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I helped my little brother build a camper conversion for his 4Runner this weekend. It is a three part assembly with a cabinet door, slide out table, under storage and a sleeping area. The middle seat section also comes out and slides over the back section so you can still fold up and use the back seats.

Materials

  • 1 1/2 sheets plywood
  • couple 2x4s
  • couple 2x2s
  • hinges
  • carpet
  • glue
  • screws/nails
  • handles
  • Gate latch

Step 1: Section 1 With the Table

The first section we built has the slide out table. We couldn't fit the entire width into the back as one piece so we split it down the middle. (note: build a mirror image so you can use at least half the middle seats... when the table is slid back it doesnt allow for a seat to fold up)

  1. Cut top out of plywood
  2. cut table top
  3. Cut legs (make sure you have the height you want. We wanted to rest on top of the middle seats when folded down and the metal ubolt the secures the seats when they are up.
  4. cover with carpet, adhere with contact cement and carpet nails.
  5. create lip to hold up the other side

Step 2: Section 2 With Cabinet

  1. Cut top out of plywood
  2. cut cabinet door and secure with 2 hinges and add handle
  3. Cut legs (make sure you have the height you want. We wanted to rest on top of the middle seats when folded down and the metal ubolt the secures the seats when they are up.
  4. cover with carpet, adhere with contact cement and carpet nails.
  5. insert and it will rest on the lip of the first section. We used a gate latch to secure them together so they stay the same level.

Step 3: Section 3, Cover the Back Seats

This section is a bit tricky because it is hard to fit a complete size with legs into the car. We added hinged legs with door hinges. This allows the section to fold flat and slide back over the back sections. This allows you to use the back seats and keep the back section in place

  1. Cut the top out of plywood
  2. Measure the legs. They are different heights and angles. We placed them so the seat hooks would keep them secure and not fold down.
  3. Insert into the vehicle.
  4. We added little metal brackets the hooked under the back sections keeping them aligned

Step 4: Go Camping

  1. Get your gear
  2. Hit the road
  3. Have some fun.

<p>I might have missed something, but how is all the wood secured to the car or is it just sitting there by gravity alone?</p><p>Am asking as all the weight is enough to crash the front seats in case of an accident.<br>Can you please clearify on this?</p>
<p>It is not attached. However, It is pretty fitted. The back of the front seats help hold it back in place when they are slid back. Obviously, any item in the car can become a projectile if in an accident. These parts do sit lower then the seats and bump right up against them. </p>
<p>My brother just tested it out last night for the first time... really happy with the build. Made for a good sunrise on a mountain top in Colorado. </p>
<p>Very nice!</p><p>The attached cooking table looks like a great touch. Well done!</p>

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