Registered: Sep 2004
Location: So Cal
This is the description of the "boxes" copied from the droidlogic link when it worked. I have copies of some pics from there also that I will put up somewhere when I have a chance.
SUV CAMPING for two adults can be easy, comfortable, and very economical inside ANY stock Escape or Tribute. Two simple luggage boxes you make are portable and drop in to make two 6ft-3in long beds. Air Mattresses will fit also.
Bed space: The front seats can be slid forward to provide an inside sleeping area 6'-3" long and 4'-6" wide at the shoulders. This is standard Double-Bed size, large enough to sleep two adults. But to make this into a_bed you need to build a small, portable Luggage Box_for each sleeper.
To set up for sleeping at the campsite:_Slide the front seats forward._Remove the (detachable) rear seat cushions. (Note: storage wise it's always better to leave these cushions and the rear head-restraints at home unless you will need rear seats for passengers). _Lay the rear seatbacks flat. Drop one or both_boxes into the gaps behind the front seats to extend the 4'-10" flat cargo floor to 6'-3" for sleeping._ The box also provides personal storage conveniently under the pillow and by a side door._ Each box is packed at home as an overnight bag and is carried in the cargo area behind the rear seat along with the bedroll._ If you sleep on a standard 20" wide camping pad you might also cut a_1/8"_thick tempered pressed hardboard sheet_21" x 28" to put under the pad over the seatback to smooth the floor. These can be stored under the cargo carpet.
If you prefer to sleep on a considerably more comfortable home-style mattress, install a standard "Coleman" Double-size Airbed for two sleepers or a Twin-size Airbed for one and fill it firmly with an electric pump._ To support an airbed you will need to use two Boxes and place a simple Bridge between them over the back part of the_console. This is easy with the Low console but if you_have the High console you will_have to add a hidden "seam" to it to make enough floor length to install the airbed, but this won't change the stock look or feel of the console so no one will notice it._ See instructions (3)
Be sure to lay a rear floor-mat or a folded towel over the seat hinges to protect the airbed.__ To get access into a luggage box, stand at a side door and lift the airbed front and support it on the edge of the open box cover. Lifting the Double-size airbed can slip it up off of the slightly narrower place between the wheel-wells.__ You can apply self-stick 1" x 12" Fabric Velcro tape to each narrow place wall and self stick 1" x 12" Hook Velcro tape to the mattress sides so it will attach and bend there instead of_lifting._ Cut tape ends round and use rubbing alcohol cleaner before applying.
Sleeping overnight in your SUV lets you visit places much further from home without the considerable expense of a motel so you can afford to go more often._ Also, the continuous day-night-day experience outdoors will unwind you like a longer vacation in just a weekend!_ There are so many safe places to overnight that reservations aren't a problem and the stock privacy glass works very well._ Just lock-up at the campsite with nets and beds set-up inside and spend your day and evening free to wander as you intended.__ And what a view! Your "no boundaries" SUV has the extra mobility to camp you where you really want to be: You can be on pebbles at the edge of a fishing stream or on the sandy beach by your boat or up the mountain on a logging road! Get set-up for quick and easy Adventure: Make a box or two and give it a try! The boxes can also carry loose items in your cargo area on day trips!
(2) MAKE_BOXES: See Illustration. These boxes have been test-installed in 2001 through 2005 Escapes and Tributes. Buy materials at a Building Supply or Lumber Yard. Estimated cost: $35 each. Use dimensioned pictures before cutting parts. Suggested cutting tools: inexpensive hand-held electric jigsaw (about $20) and 1/4" electric drill. For each box:
Cut from 1/2" (15/32) plywood: COVER 16-3/4 x 21-1/2; Two SIDE 16-1/4 wide x 8-1/2 high, each with a half-trapezoid corner cutout 2-3/4 wide at 4-5/8 high angled down to 4-1/2 wide at bottom; Two RRSIDE half-trapezoid 4-3/8 high x 2-1/2 wide at top and 4-1/8 wide at bottom; FRONTBRACE 11/16 high x 20-1/2; REARBRACE 1-3/16 high x 12. Alternately, use solid wood for FRONTBRACE and REARBRACE.
Cut from 1/4" (7/32) plywood: FRONT 20-1/2 x 9-1/2; REAR 20-1/2 wide x 10 high with rectangular cutouts 6 high x 4-1/4_wide at both bottom corners; FLOOR 20-1/2 wide x 16-1/4 high with bottom corners cutout_4-1/4 wide x 4-3/8 high; Two RRINSIDE 4-3/4 x 4-3/4; Two RRTOP 2-3/4 wide x 4-3/4 high with one corner cutout 1/4 wide x 1/2 high.
Assembly: test assemble bottom side up on a table: FRONT, SIDES, REAR, FLOOR, FRONTBRACE, REARBRACE._ Put a temporary 1/8" spacer strip under each SIDE to make a slot for later holding the Bridge fins under the Cover. Then GLUE using strong wood-glue, clamp, and let dry. Test assemble topside up: both seat rail relief enclosures: RRINSIDE attaches between FLOOR and REAR, flat edge up, and flush with cutout edge._ RRTOP attaches across edges of side and rear cutouts and RRINSIDE; RRSIDE attaches across angled edges of SIDE and RRINSIDE._ GLUE all parts, clamp and dry._ Sand sharp corners and edges round. Note: very thin wire nails or thin flathead deck screws 1" long in predrilled holes to prevent splitting, can greatly assist assembly and gluing without using clamps but 90% of strength comes from sound glue joints. COVER is centered and attached outside with 3" strap hinges 18" between centers and fastened with 8 flathead machine screws, washers, and nuts locked with glue._ 1/4" or 3/8" nylon rope handles are attached thru holes_7" apart in the sides and knotted at the ends with glue inside the knots. Open the Cover by lifting the front corner at either end.
Make Bridge for installing Airbed: Cut 1/2" plywood 16-3/4 x 8 for High console or x 8-1/2 for Low console; Cut 1/8 thick tempered pressed hardboard, two pieces, 16-1/4 x 2._ Lap-glue to bridge sides, centered and extending out 1-1/4". _
<ESC> '05 XLT 4WD
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