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Old 06-10-2005, 11:26 AM   #1
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Lightbulb New Idea For all you Baja Campers

Hey everyone,
I do a lot of camping up here in the great white north. One thing i noticed when i did go was that I never had decent space to put a lot of my cooking stuff when I set up camp. So i am working on a new project. I am designing a cover for the bed made out of plywood that will detach very easily and have folding table legs so when I get to the campsite i pull off the cover set it up and i will have plenty of room to put stuff on. I should be fineshed making it this weekend and I have been takeing pics of what i am doing so i will try to post them asap. Let me know what you guys think.
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:53 AM   #2
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Please keep us posted, been thinking of making my own cover as well!
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Old 06-10-2005, 04:17 PM   #3
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I am still looking for a canvas camper top for the bed. No one makes one. Why?????
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Old 06-10-2005, 05:55 PM   #4
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i certainly wish a few more people would make things for our baja beds, but when they do, they prices are pretty high... maybe if more people knew about the baja, a few more might buy it, and then the needed market for aftermarket baja specific accessories would be there **sigh** definitely let us know how that works out though, i have been toying with the idea of making my own fiberglass cover...
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:26 PM   #5
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My husband and I go camping alot too and let me know how it turns out. The only problem that I would forsee is that when we go camping all our stuff exceeds the height of the bed. We have a dog that we bring along her crate, and coolers, camping gear and all that crap. Good idea though. Post picks when you get them.
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Old 06-12-2005, 11:22 PM   #6
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I have built a cover for the bed. Pictures can be found at this link: http://www.kodakgallery.com/BrowsePh...1990406&page=1

I found the roll bars make it very difficult to make a cover. I use a 1x4 board that I slide between the roll bars and the rear window to support the cover near the back window. When I put the cover on I slide it forward between the roll bars. However, this leaves a large gap on either side where the cover is narrowed for the roll bars. I made two small (approximately 3 inches by 8 inches) parts that plug the gap. See the pictures.

I made mine with a hinge in the middle so that it is easier to get things in and out as a solid cover would hit the roll bars if it was raised. I also put carpet pad on top and then stretched vinyl over it to give it a better appearance. I should have spread glue on the carpet pad as the wind does buffet it a little. It is not water tight, but it does keep 95% of the water out and all the snow out.

Hint for making your own cover.... lay a piece of cardboard or scrap plywood over the bed and secure it, crawl in and trace the shape. Seeing the sides are not straight I found this to be the easiest way to get the shape of the bed.

Materials I used:
Scrap OSB board I had in the barn.
36" hinge from the local hardware store
1x4 board for supporting the front
carpet pad (foam pad would work fine)
vinyl
staple gun

I hope this helps those of you thinking about this project.

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Old 06-12-2005, 11:27 PM   #7
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I just was double checking the pictures I uploaded and found where I added text it is quite small. Sorry! I have 56K dial up and it took a long time to upload the 4 pictures so I won't be uploading them again.

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Old 06-13-2005, 12:56 AM   #8
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that looks really good! how long did it take you to finish?
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Old 06-13-2005, 10:15 AM   #9
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I am trying to remember, but I think it took about 4 or 5 hours. I made it last winter and my recollection on time is a little fuzzy.
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Old 06-13-2005, 05:37 PM   #10
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Well it is complete but alas i can't post any pics. i will try to set up an online photo album to look at I think i dida pretty good job and hey i can still fit all my rodeo gear in the back too. In total it came to about 100 to make but keep in mind that figure is in canuck money.
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Old 06-13-2005, 06:18 PM   #11
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I'm setting up a bordello in the back of my Baja. The only problem I'm having is getting enough power to all the the red lights I'm running. Surprisingly, I'm able get all four beds into the bed. I thought I would only be able to get three into there. Everything else fits just fine: bar, condom dispenser and reception desk. I tell you, this is one versatile vehicle!
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Old 06-13-2005, 11:19 PM   #12
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And how come you didn't bring it to the wicked big meet.. it would have been a hit along with the casino i have in mine...


BTW the house always wins.
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Old 06-14-2005, 10:47 AM   #13
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Ever here those Jeff Foxworthy sayings You know your a redneck if... Well You know your a Red Neck if your Truck cover turnes into a camping table...
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