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Old 09-03-2015, 06:15 AM
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My YJ Sleeping Solution

Okay, so last time I was on I provided my solution to setting up an ammo can console with radios mounted inside (which I've linked below).

Now, after scouring the web prebuild. It seems a lot of guys have simply dealt with being cramped in their jeeps with just a shelf, fetal positioned and such. I being around 6'1", can pull off laying mummy style with my feet up against on the gauges. this works out provided i only sleep in that position. Being a tosser and turner, this simply isnt gonna work for me. There has to be a better way...

The brainstorming began. Im going to be moving to the PNW in about a month and have opted to do some free dry camping while i secure employment(like a mini vacation and to save $). Obviously after a few nights of being cramped this would get old really fast. I'd rather not have to sleep on the ground repeatedly and already know a lil comfort would go a long way for this mission. Heres what i've come up with..

I approached this project with modularity and speed of deployment in mind. While its really nice having a secure trunk, I didnt want to be stuck with just that(i like having a cargo area). This is both quickly removable and plenty secure.

I had to install some eyebolts on the left, and utilized turnbuckles to anchor the shelf down(its solid!). It also puts the handles on the not-weapon storage box to good use, with or without the shelf. To those who are curious ill provide a pic of how i installed the box at the end of this post.

For both the shelf and extention I used 3/4" plywood, its plenty sturdy. When constructing the shelf i wanted it to go all the way across, but quickly realized the i both couldnt get it in and wouldnt be able to remove it easily if i did. So i removed some width to the left. For the fabric, (you guessed it) 1050D nylon in OD. Which can be found here(in any color/density you want)

cordura nylon fabric | eBay

Underneath the fabric I both spray adhesived and stapled a mat made of those foam home gym tiles. Wrapping around the edges of the plywood(the edges were rounded with sandpaper to be friendly to the foam/fabric). The fabric was stretched and stapled all the way around. I used some of the extra fabric as auto carpet on the exposed wheelwell to keep it looking fresh..

For the extension, I cut the plywood as pictured below. The parts sticking out catch on the sides of the trunk. I screwed a block of wood about 3/4 of the way out on the bottom with a piece of scrap plywood thats eyeballed to length for the support. You simply slide it out and add the support. No fuss no muss.

With the extension installed(i didnt pad it)

When laying on it I plan on sleeping feet out. Which means climbing in through the passenger side. i dont think id trust it the other way. Its stable and secure, but too much weight on it probably wouldnt be a good idea. But for my legs its totally fine. I can now toss, turn and stretch all i want. It also has the added benefit of functioning as a table. It seems like it should clear my tow hitch rack with the cargo left on it as well(we'll see).

For those curious about the ammo can. I used the aluminum spacers again(middle console install link). I used 1" spacers and its exactly flush with the edge of the tailgate(rubs a bit). if you duplicate, go with 1.25" or 1.5" spacers. link to the spacers below..

Round Spacer, Aluminum, Plain Finish, Inch, Made in US: Hardware Spacers: Industrial & Scientific

At this point im just waiting on some hardware in the mail to anchor down a board to block access to the trunk from the backseat, once thats done im smooth sailing. Enjoi guys, I know somebody out there appreciates this..

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Old 09-03-2015, 09:09 AM   #2
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I may be a dummy for asking this, but what ever happened to cots and hammocks? It's still a very cool and useful thing to have, I might even make one come next turkey season!

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Old 09-03-2015, 09:37 AM   #3
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I have had a similar idea for a few weeks now for when I go camping. I want a jammock, but it wouldn't hold me and the wife. I thought about making one that lays down at floor pan level and ties into the hitch and can be folded in half like yours to slide under the rear seat. But over all, good work.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:32 PM   #4
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Yea cool but I just take my two man tent and a cot, but this weekend I am taking the pop up camper

This is how I camp
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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It's not a bad design although I don't know if I'd trust that since you have one board supporting your legs and such. Also though what happens if there's bugs out, do you have any type of net?

If it were me I'd just buy a tent and a sleeping bag, or just sleep under the jeep or something, although your idea probably beats sleeping on the ground.

I'd work on a net or something though if you don't have one.
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