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Ok all, We just received the Truck-Bez product # 20 TCSB Expedition series for our FJ. It turned out to be a great buy because of its ease of use, and luxurious sleeping capability. For a more in-depth review, check it out in the summer edition of Revik Magazine coming August 2012. Revik Magazine :rocker:

Expedition Series: #20 TCSB -$170 (Canvas)
Weekender Series: #40 VTCSB -$70 (Vinyl)



Truck-Bedz TM, based in Laguna Hills Ca, specializes in air mattresses that fit truck beds. This concept is very simple and old fashioned if you think about it, and yet not many people use this great product. Especially in the overlanding community where bad weather is common and quick set up is necessary. Having the safety of your enclosed vehicle and the comfort of a well fitted air mattress may replace the need for some RTT's. There are many models and most trucks are supported by one or more of the models. There are also two different styles of beds. The Weekender is a thin vinyl version that is cost effective but more susceptible to tears and punctures. And the Expedition series, which is made of heavy duty 420d Nylon Backpack Cloth and can support up to 4,000 lbs!



So it arrived very quickly, and the packaging was very sturdy keeping our bed well protected (as if it needs protection...). The Expedition series comes with the bed, repair kit, 60 sec pump that inflates, and deflates the mattress in 1 minute, as well as a carrying case. Just touching the fabric you can tell how strong it is, and hopefully we will never need that patch kit. After taking it out of the box we laid it out in our FJ to see what modifications we needed to make if any. To our satisfaction, we did not need to make any mods. Connecting the pump to the cigarette lighter outlet, we filled our bed in 60 sec! As if that isn’t enough, the pump also doubles as a deflation pump and sucks most of the air out in 60 sec again! Perfect fit! The FJ Cruiser bed requires the bottom of the back seat to be removed but fits well and sits across the top of the center console. Other models of the Truck-Bedz are designed to be used with the tailgate up or down depending on the model.





A note for the FJ Cruiser:
You must remove the bottom of the rear seats, and slide the front seats forward so the bed can extend all the way against the back of the front seats. There was another member on the FJC Forums who stated that he wedged the seats under the mattress so it didn't hang down in the gap between the seats, but I was unable to recreate this. I did however try sleeping on it without any support under the space as shown in the pics below with out any problems. It seems that when you have your weight on the mattress, unless your head is heavier than your body... (no comment) then the mattress will not sag in the gap because of the strength of the material and the rigidity of the fully inflated mattress.



To answer any questions about whether or not it takes care of the hump from laying down the back seats, I cannot answer as I have a leveling platform that takes care of the hump. However, I can say that other members have stated that it does remove the hump and I tend to believe it due to how it performed over the gap as stated earlier.

Also, the website says something about the center console getting in the way? No problems here. The mattress should sit on top of the back of the console for a few inches, but that is fine since it is the same height as the seats folded down.



So how comfy is it? Lets just say, it was enough to make me want to take a nap right there! With enough room to sit straight up and stretch out fully in our FJ, this is a great product to buy for any one who likes to camp out of their vehicle!



 

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Great review Revick. I appreciate the pics. That definitely doesn't look like a balloon type air mattress. It would seem that the thick material and quilting helps it hold it's shape without stretching, etc. That definitely beats a tent. I just need storage to get all of my gear out if the way!
 

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Very nice. When mine blows a hole or leaks I may just have to get this one. Nice write up
 

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^^^What he said!

I like it, but I wish the FJ had come with a door release on the inside of the back door...

Still, that's not Truck-Bedz fault so I gotta give them a thumbs up for actually making this. :bigthumb:
 

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Great review. :bigthumb: I'm still trying to decide on camping arrangement: rood top tent, trailer, or inside the FJ. This was helpful, thanks for taking the time to write it up. :cheers:
 

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^^^What he said!

I like it, but I wish the FJ had come with a door release on the inside of the back door...

Still, that's not Truck-Bedz fault so I gotta give them a thumbs up for actually making this. :bigthumb:
Thanks!


I agree, but I made an inside door latch mod to mine that cost less than $10 and took maybe 30 min. I found a write up on it somewhere around this forum.
 

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I just bought one for my camping trip in Gorman and it was very comfortable I highly recommend it. you have to.remove the rear seat that folds up for it to perfectly fit thought. if you are into camping.or do overnight trips id definately get one.

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Hey quick question, what end do you put your head at? and i see there is about a foot that just hangs unsupported between the backseat and and center consul. Do you have any issue with that? does it sag under your weight? Any info would be appreciated!
 

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Thanks for the door latch link!

About the unsupported area behind the front seats: I don't notice much sag there because when it is fully inflated it is quite rigid (yet still comfortable). Partly to do with the material, but I slept with my head towards the front and did not notice a sag. That side is the widest due to the wheel wells so most people would sleep that way. I did however sleep the other way and it worked well also.
 

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*******Camping Update*********

Just got back from a 3 day camping trip up in the sierras. Had a blast and the truck bed worked great! There was enough room for my girl and my self to sleep comfortably. Length could be a little tight if you are over 6ft, but I'm 5'10 and I was able to stretch out slightly. Filled up fast and the 2 ports allow super fast deflation.

I removed my rear seat bottoms so there was enough room for the mattress but with them out it fits perfectly. I know some guys wedge the seat cushions under the head to prop it up slightly, but I don't like sleeping inclined.
 
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