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.

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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.

Length of rear area, from back of front seats.

Length of rear area, from back of front seats.

Maximum width of rear area, with interior panels removed.

Width of rear area

Width of rear area

Height of rear area.  Doesn’t allow for a lot of head room, but it’ll serve its purpose.

Height of rear area

Height of rear area

Then I had to get supplies home.  You should have seen me getting the 4′ x 8′ piece of wood home, haha.

Getting supplies home.

Getting supplies home.

Then comes the insulation and floor covering.

Recycled corrugated plastic signs.  Reduce, reuse, recycle and everyone wins.

Recycled corrugated plastic signs. Reduce, reuse, recycle and everyone wins.

Laying down the rubber!

Laying down the rubber!

Utilizing seat mounting points

Utilizing seat mounting points

Then I could move onto building the frame and main platform.

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Success at 4am!  Time for a nap and then school.

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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.

About to hit the road!

About to hit the road!

Apollo helping.  Moral support and load testing.

Apollo helping. Moral support and load testing.

Completed bed setup.

Completed bed setup.

First night testing it out.

First night testing it out.

Rise and shine! First morning.

Rise and shine! First morning.

Who has time to take it out?  Saw it in the car!  That's what the Shopvac is for!

Who has time to take it out? Saw it in the car! That’s what the Shopvac is for!

Fan testing.

Fan testing.

Fan modding

Fan modding

Fan modding

Fan modding

Window unit fitted

Window unit fitted

Installed trans cooler, just in case.  Very good idea.

Installed trans cooler, just in case. Very good idea.

Making grill guard.

Making grill guard.

Grill guard fitted.

Grill guard fitted.

Making bumper guards.

Making bumper guards.

Bumper guards fitted.

Bumper guards fitted.

Very stuck oil filter = destructive removal procedures.

Very stuck oil filter = destructive removal procedures.

Tried to make a quick bleed system with bike pump.  It didn't work so well.

Tried to make a quick bleed system with bike pump. It didn’t work so well.

MUCH better brake bleed system.

MUCH better brake bleed system.

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