I talked to the owner of this camper when it was up for sale. He had just picked it up himself and knew very little about it. But according to him, it actually wasn’t a pop top. I was skeptical because in the pics you can see a seam where the roof meets the side walls of the camper coach, and it looks exactly like the one of the pop top Toyota Chinooks. But on the other hand, there’s no rolled up canvas visible on the inside. I don’t think the cargo van version of the Toyota Chinook came equipped with a pop top, either (which I didn’t get, because obviously it would have been easier to load and unload cargo if you could stand up while doing it).
Wow, I didn’t know they made Chinooks that didn’t pop up? I don’t think I’d like that. It’s really nice to be able to stand up in there when you get somewhere.
There’s a non-running cargo “van” Chinook on the El Paso Craigslist right now. Lots of pictures, inside and out. It doesn’t have any pop-up canvas. I guess the canvas could have been in there originally and just removed later, but I feel like there was an additional reason I was thinking the cargo van version of the Chinook didn’t pop-up. Like maybe other listings for cargo Chinooks that said they weren’t pop ups. I can’t remember for sure right now, though, so I could be wrong. Sounds like another vintage Toyota camper mystery!
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