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Pop Top Campervans

Pop top campervans drive like a standard van and are great for shorter runs. They are usually based on VW transporters or similar sized vans, although recently smaller vans like the Mazda Bongo have been converted. The small size makes them suitable for day to day use as theres no issues with parking or height restrictions.

The most popular layout for this size has a 'rock and roll' bed, this is when a bench seat folds down to make sleeping room alongside a kitchen unit.

On the pop top van, the roof either lifts straight up or hinges from the back or side, giving headroom to cook as well as providing bed space for two or three in the roof. Longer vans like the old Toyota Hi-Ace have a little more space with seating for six and the kitchen area behind the bed.

The only problem with a pop top van is space - there's not much room for storage with the roof down and the living area can be cramped. However this can be extended with an awning - either attached to the van or set up on its own.


  • Good for short runs.
  • Great for day to day use.
  • Easy to drive and park.


  • Limited storage and space
  • Not really suitable for extended trips with lots of equipment
  • No fixed heating and only single glazed windows.

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