New pop-up campervan roof to be launched by Lippert Components
This September (2020) see the introduction of a new rising roof for campervans from Lippert Components (LCI). The Vela pop-up roof has been designed to be both sturdy and light, claiming to be up to 30% lighter than comparable glass-fibre versions.
The new roof uses thermoforming technology, with the Vela incorporating two sheets joined together and an air layer between to strengthen it while reducing weight of the finished product. This has allowed a larger than average bed area (200cm by 130cm) to be created without increasing the weight. The roof also has a lifting mechanism that allows for more height, even at the lowest point. Even when fitted to the MWB 5.41m Fiat Ducato, there will still be space to fit a roof-mounted air-con system.
The base of the bed has also been made using the twin-sheet thermoforming technique. This cavity has enabled Lippert to develop a system (patent pending) that allows hot or cold air to be pushed into that space, depending on the temperature outside, making this a bed that could be used all year round.
The roof can also be kitted out with perimeter lights, reading lights, sockets for charging smartphones and air vents. The roof’s fabric, produced in Italy, is washable and removable, and certified according to the American standard FMVSS302 against flammability. As an option, it will be possible to have an additional insulated sheet with an external waterproof layer and an insulating internal layer, to reduce the heat exchange between inside and outside.
The roof has been subjected to various tests simulating hailstorms as well as extreme heat and cold.
The roof will be initially available for the Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and Citroën Relay (aka Jumper in Europe) fitted with the H2 roof, and for installation by manufacturers. It will be available to buy and fit to your own campervan at some point, while the company is also considering frames and spoilers for other versions of the Ducato etc as well as other base vehicles.
The company hopes to be able to reveal more specific details next month (September 2020).
Lippert Components manufactures and supplies a range of components for the motorhome market worldwide, with factories throughout America and Europe. This includes slide-out mechanisms, levelling systems, furniture, reversing cameras and more.