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Old 06-02-2016, 04:50 AM   #1
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Default Overlandsprinters panel bed kit for our 2016 4x4 144"

Hey Sprinter Forums,

My wife and I took possession about a month ago of our future second home on wheels, a 2016 4x4 144" high roof Sprinter cargo van, and have been working to get going on building the basics of living in it. To that end, we decided that getting the sleeping platform installed was a priority, and found a place out of California that is putting out a really sweet DIY panel bed frame kit, Overlandsprinters (www.overlandsprinters.com). We ordered the set of parts for a bed approximately 36" off the floor, and they arrived promptly and packaged well. The welds on the aluminum frames look great! I took some shots while we had the parts laid out in the driveway. We'll be working to get these installed and ready for a little shakedown trip to City of Rocks, Idaho for camping and climbing in a couple of weeks. I haven't seen much about Overlandsprinters in the forums and thought I would put out some photos of their parts. The welds are smooth and really well done, and the whole system is engineered to be strong and stable.

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Old 06-02-2016, 03:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: Overlandsprinters panel bed kit for our 2016 4x4 144"

Good choice. I used them in my build too. I've been very happy with them.

If you also got their steel rails that mount to the wall, I seriously suggest getting them powder coated rather than trying to paint them. They get a lot of wear from the panels. Powder coating will stand up much better than paint. I wish I'd done it.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:57 AM   #3
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Let's see some pictures of those beds mounted. I've ben looking at that bed as a possibility.
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Old 06-04-2016, 05:16 PM   #4
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I have some pics in my build thread. Mounted at 42" high.


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Been wanting to post pictures and start a thread on my build but just haven't gotten to it. I also used the Overland bed system and I am very happy with it. Ran into some slight fitment issues due to my wall panels but overall I would recommend them. I had my fab guy install them (Offroad fabricator). He cleaned up some of the welds on the panels but overall everything went in smoothly. He riveted some springs pins he found on Amazon to secure the panels to the rails that work awesome. We went the rivnut route and have four rivnuts total securing each rail (2 front 2 back) nice and solid.

I had the panels and rails powdercoated black and used birch plywood on the panels and wrapped them with indoor/outdoor carpet from Home Depot. Now for some pictures!

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That looks sweet! I almost did spring latches but i really wanted a weld on vs rivet for those. Was hard to find steel pin with alum body in the right size.

I just dropped my rails off at powder coating today.


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That looks sweet! I almost did spring latches but i really wanted a weld on vs rivet for those. Was hard to find steel pin with alum body in the right size.

I just dropped my rails off at powder coating today.


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Thanks Paul.

Forgot to post a pic of my van. :) love this thing

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riveted some springs pins he found on Amazon to secure the panels to the rails that work awesome.
Thanks for the pics Bajaguy! A lot of folks have been asking for images of various quick release set ups and yours looks great.

We're stoked that folks are finding so many different ways to customize our bed kits to suit their specific needs.

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Baja Guy,

Your van looks great, and nice bike too.

I'm about to purchase the same bed system. Can you help with a couple questions:

-how many spring latches do you have? assuming it's 6 in total? 1 per side of each panel.

-are these the spring latches that you used:

https://www.amazon.com/Uxcell-a14072...=spring++latch

appreciate the help
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Baja Guy,

Your van looks great, and nice bike too.

I'm about to purchase the same bed system. Can you help with a couple questions:

-how many spring latches do you have? assuming it's 6 in total? 1 per side of each panel.

-are these the spring latches that you used:

https://www.amazon.com/Uxcell-a14072...=spring++latch

appreciate the help
Thanks Schudes!

Yes those are it. I have 2 latches each on two of the panels and for the panel that butts up to the door I have four. Reason being is so I can move it forward slightly where the holes are for the second panel so I can stack the panels and have them not right up against the door.

But really they are fine stacked up on top of the back panel against the door like in my picture so you could go with just 6 total (2 each panel).

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