Rav4 Sleeper Conversion
***13 NOVEMBER 2013 – MORE DETAILED PAGE COMING SOON***
After determining the teardrop camper wasn’t logical for the trip, for numerous reasons, I decided to convert the beastly Rav4 to a sleeper set up. This will inevitably be the start of a expedition vehicle transformation.
To start off, I had to wipe the slate clean. With the assistance of Apollo of course. In reality he was just waiting for us to go on a ride.
After that, the design/build phase begins. The goal is lite-weight, functional, economical, and KISS (keep it simple stupid). Since I am crunched for time, like always, I start designing and building at the same time.
First, I had to see what I am working with.
Length from back of front seats to rear door. Yep, I’m not that short. Time to get creative.
Maximum width of rear area, with interior panels removed.
Height of rear area. Doesn’t allow for a lot of head room, but it’ll serve its purpose.
Then I had to get supplies home. You should have seen me getting the 4′ x 8′ piece of wood home, haha.
Then comes the insulation and floor covering.
Then I could move onto building the frame and main platform.
Success at 4am! Time for a nap and then school.
This all took place over days, many long hours, and was a lot more work than the pictures show. This is the current state of the conversion.
I still need to finish putting the insulation and rubber flooring throughout the rest, the platform attachments/extensions for my head, curtains, power unit, dog ramp, and other odds and ends. This doesn’t include the timing belt/drive belts/water pump/all fluids swap, and full car look over. It’s going to be long days from this point forward. It’s a good thing school is over.