Thanks.I need about 36" minimum for my XC bike, front wheel off, dropper completely lowered. For road bikes I'll need to take the seat post / mast off (I have long legs, so the saddle is about 39 or 40" high with the front wheel off). I can also pitch to my wife that I just need to buy another longer dropper post.
But, the higher the bed is, the less room I have for my head in the bump out, so the lower the better. I'll check out the Harbor Freight site as well. Thanks!
I've become and acquaintance to our HF store manager and have chatted with him about the reduction of "free Coupons" and 20% off coupons. He said that 2 things have hit HF really hard. The Trump tariffs , and Covid 19. Double whammy for them. 20% off coupons are still available, typically in magazine inserts, and newspaper circular inserts. The only free-bee I find is the blue LED flashlight. Had close to 20 of them, then gave a bunch of them away to our local homeless shelter. Regarding the ramps, in mid 2020 they went from $99 to $125. Only a 20% increase.I always search for coupons with harbor freight and I couldn't believe it when I saw that $79 one come up. I have some time so I'll watch for a deal on it and buy a couple.
What thickness of polyiso did you use? If 1" then try 1 1/2"?I have the same concern as you regarding bikes below vs space above. In terms of a sheet solution that you requested, I'm considering aluminum honeycomb panels, although it appears to be a pricey solution. Check out this site if you're interested. Lots of options in terms of edge enclosure, etc.
Another option is simply sandwiching polyiso board between two 1/4" sheets of plywood using Loctite PL adhesive. I think I first saw this in Orton's build pages, although he did not try to span the full width of the van. I did a test run and made a panel 24"x68" and the result wasn't too bad. When you sit on it there is some deflection if you try to span the fully 68". But it gets alot better if you only span say 44", with the assumption that you will have some intermediate supports set in 12" on either side of the garage for putting water and electric on each side.
What I did was to take out the ramp tangs and bend them straight, cut them a little shorter then re-install. I made tangs for the other side out of 3/16" steel. This made it long enough. Just today I went and got some 1/2' shop ply and cut it into strips for slats and coated it. Tomorrow is the final install.While mine is slightly too short for use as a bed, the HF or similar ramps also make a good ladder for roof access.
Yes, with the way I currently have this bed set up, that bar in the front, and a matching one in the rear, when unbolted allow the bed to fold up, or down for that matter.
I'll let you know if I wake up on the floor. Its really quite solid though, and its already in use even there is still some work to do on it (primer, paint, fold up latches, etc.) I really wanted something thin to keep headroom, high enough for the bikes, and I really didn't want a center bar.Thank you. I would’ve thought something more substantial would’ve been required. I really like this concept.