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  • Writer's pictureAnne Dat

How to mount your own pop-up roof | Part 1

As you might have seen on my socials, me and my husband bought a little van. We bought a Renault Trafic L1H1 from the year 2010. We are currently converting this gem into a campervan.

One of our top priorities was making sure we could both stand up straight in our campervan. We quickly realized that one of the best options would be to buy a pop-up roof! Finding one that fit our van, what white and affordable was quite difficult. Eventually we came across a little company, run by a guy named Juan, that had exactly what we were looking for.

We visited his showroom and came to the conclusion that the pop-up roof he sells would be an excellent fit for our van. As mentioned before, a pop-up roof can be pretty expensive, adding up the cost to let someone do the work for you would mean we had to invest around €3900.- euro's. After weighing out the pros and cons we decided we would try to mount the pop-up roof ourselves.

On my socials I've made a little series called 'How to mount your own pop-up roof,' in these video's we hope to show you what you can expect if you choose to mount your own pop-up roof.

Below I will describe the first few steps! Follow along for part two :)

For these steps you would need the following tools:

  1. Masking tape

  2. Permanent marker

  3. Pencil

  4. Metal drill

  5. Angel grinder

  6. Something to draw a straight line with

Step 1

Mark out the corners, you can do this by looking up the exact dimensions of your pop-up roof. We marked out the corners at the inside of our van. To make these corners visible at the outside of your van, you drill holes through them.

Step 2

Now that you can see where the corners are, it's time to draw a line from corner to corner. This is very important and precise step. This line will show you where you have to saw a hole in the roof of your van.

Step 3

Once you have these lines drawn out, it is almost time to saw. Before doing so you have to tape the sides of these lines. This way you prevent the metal splinters from going everywhere.

Step 4

Sawing the hole! Don't try and rush this step, make sure you take your time to saw alongside the lines.

Want to see visuals to show how to do these steps? Then check out the video on my channel!

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