The Way This Guy Transformed The Back Bed Of His Truck Is Absolutely Astounding!
I love to go camping, I spent most of my youth in the summer time at campgrounds all around the country. Most of the time I used a tent just for the convenience of being able to set it up easily. However, there is something that I saw that makes me think of the days when me and my father used to go on long fishing trips.
He had this old van that he converted into a camper. He spent about a half a month putting this together in the back of this old van he had where he had installed two small beds on each side of the van that could be turned into a table. He brought along a small hot plate that he had set up to some kind of marine battery and even had a small TV mounted into the ceiling of the van. It was so awesome.
Adventure drives us and keeps us striving to get outside and see the vast world. I’d like to say it is as easy as just walking out of your front door and picking a direction only to see where you end up. That’s not always the case. Especially if we want to continue to enjoy adventure after adventure. That being said, it is always best to be prepared.
Being prepared for anything will make your adventures more comfortable and much more enjoyable. Being prepared will allow you to stay out longer and go further. One Reddit user took this logic and ran with it, creating something that any adventurer would be very jealous of. All in all, it was a fairly inexpensive build but will offer priceless conveniences for many memorable adventures to come.
He started by cleaning out the bed of his truck and making some precise measurements. Once he had the numbers, he did a little math and cut some pieces of plywood according to his design.
He then test fit the main supports and added a very crucial part of this build. He added bolts with skateboard bearings to act as rollers.
The bearings and bolts had to be lined up perfectly for this to work.
With some rails in place, it looks like the bearings were a success and this drawer system will work perfectly.
With the main drawer functioning properly, he cut some top sheets to cover the bed of the truck. This would provide a flat and sturdy base.
He created panels that are easily removed that will store batteries and other electronics.
The top deck wasn’t sitting flush over the wheel wells and he needed this to be comfortable. A little time spent with a router seemed to do the trick.
He then added latches for locking and securing the drawer assembly.
Brackets were added to lock everything in place.
After everything was test fitted it was time for final assembly. The frame was coated with Thompson’s Water Seal to ensure this lasts a long time for many adventures.
He added a shell to the bed of the adventure truck and wired some LED lighting to the rear hatch.
He added a sound system that is able to turn off and on from the dashboard.
Looks like it came from the factory.
The end result is pretty freakin sweet.
When all was said and done, he ended up with the perfect adventure truck. It has ample storage, the slide out drawer holds everything that he needs and also can be used as a table. The drawer has dividers to keep things separated and dual batteries to keep everything powered. He has a power inverter and two USB ports installed as well as a speaker system for enjoying some tunes in the hills.