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Old 12-10-2019, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Bunk Bed or Raised Platform installation

We are going with a bunk bed system or raised platform for a bed in the back of our van. I was wondering what kind of materials and setup you all use to build and support the bunk beds or raised platform?

I'd prefer to just install a rail type system along the sides of the van and a platform that would lay across the van on the 2 rails. However, I'm not sure what material would support the weight of the platform and 2 children while still not weighing the van down.

If this has been posted/answered previously I apologize but I couldn't find it. Thank you for your help.
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Used E track and rivnuts in mine. Attached to the ribs. Also put a 2x6 in to span a void. So far so good...
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RB components has a nice one...We have been happy with it
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Default Re: Bunk Bed or Raised Platform installation

We've been happy with the installed E-track and cross supports for a platform bed in the 2006.

I used self drilling sheet metal screws to attach the E-track to the OEM wall metal. Were I to install it again I'd likely just use 3/16" steel pop rivets. In the unlikely event that the E-track would need to be removed, the pop rivets could be drilled out.

It creates a very strong bed support. Down legs to the floor are not needed as additional support.

E-track Rear Deck Bed Support

There are many other DIY installation suggestions from other owners.

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We went with a fixed bed platform using a combination of 1x and 2x3s with a 1/4" sheet of plywood for the top. We have a vertical plywood divider down the middle of our 'garage' for additional support which allows us to get away with a pretty light structure.

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