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Old 11-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #41
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It's been awhile since I posted an update on the build.
I picked up some 1/4" 4x8 sheets and some foam from depot and some microfiber material from the fabric store and made some cushions.




You can kind of see from the last picture I ended up adding some holes on the ends of the mattress. This was an afterthought as I realized the mattress kept slipping off the frame as I drop and I realized I needed to secure it. You can see in the below picture that there's a piece of Velcro that wraps around the frame and secures the mattress down. Each mattress secures in all 4 corners so that when I collapse the frame they stay put.

I used the set up for the first time the other week when I went elk hunting. It worked like a charm and was very comfortable!

It even provided a nice place to hang the lantern from!

And best of all it provided some good luck to me
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:42 AM   #42
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26 gallons.. you were close! Any idea how many miles were on the tank?

Your low-fuel light comes on at 20 gallons leaving yo a 6 gallon reserve.
120 mile range @ 20mpg but only a 60 mile range if you are getting 10 :D
I can't recall what the miles where at Geek. I do think I was perdy dang close to be gone though!
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:18 AM   #43
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Looks like the sleeping bag has a good temp rating.

We swapped over to the winter comforter in the stickhouse duvet the other night. Thick and pretty light with something like 850-fill down. Cold feet last about thirty seconds under it.

Some creature comforts are better without wattage.

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:31 PM   #44
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Yeah it's an 800 fill 0 degree. Which was good because it was zero in the van the first morning! Time to start insulating!
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:35 AM   #45
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looks li ke you will fill the freezer
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:27 AM   #46
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Old 01-26-2020, 11:11 PM   #47
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I read through you build , i love the concept , i have same van as yours and i am looking to build the bed system , i need to be able to use the bed with dirt bikes in the van , i thing your system is best , because when is not in use you can fold up or down, since your build you used it lot ? if you would do it again , what you would do differently? i am looking to build one my self. Much appreciated any info.
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Old 01-27-2020, 05:09 PM   #48
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I read through you build , i love the concept , i have same van as yours and i am looking to build the bed system , i need to be able to use the bed with dirt bikes in the van , i thing your system is best , because when is not in use you can fold up or down, since your build you used it lot ? if you would do it again , what you would do differently? i am looking to build one my self. Much appreciated any info.
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Hi there. I actually sold the van about a year later to purchase a different one that had a full camper/rv build. I would say this system worked pretty well. My two largest complaints were the rattling around from metal on metal. (Any rattle noise as I drive makes me crazy) and the lack of headroom in the high mode. Ultimately since I wasn't needing to use the rig with motos all the time I left the bed in the lower mode most of the time (Ended up being kinda a pain to switch from lower to higher. Not a huge deal but more work than you want to do all the time.) Since the upper mode only left a small amount of headroom when sleeping, the lower mode was where it sat most of the time. I'm not sure if I would do it again honestly. Perhaps. It was a pretty dang good set up aside from those two complaints. Perhaps building something lighter out of wood that I could easily put in and take out would have been preferred.
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Funny how this thread was resurrected, Im in the design process on a similar concept. Good to know about head room. With the track bike stuck in the van in the event of a rain storm. The bed height to the ceiling would be roughly 38 inches in high mode.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:21 AM   #50
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Funny how this thread was resurrected, Im in the design process on a similar concept. Good to know about head room. With the track bike stuck in the van in the event of a rain storm. The bed height to the ceiling would be roughly 38 inches in high mode.
I'm doing something similar but with a LWB van so I have a few more options.

Minimum height for a bed base above dirt bikes needs to be about 1300mm or 52" which can make for a claustrophobic sleeping experiencing depending on your roof height.

My plan is to make a couch bed in the front area which can be used when bikes are loaded but also make a fold down bed at the rear (hinge from both sides) to use when there are no bikes in the van.
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