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I just finished making a great module, camping platform for the back of my 2004 Element and wanted to share it with kindred souls. See my YouTube videos at



It's not too hard to do it yourself. Hope this helps you on your adventures!

Enjoy. If you want measurements let me know.
 

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Great work! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Great upgrade to the wood used on the other video from the couple. I love this simple platform design. I first wondered if the center support could be slats like what is used for a bed so you could roll up the center and tuck it away easier. But then my other thought when looking at your project video is that I was wondering if a table top legs could be added to the center and place on the left side while seated on the right. The E is so fun to play with...lots of platform to choose from.

Where are you also? You guys might be able to sell these like Ikea parts.

Plans would be nice since I dislike mis-measuring on such nice wood. What was the weight of the finished project?
 

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Great upgrade to the wood used on the other video from the couple. I love this simple platform design. I first wondered if the center support could be slats like what is used for a bed so you could roll up the center and tuck it away easier. But then my other thought when looking at your project video is that I was wondering if a table top legs could be added to the center and place on the left side while seated on the right. The E is so fun to play with...lots of platform to choose from.

Where are you also? You guys might be able to sell these like Ikea parts.

Plans would be nice since I dislike mis-measuring on such nice wood. What was the weight of the finished project?
I think the slats idea would be kind of a hassle to deal with and I've found having a flat surface is great for putting large objects into easily without it catching on anything.

If you had telescoping legs under the middle pieces that would also be cool but again you could just shove something in there, like a tent or a few milk crates, without snagging the legs.

I live north of Seattle and suggested my brother in law go into the lucrative business of building Honda Element platforms but he's about to retire so it's every Element for him/herself.

Not sure of the weight. With 3/4 ply it's 50% heavier than the 1/2" CDX but man is it sturdy!

I don't like cutting into $75 sheet of ply: suggest being brave or find a buddy with a nice table saw and steady hands. Make it part of the mission.

I did scan the rough measurements looking down plus a few sketches my brother drew, but the rest will be up to your creative geniuses. :)

Will send those next.
 

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Finally got the dimensions

For all who asked, I have the measurements for building your own camping platform. Unfortunately it's a 4 meg file which is too much for this forum but please email me at [email protected] and I'll send when I can. Ben
 

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I'd bet guessing because I don't have a scale: whatever two sheets of plywood weigh. Obviously 3/4" is 50" heavier. Maybe 50 lbs total?
 

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Plywood weight

4x8 sheets weigh about 25lbs per 1/4" sheet. So 1/2" is 50lbs and 3/4" is 75lbs. This is an average and depends on material, but is an easy guide line to help you decide.

Nice job on the build. Creating is so satisfying. Gotta love DIY. What are you building/planning next?
 

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beautiful work, ben! i just wish i had seen this a week or two ago before my camping trip this weekend :-(
 

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Okay, I finally took the old platform for an overnight test. I laid a carpet on the platform and slept on a camping air pad. I'm 5'8" and I'll say I was not too comfy. The platform is a wee bit short and I slept diagonally which helped. But there's not much in the way of sit up room. The platform itself rocked but next time I'll pitch a tent.
 

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that's a shame... you did a nice job on it.
 

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So what are you going to do with the platform then?
 

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Okay, I finally took the old platform for an overnight test. I laid a carpet on the platform and slept on a camping air pad. I'm 5'8" and I'll say I was not too comfy. The platform is a wee bit short and I slept diagonally which helped. But there's not much in the way of sit up room. The platform itself rocked but next time I'll pitch a tent.
Most people build an attachable extension (stored while not in use)... they lay down the front seats almost completely flat and place the extension on top of that. I think it's the only way you can accommodate a sleeping position with the tailgate up.

Check this out: http://2008blog.rishio.com/2008/06/in-my-element-photomobile.html

The fit and finish of your platform is stunning... I would definitely try to modify it to work instead of ditching it....

Also check this one out... http://www.carlzochphotography.com/blog/2014/04/honda-element.html
 
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