I guess I’ll call this part 1 of my modular sleeping platform system for the back of my Toyota Tacoma. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile especially since truck bed camping is one of my favorite sleep solutions for overlanding.
Sleeping Platform system for Toyota Tacoma
While thinking up this setup the past year, I almost tried my hand at creating my own sleeping platform. Then I discovered this innovative yet simple platform system by BamBeds and decided to give them a shot. The setup is clean, sturdy, and easy to remove. As you can see above, dog create on top and plenty of work gear and camping gear underneath.
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Product Link: Bambeds Sleeping Platform
Here’s a quick look at it in action from the BamBeds Youtube channel:
My job is outside and we often don’t have good break rooms. So I usually spend my lunch breaks at my truck and this system is perfect for relaxing, watching movies, or just stretching out during break. I wanted something that would be useful to me besides just camping and overlanding.
First Dirt/S’mores Youtube video!
Here’s my first ever Youtube video posted to our Dirt/S’mores Youtube channel in which I do a quick rundown of my lunch break setup in the back of the truck:
Below are a few more examples of this setup in action. I can’t say enough good things about the BamBeds system. Although it may seem pricey, it’s great if you don’t have time to make your own and want something more refined and clean cut.
I added my own carpet squares which were super easy to install. Oh, and you can use one or two slats instead of all three. Perfect if you need to haul some taller items. The last slat against the cab can act as a shelf.
In the photo above we were on a camping trip to Leo Carillo State Park. I took along two of the slats and kept the tailgate area free for my fridge and other loose items. The two slats acted as a shelf to hold my blue beer cooler, dog crate, and water container.
As you can see, finding the right size bins to slide under the platform is key. These are both camping boxes, with one dedicated for kitchen items such as my Coleman stove, utensils, paper towels, and some cooking items. The box on the left stores my lanterns, Jackery 160 power station, and other various camping gear.
Sleeping Platform — more to come
This camping setup is still a work in progress and I’ll be updating this site as I refine it after each trip. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!
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