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From classic VWs to the latest modern conversions, it’s amazing to consider the amount of thought that goes into the design of these marvellous machines, and when it comes to investing your hard-earned cash, it’s important to consider the campervan in all its varied forms. 

Indeed, probably the most important factor when choosing a campervan is the type of roof it has.

After all, the right kind of roof can make a small van feel much bigger, improving both practicality and comfort levels. So, might a classic pop-up roof be the one for you? Read our guide to find out the top 5 reasons why we think it could be.

But whatever model of roof you choose, having the right insurance for your campervan is vital to protect you from accidents, damage, loss and theft while living the van-life dream.

Which campervan roof style is right for you?


Standard low roof

Just like a standard small van roof, this is the lowest and most compact type on offer. What you see really is what you get.

It’s great for those who don’t want to worry about getting under low barriers or putting the van away in a garage.

It’ll go pretty much where any other vehicle can go. However, the big drawback is that even for shorter people, there’s no way to fully stand up inside so you’ll need to be comfortable doing everything sitting down!


Elevating or pop-up roof

A very popular choice for campervan conversions. With a pop-up, the roof stays down when driving and is put up when you reach your destination. This gives you fantastic versatility!

There are several different makes of pop-up roof on the market suitable to a whole range of budgets.

While you’ll come across a wide range of opinions one of the constants is the reputation for high-quality of German manufacturers Reimo and SCA. If you buy a camper with one of these then you’re on to a good thing.

A yellow campervan with a pop-up roof parked in an open field

Fixed high-top roof

A fixed high-top roof has the advantage that you don’t need to bother about putting the roof up and down when you set-up and break-down camp.

It’ll give you oodles of space but the downside is you always have a tall van.

This will cut down on aerodynamics, increase your fuel consumption and make parking somewhat trickier, and if you’re interested in Instagram moments, they aren’t always the most head-turning campers on the roads.


5 reasons to choose a campervan with a pop-up roof

So with these options in mind here’s why we think a camper with a pop-up roof could be the one to choose.


  1. They’re perfect for getting into smaller spaces

The ability to raise and, most importantly, lower the roof makes these ideal for many situations such as low garages, overhanging trees, and getting into multi-storey car parks. There’s no danger of costly damage here!

Remember that if damage does occur, contact your campervan insurance provider to get it sorted as soon as possible.


  1. They can be low cost

There are so many different makers to choose from when it comes to pop-up roofs to suit any budget, van and conversion requirements.


  1. They can be used as an everyday vehicle

Owing to the vehicle’s size and ease of driving when the roof is down, these are as easy as any other van or people carrier to drive.

They’re great for a daily run around or to simply pop down to the shops. These vans will never be left sitting in your driveway for months on end!


  1. They give you great flexibility

There are many pop-up roofs on the market to choose from, with front, side and rear lifting types available in varying colours, materials and price. Furthermore, with canvas sides many are comparatively easy to repair if damage does occur.

A campervan with a pop-up roof parked next t a lake with the sun setting behind

  1. They’ll turn heads both on the road and at the campsite

Due to their versatility, pop-up roofs are very popular for classic campervan conversions and look simply stunning next to that classic VW look.

There are few things better looking than a classic with a pop-up roof and a couple of surfboards leant up against the side. You’d better get used to people wanting a selfie!


Reasons not to choose a campervan with a pop-up roof

On the other side of the equation, bear in mind the following points.

  • Headroom can be an issue when the top is down. Campervans always require some compromise on space, and with a pop-up roof you have to accept that when you’re travelling you won’t have the headroom you’re used to.
  • Can get cold in the winter. In some older models, the roof swings up vertically, with solid panels that fold out, filling in the side gaps. However, with the more common newer canvas-sided models the sides don’t keep in the heat as much. So, in winter you’d better make sure your sleeping bags are toasty!


Cleaning and caring for your pop-up roof

Cleaning and caring for the interior and exterior of your pop-up roof will prolong its life and repay your investment. For example, after heavy rain, lift the roof to allow the canvas sides to dry out. While waiting for your roof to dry, why not try out 8 things to do on a rainy day in your motorhome to pass some time.

If it’s left down during long periods of wet weather the canvas can suffer damage. Be sure to check your pop-up regularly to look for mildew and clean it off to prevent the situation getting worse.

Periodically protecting the roof canvas with a waterproof spray is also a worthwhile precaution.


Protecting your pop-up with campervan insurance

Your campervan is your home on wheels when you’re off exploring, so it pays to get the right specialist campervan insurance for your needs. The specialist team at Motorhome Protect have protected thousands of classic campers over the years.

Policies arranged through Motorhome Protect can include the following benefits:

  • Cover for up to 365 days a year which can include foreign use
  • Cover of camping personal effects up to £3,500
  • Up to 6 months to complete a self-build conversion
  • Cover for campervans with a value up to £150,000
  • Unlimited EU cover
  • Quotes available for customers with claims and convictions

We don’t just insure motorhomes! Call Motorhome Protect for a campervan insurance quote today.

Policy benefits and features offered may very between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. Information contained within this article is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.