20100826_0657...Bed box project for my car (1 of 3)
Overview shot of the new travel gear boxes.
(One of my photo sets contains a detailed history of my systems for sleeping in a car.)
These boxes will not only hold travel gear but also act as a uniform surface for sleeping. This is a vast improvement over the system I used in October 2009, which involved the clumsy placement of plywood panels atop Rubbermaid tote boxes. Boxes are of varying sizes to accommodate different types of gear.
The nylon cords on the sides of boxes are carrying handles (two per box). Their thinness allows the boxes to be pushed together with minimum gaps between them. Carrying handles will be used rarely, as the boxes will sit in place during road trips. In the photo, some of the handles stick up above the lids, but during trips they will be draped against the sides of the boxes.
The cords on the lids are lid handles---much easier, cheaper, and quicker to install than hinges. Blue tape shows which end of a box faces the front of the car. That makes a difference because the lid handles are placed away from the long center line of the box configuration to prevent my lying on them.
My neighbor Al did most of the cutting of plywood on his table saw. Thanks, Al!
UPDATE ON 1 Sep 2010: I tried this system on a four-day trip to northwestern Oregon and it worked very well.