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Forum topic by skatefriday posted 04-25-2016 03:42 AM 423 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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skatefriday

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04-25-2016 03:42 AM

I decided I wanted to spend some time in the mountains this summer and I also decided I’m getting too old to sleep in tents so I decided to make a platform and bedframe for my minivan.

At present the legs are sitting on the platform, but not fastened. The legs are two laminated pieces of 3/4” plywood where the inner piece is a 90 degree corner and the outer piece is what the bedframe rests on. The 90 degree corner is 4” tall and the outer corner is 3” tall so that it’s butted up against the inside of the bedframe corner. I’m wondering how I should attach the legs to the platform so that it doesn’t slide around. Any ideas?


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mtenterprises

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#1 posted 04-25-2016 11:00 AM

Yes you don’t want anything loose moving around while driving you could use loose pin hinges to mount it to the platform that way it’s easy to pull the hinge pins to disassemble. Years ago I did about the same thing in my VW Bug. I took out the passenger seat folded down the back seat and built a bed like that .
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dhazelton

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 12:01 PM

The heavy duty kind of velcro strips is all you would need.

Also, I would round over the top edge of the plywood so the sharp edges can’t hurt a blow up mattress or your own flesh.

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skatefriday

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 06:45 PM

I like the loose pin hinge idea. Velcro is also a rather creative idea. The only problem I could see is velcro detaching in an accident.

Thanks!

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shastaman

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#4 posted 04-27-2016 02:54 AM

You got me thinking…..I am over tent camping too and need a good flat bed without rocks or uneven ground keeping me from sleeping good, not sure we have the space in the wifes new Outback though.
Nice work!

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#5 posted 04-27-2016 10:43 AM

Hey shastaman, If I can do it in my VW Bug you can do it it your wife’s Outback. THINK, invent, build!

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