Great work! Your build is YouTube famous! ()
You are welcome. I'm glad you like it and hope it works out for you.Greetings EasyStreet, Im considering an FJ, and wanted to get past the uneven back for sleeping, looking all over for a mattress or something made for it, several rabbit holes later, found your bed build. I must say, great job, so simple, inexpensive, no technical tools, anyone can build this! Thnx for sharing your problem solving abilities w the rest of us trying to get there. I LOVE "your" idea, and intend to use it. SIMPLE, AWSOME, CHEAP, PRACTICAL, SPACE SAVING, LIGHT WT, YEA! Sorry,,, Im all excited. Thanx again, Blessings upon you from dickie in VT.
Thanks for pointing me to this. I would never have known. To my knowledge no one had ever actually built one in the six years I had this up. Cool to see.Great work! Your build is YouTube famous!
You are Welcome. Here is a quick drawing with the height and width of that angled section you are referring too. I hope this clears up how big that relief needs to be.Hello EasyStreet, I really like your post on the rear sleeping platform build. I am in the process of doing your build and want to thank you for your post. I have a question please concerning the 25 degree angle cut on the side and middle supports for the REAR PLATFORM. Can you please give me the measurements to get the 25 degrees. I believe they might be the same as the front platform (1 1/2" x 4 1/8") but not sure. Thank you.
You are very welcome. I am pretty sure I used 3/8" wood. Although it has been a long time since I laid eyes on mine. Ill try and dig it out tonight and measure it. I know I didn't use 3/4 but it could have been 1/2 or 5/8 possibly so I will check and update accordingly.Thank you for the great idea EasyStreet! I just got done following your plans and everything looks great. However, a word of warning for anyone looking to do the same.
*Plywood should be 3/4 inch NOT 3/8 inch.
I should have known from the pictures that is was 3/4" but after setting up the top platform for a test fit I nearly cracked the whole thing in half. I'm going to try and remedy the issue by attaching another sheet of 3/8" to the top and bolstering the supports. Hopefully it works. If not I'll start over with the thicker plywood since it's still a great plan.
Looks great cocoloto! You are were right 3/8 is not correct. Mine is 1/2. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.No big deal either way. I had some extra plywood laying around so I just glued and screwed it to the top for added strength. I actually just finished getting the carpet on and installed into the rig a few days ago. Everything fits and looks great. Thanks again!
Thank you for the compliments. Good luck on your build and adventures. Kindest regards to you and yours.Thanks EasyStreet for sharing your brilliantly simple plans. My wife and I are looking forward to building our very own stowaway bed and enjoying a few seasons of trips together before our family grows. Your mods are fantastic and reading through your posts has left me positively encouraged. Many thanks and best wishes to you and your family.
Thank you.Nice work on the FJ.
What is the length of the sleeping area in the FJ before the seats are down and then again after they are down and your mattress is deployed. I'm wondering if a guy 5' 10" could sleep flat on his back or would he need to angle or sleep on his side with legs bent to fit in that space?
If it was just you solo or just you and the wife, would you remove the back seats when going on a camping vacation?
As for the Ridgeline. I loved that truck, and wish I still had it often. They are great vehicles. People don't give them enough credit. The Ridgeline is great for back country exploring when you keep your expectations realistic. As you mentioned it does not have all of the capability of the FJ when it comes to pure off-road performance. Specifically prolonged very steep climbs and areas where lots of ground clearance is needed. (I.E. rock crawling) The Ridgeline however outperforms the FJ by far on washboard roads and mountain twisty roads. It also has way more volume for carrying gear and people. I'd say you really need to decide what kind of touring and trails you want to do before you can pick a vehicle. Keeping in mind how many places and hiking trail heads you can get to with a Ridgeline. FJs are great but the Ridgeline has its place. I feel you on letting go of a good Ridgeline to be hard, especially given the comparably inflated prices of the FJ.I read you had a Ridgeline. I'd be interested in you assessment of it's offload capabilities compared to the FJ. With BF Goodrich A/T tires, is the Ridgeline AWD capable of getting around off-road. I realize the approach angles on front and rear are not great as well the turtling measurement as it only has 8.5" of clearance. I'm considering holding on to my '06 Ridgeline and putting on some good tires for back country camping and travel in the rockies like you have done with the FJ but also realizing it can't do what the FJ does. By removing the passenger seat in the Ridgeline and leaving it in the garage, I can stretch out and sleep on the floor in the Ridgeline so it's possible to make this a solo camping vehicle. This is a cheaper alternative to selling for low dollars a low mileage a 06 Ridgeline that runs perfect and is very comfortable, decent mileage and so versatile with the bed versus trying to find a low mileage, affordable, good condition FJ. It would be nice to have both but I can only have 1 vehicle and it has to do it all.