I made an effort today to get started on my idea of making it possible to sleep in my truck when I take one of my minivacations by removing the passenger seat and then making a plywood 'bed" that will allow me to lay down and stretch out on the passenger side where the front and rear seats used to be.
The reason for doing this is because setting up my tent, cot and other things I need to sleep comfortably while I'm camping is time-consuming to do just for an overnight stay. Staying for two nights is not a problem and setting up the tent makes sense, but if I just need a place to sleep for one night, and leave in the morning then being able to sleep in my truck safely and comfortably would be a lot easier.
So I removed my passenger seat which wasn't all that hard, but it does look weird, a vehicle looks very strange without a passenger seat. and you can see how weird in the picture below.
Then I went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of plywood which I cut to the size needed to make a bed that will fit me, and where it needs to go in the truck. You can see a picture of that down below also.
Since I designed this plywood bed so it will fold up, I need to put the hinges on it tomorrow and raise it up about a foot. Because as you can see my floors not flat, so by putting some feet under the plywood the bed will be flat and I will have some storage space under the bed.
I sure hope this works because I've actually spent some money making it all happen. But the problem has always been, I have no way of knowing if it works until I try it, and to try it I've had to spend some money.
On the other hand I've enjoyed doing this minivacation project and I've already had a few nights of tent camping that I really had fun doing so I know that part of the minivacations will work.
Now I need to see if the sleeping in the truck for a night will work. And strangely enough my biggest concern is... Will my bad back, and stiff joints allow me to slither into this bed at night, and more importantly slither out in the morning.