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Ski trip - topper or don't bother?

flying banana

flying banana

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Take the bars off. Chuck the board in the van and under the van when you get there. Then use a topper? I believe the old style toppers that cover the whole roof pack down smaller than the cali wraps or rainbow wraps.
 
Rob Feeney

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I have used mine in Norway down to -25 ish with a roof box or boards on the roof.
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If it’s calm the outer covers are reasonable at helping to keep the pop top warmer and do a good job of keeping snow out of the roof mechanism.

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However, the one I have, flaps so much in windy conditions, I don’t think it does much to keep it warm. You can see the gaps here.
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On a calm day with mild temperatures and the heater on the temperatures up and downstairs were pretty even with the cover on.
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All the best.
Which temp and humidity sensors do you have? And which topper, please?
 
Trev

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Hi all. My van is being taking on a ski trip, not by me but by someone else. I have the Cross Climate SUV tyres ready to go and the snow chains. Now the question is what to do with the roof. It's for a snow boarder so if we store the board on the roof then that'll need roof bars and then that reduces my options for a topper. Or perhaps we store the board inside in the gap where the additional underbench drawer would go, but we don't have. I'm basically a bit concerned that if the roof is up and it snows, will the mechanism freeze? I don't have the bike rack that goes on the tailgate. Any snowboarders or skiers can speak from experience? The rainbow screen would allow me to still use the roof bars and will help keep everything warm but it leaves the roof mechanism exposed, so back to my worrying about it freezing and causing a problem lowering the roof.

Any ideas people?
We have skied with our Cali. Down to -15 and no issues. We had a topper on for our comfort rather than preventing freezing to motor.
 
California4x4

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Which temp and humidity sensors do you have? And which topper, please?
I have 4 sensors from
I keep one under the flap where the fuel cap is for an approximate external temp, one in the cabin in one of the seat pockets, one in the pop top and one in the fridge. They are Bluetooth so there are some dropout issues every now and again but they record the data in the device so when you reconnect, the history is there. The history of fridge temperature is probably the most useful as you change the level on the fridge.

I think the pop top cover is the Comfortz Leisure roofless one. I can’t fully recommend it. It fits in the back door and is fairly simple to strip out. However it’s annoying to fit and I don’t think it’s very good in the wind.
 
4x4 joker

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VW T6 Westfalia Club Joker 4motion
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Hi all. My van is being taking on a ski trip, not by me but by someone else. I have the Cross Climate SUV tyres ready to go and the snow chains. Now the question is what to do with the roof. It's for a snow boarder so if we store the board on the roof then that'll need roof bars and then that reduces my options for a topper. Or perhaps we store the board inside in the gap where the additional underbench drawer would go, but we don't have. I'm basically a bit concerned that if the roof is up and it snows, will the mechanism freeze? I don't have the bike rack that goes on the tailgate. Any snowboarders or skiers can speak from experience? The rainbow screen would allow me to still use the roof bars and will help keep everything warm but it leaves the roof mechanism exposed, so back to my worrying about it freezing and causing a problem lowering the roof.

Any ideas people?
Shame you don’t have bike rack as it’s really handy place to attach snowboard, that’s where I put mine.
My old cali I used isotop in the alps and had electric blanket (need hook up), keeps you nice and toasty.
 
Glynn

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We always sleep upstairs when in the Alps - Warm as toast using the Cali Topper.
 
Glynn

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The photograph was from Tignes, last Easter 2018. We woke up one morning to see another Uk California parked near us (Red Cali to the left in the photograph). They did not sleep in their van - I wonder if the owner is on this forum?
 
Cwcltd

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In preparation for my trip to the Alps just put some new wheels and tyres on; Dunlop Winter Sport 5 with 18" Calibre Tourer. Supplied and fitted by John Wood Tyres in Hereford; great service, storing my summer tyres at no cost, about £48 per season thereafter.L1020447-2.jpg
 

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