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Yea, 2x6 seems crazy. But it does what is needed (provide a mounting surface at the right height above the available fastener locations in the body, isolate the aluminum bed frame from van metal, etc.) Just looks like crap.
I would suggest cutting a "board" from the length of a nice 3/4" sheet of multi-ply plywood might get you something less crappy looking. The stability and strength of a "Europly" means you don't need to go construction-lumber-scale. Pricey though.
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Lumber quality and selection varies greatly by location. In my area most big box store "S-P-F Stud" (spruce-pine-fir) 2x4s and 2x6s are pretty crappy for project work and 1x2s and 2x2s are even worse. Unless I am using local hardwoods I get SYP (southern yellow pine) 2x8s or 2x10s and rip them on the table saw to the dimensions I want. Southern yellow pine is one of the hardest pines rivaling hardwood for strength and density.

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most people way over build bed -
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Shame on you Groovy - that's a pretty broad overstatement.

Most people don't do a lot of things the way you do. In particular, most people don't practically tear out everything they've ever done on their vans and done it over again.

Now you have me back to wanting to see that swivel seat you made yourself for only $20.

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Groovy2, pics of hanger set up?
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Thought I'd update with pix of what I did as I've not seen this here exactly.

Bed mounts on 4 "posts". Fwd 2 posts utilize the D ring bolt above the rear wheel hump (this is an EL/HR van) and a 1/4 x 20 bolt drilled thru the 2-layers of sheet metal above the D ring. Post is 2x2x1/8" steel angle with a 2x2" steel piece welded at the top. Walnut spacer is used to give 1/2" clearance to van wall for a layer of polyiso to come later, and to isolate the steel post from the van steel. Rear 2 posts are same fabrication as fwd posts, just shorter, and are mounted using two 1/4x20 bolts. 1/16" sheet rubber is used to isolate the rear post from van steel. All 4 posts get a 2x2x1/4" piece of burma rubber on top to isolate the steel post from the aluminum bed frame and to allow for some movement as the van flexes going down the road.

Bed frame is mainly 1.5x1x1/8" aluminum rectangular tube and 2x2x3/16" aluminum angle w/ a few odd pieces used near the rear doors. Frame attaches to posts with 1 bolt in each post. Have a clearance of approx 1" to the rear doors. Have to cut off the little handle thingy on the right side rear door as it fouls the bed frame. Bed frame measures 68" wide x 76.5" long.

The extra north-south angle off to one side is to stiffen the frame. The web of that angle aligns with the gap between 2 sliders (not installed) thus its non-symmetrical location. I'll post about the sliders after they are installed.
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Lincoln,

Did you make those aluminum rails or buy them? They look great, and I like the concept. I'm just starting out on the build looking for ideas, but that one seems to strike a good balance between looking nice and yet not being permanent.

Hopefully you bought them --- I have no welding skills!

Thanks,
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Lincoln,



Did you make those aluminum rails or buy them? They look great, and I like the concept. I'm just starting out on the build looking for ideas, but that one seems to strike a good balance between looking nice and yet not being permanent.



Hopefully you bought them --- I have no welding skills!



Thanks,

Erik


Im pretty sure that is a custom weldment. You could assemble something similar with a bolted assembly or 80/20 aluminum extrusions.
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