Easy Camper Van Conversion

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Introduction: Easy Camper Van Conversion

The biggest problem with converting your van into a sleeping machine is that you forfeit the ability to carry transmissions, beds, shopping trolleys, bits of lumber, and/or cattle, sometimes all at once. This is an easy removable sleeping platform. Simple!

Step 1: The Only Step!

Get four milk crates, and a piece of 18mm ply to fit the van. Remember - it must accommodate the inside diameter of the van door, or: make sure you cut it small enough to fit through the door!

You don't want it to cover the entire area, because that makes it hard to get in and out.

Then, place crates strategically and place board on top. I fill the crates with bottles of water (essential for my van which doubles as a high performance spa pool at times), tools, the jack, coolant, (as above) and other extraneous crap. This will weight them down a bit more too, as the entire arrangement does tend to leap into the rear view mirror when navigating potholes. However, once you pack the rest of your crap - surfboards and kiting gear and three square meters of sand - under the platform, they will move around less.

Step three - enjoy!

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I am doing this for my Chevy Avalanche where the mid gate will be folded down. Milk crates are cheap and strong; good tip.

this seems to be too much work for something that would be done by just putting the mattress on the floor.. please what is the point of this... to waist your time

If you are getting old like me, having it up off the floor makes is much easier to get in and out.

If you just put your bed on the floor, you loose all that space for storage under the bed.

easier to just put a single bed into van & secure to seat tiedowns to limit movement

The problem with putting the mattress on the floor is you end up sacrificing floor space. The crates supporting the mattress provide a storage area for small items, while the space under the mattress provides a storage area for larger items. This way you can have your stuff and your mattress both in the back.

See if you can get some REAL milk crates, not the ones that they sell in stores for storage of folders and such. The REAL ones are seriously more sturdy than the imitation ones.

True... and if you turn them sideways, you have easy access to your "stuff" without taking the crates out. I have been able to turn crates sideways and slide a smaller bin inside them so that I have "drawers" that slide in and out of the crates.

Made one similar for my Ranger Longbed with topper. Used 2x4's for underwood frame support, and put heavyduty sheet of wood on top. Purchased replacement couch foam on Ebay, and sleep like a baby everytime I use it.