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Sleep/Cargo Platform Ideas (LIGHTWEIGHT)

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Old 09-20-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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Sleep/Cargo Platform Ideas (LIGHTWEIGHT)

Greetings everyone.

I have a HUGELY OVERPOWERED '91 4Runner with stock (rebuilt) 3.0 V6. (You can now laugh as overpowered and 3.0 should never be used in the same sentence.) I am VERY interested in a cargo/sleep platform similar to the numerous posts we have seen, BUT I have no interest in adding another 100+ lbs to an already slow vehicle in wood.

Does anyone have any ideas for a similar set up that is lighter? I have toyed with idea of creating in essence a large cot out of aluminum and awning material. I have also played with commercially available rubbermaid shelving units that support 500# and 5 shelves only weight about 20 lbs. This was kinda slick but only come in 36 in widths that fit in the wheel wells but kinda eat up a bit of space. My other idea was just to sleep on 3-4 contigo storage trucks when closed.

So any ideas. I use the truck mainly for climbing and caving trips so I have quite a bit of gear. I currently use a Marmot 1 person ultralight tent weighing in at a little over 2lbs, but I like the idea of just crawling in back.

No hurries for awhile, but I sure like playing with my truck design. So designers out there, let me hear what you got.


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Old 09-20-2007, 02:24 PM   #2
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i was going to refer you to the expedition portal, but i see you found it
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I know people that have built light-weight tonneau covers out of aluminum framing and the fibreglass sheets used for bathroom shower enclosures. just throwing ideas out there!
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I've seen "truck tents" on sites like autoanything.com that set up attached to the back of the vehicle. I've thought about one for my truck and the wife's Expedition. Looks like a cool idea although they cost a little over $200.
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