CLEARANCE GoWesty Pop-Top Tent (Acrylic) [Late Vanagon Camper]

Works With:1985-1991
Weight:11.0 lb
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Please note: These Bargain Basement acrylic tents feature all the quality and performance of our full price tents, but are going to require extra focused attention during installation. We measured them in-house, and they are all within spec to fit, but are on the small side.  Trickier to install, but will deliver that drum-tight look you might be after. Save yourself 20% off retail, and be sure to pay close attention to our "Tips & Tricks" section of the installation instruction sheet.

This is a clearance item and non-returnable.

We are very proud of our line of GoWesty replacement pop-top tents, available in budget-friendly natural cotton or super-quality marine-grade synthetic dyed acrylic. There is simply nothing else on the market that delivers the quality, fit, and features of these products at these price points.

Fits: This product only fits late-model 1985-91 Vanagon campers where the tent is screwed to the Westfalia top and is covered with an aluminum trim piece. If you are unsure which type you have, please review the diagram found in the images for clarification. If you need a staple-in style tent for a 1980-84, click here.

• A close reproduction of the original factory tent
• Removable front screen
• Quality zippers, Velcro, and screen mesh
• Three windows with privacy flaps and tie-backs built in
• Colors: Available in gray and tan only.

Acrylic Features:
• Upholstery-weight solution-dyed acrylic tent body with an added UV-resistant and water-resistant coating
• Excellent colorfastness, more weather-resistant, and better mold/mildew resistance than our cotton offering
• Acrylic is a more durable material than cotton
• Please read the ACRYLIC FIT & MAINTENANCE tab

Tent material: Cotton vs. Acrylic:
All vehicles and all tents not are exactly the same due to “tolerance stack.” That is, the body, lifting gear, and pop-top all vary slightly in dimension, and so do the all the panels of the tent that are sewn together to make a complete tent. The original Westfalia tent material was a cotton blend which had some stretchiness. Acrylic is a much more durable fabric than any cotton blend, but has practically zero stretch. It is all but impossible to end up with an acrylic tent that is not either a little too tight or a little too loose. If a perfect fit is more important to you than durability, choose cotton. If long-term durability is your goal, and you are willing to put up with a more difficult installation and a fit not as perfect as the original cotton blend tent, acrylic is the best choice.

Acrylic Maintenance:
Our acrylic tents are manufactured out of a medium weight material designed for marine upholstery applications. It incredibly durable, does not absorb moisture, has a soft hand like cotton canvas, and is not stiff like the heavy materials used on sail covers. Our fabric has also been treated with a finish which gives it extra water repellency. In some instances, when an object scrapes across the fabric, white scuff marks can be left behind. This is known as 'mark-off.' Additionally, thin white lines called 'crazing' can appear when the material is stowed in a way that creates many small wrinkles. These two types of surface markings are more common on newly treated fabric, and will diminish and/or disappear over time. They are purely cosmetic, and do not indicate damaged fabric.

Should you wish to improve the appearance of your acrylic material, one approach is as follows:

• Spray 303 Aerospace Protectant onto a clean washcloth or other soft white cotton product
• Dab the affected area with the moistened cloth
• Let dry
• Repeat process if necessary.

Again, this phenomena is most prevalent on new fabric and if it occurs, will normally diminish or go away with normal weathering and will not affect the overall performance of the product.

At GoWesty, we strive to have our products manufactured in the U.S. as often as possible. We start by looking at local manufacturing first, then widen our net statewide, then nationally. After a decade of working with U.S. textile manufacturers on several iterations of pop-top tents, we found it impossible to maintain the price and quality we require and our customers deserve. As a result, we shifted our focus toward locating an offshore textile partner that shared our commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing, while being able to deliver excellent quality at an affordable price.

After a rigorous vetting process, we found an Indian manufacturing partner that adheres to globally-recognized responsible practices, a commitment to healthy workplace policies, and holds a highly-rated Intertek accreditation. Like GoWesty, they care deeply about their employees’ safety and well-being. We feel confident you will appreciate the level of quality and price point of your new pop-top tent.

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