We knew we wanted to be able to sleep out of the truck but we weren't sure how we wanted to build our bed. There are so many amazing videos on YouTube of people making these epic living spaces in their vehicles it was hard to decide which one made the most sense for us. When I asked Chris how he was thinking about making it he said, "I want it to be simple, affordable and easy to remove so it's not a permanent setup."
After hours of scouring the internet for ideas, and numerous trips to Home Depot we decided it was best to consult an expert.
Mr. Tibbs is not only a well loved physics & robotics instructor at a prestigious bay area high school, he is also a genius engineer whose brain and thought process could give Einstein a run for his money. Chris and I are lucky enough to call him, "Uncle Kevin."
Within days of giving him our initial idea, he had already come up with a 3D blueprint of the most simple, logical, strong, and affordable bed frame that we could have ever imagined.
Cut support boards to size and created the holes with a biscuit cutter
Measured and placed the biscuits
Checked the measurements with the base of the frame
Glued the support boards to the frame
Added in the cooler to double check the spacing
We let the wood glue cure over night with both boards sitting on top for added pressure
The base completed!
We then added some cheap carpet from Home Depot
The Cooler: Canyon Vs. Yeti The "Canyon" cooler was about half the price of the popular "Yeti" brand cooler and literally just as effective in my opinion. We bought the 22qt so that it wouldn't take up too much space and it would force us to be thoughtful with our grocery purchases. We later bought a collapsable wire shelf (typically used for drying dishes) from Big Lots to help with organization along with separating the ice from the food.
If you have any questions about any of the above please send us a note! We would love to help :) Stay tuned for more modifications coming up next!