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I decided to build my own Pop Top camper

The battery installation has been completed. I just need to wire in the fans and I am done with electrical for now. For the curious, the starter battery is wired into the bottom of the left fuse. I fused both sets of batteries from the isolator. The fuse panel is connected directly to the camper battery bank. What i've installed is way more power than I will ever need, but it was free so why not.
 

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As I am sure most Tacoma drivers know that when you put any weight in the bed it droops. That's ok if you don't have a leveling kit or 500 extra pounds on the rear. My truck was sagging about 1.5". So for now since I don't have the money for a full lift I went with Icon 3 leaf progressive AAL and left in the overload spring and gained 2.25" of lift which puts the rear 1" higher than the front. I haven't been off-road yet with this setup, but I can already tell it is ten times better. Now I shouldn't hit my bump stop all the time. I still need to make a bracket to be able to bolt the emergency brake back to the leaf spring and I will be changing the rear shocks to Bilstein 5100s as soon as they get here.
 

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ITTOG

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Tape...lots of tape. The only way would be to add a drip edge and that will be part of the 2nd roof iteration.
So the water comes off the roof and then find a way in between the seals?

I have not thought about a drop edge but thinking about a guest edge behind the seals, ie on the inside of camper. This way water can only get in if it can overcome the seals and gravity.

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So the water comes off the roof and then find a way in between the seals?

I have not thought about a drop edge but thinking about a guest edge behind the seals, ie on the inside of camper. This way water can only get in if it can overcome the seals and gravity.

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My water leak issue is from when I am driving down the interstate and the wind forces it into the canvas and supersaturates it. A drip edge would theoretically stop that. I do not get any leaking from just rain hitting the roof. I attached a pic of how my roof is more or less built. The only difference is the metal roof does stops at the edge and does not come down. I also used waterproof double-sided tape to hold everything together and there is a bead of silicone around the edge of the trim.
 

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ITTOG

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Now I understand. I plan to keep my canvas completely inside. This this will expose my seals. So I am concerned that 80 mph wind might deflect the seals enough to cause leaks. So I am looking for different options to consider.

Thanks for the build details. I have enjoyed following along.

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I knew that the factory TRD 'bilstein' shocks weren't the best, but I did not realize how tiny they are. I replaced the rears with some Bilstein 5100s. The ride quality is so nice now!
 

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Now I understand. I plan to keep my canvas completely inside. This this will expose my seals. So I am concerned that 80 mph wind might deflect the seals enough to cause leaks. So I am looking for different options to consider.

Thanks for the build details. I have enjoyed following along.

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Thanks. I have enjoyed building it. With the second roof iteration I will be redoing the canvas and it will connect from inside as well. That way the roof will just shut on itself and not the canvas.
 
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