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jrussbowman
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« on: September 02, 2018, 08:10:09 PM »

We're doing a 7500 mile trip next year. The wife, 2 kids and me. No room for the dog this round, maybe if I can upgrade to an overland trailer one day...

We can't fit all 4 in the roof top tent I bought, so we're going to have to do 2 in the Jeep and 2 in the tent. I'm also considering some hammocks w/ rainflys for the Jeep sleeper8x4  as an option

We're looking at 13-14 hours a day drives, my best guess anyway. Broke it up into what Google says is 11 - 11.5 hour drives. So minimizing set up and tear down time is important. So I had a vision of a shelf so we would not need to entirely unload the Jeep every night. The shelf also creates more storage. Finally the shelf needs to be removable because, dog.

I started by doing measurements. Then went to Home Depot, got 1in diameter pipe cut to 63in length and an 8x4 length particle board cut into 5ft and 3ft lengths so I could get it home in the back of the Jeep.

First I mounted the pipe in place



Cut the shelf and got it in place, this is the room left for putting a sleeping pad and getting someone under.




Call the dog out to confirm he won't fit. He was unimpressed.



Once everything was in place, I measured the available room and then took a ride to Walmart. Bought some storage bins. I already had the cargo net and extra hooks. Loaded everything in, to get this.



I just used a can of Rustoleum bedliner on the shelf. That just did one side. Going to get 3 more cans so I can 2 coat the whole thing. I have room on the cargo rack on the Jeep to take shelf and store up there. I'm not too confident with how the bedliner on the shelf is turning out. So I got a 10x8 tarp to wrap it up in while its up top. Not sure what to do with the bars, I'll figure that out.

One thing I am trying to figure out if there is something I put along the edge of the shelf to protect it. The particle board is really heavy and sturdy but the edges peel. Maybe something I can glue to edges, may have to do a hardware store trip to look around.

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 08:25:13 AM »

One thing I am trying to figure out if there is something I put along the edge of the shelf to protect it. The particle board is really heavy and sturdy but the edges peel. Maybe something I can glue to edges, may have to do a hardware store trip to look around.

I have used both "angle" and "C" aluminum to give strength and a protected edge to particle board.  Lowes and HD probably have what you need.  It's easy to cut and bend around edges after cutting out a "V" if necessary.  Countersink the screws and it looks great.

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2018, 08:53:50 AM »

One thing I am trying to figure out if there is something I put along the edge of the shelf to protect it. The particle board is really heavy and sturdy but the edges peel. Maybe something I can glue to edges, may have to do a hardware store trip to look around.

I have used both "angle" and "C" aluminum to give strength and a protected edge to particle board.  Lowes and HD probably have what you need.  It's easy to cut and bend around edges after cutting out a "V" if necessary.  Countersink the screws and it looks great.

I think I'm going to cheap out and wrap it in Gorilla tape. The bedliner and plasti-dip haven't turned out very well. I figure that will pad the corners and keep them from peeling.

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