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I've been meaning to post this up for a while! First of all, thanks for all the ideas on how to convert the subbie into a million star hotel. I wanted something clean, easy to set-up and take down, also looking decent. I am a graphic designer so aesthetics matter to me:).

My primary inspiration was from @SuBooneru, who came out with this clever setup to level the trunk with folded down seats. This idea was great for few reasons: 1) easy to make 2) easy to take down.

1) I made few measurements, got some light plywood and created this:


The carpet tile was pretty cheap at a local walmart, and matched the interior! Score.

2) Next I ordered a queen size 3" memory mattress from Amazon and cut it down to the shape of the interior. ( electric carving knife works wonders on memory foam )


3) Since I couldn't just leave it as it :), I went got some materials and made a cover the for memory foam. Given I have never used a sewing machine, this was the hardest part.. Local store wanted to charge me 200 bucks for it, so I decided to do it on my own, it took almost 2 weeks of "after work hours". But it came out, I think, decent!


4) Next up was the bedding. Local ikea to the rescue! Fleece blanket + synthetic comforter + down pillows.


5) For winter camping I added a low-watt electric blanket powered by Anker PowerHouse Battery (120000mAh ), that keeps me steady warm for about 2 nights, before needs to be recharged. A friend of mine suggested a faux fur to complete the set-up. Haha..


haha.. I promise this isn't a mobile porn vehicle :)

6) A shot from inside of the cozy kingdom ( with some string lights )



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I absolutely love this set-up. It goes from camping vehicle to clean and classy business transportation tool in matter of 5 minutes.
Again, thanks for creating this forum and all help along the way.

Questions? Leave it below!
best set up ever! as a guy from design side I appreciate the quality and the esthetics!
 

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Drawing upon a lot of ideas presented in this thread (and elsewhere), I made a sleeping platform for the back of our 2019 Forester Premium. It's in two main pieces that fit behind the back seat if desired. Or, while traveling, the headpiece and bedding can be just folded back enough to allow the front seats to go back to their usual positions (the front seats need to be kept forward pretty much all the way to provide enough room to sleep -- I'm nearly 6 feet).

The rearmost piece uses three 2x2s as a base for the 1x10s. The frontmost piece, which has the hinge for the headpiece, uses furring strips as the base. The two pieces are held together by a short carriage bolt.

The first picture shows the two pieces resting on the fled down seats and the area behind the rear seats. We then add two thermarest ridge rest closed cell foam pads, and a 3" piece of memory foam (for a full bed), cut down to 48" x 72". then, we put a quilt on top of that (to provide a buffer between the memory foam and our skin), then sheets and blankets.

The headpiece folds down on two hinges and I used a 2x2 (on a hinge) to prop up the headpiece more.

We used mosquito netting and magnets for the windows to allow for some fresh air and bug protection.

My first iteration used 1x8s and 1x6s as the supports for the platform -- the idea was to create some storage space -- but that made things too claustrophobic for us.

This works well for one person, and is kind of tight for two people.

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I'm going to try some cold weather camping for the first time this year, and I'd like to ditch the tent by sleeping in the Forester. Two questions:

I'm 6'1" which means I'll either need to move the front seats up or sleep with my feet hanging out the rear hatch. I see a number of SUV mattresses that purport to fill the gap between the rear and front seats, providing some much-needed head support. I'm a light camper so I could deal with the lost storage space underneath. Does anyone have any experience with these mattresses? Has anyone found any built specifically for the '19+ Forester rather than a "universal" fit?

Also, I recall another thread where a user complained about the battery going dead after a night of open-hatch camping in their 19. I think a couple of users were doubtful because they open-hatch camped all the time in their older Foresters without issue. Ammeter in hand, the user determined that having the hatch open puts Starlink in an "active" mode where it's drawing a lot more power, even with the ignition completely off. The end result was that the battery goes dead in a matter of hours. I don't remember the final number but it made camping with the hatch open unfeasible. Has anyone else found a workaround (pulling the fuse for Starlink, maybe?) or had different experiences?
 
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Many have built platforms in the back
Search sleeping in back... for a few ideas.
My platform is 6.5 feet long...
Don't forget window screen in the upper rear door of choice before you close it. With window rolled down, you have safety from bugs ,,,and ventilation.

No need to keep any door or hatch open.
 

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This guy right here.

I already didn't like sun roof idea after having a Scion TC with finicky one and the fact that I really like just having as little light as possible enter the cabin. That being said I purposefully have a base forester for the reason that I have been and plan to continue to beat this car up so I wanted as little as possible to break.
I would be one with no sun roof if Subaru's option packaging hadn't required me to upgrade to Premium in order to get Rear Cross Traffic Alert. I totally intended to purchase standard model until I realized that; am still irritated that I had to pay for so much extra stuff I didn't need/want just to get safety feature. But, I do love the RCT (routine backing out of blind driveway into oncoming traffic).
 

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Unfortunately a platform is out of the question for me. I need to still haul people and cargo around, and our townhouse garage is barely big enough for both cars. We don't have enough room to store much of anything, and I don't want to sacrifice cargo space in the car with a folding platform. However, if someone has some experience with those air mattresses (the kind that include a wedge between the back and front seats) and/or a workaround for the battery drain, I'm all ears!
 
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There's no workaround needed for batt drain- just keep everything closed and ignition OFF.

If you have to keep something open, besides a window, then disconnect the batt ground cable.
 

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Hello Everyone! It’s been a while since I posted on here. I just wanted to share my most recent sleeping system using the Luno Life signature air mattress. If you look at my previous posts, I tried a lot of other different air pads, foam pads, etc. this system addresses a lot of issues with the current offerings. here’s a link to an honest review video I made

 

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Hey everyone,

After scrolling through this thread for inspiration, I wanted to submit my build that I made for an upcoming mountain bike trip.

What I wanted:
Lots of room (I'm 6"1)
Something that would fold away, and let me use the back seats.
Something clean (so the wife wouldn't mind it sitting in the boot when I can't be bothered putting it away).
Something reasonably comfortable.

I ended up building a bed made of three pieces of plywood. The first portion sits on top of a platform 5cm high, which brings it level to the second piece which sits directly on top of the back seats folded down. The third piece, is suspended over the gap and held up by rope around the front head rests (thanks everyone for that idea). On that last one, I found a great caribeana thing that you thread a small rope through and it lets you adjust it really easily. Definitely recommend it.

I ended up carpeting the whole thing, for that clean look. This was an afterthought, and as such I hadn't accounted for the extra thickness of the plywood when i folded it away. Without the carpet it was a perfect fit, really easy to pull out and put back...With the carpet, it's a bit more difficult, but it's getting easier each time i fold it up. Wouldn't have been a problem at all, if I had of taken it into account when i drew up the plan.

I don't have any pictures of the build, but you get an idea from the finished product. The pieces are all connected by hinges, which allows it to fold back into the box (which is hinged to the first piece of ply).

Folded up:
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Unfolded:
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Folding away:
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Caribeana connections
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Foam mattress twin XL
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Quick fold for a short drive
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Ready for sleep
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Packed for the trip. Bedding folded up with the mattress. I can squash it down more, but no need.
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Anyone with an SG have any ideas on how to manage condensation with the frameless windows?

I'm struggling to think of a way to allow for ventilation while keeping rain out. (Yay doing anything in the PNW)
 

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Finally built a two piece platform in the back with a slide-out "table" based off the designs I saw in this thread. I have 6" of storage height under the platform which is perfect for a camp stove, folding chairs, and all of the other small loose stuff that normally ends up shoved in random corners. Still deciding if it's worth the effort to stain/waterproof it. View attachment 522084 View attachment 522085 View attachment 522086 View attachment 522087 View attachment 522088
How do we submit order requests? 😊
 

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First post, and wish I had seen this thread earlier! I'm new to Subaru and have a 2017 Forester Premium. My gf and I sleep in the car a lot at trailheads, etc, and we decided to take my Forester out the past two weekends, which necessitated me putting something together to sleep both of us. I came up with the setup below, and I'm wondering if anyone has tried something similar? The headrests are off the front and back seats and the front seats are slid all the way forward and reclined back until they rest on the folded down back seats. It ended up being perfect for the two of us, and we loved having the ability to sit in the front seats before bed, then climbing over into bed without having to move anything (other than the stuff on the bed which we then transferred to the front seats. It was also nice having access to everything in the front seats while still in bed. Sleeping to driving takes about 5 minutes without getting out of the car. I just slid the wood back, pulled up the backrests, and slid the seats back no problem. This one was made with things I had around the house, but I was planning on building something specifically for this setup (definitely with a little storage space instead of a crashpad). I only saw setups here with the seats all the way forward, and I was just wondering if there is a specific reason for that? Or very obvious downfalls to the system I used that I can't see? Thanks!

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