Are you looking for a quick and easy RAV4 camping conversion to start your camping adventure with? Felicia Fullwood has got you covered. She has created (with grandpa’s help!) a very simple platform that goes over your RAV4 rear seats and boot, giving you a sturdy bed to sleep on with storage underneath – all for just $60! And best of all – she has created an excellent tutorial + a video on how to do it:
What I like about this camping conversion
- it’s built to fit a Toyota RAV4, but with small adjustments, it will work for any SUV
- it’s very simple – two plywood boards on legs
- the drop-pins fixing idea – use any threadless bolts to fix the platform in place temporarily
- very cheap – only $60
- $27.25 – 1 4×8 3/4 inch plywood sheet
- $5.57 – 2 2x4x8’s
- $9.04 – Drop pins / Threadless bolt
- $12.00 – Indoor-outdoor carpet
- $5.48 – Carpet tape
- Screws: used to secure piece 1 legs – you probably have some at home already, don’t have to be drywall ones, any wood screws are fine
- The entire platform is 64” by 43” (162x109cm), which should fit inside any SUV, perhaps with some width adjustment needed for smaller SUVs – make sure you measure your actual boot size first. The RAV4 in this case is a 2016 model.
2. This is then cut in half to create two platforms (to be able to lift the rear seats up when not used for sleeping).
3. Continue with the legs – you need to decide how tall you want the storage underneath + how much headroom you’d like on the bed. I’d recommend more headroom – you want to be able to move around freely and not feel like in a coffin…
IMPORTANT – each car has a different boot, some are completely flat, and some are not – make sure you know where the legs will go and adjust their length if needed.
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4. For the platform above the folded rear seats, two things are important:
- the front (above the seats) platform needs to sit on something where it meets the rear platform. Felicia has solved this by screwing additional 2×4” planks of wood onto the rear platform legs, so that the new platform sits on top of them
- the platform needs some support on the end closest to the front seats – you can either put long legs between the seats, all the way to the floor – like Felicia did – or you can put shorter legs between the platform and the folded seats.
Drop pins – fix the platform in place temporarily
These are a very clever idea, that makes any conversion simpler – I will use that in my Sharan conversion v3 too. Once you have the two platforms in place, drill holes through them into the legs underneath, perpendicular to the platforms, aiming for the middle of each leg. Make the holes big enough to fit the threadless bolts (giving them a little wiggle room, so they are easy to put in and out, but not too loose).
That’s it – you’re ready to sleep in your SUV + store a lot of camping gear underneath this platform. Watch how it works in Felicia’s video walkthrough below:
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Toyota RAV4 camping conversion video walkthrough
Founder of NimbleCamper.com, avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. Car camping and microcamping allows me to keep traveling and exploring with a much greater level of freedom & privacy – to go anywhere and sleep anywhere. I didn’t have 30K to buy a VW Multivan, so found my way to the world of everyday car camping conversions. Here I share my experiences and what I learn.