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Goodness, I just binge-read all 30 pages! AWESOME ideas! I don't have anything of substance to add, just wanted to give my thanks :)

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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.

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Just read this Entire thread, Wow!, ideas galore! Elsewhere I came across a YouTube channel for people living out of their car, trailer, RV, what-have-you, CheapRVliving. (won't let me include a link) Some ingenious solutions there for cooking, bathroom, etc that may be of interest to some readers.
We had a 2009, replaced with a 2018 about 3 weeks ago, just found y'all. Thank You for this site!
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Simple, basic organizer

I bought a dunnage rack (see attachment) and positioned it along one side. These can be found at restaurant supply stores. Gear goes below and on top of it. I sleep next to it. Also available in shorter and/or wider versions. Lightweight and easy to handle/remove.
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I use black plastic shelf in the rear. It’s got plenty of room for my feet. I put small plastic drawer units on top & Bungie cord them to the shelf. I also use sm Bungie cords in front of the drawers to keep them from opening while traveling. I can fit 2, 4 drawer units & one shorter unit so I can see out the rear. I did use a silicon caulk to secure the legs onto the shelves. I can fit most of my of my food/beverage dry items in the drawers
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I too just spent a good 3 hours over a couple days going through this thread, and it's impressive seeing what everyone can come up with. Before my Foz, I had a Honda Element, which was a wonderful little camper vehicle in it's own right, and I assumed the Foz would never come close to matching its flexibility on interior use. Seems I might be wrong and they are on a slightly more level playing ground!

Now to find the time to start working on my own setup...

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Just scrolled through every page. Lots of good ideas and builds. I've slept in many vehicles before, but none as small as the Forester. Funny thing is the main reason for buying a Forester (was also searching for Outback) was to live and sleep out of it while traveling (working). Will post updates when I actually do. I plan on adding a cargo net attic, too keep things out of the way, at least while sleeping. I try to be as minimalist as possible, so no sleeping platforms for me.
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I lived in my 2001 Forester for a month last March, I took two queen size foam mattress toppers and cut them to fit the back with the seats folded flat, and cut a notch so the trunk latch wouldn't catch on it. Then I took some black fabric and upholstery tacks and I measured each window and made curtains that I tacked into the headliner (I was okay with it because my car IS old and it WAS a last resort) then I rolled up the curtains and used velcro cable ties to secure them to the ceiling when I didn't need them down.

It was a really comfortable living space when I didn't have anywhere else to go, but I am fortunate enough to be 5 foot 2, anyone over 5'5 would not be as comfortable as I was, but it would be doable. Anyone over 5'9 will just be squished. I measured the space from the back of the drivers seat when it's slid all the way forward and the back of the trunk hatch and found that its about 5'5, but the tops of the rear seats dont go all the way to front seats when they're folded down. I filled this space with my duffle bags and backpacks and put my pillows on top it them, made for a bit of extra space.

A complaint I had with sleeping in my car, which may be different for newer model years, I'm not sure, is the lack of an inner door handle on the trunk. I would have to open one of the side doors and crawl out over my pillows, usually taking some sort of duffle bag or blanket with me on the way out on accident. Anyone with legs longer than mine would have a hard time getting out without having to roll out sideways.

Its been almost a year living in my new place, but in all honesty, I have the mattress pads still folded up inside the trunk, and the curtains are still rolled up and velcroed. I enjoy going for long drives and sleeping in my car. It's no longer a last resort, but my car will always be my home, even though I have an apartment.
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Just scrolled through every page. Lots of good ideas and builds. I've slept in many vehicles before, but none as small as the Forester. Funny thing is the main reason for buying a Forester (was also searching for Outback) was to live and sleep out of it while traveling (working). Will post updates when I actually do. I plan on adding a cargo net attic, too keep things out of the way, at least while sleeping. I try to be as minimalist as possible, so no sleeping platforms for me.


I think all you need are two pieces of wood to stand up and prop up your rear cargo lid. That will actually align then cargo lid with folden 2nd row seating for a flat surface. Then another 2 pieces of ply board to fill the gap between front and rear seats. Everything should pack away to 100% Oem look.

The green rectangles are just an idea of where you’d probably where you’d place two 2”x4” lumber.

Good luck with your solution!




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Here's another option, albeit a whole lotta money. Sleeping ON the back...
https://www.costco.com/Silverwing-Cl...100468990.html
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HI GUYS!!! Ah, it's been a while. I no longer have the 2015 Forester XT, but I do miss this thread! I signed on here to post a few things (about why I no longer have the 2015 FXT, a public service announcement to monitor your transmission temperatures, etc). Here is a fantastic sleeping option! They make them for all car brands and models. they are custom built to be a perfect fit. Best part is they are only $244. I'm not a sponsor for them, I'm not trying to sell you guys, it's just a really nice product at the right price. I'll be buying one for my new ride.

The best part about them is they have two seperate channels, so if you are on a solo trip, just inflate one side and tuck the other side under. This is the perfect design for my Girlfriend and I. it really sucks trying to use two seperate air pads when we both sleep in the SUV, we wake up with a big gap in the middle.

My buddy Blubaru2018 has a discount code you can use to save 15%, it's "CHANNING15". Sleep well my friends!!!!
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Just scrolled through every page. Lots of good ideas and builds. I've slept in many vehicles before, but none as small as the Forester. Funny thing is the main reason for buying a Forester (was also searching for Outback) was to live and sleep out of it while traveling (working). Will post updates when I actually do. I plan on adding a cargo net attic, too keep things out of the way, at least while sleeping. I try to be as minimalist as possible, so no sleeping platforms for me.
Did you flatten the middle hump somehow? It looks like it in the photo.
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Camping in the back of your Forester

My wife is wanting to go camping in the back of our 2003 Forester with our beagle. Does anybody know of a good size air mattress or sleeping pad to fit? I would much rather be in a tent but you know how that goes....

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@M9130 your thread has been merged with this existing thread on the same subject.

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