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Sleeping platform designs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rdwarrior, May 21, 2009.

  1. May 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM
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    rdwarrior

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    pop and lock 5300, awaiting revenge fab sliders, leer topper, custom camping platform for bed
    I am going to build a sleeping platform in the near future. Looking for ideas/photos to get inspired. I am especially interested in any platforms that are quickly/easily removed from the bed when its time to haul larger items.
     
  2. May 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM
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    Well, no ones given a reply here... short of sounding too much like a smart ass, have you ever tried an air matress? lol
     
  3. May 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM
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    ^^ that would be the cheaper and more easily storable option.

    Do you have a shell on your truck?
     
  4. May 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    pop and lock 5300, awaiting revenge fab sliders, leer topper, custom camping platform for bed
    Yeah, the air mattress is a no go for me. Need to stowe climbing gear/food under the platform. I don't have a shell yet, still saving up but am getting one within the next 6-8 week.
     
  5. May 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    I'd also be interested to see some of these. I think your easiest option would be to put a 2x6 in the supports frames across the bed and cut a couple sheets of plywood to fit.
     
  6. May 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM
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    in one of the climbing mags about a year ago there was a special on climbers vehicles. One of the trucks had a solid platform on top of his bed with hinges on one side and a piece of (wood?) folded out and over the side of the truck doubling the size of it and he put a tent on top of it. There was a few legs under the hanging piece for support.
    That way he still had plenty of room in the bed for all his stuff.
     
  7. May 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    ARB makes a tent that is designed to roof mount on SUV's I'd bet with some cargo bars in the bed or some 2x6 you make it work over the bed.
     
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    some good ideas on that site. I think those are all pretty heavy duty. I am more interested in more lightweight version that could be taken apart and stored easily
     
  10. May 21, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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    here is my simple design - it's two piece so I can carry a cooler for work - the side piece fits over the wheel well and is screwed to the 3 sided box - [​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][​IMG]
     
  12. May 21, 2009 at 7:38 PM
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    is that platform anchored to anything?
     
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    ^ that is a nice setup!

    Same idea, but why not just cut a 4x8 sheet of plywood to fit on top of the wheel wells. Put some T-shaped legs in the middle for support. You could add spacers on top of the wheel wells to get the platform as high as necessary.
     
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    works for me!..
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  17. May 21, 2009 at 8:35 PM
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    haha, that would work unless you live where mosquitos are like mini heat seeking missiles ready to drain your life while you sleep!!!
     
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    With the new bed liner with the notches (1X7) @ 57 inches apart and the rib, it's pretty simple:
    1. 2X8X10
    2. 4X8X sheet of plywood.

    1. Cut the 2X8X10 into 2 57" pieces. Mill those two pieces into 1X7X57
    2. Cut the end of the plywood of to fit the bed. Save the extra piece to fill in on the side.

    I can put bed in my truck for sleeping or dogs in less than 30 seconds. My canopy is a Leer 180 with a little extra headroom. Works great and a good sleep as well.
    Lots of room under platform as well.
    Time to make: 25 minutes.
    Cost: $31
     
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    I used 1.5 PVC to make a frame and attached a plywood cover. The "main" frame is set up as a single bunk and has connectors that attach a second frame for a full bed setup. The 1.5" rides perfectly in the ribs of the bed so it can't move anywhere once you close the tailgate. The 4-way PVC connectors are available online ( http://www.pvcplans.com/pvc-suppliers.htm ) if you want to do the full bed. It's a hell of a lot lighter than 2X6's.

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    This is how I do it, except I have a topper over me.
     
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