Pop top insulation

Reading a post on the ev_update list, I heard about a company making insulation for the inside of the pop top. This was an idea that we had, ever since a very cold night in the mountains of Nevada. So I contacted Fancher’s Upholstery and after a few emails, decided to order one. After a couple weeks (they make 2 at a time), the insulation arrived, nicely packaged:

nice packaging

You can see the instruction sheet, roll of velcro, stuff sack, and the Fancher business card (I love little touches like that…)

The whole things fits into an included stuff sack, about the size of a pillow case:

stuff sack

The insulation is a nice cream color on the inside face, and a very weatherproof looking gray on the outside. Fancher’s claims an insulation value of R-8 for the fabric, which consists of five layers - I can tell you it is very high quality fabric. The workmanship is impeccable - take a look:

quality quality

Now on to the installation!

Installation is very easy - the insulation fastens with velcro, and strips of 2 inch wide velcro are provided, as well as instructions on where and how the velcro should be installed. The pieces they provided are not labeled, but I used a little common sense and figured it out:

label label

The velcro mounts between the pop top canvas and the pop top, under the aluminum strip that holds the pop top in place. I marked out the screw locations (just for alignment purposes), then used a pencil to mark a horizontal line in the middle of the velcro - to make sure I would have at least 1 inch of velcro sticking out. I removed just the screws needed for each piece, working with one piece at a time, slipping the velcro between the canvas and the pop top, “fuzzy side” UP, then replaced the screws, piercing the velcro, and tightening the aluminum strip.

TIP - lower your pop top slightly when removing the screws that hold the pop top in place - that way, the fabric will not be under any tension.

measuring mounting

After I installed the velcro, I made sure to clean up the roof below the pop top, to collect any metal shavings and dirt (didn’t want to get the new insulation dirty!). To install the insulation, just fold down the velcro mounted on the pop top (it acts like a tab), and slide the insulation right up to it - VOILA!:

installed

The front panel rolls up to allow for access to the storage above the cab.

front panel side panel

If you want to get really fancy, you can line up all the horizontal stitches - the workmanship is that good (see below!):

workmanship

On the Fancher’s website, the insulation is shown going BEHIND the pop top hinges - since the insulation is “roomy”, I chose to go “IN FRONT” of the hinges, attaching 11 34 inches of 1 inch wide black industrial velcro to the hinge face, like so:

hinge hinge

If you camp in the cold, you really should get this for your EVC - come one, you KNOW you deserve it! Give Fancher’s Upholstery a call or email, you will really like their product!

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