For a camper conversion van, you have to have a vent or some form of airflow opening for breathing and condensation. Most people cut their roof and install a fan but I thought a proper sunroof would be more stealth and more stylish. The image I had in mind, the sunroof would be on the backside of the van, not over the driver's area like most cars.I am absolutely opposed to it. I'm not sure what is over the driver's area, but I do know I've done enough water leak repairs to know I don't want a hole cut in my roof. I've also had to replace the mechanism a few times, and I've had to pull headliners to tighten the panoroof's frames. No sunroof for me thank you.
A typical sunroof is MUCH more prone to leaking than RV-style ceiling fans. Most sunroofs 'seals' are only between the sliding/raising glass and some rubber.For a camper conversion van, you have to have a vent or some form of airflow opening for breathing and condensation. Most people cut their roof and install a fan but I thought a proper sunroof would be more stealth and more stylish. The image I had in mind, the sunroof would be on the backside of the van, not over the driver's area like most cars.
Wait. There is no V class in the U.S. How did you order it? Aren't you in South Carolina?You're going to make me cry. I custom ordered my V class with many features including the Panoramic Sunroof, which happened to be the very thing the stupid plant didn't do.... :crying:
In my SUV I had various settings (tilt, open at various lengths, full) for my factory installed sunroof, which came with a slider (beneath the tinted sunroof) that matched the rest of the roof material (protected you from the sun and didn't take extra space). Papers don't fly around if you just tilt it (no different than a slightly raised dometic fantastic roof fan) and it doesn't really have to be panoramic; it could be shorter/smaller like in early 2000s. Seems like Webasto is doing sunroofs. Anyone tried it?Every car I've owned besides this one has had a sunroof. I've had manual, power, metal, and moon style roofs. And they are a pain. They heat up the interior, leak, and usually take up valuable head room. They eventually break. And the fact of the matter is, they are like the convertible concept they are intended to emulate:
It's a cool idea. You will use your sunroof here, there, and yonder. Mostly at first. And then you stop because the idea of windblown hair and papers flying around your car, and bird droppings on your head gets old fast.
Light in your interior is best provided by lights. Panoramic sunroofs heat up your car like nobodies business; there's a reason railroad dome cars went the way of the dodo.
Further, factory sunroofs are built and tested to Mercedes standards and built to take into account the few structural parts of the roof; the roof sheetmetal is not structural, but those beams are. Robb says the factory pano roofs are more trouble than their worth. Aftermarket ones ain't gonna be better!
And I'll expect to see YOU at the Metris Owners of the Carolinas (MOC) Meet-up event. :grin:
Unfortunately no, they are not offering the Marco Polo (or its parts) in MexicoLet us know if there are Marco Polo parts in Mercedes Mexico. That'd be easier than flying to UK or Germany and bringing stuff back here.
Hi RansomeRidge, woill you be able to add a photo or could you describe location where the sunroof would go?There is a space in the roof apparently designed to accommodate a sun roof.
I tried to add a picture but for some reason it does not upload.....