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Anyone made a decent bed using a caravelle rear seat?

T4 Tom
24-11-08, 21:20
So you have a seat that only sorta folds forwards, so doesn't make a bed base, but with the addition of a "bay window style" higher rear floor could something really cool be made?

Has anyone done this?



Cheers


Tom

king marty
25-11-08, 18:10
i did a mock up of that sort of that kind of idea but didnt think it was as good as getting the proper bed, and cost aint a lot different by the time you bought the R&R brackets.

P.S you sold you bug yet? if not how much you want or it?

tubafur
25-11-08, 18:43
So you have a seat that only sorta folds forwards, so doesn't make a bed base, but with the addition of a "bay window style" higher rear floor could something really cool be made?

Has anyone done this?



Cheers


Tom

Am sort of in the same boat, have an ex aa van (the double seat behind the drivers folds forward to give a flat platform) and intend on keeping the seats where they are. Have put some ideas down on paper but nothing I am completely happy with yet. does anyone know if you can get replacement hinges that allow it to fold back instead of forward? Would make life so much easier!

StinkBomber
25-11-08, 21:02
So you have a seat that only sorta folds forwards, so doesn't make a bed base, but with the addition of a "bay window style" higher rear floor could something really cool be made?

Has anyone done this?

Yes, I have :D

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Front section doubles as a table, which we also use to cook on outside.
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Works a treat - Only real issue is the ammount of space the mattress takes up, when folded in the boot. Not ideal, but totally liveable with.

scott337
25-11-08, 21:22
Tom have a look here vanilla club members click here (https://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=19449)

Michael
25-11-08, 23:21
I have as well - pics in album in my profile. Cheers, Michael

RubberBiker
26-11-08, 11:58
I haven't started on this yet - but my idea is to use the rear caravelle seats in their original position (not folded), to swivel the front seats around, then to make a unit to "bridge" between the two (my 2 middle row seats are rarely if ever installed).

The main advantage would be not raising the height of the bed to the "folded rear seat" height - which would be too high to prevent me sitting up in the bed comfortably. Additional advantage would be not having to unload the boot space.

For the bridge between front and rear seats I'm thinking of either an entirely soft sofa-type unit - the disadvantage being the bulk - or basing it on a folding camping table (resized appropriately) with a suitable sleeping pad on top.

With the right design of sleeping pad, it could have wings that fold out over the front and rear seats to level them up, but rarely increasing their height.

sokrates
28-11-08, 23:02
I'm using a very simple solution in my Velle (T4) that works fine, but might not that professional. I've just made a playwood board (2x1 m) that I put on the back of the rear seat and the back on the double seat in the middle. The hatrack and the playwood are at the same level, so I just put a proper matress on top of it and it gives me a good sleep. The disadvantage is that I can't use these seats that easilly, but the extra seat in the row in the miffle can be used since the bed doesn't take uo the whole width. I would like to find out a nice solution for gliding the playwood board backwards so the double seat in the middle easilly could be used when not using the bed. I need to have all the seats with me, so I have to have a solution with all seats in place.

Cheers, Per