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Rab89's Tacoma sleeping platform

Discussion in '1st Gen. Builds (1995-2004)' started by rab89, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Mar 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    rab89

    rab89 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    well, I'm headed to Texas at the end of the week from B.C Canada, and I needed a place to sleep, the back of the truck sounded great!
    I didn't want a super enclosed frame that was hard to see into, because I have to cross the border, and that may have been a hassle.

    here is the frame, I used a thin piece of plywood on the bottom for rigidity.
    I used 1- 2x12x12 piece of wood for the side rails, cut in half to fit the 6 foot bed.
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    I had some cedar 2x4 lying around, so I used that to make it even tougher,
    I used 3 pieces laying horizontally across the top, to maximize storage space underneath, and at the front near the cab, I put 2 pieces vertically, again for rigidity.
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    I also wanted to be able to take the top sheet off easily for when I get to the border. I used a 4x8 foot piece of 5/8 plywood for the top, I wasn't sure it would be wide enough, but as you can see there is only about 4 inches on either side of free space, which leaves room to stuff things down the sides for storage.
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    To secure the top sheet from sliding around, I drilled 2 holes at the back end, through the top sheet and into the 2x12, then I cut some big stakes in half and cleaned up the ends. I can easily slide them in an out to remove the top sheet.
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    by using the 2x12, I was able to maximize storage underneath, giving me a total of 10 inches for my suitcase.
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    more headroom would have been nice, but I needed room to store my stuff while sleeping (gf will be with me, so the bags have to go underneath).

    well there you have it, I may cover it with some outdoor carpet before I go, we'll see.
    hopefully this helps the next guy in building a custom sleeping platform.
     
  2. Mar 22, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    Andrew H

    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    cool what are you going to Texas for?
     
  3. Mar 22, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    rab89

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    firefighting academy :)
     
  4. Mar 22, 2010 at 5:53 PM
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    tacomakid96

    tacomakid96 Can you skin Grizz, pilgram?

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    Looks awesome!! I just cut out a piece of foam in the shape of my bed. Good luck in texas! I start that in 2 years not texas but a firefighting school near my house.
     
  5. Mar 22, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    rab89

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    thanks! I'm so stoked!!!!
     
  6. Mar 22, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    moto932

    moto932 What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? CHICKEN?

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    nice job Ross. good luck at the academy.
     
  7. Mar 22, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    rab89

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    Thanks man!
     
  8. Apr 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM
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    ak47

    ak47 v.hey its my Avatar avatar.v

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    very nice!
     
  9. Apr 5, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    Hi,
    Do many of you sleep in this with the shortbed, I mean, is there enough room for a 6' person to sleep comfortably? For an extended trip?

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  10. Apr 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    tacomakid96

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    I dont exactly how much shorter/longer your truck is compared to my 96 ext cab. But with my bed I fit in just perfectly and im 5'10
     
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