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Old 06-29-2018, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Bedslide in Van, under the bed install.

In the last van I built, not having a way to get cargo out from under the cavernous under bed storage area was super annoying. On this one, I decided I wanted to rectify that very early on in the build.
I designed the whole rear end so the side panels for wheel well covers and stuff were as tight as possible (roughly extend 2" from the wheel well total, due to battery width)

The slide I personally chose was the 00-12 Dodge Dakota Short bed Part Number 1-6243-S

This fit my use case perfectly. They do have other sizes, and another may fit yours better!

The whole process was super quick (IMO) and took about an hour total with some putzing around.
The whole thing was well packaged, heavy, but well packaged. Made it through UPS with no problems (and that is a feat)
Untitled by Grant Wilson, on Flickr

The assembly is easy with 10 total bolts and about 10 minutes doing it
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From there had a friend help me set it in the van. I chose to set it as far back as possible just barely not touching the rear door and center it from there
Untitled by Grant Wilson, on Flickr

To bolt it in, I chose not to use the plus nut stuff that they included. Instead I thru bolted the slide down into the van. I anticipated the slide, so i put a large number of battons on the floor to support the clamping load this creates with the space in the floor, and made sure my wires were ran nowhere near the slide fastening area.
I used a 3/8 stainless bolt, fender washers on both side and a nylon lock nut with anti seize on it to prevent galling.
The location of the holes ended up being perfect, right next to the support structure, so lots of meat
Untitled by Grant Wilson, on Flickr
Untitled by Grant Wilson, on Flickr

And final installation
Untitled by Grant Wilson, on Flickr
Untitled by Grant Wilson, on Flickr

Overall, well worth it. I do have some slight concerns about vibration based noises, but until I do more offroading, i wont be able to tell, or sort it out. Around town with speedbumps and road irregularities it isn't an annoyance (and I'm the guy that finds the sunglass holder vibrating annoying)

Will update as time goes on.

I purchased through YotaMafia (info@yotamafia.com) Cause I know the guy from toyota days and he gives a few bucks off for peoples.
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Default Re: Bedslide in Van, under the bed install.

I agree, this can be a bit of a pain. We usually send our 11yo under to grab things, or squeeze in from the front beside the bench seat.

How much height did you lose? Looks like maybe 5-6 inches. I also don't want to lose much height because the bed is mounted low enough to go under the window openings.

Also, how much does it weigh? I have a pretty lightweight build going.
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Old 07-03-2018, 04:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: Bedslide in Van, under the bed install.

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I agree, this can be a bit of a pain. We usually send our 11yo under to grab things, or squeeze in from the front beside the bench seat.

How much height did you lose? Looks like maybe 5-6 inches. I also don't want to lose much height because the bed is mounted low enough to go under the window openings.

Also, how much does it weigh? I have a pretty lightweight build going.
My bed is the same low mounted.
4"

100 lbs or so.
Not all that much considering the same weight if you built one out of wood or so
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Id really like to put one of these in my van.

How did this work out over time?

Noise?

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Id really like to put one of these in my van.

How did this work out over time?

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its got a few rattles unloaded. Put some weight on it and it is golden. I put them in a ton of vans. Literally installing one right now lol
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its got a few rattles unloaded. Put some weight on it and it is golden. I put them in a ton of vans. Literally installing one right now lol
I ended up and installing one. The pavement where I live is not good and it rallted quite a bit unladen. I have a strap across it to preload it and it's no silent. Going to do something more tidy for a permanent solution.

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Default Re: Bedslide in Van, under the bed install.

There is a full slide out bed on a Sprinter van on youtube I saw this morning from a young couple who outfit vans. Apparently the slides are strong enough for the both of them that it doesn't need an added support when pulled completely out of the back door opening for a full view of the stars. If it was mine I would want to add a drop down support.

This European couple used a lot of solid hardwood with shapely curving edges for some very cool fold up and swing around tables. Any wood lover would love their designs. All in all, they showed some great ideas for making the best use of space.
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Even the base model Bedslide brand tray will hold 1000 pounds.

I wouldn't need a leg if I wanted to sleep on it.

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Default Re: Bedslide in Van, under the bed install.

This particular slide out bed I saw completely exited the back of the van, head to toe by a foot or two. That takes some serious mounting fasteners.

Some cabinet drawer slides offer more than a full extension, as in over extending the back of the drawer further out than the face of the cabinet. That is what this bed slide-out offered for a full star gaze night. Nice work you two.
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its got a few rattles unloaded. Put some weight on it and it is golden. I put them in a ton of vans. Literally installing one right now lol
My tray is primarily for schlubbing bikes and/or camping gear. I wanted our bike mounts to be adjustable and removable.

I looked at a number of L track products but they were expensive and lacked for-aft adjustment.

I built adapters out of 8020 that utilize the Bedslides existing track.

Inexpensive, sturdy, clean and easy AF.



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