Rising Roof Campervans

MMM editorial

The Verdict

As would be expected, rising roof campervans are van conversions with expanding, push-up roofs.

At a glance

The pros and cons of a rising roof campervan are:

  • Their size makes them good for low garages and getting into multi-storey car parks
  • They can be at the budget end of the market, so ideal for those with limited cash to spare
  • Thanks to their size and ease of driving, they can be used as an every day vehicle
  • Headroom may be an issue inside when the roof is down
  • There can be significant heat loss through the rising roof canvas

Full details

Rising roof campervans are of course van conversions with push-up roofs


Often the roof is a solid metal or GRP structure, but the sides are generally made of canvas. You may though discover when looking at older models, that the roof swings up vertically, with solid panels that fold out, filling in the side gaps.

With the much more common canvas-sided models, you can get front, back or side-rising roofs. Canvas obviously doesn't hold up equally with metal siding in terms of heat retention, so if you plan on camping in the winter in a rising roof camper, make sure your sleeping bags are warm.

Always try testing the roof both in the up and down positions, as well as the action of raising and lowering it before buying.

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