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Hi CitixenThanks for the praise. Well it's not that RAPID (sorry, had to..) but not slow either. It takes about 10 minutes. I use a cordless drill to loosen all hex bolts and the loose parts can be easily carried by one person. The seats are a bit heavy and cumbersome to put back in but it can be done by one person. I wish my setup could be folded away while leaving (optionally) the seats in, but the extra headspace during longer trips is absolutely worth it.Regardsdtextor
Wow - this is, excuse the bad Skoda pun, superb!Sorry if I missed it, but how long would you estimate it takes you to put this in and out of the car? And do you need two people or can you get it in/out on your own?Thanks for a fantastic instructable.
Hi SylfestI'm sad to hear your struggling a bit. The interior bottom of the Yeti is not very uniform and the carpet makes it even harder to make it "hug" the bottom. From the pictures it looks indeed as if your front legs are (even minimized) too long. If you can cut them a bit shorter it might level (some) things out. In my setup it was never an issue (also no sliding of the kitchen box). The kitchen box rests more or less on the ground and then I have several points where the side panels rest on the ground. If it rests only on the curved cut-out section corner it might help to make this corner even rounder. The sliding mechanisms is ok if it doesn't slide that well. It's not meant to slide but to give a weak link should there be a car accident. Should your car's back get smashed in it's this section (hopefully) that will compress the easiest and thus prevent the structure from hitting the driver seats. All in all it's a bit hard to give good advice from afar. The side panels should end up mostly parallel, dictated by the level of the kitchen box. You will never get equal pressure on all side panel bottom faces, but you should have a better contact pattern than the one you describe. And shortening the legs (or detaching them to test it first) might give you the best start.Hope that helps.RegardsDominik
Hi DominikI've got a question about the slider mechanism and how the frame is supported. I've found that the two assembled sections aren't parallel, so the weight bears on the bolts, preventing the sections from sliding. Even with the front legs at minimum length, it seems that the structure only touches the car at the back corners of the kitchen box and the curved points marked with arrows (first photo). This causes the frame to ride forwards a couple of centimetres (last photo). (Note also that the maximum sliding distance has turned out to be little more than half the slot length (2nd photo) - do you think that's a problem?)There are various ways I might fix this, but where was the frame supposed to have been supported?Sylfest
Hi BertrandI'm thrilled that you built something similar. And yes, please post some pics as soon as possible! :) Funnily my girlfriend and I made one of our first trips together to Alsace, albeit in a Rover Mini at the time.Thanks for the link about the tarps, might come in handy for others as well.Wish you alle the best for your trip and regards to the sweetheart.Dominik
Hi Dominik.First of all, big thanks to you for the time you took to share your experience with everybody here. It is really nice, everything is well thought and well explained! THANK YOU :)I found your instructable while I was looking for a solution to sleep in my Yeti. You have a very big place when you take off the backseats, but for my 1m85, it was not enough!When I saw your solution almost three months ago I immediatly said to myself "this is what I want!" and I immediatly began to think about doing the same and the roadtrip we could do with this solution....Tomorrow, me and my sweetheart, we will finally try it in Vosges mountains near my home (Alsace, France)! I can't wait ;)We just added some modifications, because I hadn't any tunnel tent to destroy. I just had an old "igloo" tent, that cost 25€ many years ago. I used the front face with the zipper door, and zipper mosquito screen to do the mosquito trunk screen.For the trunk tent, I ordered a big tarp there: http://www.ddhammocks.com/product/tarp-xl?from_cat...Cheapest and best quality I found on the web, with 19 attachment points, so it won't be difficult to attach it to the car and ground!And finally I haven't made the "privacy front screen". I made screens with thermal foil for every window of the car, so you have a good access to front seats at night, to store some stuffs. And hope it will prevent a little bit condensation...Will post some photos there when I'll be back later this week :)Thank you again!Bertrand.
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