GoWesty Pop-Top Tent (Acrylic or Cotton) [Late Vanagon Camper]
We are very proud of our line of GoWesty replacement pop-top tents. There is simply nothing else on the market that delivers the quality and features of these products at these price points.
We have two material options:
100% natural cotton: Like the OEM tent material, it has good elasticity so it can be made slightly small and stretches easily for a nice, tight fit. The downside of choosing cotton, as was the case with the original tent material, it will eventually succumb to the elements.
100% synthetic solution-dyed acrylic: This choice is vastly more durable and weather-resistant than cotton. Aside from the slightly higher cost, the only downside of choosing acrylic is that is has very low elasticity and will not stretch to achieve that perfectly tight fit. We have worked with our manufacturer to ensure none of our acrylic tents will be too small as that results in a pop-top that may not be able to be opened fully. Our acrylic tents have a little extra material on the front, back and side panels to make sure the pop-top lifts all the way up, while delivering as tight a fit as possible.
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.
• Removable front screen
• High-quality zippers, Velcro, and screen mesh
• Three windows with privacy flaps and tie-backs built in
• Anti-Snag back buckle to keep your tent clear of the rear hinges when closing top
• Colors: Currently available in gray and tan only
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.
• Budget-friendly 100% cotton tent body with an added UV-resistant and water-resistant coating
• Excellent breathability, yet less colorfast and mold/mildew resistant than our acrylic offering
• Cotton material has natural stretch to it, and will result in the easiest installation
• Cotton is a less durable material than acrylic
• 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
Unlike synthetic acrylic, natural cotton fibers will readily absorb moisture. We add a water-repellant coating to our tents, but this will wear off over time. The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your tent is ensure that it is totally dry when stored long-term. After camping with the top up, be sure to let it air out and dry fully once you're home. Remember, a tent may feel dry to the touch, but still have some moisture deep in the fibers. When in doubt, air it out!
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. THis stuff is all but indestructible!
Mark-off. What? 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 Bio-Kleen H2O Repel 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.