This thread will track the sub-project for folding seats, which is part of my larger plan to make camping in my 2door more feasible.
I would do exactly that if I had a 4 door. I have a 2 door just because I like them, but the 4 door wins hands down for room and storage. I have to come up with creative solutions to overcome its size. I measure 78 inches from the back of the dash where the collapsed seat meets the dash, and the tailgate.I am 6’ tall and I barely fit diagonally across the back of a JKU with the rear seat folded down. I can’t imagine trying to sleep in a 2 door.
FWIW, I got this sleeping pad: https://www.altitudejeep.com/products/nitepad-premium-portable-sleeping-pad-cushion?variant=31773709571&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping&gclid=CjwKCAiAqaTjBRAdEiwAOdx9xv1XMLe5mTYIPqr8GNVTMED5EMshGFaD8N729dcIv7DPFHDBSOiTxhoCAPgQAvD_BwE.
It is custom fit for a JK 4-door. It helps create an even floor, particularly between the rear seat and the cargo area, and to cover the wide gap against the back of the front seats.
These seats all came from a 2005 Volvo XC90. I made some more progress over this last weekend. Photos to follow.Good day. I have been looking at over coming the same issue that you are working through. The ability to sleep in side of a two door jk. I love the fold down front seat. Idea. How is it working for you and what seat did you use for the front as a starting off point. They look like they fit inside the jk quite well. I am also guessing you had to fabricate a conversation plate to attach the new seat to the floor of the Jeep.
My setup is a little easier as I don't need to have a back seat in the Jeep and I have a platform for my dog in the back. I'm working on having a fold down section that covers the space left open when the seats slide forward and I for the most part have enough room at that point but would like to squeeze out ever last inch I can.
Thanks in advance.
Storage is always going to be an issue with a 2 door, there is simply a lack of storage space, and no amount of creativity will alleviate having to be more frugal with gear. I have some solutions to help, but getting a full kit for camping in my Jeep has always been difficult.To me the goal is being able to get the jeep in "sleep mode" faster than it takes to set up these new quick tents.
However, creating a sleeping area along with storage for the other camping stuff is a different story. Yes I can sleep on a diagonal. Where does the ice chest go? Folding chairs? Access to recovery gear? Tools? Sleeping bag? Clothes? Etc... In your case being as you have to have the rear seats for kids, Are 3-4 of you sleeping in the jeep? How to protect the sleeping area from trail dust/mud? How to crawl in, preferably through the front passenger door, without tracking muddy shoes across the bed?
Looking forward to seeing your solutions.