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Hello Creative Minds!

We are in need of your fantastic ideas, skills, and knowledge on how to add a raised bed inside our 15 passenger high roof. We are thinking some sort of removable panel system.

THE CHALLENGE: we do not want to add any modifications to the walls of the van and we do not want to remove any of the seats.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.馃槈
 

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2x4 legs and frame, like a bunk bed without the bottom bunk
 
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Hello Creative Minds!

We are in need of your fantastic ideas, skills, and knowledge on how to add a raised bed inside our 15 passenger high roof. We are thinking some sort of removable panel system.

THE CHALLENGE: we do not want to add any modifications to the walls of the van and we do not want to remove any of the seats.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.馃槈
Hi Barleia,
I am very new to this forum. Just joined to respond to your post. You could look into this Versa Bed system from Van Wife Components (https://www.vanwifecomponents.com/store/versa-bed-system). It basically uses J-channel and 4 panels that can extend. The only modification would be the installation of the J-channel.
 

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Hi Barleia,
I am very new to this forum. Just joined to respond to your post. You could look into this Versa Bed system from Van Wife Components (https://www.vanwifecomponents.com/store/versa-bed-system). It basically uses J-channel and 4 panels that can extend. The only modification would be the installation of the J-channel.
$2500!!! OMG. I could build out and convert half the van into a Sleep haven for that kind of money.
 
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$2500!!! OMG.
These prices might seem crazy to us, but not to someone who needs something without all the R&D and build time to figure out a DIY solution. I personally prefer to come up with an idea and employ some creative problem solving, mistakes included. Some people just don't have that luxury.
 

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I wouldn鈥檛 build a bed that wasn鈥檛 well attached to the van body near the floor and along the walls. Also there is the issue with the side curtain airbags being obstructed by a sleeping platform near the top.

That said, since you don鈥檛 want to remove any seats, or fasten anything to the walls, you鈥檒l need a frame with legs to support the sleeping surface. You will need to anchor whatever structure you build to the van body somehow. Perhaps you could anchor the support legs for the platform to the metal framing of the back seats. Since you won鈥檛 have the best anchoring (would only be anchored at the bottom) you might consider using 80/20 for the frame - stronger, lighter and more rigid than wood and can be taken apart easier. (Also NOT $2500)

Or you could compromise and install two weight rated bolts in the correct places and get yourself a hammock.

Good luck!

Hello Creative Minds!

We are in need of your fantastic ideas, skills, and knowledge on how to add a raised bed inside our 15 passenger high roof. We are thinking some sort of removable panel system.

THE CHALLENGE: we do not want to add any modifications to the walls of the van and we do not want to remove any of the seats.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.馃槈
 

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Our bed is supported on two 2x2" angle-aluminum pieces riv-nutted to the walls. But our slide-out tray isn't directly bolted down, so the technique might be useful to you. And we used a similar method for a wall-mount bike-repair stand and a variation for holding batteries and our other modular elements in place.

On the garage slide-out, we used the tie-down bolts where they were available in the Sprinter and bolted 1" plywood to them, then used that as the solid link to the slide-out tray between the two sides. It works surprisingly well and we're extended 2-3 feet of "diving board" out the back of the van with just two bolt-down points.

We used a similar method with a piece of 1/4" aluminum plate to mount a bike-repair stand to the rear door. There was no easy way to mount the bike-repair stand without it ripping out the sheet metal of the door; but anchoring a piece of 1/4" aluminum plate to two strong points allowed mounting the stand anywhere else on the plate and it's solid enough to support a couple hundred pounds without the sheet-metal flexing.

It's hard to see/picture but another method we used in the garage and the main area is a floor that is perfectly fitted to the edges of everything it touches. This method holds our batteries from moving, keeps the fridge in place, and keeps the galley from sliding.

Using a combination of these methods with a bed would be super solid if the mounts from the floor-plate (with either heavy-duty plywood or steel plate or aluminum plate) to the uprights are solid. Cheap method (not as solid) would be 2x4s or 4x4s with angle-irons to a 1" plywood floor. Stronger would be all metal. If a plywoord floor were cut to match around wheel-wells and such (another trick we used with battery mounts and other stuff), floor bolts wouldn't even be necessary; it couldn't move unless the van were tipped upside down.

Some photos in here: Keyes Sprinter Van
 
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