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After working on my bed platform for close to a year it's finally done! So many redos, adjustments, and trips to home depot!

Let me know what you guys think of the platform as I'm thinking of building a few more if there is interest. Would this be something you'd want in your van?

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Molle panels for easy access to van goods. Water bottle holders, medical pouch, trash and storage bags.
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Sleeps two adults comfortably with plenty of headroom when sitting up. Platform is also easy to remove with two adults. Stock seats can easily be put back.
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Lot of storage space under the benches. (Currently houses 2 camp chairs, pillows, blankets, tea pot, coleman stove, Ecoflow battery, tools, van jack and other miscellaneous goods)
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Sitting inside to change into my wetsuit or moto gear when it's cold outside is a plus :)
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Cold foam memory cushions (no topper needed)
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Center pops up to reveal a work table that's comfortable for two. Perfect for laptop usage or grabbing meals inside.
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Moto carrier has good ground clearance now after the 2" lift
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Love your setup..the bed height is perfect, and I love the inboard hinged bed frame/ storage and table design. Very well done!
I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my ideal build, but this layout would be perfect for my intended use of a 2016 pass Van.
 

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Love your setup..the bed height is perfect, and I love the inboard hinged bed frame/ storage and table design. Very well done!
I’ve been putting a lot of thought into my ideal build, but this layout would be perfect for my intended use of a 2016 pass Van.
Thank you! Took several mockups to figure out the ideal bench height. Things kept changing when adding things like bench spacers, cushions and frame legs.
 

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Nice job! Craftsmanship looks outstanding and the functionality is impressive. Looks like it will work out perfectly for your camping. Enjoy!
Thank you! Looking to get good usage out of it as my surf / camp van. Still got a few more tweaks planned to make it baja ready.. i.e. roof frack, awning, exterior lights
 

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Very nice!!

I did not expect the pop up table with benches on both sides, when I saw the bed with storage underneath.
Very functional and practical.
I was contemplating doing a small center box that slid out but opted to keep the center open to be able to slide long items in from the rear doors. Mainly keep my exterior camp table and battery in the center for easy access.
 

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Beautiful work!! The table is very clever -
 
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That is an excellent design and some wonderful attention to detail. The pop up table is a great dual purpose feature. I'm curious- why are the hinges for the bench tops on the inboard side?
 

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That is an excellent design and some wonderful attention to detail. The pop up table is a great dual purpose feature. I'm curious- why are the hinges for the bench tops on the inboard side?
Good question! The bench tops open inwards so you can access storage when you're standing outside at the sliding doors. Also when standing at the rear doors, you can stick your hands in to the rear corner edges of the bench tops to easily lift and lower it so that it doesn't slam shut.
 

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this is terrific!!! very neat design and execution!
Thanks dude! I just read your post on your lift kit install. I did the the same lift combo with new bearings a few months back but kept the sway bars links stock, hope they will be ok. Do you feel an improvement with the cross drilled rotors and pads? I'm carrying more weight now and feel like I could use a little more braking power.
 

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Best things about this build - for me, the Metris is really an ideal 2p camper van. This layout takes advantage of all practical and useable space, with flexible storage. No need to cut the roof. I can envision sliding in and out of the bench seats & table without the need to stand up. While I love the idea of headroom and pop tops are of course, awesome! But to cram 3-4 sardines into a sliding bench/bed downstairs and upstairs seems like a stretch for a mid size van. Especially with all the gear 3+ Individuals add to a road trip, storage would be a real issue.
 

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This is a great design. I built something similar to this for my pickup bed and it was incredibly versatile over years of varied outdoor adventures with different combinations of gear and people. Seeing it in a Metris is great. Plus your craftsmanship is way above mine. Nice work. .
 

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Best things about this build - for me, the Metris is really an ideal 2p camper van. This layout takes advantage of all practical and useable space, with flexible storage. No need to cut the roof. I can envision sliding in and out of the bench seats & table without the need to stand up. While I love the idea of headroom and pop tops are of course, awesome! But to cram 3-4 sardines into a sliding bench/bed downstairs and upstairs seems like a stretch for a mid size van. Especially with all the gear 3+ Individuals add to a road trip, storage would be a real issue.
Yes agreed! My setup does lose the ability to family camp but it's the perfect two person adventure van with plenty of gear space. Sliding in and out of the bench seats is a cinch and I have plenty of room to get changed inside while sitting down at the edge of the bed.

I had rented a poptop Metris from Outdoorsy a few years ago and while it was really nice to pop the top, I couldn't justify the $15k install cost for my build.
 
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