If I'm not competent enough to install the roof myself ........ If you tell me what type of work on your westy that you typically do and feel comfortable with, then I can give you my opinion as to whether I think that you would be able to do the install.
If I'm not competent enough to install the roof myself do you have a rough idea of what a shop would charge?
The tops are being distributed through a series of distributor/installers. Each distributor/installer is equipped and ready to install your top for you or to simply distribute it to you for your DIY installation. The installation fees that each installer will charge is up to each of them to establish but will probably range anywhere between $350 - $600.
What are the windows options? I'm not interested in fixed windows on the side of the shell. I want windows that open and shut. Do you know of options for this? Also, I want bigger windows for viewing and air flow. What are the options for bigger windows?
I have been able to source opening windows for the tops. The tops, as supplied, come without windows or roof vent. Opening windows are available and should be ordered at the time of placing a deposit. Windows will be installed by the installers if you choose to have them install the top for you.
The windows we supply for the tops are horizontal sliders, close tightly, have sturdy aluminum frames and an insect screen..
I've already got a hole in my top -- I've got a Westy and thinking of going to a fixed top to
make stealth camping easier/more comfortable.
A high top just simply makes the entire camping experience sort of more civilized - space up top to stow all of the bulky stuff - sleeping bags, pillows, clothing etc that otherwise takes up space "on the main floor" when travelling. Sure has advantages for stealthing as well.
If you currently have a westy it is very simple install although more time consuming than putting a top on a van. The extra time is necessary to remove the westy roof.