|T5 & T6 Elevating
|Standard||Easy Fit||196/198||190 /192 Deluxe||194 Extra High||Standard||Safari|
|SWB||LWB||SWB||LWB||SWB + LWB||SWB + LWB||SWB||SWB + LWB||SWB + LWB|
|Closing Mechanism||Strap||Strap||Strap||Strap||Strap||Bonnet type catch||Turn Buckle||Strap||Strap|
|Extra High lift rear hinge||o||o||o||o||o||o||√||√||√|
|Easy to replace canvas||o||o||o||o||√||√||√||o||o|
|Zip Back Canvas option||√||√||√||√||*||√||√||o||√|
|Gel Coat Colour Match||√||√||o||o||o||o||o||√||√|
|Availability||Readily Available||Readily Available||2- 4 weeks||2 – 4 weeks||Readily Available||6 to 16 weeks||6 to 16 weeks||Readily Available||2 – 4 weeks|
|* Can be retro fitted|
There are many elevating roofs on the market for the T5 & T6 to choose from, with front, side and rear lifting types available in varying quality and price.
The SCA is the one of the more expensive roofs on the market but with good reason. Like the Reimo Easy-fit (which came after the SCA), the SCA is completely factory assembled but comes with a separate and substantial ring frame. The frame is secured to the van using a combination of plates, rivets and bonding agent, making the best effort possible to replace the strength removed from the van when cutting a 1.1m x 2.3m hole out of the van roof. This is important when considering what might happen to your camper in an accident.
The other advantages are high lift for adult head room in the roof bed, raised lower shell where the canvas joins the van roof to reduce water ingress and capillary action, built-in front spoiler for reduced wind noise and on the Deluxe version, a sliding panel to close off roof space and bonnet style catches for quick release and closing. Finally for us possible the biggest strength of the SCA is the simplicity or repairing the canvas. The roof canvas is fitted to a track on the underside of the lifting shell, allowing for straightforward replacement should the canvas become damaged, something very likely to happen in the lifetime of a camper.
The SCA is available in front and rear lift, standard or high rear hinges.
In conclusion we feel the SCA is worth the extra money and worth cutting back elsewhere is if the budget is tight, after all once you have fitted a roof it is not possible to replace it. So having the best and easiest to repair canvas possible is essential. We keep a good stock but supply, particularly in the summer months can be very short, taking up to 16 weeks for delivery from Germany so book well ahead if you would like an SCA.
The market leader by a long shot is the German built Reimo; available in front and rear lift, short and long-wheelbase. The Reimo comes in two basic types, Standard and Easy-fit. The Standard type has a four-part roof frame to replace the strength removed when cutting a hole in the van roof, and a kit of parts that then attach to the van including the glass fibre roof shell.
All standard Reimo roofs are now high lift following SCA’s lead, but still use the traditional low lift rear hinge so have limited rear height. The second type, the Easy-fit, is a factory assembled roof with built-in strengthening frame. This glues onto the van in one piece requiring just the hole to be cut in preparation. The Easy-fit also has a separate front spoiler for reduced wind noise and a smarter look; internally there is a sliding panel available to close off the upstairs space for a warm and peaceful night downstairs.
In conclusion the Reimo is a very well made roof that is readily available off the shelf even in the busiest periods. However it is expensive in comparison with its rivals due to its brand and market-leading name.
We supply two roofs which are locally made for us by Skyline. Both are low profile front elevating with high lift rear hinges for more rear space, have adult headroom in the roof bed and match up to the standard of Reimo and SCA in build and finish quality. The first has a standard canvas; the second boasts our Safari canvas. A twist on the conventional front elevating roof, the Safari is a call to the wild with 180 degree views. Just zip back the canvas and enjoy the great outdoors without even getting out of bed. With 4ft lift at the front to ensure even the tallest adult can sit up with comfort whilst enjoying a morning brew.
Available with gel coat finish in most VW colours or spray finish for metallic.
In conclusion, although the Eco roof doesn’t have the brand recognition of Reimo or SCA with its durable cotton canvas similar to that fitted on the SCA, and Safari canvas option, the Eco roof offers very good value for money.
These are just three examples of elevating roof available. There are others that also have niche advantages, like the leisure drive side elevating type that is good if you are going to be using your van in windy conditions (i.e. spend a lot of time by the beach) as a side elevating roof gives much more wind protection than a front or rear type. The leisure drive has limited headroom up top though, so the bed space is only suitable for smaller children. Another side elevating roof is made by O’Conner’s Campers under the Space Roof name and is cavernous upstairs with an extending side panel giving by far the most room. Great canvas colors and stainless steel fixings also set it apart from the crowd but the large canvas will also be noisier in the rain.
Feel free to give us a call on 01364 255 242 or send us an email [email protected] if you would like to go over the options in further detail.