Land Cruiser Sleeping Platform
Landcruiser Sleeping Platform Photos
To augment the article in the March, 2008 issue of Toyota Trails magazine, this pages features additional photos of
the sleeping platform. Also, due to magazine space restrictions, the article is not as easy to follow as the book is, since in the book
I was able to intersperse photos of each step of the procedure.
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Here is some additional information to bear in mind. The discussed platform is designed to provide as much sleeping and storage space as possible. In order
to achieve maximum width, the upper portion of the assembly must be inserted into the vehicle at an angle. This is easy to do with two people. And it is also
easy for one fit strong person to do by himself. But if you will never have anyone to help you with this or you don’t have much upper body strength, please
consider the following two options which will make things easier for you:
- You can make all parts (or at least the upper platform) out of 1/2″ plywood instead of 3/4″ plywood. This will reduce the weight by 50%.
- Instead of going for maximum width, simply downsize the width of the upper platform to the horizontal width of the rear opening. This will allow you to
slide the upper unit in horizontally, which will be easier than having to put it in at an angle. This downsizing will only cause the loss of about one foot
(in width) of sleeping area, which will still allow plenty of room for two or three people.