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Sleeping Platform Ideas/Picts

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by 1x1, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. 1x1

    1x1 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have pictures/ideas for a sleeping platform in the bed of my truck? I found a cap last weekend on now I need a place to sleep. I've seen the baja taco site and looking for some additional ideas, nothing too complicated. My cap doesn't have WIN-doors unfortunately so I don't need a bunch of hatches.

    Also interested in seeing what anyone has done for fishing rod storage. Steelhead season is just around the corner so I need to get this project started this weekend.
     
  2. JLee

    JLee The Man! Vendor

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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    I'm going to be building one in a few months
     
  3. Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    I've got a platform in mine (see my gallery) but I'm a 2nd Gen... But, the reason I posted is because I found something to keep in mind when building a platform... have some way to get things that slide to the front of the bed under the platform. I've got 2 removable panels at the front of the bed that can lifted out without having to lift the whole platform. I also used all pressure treated 3/4" plywood for everything. Probably overkill but it will last forever.
     
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    Yeah I'm doing the same thing HD had cabinet grade ply on sale and I picked up 10 sheets for projects around the house I just might use that. I'm also going to make compartments under it for storage.
     
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    In case you are not aware of it , one of the main ingredients in CCA preservative , used in most pressure treated plywood , is arsenic .
     
  7. Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Good idea! I found some plastic totes at Walmart that fit underneath the platform perfectly. I keep my jumper cables, light tools, towing stuff and camping stuff in there so the totes keep everything sealed and dry. The whole platform was built specifically so it can come apart in pieces in case I need the full height of the cap. I think with less than 10 screws I can have the thing apart and out of the bed.
     
  8. homesweettaco

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    I rebuilt mine last summer and went with something much like this: http://blog.trango.com/2010/03/09/the-best-sleeping-rig-for-pickup-trucks/

    Simple, light, and easy to remove for larger cargo. I keep a stick-clip on hand which I use more for pulling shit out of the truck than for climbing, it's just a plastic extend-able painters' pole with a 2" spring clamp hose-clamped on the end, the spring clamp handle makes the perfect hook.

    I found a roll of indoor/outdoor carpet at home depot for about $15. Stapled onto the plywood it makes for a cozy surface. This summer I'm thinking about picking up a memory foam mattress topper so I don't have to blow up a stupid thermarest every night.

    If I were a fisherman I would put a pvc pipe on the underside of the plywood.
     
  9. Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983

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    Unfortunately, I know it's some nasty stuff! My girlfriend thought I was being goofy when I used a painter's mask when I cut it up but I don't want to be breathing that crap. That is also the reason I won't leave my dog back there alone unless he's crated. I'm going to carpet it using outdoor carpet this summer to cover it up and keep the dog from chewing on it (he's at least trained well enough to leave carpet alone). Good tip though, I'm sure that could easily be overlooked if you're not around it very often or not familiar with it. Home Depot or Lowe's certainly isn't going to mention it when you buy it...

    BTW, I think this adds to the count of useful posts!
     
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    Here is another member's setup. I thought it was pretty sweet!


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    Hey,

    I'm so glad I can contribute to a discussion finally! I used to tour in my tacoma, which meant sleeping in the back after gigs every night. I made it easy and simple.

    I cut a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 plywood into three pieces lengthwise and rounded the corners off so i could get them into the truck.

    I rested them on the ledge of the cap and they didn't need any reinforcement. I didn't secure them in any way, they just stayed where they were and I put a futon mattress on top. Really comfortable and all my music gear went underneath.

    I slept out in all kinds of cold weather and was always snug and dry and comfortable.

    Good luck.

    Rev.
     
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    MJonAgs32 asphinctersayswhat?

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    Here's my current fishing rod set up.

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    Hoyal Whiskey bent and hell bound.

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    Lol , just wanted to make sure you knew . We wear respirators when we have to deal with that stuff .
     
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    I built this platform soon after I purchased an A.R.E. camper shell. The side cargo boxes are mounted behind the bed rails with stainless steel screws. I keep these in my truck at all times. I'm lucky that I'm 5'-7'' because it's a little tight being a 2001 dbl cab Tacoma. I've slept a few nights by myself and some with my son. I wanted the platforms to be easily removed so I can haul stuff around. I keep items for the truck in the cargo boxes such as : jumper cables, shovel, axe, water, first aid kit,etc.. I also keep my jack in them because it alot easier to get them out since I have car seats for my two boys. I bought the double ultimate self-inflating pad from Cabelas. The pad fits perfect on the width but I have to fold the end up. I laminated the top surface of the platform and carpeted the cargo lids. Since taking these pictures, I've made boxes that slide under platforms. I hope this helps.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    I usually just throw some old carpet and an air mattress on the floor, but then I don't often go out overnight when fishing, it's all pretty close here.
     
  19. 1x1

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    Thanks for the ideas. Some of that carpentry is really great, mine won't be. I'm in the process of painting my cap so the platform will have to wait a week or so.
     
  20. Sixfeathers

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    $60.00 and a sleeping bag. Here is my thought. If your just looking for being off the floor.

    deluxefoldingcot.jpg
     
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