Slowly but surely, the 1988 V20 Sub

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  1. 78K30

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    Now for the more fun stuff. Found the cigarette lighter was randomly blowing the fuse which is what kept killing my dome lights even with nothing being plugged in. Took this freebie and fixed that problem.

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    Next was a sleeping platform. A couple weekends ago I went camping with some friends with just a twin mattress and barely slept due to hanging off the mattress from all sides. So some materials grabbed and a solution was worked up. Keep in mind I am not much of a carpenter and none of this was really planned. So overall I’m very pleased with the result.

    Queen mattress sized platform with hinged front section for use of the second row seats.
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    Front section folded up. The angled cuts are clearance for the seat back.

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    seats folded up and sally inspecting my handy work. She laid in the front seat the entire time.
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    New mattress test fit.
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    “done” for now. Went to Walmart for some totes for storage in the basement and found they had 5x7 rugs on clearance for $20 and they even had a blue one. So this will keep the new mattress from getting punctured from the bottom side. And 4 totes fit perfectly under the sleeping quarters.
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    used a bit of the leftover plywood and a 2x4 to make a floor for the one tote so the recovery gear doesn’t poke through the bottom. And threw some of the random stuff from the spare wheel well into the front half.

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    Then finally the payoff. Went camping again Saturday night and had a really good time. Cooked a couple good meals over the fire then woke up to a good sunset through the (very cracked) windshield.

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    overall very pleased with the way it all came together. Slept twice as good this time due to actually fitting on the bed comfortably. Looking forward to where this thing goes from here.
     
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    Couple pictures I forgot I had. The Burb in our camping spot. Nice little tucked away place

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    I like it a lot man. Sounds like a lot of fun.
     
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    Thanks Greg! It’s great getting to use it for what I originally bought it for. Sure beats a tent too
     
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    Someday, someday, someday... :rolleyes:

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    Im glad I took the plunge and made it happen, definitely worth the afternoons work and couple hundred I spent on all the materials
     
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    Nice work! Are those 2x8s supporting the platform?
     
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    2x10’s, they’re the perfect height and the plywood floor rests on top of the inner fender like it was meant to be
     
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    I've always planned to go taller than that, trading sleeping height for cargo height. But we'll see what I wind up with, if/when I finally get something built. :rolleyes:

    I also have rear A/C to contend with. It will never get used for A/C, but I've left it in there because I think ventilation will be nice. I've also considered adding a small fan to the side panel(s) to pull fresh air from behind the interior paneling.

    Someday. :thinking:
     
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    I salvaged a rear a/c unit from another truck I sold. The rear unit was enough to cool the entire rig with no headliner. It does take up a lot of space though.
     
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    I kind of want to add rear AC to mine but unsure if I want to go through that much hassle or not. People your size would probably be fine going taller especially if you don’t use an air mattress. With the air mattress if I’m not careful my shoulders are into the headliner. But I’m also a bit large


    that’s good to know the rear unit works that good, gives me food for thought on taking it out of my parts burb
     
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    I have a 4" memory foam pad that I plan to place over plywood. It's very comfy (a bit TOO soft), and doesn't take as much vertical space as your air mattress.
     
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    thats the ideal solution really! My one figuring with the air mattress was it’s easily stored in a small spot so the top of the platform is storage while underway as well. Time will tell though I have zero problem saying that this was just revision one and will probably be changed in the future
     
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    I hate a air mattress... memory foam all the way!
    But the one we have makes a person sweat. I think they make them now that doesn’t? That would be ideal.
     
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    Eh? My observation is the opposite. Plastic air mattresses are sweat factories. My open-cell foam is wonderful in comparison...
     
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    Air mattress make me sweat too.
     
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    Have you noticed the common link here? :whistle:

    I'll bring a sleeping bag or some form of bedding so I'm not directly on the air mattress.
     
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    The dual squirrel cage fans in the rear section really moves some air. It would blow on me nicely all the way up front. Start frosting the windshield on a long trip, had to cut back the rear fan and turn up the front unit.
     
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    I’ve got the same problem but I’m also a big guy and get hot easily, I’d like to get a couple small fans to move air around for when it’s a bit warmer out. We’ll see what happens
     
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    That’s good to know! I’ll have to keep all the stuff to get rear air in mine
     

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