Bed, Platform and Frame Particularly for Camper Vans
I will provide better photos if I have to tear this van apart for some reason or when I build another new one. These were taken during the primitive stage of my custom upfitting.
- It's pretty simple: I cut channel strut (normally used for electrical applications) to fit across the side of my van on top of steel beveled areas (bulges).
- I drilled a hole on each end to secure into vehicle frame with screws (to keep the channel strut from shifting and potentially falling down).
- The wood platform can be something like 3/4" plywood. Since the plywood isn't wide enough for my bed, I added pieces on the side (not yet shown here).
- There are different strengths of channel strut. I recommend the stronger (thicker) one if you aren't going to add legs or other support underneath.
- You could optionally use an aluminum ramp or ladder instead of channel strut such as the ramps sold at Harbor Freight. You would have to cut them to fit which would ruin them for much other use.
- I don't know the weight capacity, but seems to be fine for two big adults if you use the thicker channel strut. You could and probably should run a third strut (two on each end, one in middle) if you won't have other leg or shelving support under the bed.