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Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design

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Offline Jimbow

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Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:43:56 PM »
I miss the backcountry. The more I think about my last trip the more I know I need a back roads vehicle I can camp in. Not quite exact. One my DW will camp in. Her backpacking days are over.

I'm trying not to complicate this. Right now the design is a simple platform for my F150 that will somehow extend over the tailgate for sleeping. Perhaps with a air mattress or just my Thermarest. Perhaps hinged.

Then I got to thinking about a little storage,  water,  a camp stove . . .

One issue my DW thought of is all the dust that fills the back of the truck heading down the roads. She's not keen on sleeping in that.

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« Last Edit: February 22, 2017, 08:54:12 PM by Jimbow »
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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 11:13:34 PM »
is the bed of your truck covered at all? I have a "back flip" cover on mine and dust got in there big time. there is a tailgate seal you can buy to help keep dust out from the tail gate, but I still had dust get in the bed some how, probablly need some magnetic strips to put around all openings to help keep more dust out.
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Offline Jimbow

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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2017, 06:34:37 AM »
I have a soft roll up cover. I'll look for a seal. Magnetic makes sense so I probably would not have thought of it. Lol

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2017, 06:41:50 AM »
My parents had a pickup w/ a camper shell.  They used the "egg crate" material to sleep on

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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2017, 07:06:51 AM »
Ive seen a truck with a camper shell the owner made a hoist system to lift the shell three feet up. Had a roll out in the bed with his stove, sink and dish holder. Then the platform above it to sleep on. Was a really neat setup.

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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017, 07:47:34 AM »
Cool idea. I have the short bed so the tailgate needs to be down to fit my 6'1" body.

I'm avoiding the shell because I want to sleep open air.  (cowboy above ground).

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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 08:51:14 AM »
I once put a small 2-man Kelty tent in my bed with the tailgate down. That worked okay, although I had a step-side F-150 at the time, so it was just right for one person.


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Re: Daydreaming a Pickup Bed Design
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 12:12:31 PM »
I was thinking about using my Kelty Zen if the weather turned bad. It's not a dome so holding it out could be a problem.

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