What is the bed cradle v0.1?
The bed cradle v0.1 is the first version of a heavy weight drawer for pull out camper-van-beds. The bed cradle is about 1,5m long to make a solid rigid base with a lot of storage, and extendable arms to mount a 2m long bed on it. It does not include parts for the bed to be put upon the cradle. The cradle was designed for a VW T5, but it should be easily adaptable to most other vans.
About Version v0.1 (Prototypestate):
It’s the first version of the bed cradle and was not originally intended to be sold as a product.
It works very well, my wife and I are currently on our first trip with a van equipped with this, and we love it. It’s more robust, flexible and cheaper than comparable heavy duty pull outs.
It’s however not a finished product yet, and I don’t take the responsibility for bed cradles built based on this. There will be market-ready version of this at some point. You should be at least a little bit of a handymen (or handywoman?) if you order this.
This kit was originally made to fit the VWT5 with short wheelbase.
As the wood parts are not included in the kit, you are free to change almost all measurements as needed, to fit your car. The width of the cradle however is defined by the aluminum extrusions. If you want to customize this measurement, send me an E-Mail with your order number, after you had a look on the plans. (They will be available to you one week before the kits ship.)
How much weight the cradle holds depends a lot on the materials used, on the accuracy you put into building it and how the floor etc. of your car is built . The plans include tipps on how to get the most out of your build, what to keep in mind when putting everything together and how to increase the stability. My version (which this kit is based on) holds up to 250kg.
To build this, you need a Powerdrill, a Jigsaw and a cartouche press (depending on the glue you use, recommendations will be included in the plans)
To open the plans you’ll need a .pdf reader. (Like Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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