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I took the greatest influence from Dogs and Honda Element Bed Platform | Steph Davis - High Places design, which seems to be based off of other designs as well.

I wanted storage below. I wanted modular. I needed to be able to install/remove on my own. I prefer to camp with the tailgate open, but wanted the option to keep it closed.

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Out of the car, it folds and the legs can be removed for easier storage. They're HEAVY as they're near furniture grade 3/4" plywood. It's salvaged lumber that I had in my basement. Several pieces at approximately 23" x 47". I once used them as shelves. Before that, they were lab tables at a university.

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I put in the rear half first through the back.

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Then I can slide the other half in through the side doors.
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Getting closer to connecting...

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My flanges overlap to hold the weight from above. This overlap, I hope, will be enough to keep things secure. It meant more legs in the middle, but let me split the entire thing in half.

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I added road case latches which will hold the two halves together while it's installed.
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The latch engaged and holding. There are two latches.
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The entire thing installed and in what I'm currently calling "Drive in movie" mode. Some call it futon mode.

More pics to follow... 10 per post it seems....
 

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Continuing....

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Lower the front seats to get support for the bed "foot" area. Tuck them under the flap over plywood.
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See, right over the top. I need to ensure I add something to the whole thing... I don't like how much it overlaps. At the least, I need to add some padding to keep the wood from injuring my (new to me and without any tears!) seats.
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Fully laid out. The exterior panel needs more support.
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Picture of the short hinge in the back....
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Picture of the long hinge in the middle. I cut one segment off the hinge.

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In driving mode, it looks like this from the front.

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In driving mode, it looks like this from the outside in the back.

I still need to:
  • Maybe trim the front flopover piece. It might be too big.
  • add padding or something to the front flopever piece before it eats my seats.
  • Add my tie downs to secure the entire thing to the car. Planning to use the corner ties and MAYBE the seat latches in the floor. I like those locations more than the corners. I've added hardware to the platform for hte corner ties. Unsure what to do on the middle, but we shall see.
 

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I also need to add some aluminum trim on the wood in some key locations. And I need to add something to make sure the two platform pieces don't slide apart laterally. Two small pieces of wood should do the job.
 

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I've made adjustments to help support the tapered piece that flops out of the back. Some 3/4" EMT and strapping does the trick. Also a hole with a self tapping screw prevents the loss of the support rod. This seemed a good solution, but I may add more support - directly to the hatch lock bar. We shall see.

Also, someone had suggested wider footers to help prevent indendation. So I made some leveling blocks with 3/4" dowel in them (cut to 3/4" length) so the leveling blocks won't slip away. They're screwed and glued together.
 

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