicles.

Thank you all!
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Instead of a car sunroof, think about something non-motorized, like an openable skylight or a roof hatch. Maybe you could rig a way that as you pushed it open, it would push the tent open enough for you to get up in there.
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Too much poopoo platter in this thread.

Build something, at least try, report back on how it worked. We don't learn anything new trying the same thing over and over again.
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I have many friends with RTTs, some clamshell. I don't think any have from cab access. it can be done. its only time and money. what is your budget?


most RTTs need a type of crossbars attached to the roof rack. but I believe a well designed fiberglass pop top is quite feasible with some stiffening off the roof.
funny that I have been toying with these ideas for a year or so.. be mindful of the top heavy-ness that may come into play if you are wheeling and get off camber
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Tons of great ideas for the 'overland' type vehicle thing from these guys.

https://www.mercedes-g-entdecker.com/

Their brochure is a great read.
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You want to check out the ecamper from https://www.ursaminorvehicles.com/ kind of pricey but the design is what your talking about.
Here's another one for only $36,000 over the price of the Jeep.
http://www.actioncamper.info/details...edium=referral
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Another option is to get a pick up truck and install a shell on it that has the swing out top that opens into a tent. Then connect shell to truck via the rear window.

I don't know if either is still in business but Flip-Pac and Wildernest were two manufacturers. Flip-Pac opened front to rear while Wildernest opened to the side.

One fly in the ointment in both your original idea as well as the shell I just mentioned is that both have external clamps that need to be undone before deployment.
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The Toyota Tundra pickup has a rear window that rolls down. If you had camper you climb back in there real easily.

The Chevy Avalanche had similar set up but the whole back window / wall dropped down:

Toyota Tundra:


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All but the G-Wagon have already been brought up in this thread.

The OP said he had some ideas but hasn't shared any of them in his own thread.
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Cool......
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Thanks for all of the input. I am following up on the photos you submitted - the vanagon, the van and Benz. In general, it seems that doing what I was thinking might either require a lot more $$ to keep it strong or result in something that weakens the strength of the vehicle.
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Thanks for all of the input. I am following up on the photos you submitted - the vanagon, the van and Benz. In general, it seems that doing what I was thinking might either require a lot more $$ to keep it strong or result in something that weakens the strength of the vehicle.
You would want the relatively rare 4WD version of the Vanagon.

The Benz would be crazy $$ as the G-Wagon itself is high dollar.

There are used Sportsmobiles for sale at Sportsmobile.com which helps avoid the steep depreciation of a new one. From feedback on RV sites you might want to find a bare one and build your own interior as the quality is a bit lacking in the factory builds.
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Keeps you off the cold ground, and the aussies use them to keep snakes away
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I've pondered something along these lines on my Gem Top on the back of my F-150. The Gem Top has a line about 6" from the top that goes all the way around the topper and I've pondered cutting that line with my sawzall or grinder, then putting framework inside the topper to allow me to raise it up. Then I'll get some heavy canvas and fasten it to the top half and the bottom half, kind of like the old pop up camper trailers.

But then, I thought to myself, why not put a couple of large plastic boxes up on top for storage, then put my Jon Boat over top of them to help hold them down and fasten it all down to my roof rack on my topper?

Then I can take some of the stuff out of my pickup bed and store it in those plastic boxes.

Currently I have 2 beds (1 on each side) up on frames and can even put a partial bed in between them for the dog(s) to sleep on. Under the beds, I've got plenty of storage and use those Action Packers to keep things organized in them and under the beds.

I've also used those childrens play room floor mats with the letters and figures on the floor of my bed and on the inside of the tailgate for padding and to make it less painful crawling in and out.

My Gem Top is about 6" taller than most camper shells and I plan to put some cabinets around the top of it for storing different things.

I also have room for a decent sized 12v/110v fridge, as well as a porta potty that slides under my bed.

So basically, I can jump out of my tailgate, run around to the drivers seat and be out of the area in a minute or two.. Nothing needs to fold down and with either heavy canvas curtains or those sun reflectors on my side windows, I can park anywhere and pretty much be in stealth mode.
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I've pondered something along these lines on my Gem Top on the back of my F-150. The Gem Top has a line about 6" from the top that goes all the way around the topper and I've pondered cutting that line with my sawzall or grinder, then putting framework inside the topper to allow me to raise it up. Then I'll get some heavy canvas and fasten it to the top half and the bottom half, kind of like the old pop up camper trailers.

But then, I thought to myself, why not put a couple of large plastic boxes up on top for storage, then put my Jon Boat over top of them to help hold them down and fasten it all down to my roof rack on my topper?

Then I can take some of the stuff out of my pickup bed and store it in those plastic boxes.

Currently I have 2 beds (1 on each side) up on frames and can even put a partial bed in between them for the dog(s) to sleep on. Under the beds, I've got plenty of storage and use those Action Packers to keep things organized in them and under the beds.

I've also used those childrens play room floor mats with the letters and figures on the floor of my bed and on the inside of the tailgate for padding and to make it less painful crawling in and out.

My Gem Top is about 6" taller than most camper shells and I plan to put some cabinets around the top of it for storing different things.

I also have room for a decent sized 12v/110v fridge, as well as a porta potty that slides under my bed.

So basically, I can jump out of my tailgate, run around to the drivers seat and be out of the area in a minute or two.. Nothing needs to fold down and with either heavy canvas curtains or those sun reflectors on my side windows, I can park anywhere and pretty much be in stealth mode.
They make (or at least used to) a boot that seals the front of a topper to the rear slider window of the truck. No need to run around as you can simply pass through window into truck.
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They make (or at least used to) a boot that seals the front of a topper to the rear slider window of the truck. No need to run around as you can simply pass through window into truck.
Yeah, I used to have one of those on one of the crewcabs with an 11' camper I took up the ALCAN highway on a few trips I made up there.. Last I saw it was heading into Destruction Bay.. Never saw it again..

It worked well until then..
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Not cheap even as a used vehicle.

https://sportsmobile.com/inventory/c...l-4x4/#mainpic



This one costs less but isn't a pop top

https://sportsmobile.com/inventory/c...0-4x4/#mainpic

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Got me one for this, just dont have a picture of it yet.

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