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cargo/van sleeper photos

Discussion in 'Truck Talk' started by jugbutt, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. jugbutt

    jugbutt New Recruit

    Hello everyone let's see some photos of you vans that you'll made with a sleeper in it and what the measurements is.
    I love to see what pride you have in your van to get some ideas.

    And how many pallets you can haul. I'm getting a extended gmc van to work out of.

    Thanks for any photos and be safe and God be with you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):)
     
  2. Jack_Berry

    Jack_Berry Moderator Emeritus

    lots of photos already posted. try searching in advanced for "cargo van sleepers" .
     
  3. skyraider

    skyraider Seasoned Expediter

    Lets say Im no carpenter, no pics , but the outside needs paint,lol..............one ton dodge, can carry 2 pallets or maybe some 9 ft drive shafts, thats it when they are in one of those large metal cages. but Ive seen others vans all custom made inside, will have to save up for that. My budget will get there soon, I want a CarMaxx for Christmas.
     
  4. Moot

    Moot Expert Expediter

    My first van I copied an Alumi-Bunk setup I saw. It had a 30" bed behind the seats and a bulkhead behind that. Immediately I found that this was not going to work for me. Within a few weeks I tore it out and started over.

    I built a split insulated bulkhead with a crawl through behind the seats with a 30" wide piece of plywood hinged at the bulkhead for a mattress platform. I prefer a split bulkhead behind the seats allowing access to the cab and open on the back side giving me full living accommodations (100") when not loaded.

    Over the years I have tried different set-ups based on the split bulkhead. The MootBed™ and MootBed Deluxe™ were both built from stripped down sofa beds. Very comfortable in the extended position but offered no under bed storage.

    For the past 3 years I have gone back to the hinged plywood platform, allowing easy access to my aux. batteries and circuits and ample under bed storage. I have an extra sheet of plywood on top of the hinged sheet so I can turn it and the mattress longitudinally and stretch out, catching a full body breeze provided by the Fantastic Fan and window screens.

    Below are old pictures of the MootBed™. My current set-up is similar as I can sleep both crosswise and longitudinally like the MootBed™ but now I have under bed storage and shaved about 80# off my total weight.
     

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  5. Dakota

    Dakota New Recruit

    Congrats on losing 80#'s:D
     
  6. Moot

    Moot Expert Expediter

    Thanks Dakota. Here is a picture of me 80 pounds lighter after a hard weekend of constructing my bunk.
     

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  7. Rhodes101

    Rhodes101 Banned

    Modern%20Travel%20Camper%20Concept.jpg

    One of my first setups
     
  8. Rhodes101

    Rhodes101 Banned

    big van.jpg
    It was in this van

    I need to look for my 1st truck pic it was a flatbed expedite truck with a nice sleeper
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2010
  9. Rhodes101

    Rhodes101 Banned

    Redneck%20camper.jpg Oh I found it I also had a small expedite vehicle I'll try and find that one too
     
  10. Rhodes101

    Rhodes101 Banned

    camper.bmp.jpg
    This one couldn't haul much freight but was good on gas.
     
  11. jugbutt

    jugbutt New Recruit

    I have Mr. Jack and seen only a couple very little photos .
     
  12. jugbutt

    jugbutt New Recruit

    Thanks Mr. Moot that is a very nice setup.

    I just don't want to build a small sleeper and not have enough room for cargo.
    How ofter do you run into 3 pallet loads?
    I'm looking at a extended Gmc 3500 . Sleep will make you or break you. You have to have rest!!! thanks for the photos.
     
  13. LDB

    LDB Seasoned Expediter

    You can't fit 3 standard skids in a 1 ton extended GM, sleeper or no sleeper. You can fit 2 skids and have close to 30 inches left though. Good luck with your project.
     
  14. Jack_Berry

    Jack_Berry Moderator Emeritus

    check under the community tab. click on pictures and albums
     
  15. Moot

    Moot Expert Expediter

    Sure you can. I've done it. Just turn one or more. Every 48" x 40" pallet you turn, you gain 8".
     
  16. Moot

    Moot Expert Expediter

    Rarely. I'm on record with my carrier as having 100" available length. Over the years I can only think of a few times I used more than 100". I always had the option to collect "dry run" pay if the shipment exceeded my specified dimensions.

    I did load a 16' shipment of overhead door track once. The load delivered about 60 miles from my house so I opted to take it. Ran the bundle of track down the middle, strapped the doors closed around the bundle, taped a red flag on the end of the load and hit the road.
     
  17. LDB

    LDB Seasoned Expediter

    Conflicting definitions. I always thought a standard pallet was 48x48 and a 40x48 was a reduced size pallet.
     
  18. highway star

    highway star Seasoned Expediter

    I agree with Moot, and not just because I'm terrified of the consequences if I didn't. My van had a bulkhead, so I never did 3. But, I know several other people that have done it. It does raise the question of what a "standard" skid is. 48x40, 48x45, 48x48...
     
  19. jugbutt

    jugbutt New Recruit

    Moot thanks ! Hope one day to bump into you somewhere.

    Heck all of you .
     
  20. jugbutt

    jugbutt New Recruit

    So if I have aleast a 100" to play with I will be Fine?
     

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