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Jaz's 2009 Mercedes Benz Sprinter LWB

The bed will actually be a couch, but will have the function to slide out into a bed that is around 1200mm wide.

The Fites's 2016 Ford Transit 350

Our bed is across the van and we have a loft bed for our daughter above it.

Ian and Kate's 1996 Dodge B1500 Ram

Fixed IKEA slatted Queen base on a 2x4 frame.

Vaniel 103
Daniel's 2016 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Rolled steel tubing bolted to angle iron that is bolted into the walls/studs. Luan 5/8 plywood with auto carpet as upholstery. Divider under bed as support and bed front cabinet face is a support.

Mike's School bus

I originally didn't have a TV in here, and entertainment center was designed to be a headboard. But after a few weeks of watching netflix on my phone I decided I was kidding myself.

ExpeditionEvans's 2002 Ford E-450 Dually

Platform slat bed (made from 4’x8’ plywood sheet ripped into 6” slats)

Zach's 2003 Chevrolet Express

Ply bed platform over storage. Top with hinges in the middle that would allow it to function as a futon. Two 100lb gas struts were attached on both sides to hold it up.


Grant's 2017 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Custom Aluminum frame with wood slats. Built from 1" x 3" x 1/4" aluminum, held to the van with 2 x 2 x 1/2" aluminum angle and rivnuts

SemiAquaticVagabond's 2010 Honda CR-V

I bought a KingCamper ultralight cot off Amazon - the frame was built so this cot could rest upon it. The cot is 75" so I have plenty of space to lay flat

  • KingCamper ultralight cot

The Lone Jeeper's 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK

Passenger seat forward and then memory foam cut to size around remaining space. Sleep diagonally.

Sprinter Discovery
SD's 2016 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Steel frame from Zinus

  • Zinus Queen Size Bed Frame
Fire Engine
Glenn's Mercedes Benz 608D

Rock and roll bed, unfolds lengthwise. Steel with upholstered seat cushioning.

Adventure Truck
Java230's 2008 Ford F450 4x4

Custom timber slats on steel frame with 18" of storage height underneath


Jeremy's 1996 Ford E150

Bench Seat, fits width across front cabin

Nooze's 2008 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Two slatted beds with storage underneath.

George's 2007 Subaru Outback

Blow up camping mattress or hammock, depending on weather and time of year

Surf Bus
Sam's Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Custom cantilevered birch ply bench seats that fold up to maximise space, or down to form the bed with an extra fill-in panel.

The She-Bear
Lila's 2017 RAM Promaster

Cloud9 8 Inch Memory Foam Mattress, Queen Size. Sleeps 6’3” Across

  • Cloud 9 Memory Foam
    Very comfortable and fits Promaster without cutting

Alpine Margarita's Dodge Promaster

High platform bed over storage.

Stealth Sprinter
Mark's 2010 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Fully-made up bed on an electric bed hoist by Happijac.

  • Happijac electric bed hoist
    Can stop at any height. Saves converting couch to bed. Uses 12A but only for a short period of time.

melonlollicholypop's Kia Sedona

Custom-designed and built ply platform over two storage benches.

Elliot's 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Top 140"

Folding. steel LiftCo. Rearmost passenger side, wall-mounted and lengthwise.

  • Liftco Inc Dual individual folding bunk
Aric's 1977 Toyota Chinook

The couch I chose is from a fancy-pants Alfa See Ya motorhome that I found perusing CraigsList.

Melanie & Bryan's 2017 Ford Transit

Convertible. I've updated the bed from a piece of plywood to a new, dual purpose and simple alternative: a folding table. It serves as a bed, a desk or an outdoor table. It's much better than the useless piece of plywood we had previously!

Pib and Stef's 2001 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Mattress over custom storage framework.

Alex's 1994 Mistubishi Delica

After 15 months travelling the world by car with a soft-shell rooftop tent we’re upgrading to a hardshell tent. We weren't using the other one due to setup/packup time.

  • James Baroud roof top tent
    They’re more compact, quicker and easier to set up/pack away, more resistant to wind and you can drive your car while the tent is set up!


moohahvanadventures's Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Multiple adjustable panels to create more bed space. 28" from mattress top to ceiling. Panels stack when full bed size not required.

Rich & Willow's Volkswagen T5 Transporter

Raised platform over storage area.

Tom & Cat's 1997 Toyota Coaster

The bed and chair frames are built from MDF and pine, making it nice and light. They were both coated twice with light grey house paint.

Rob & Emily's 2008 Mercedes Benz Sprinter

Platform bed over storage drawers.

Isaac and Kate's 2003 Ford E-450 shuttle bus

Queen size Zinus Mia platform bed, then custom plywood bases and cot mattresses for the children.

  • Zinus Mia 14
    Simple and cheap
Dan Grec's 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Customised pop up camper top. Bed can be half or full width.

  • Ursa Minor J30 Pop Up Camper
    Slats held together by webbing

Becca's 2006 Subaru Forester

Upgraded camping pad to actual foam mattress.

West Quester
Nick's 2003 Ford Econoline E150

Segmented ply platform above storage. At the rear of the van. Oriented across the van.

Derek's 2015 Subaru Outback

Tivona has more than enough space with the back seats down to lay out the mattress for a more than comfortable sleeping space, or I can sleep in the hammock, or even set up a tent I also carry. Homemade cuben fiber tarp if sleeping outside.

  • ENO DoubleNest Hammock
  • ENO Roadie Car Stand

Bec & Joe's 2009 Chevrolet 2500

Platform over small storage space

Kurt's 2017 Ford Transit

Platform with storage underneath.

melancholy_cojack's Toyota 4Runner

Bed platform over slide-out kitchen drawers. Platform extends over folded down passenger seats also. Big enough for a trailside mattress, two people, and a small dog.

Ian's 1994 Ambulance

Elevated Queen bed or twin bed on the floor with bench-seat bed also and hammock attachments above (Room for 4 inside). Conventional tent space on flat solid rooftop.

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