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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. .
Thank you for the compliment!

Not having to pitch or break down a large tent or bringing bulky sleeping cots is such a plus! My favorite thing about the Metris is that I no longer have to strap my longboards on top for weekly surf sessions. Just slide them down the middle, such a time saver :)
 

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This is a really awesome professional build. I also like the design of the pop-up table. It's probably really sturdy due to the one side being supported by the plywood and two hinges. Having the cushions being a back rest seems like a great idea and probably super cosy for an indoor meal or playing a card game. The lanterns are a great solution to the missing lights in the ceiling handles. I need to have a look at those mini lanterns for myself.
 

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This is a really awesome professional build. I also like the design of the pop-up table. It's probably really sturdy due to the one side being supported by the plywood and two hinges. Having the cushions being a back rest seems like a great idea and probably super cosy for an indoor meal or playing a card game. The lanterns are a great solution to the missing lights in the ceiling handles. I need to have a look at those mini lanterns for myself.
I got both the minis and the big lantern and like that they are a warm glow vs bright white. Before I used a good old coleman lantern but not needing propane canisters and mantles is also convenient.
 

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@Hedge warm glow sounds better, especially in the evenings when you don't want to be awakened by bright white light. I'm probably going to get a set.

I wasn't aware you being able to get black powdered coating aluminum extrusions. For some reason I thought the anodization would be more durable. I'll have to investigate for my build. What size 80/20 did you use?
 

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@Hedge warm glow sounds better, especially in the evenings when you don't want to be awakened by bright white light. I'm probably going to get a set.

I wasn't aware you being able to get black powdered coating aluminum extrusions. For some reason I thought the anodization would be more durable. I'll have to investigate for my build. What size 80/20 did you use?
I used 30 profile. I don't think the company offers it but my local shop does. You can see some scratches on mine but I'd just go with whatever's cheaper.
 

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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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Mini lanterns are by Barebones Living... really like them!
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Moto carrier has good ground clearance now after the 2" lift
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Sweet. Worth the wait. Congratulations
 

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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?
Great design work! It shows a lot of careful thought put into it (e.g., the butterfly hinged lids).
What is the height of the bed platform? And what is the thickness of your foam pads?

I could be interested, if you do plan on building additional sets.
 

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Great design work! It shows a lot of careful thought put into it (e.g., the butterfly hinged lids).
What is the height of the bed platform? And what is the thickness of your foam pads?

I could be interested, if you do plan on building additional sets.
Hey thank you! I can't remember the frame height off the top of my head but it should probably be customized to your sitting height. The seat cushions are 3". I may be building out more if there is interest or sell the plans and provide my vendor contacts. DM me if interested and I'll keep you posted.
 
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