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Due to the fact that the interior height in my van is roughly 4.5 feet, I will be sitting/laying down a lot while in it (i.e. all the time).  So I must have a comfy seat that doubles as a bed.  I chose to go the Westy route, and ordered a pair of hinges that copy their design.  In hind sight, I wish I would've made the expandable bed and may change to this later.  The hinge design is complicated, and the instructions that come with are inaccurate.  Too much to fully explain, but here is a brief run down of what I did:

         Supplies Needed

  • Rock N'Roll Hinges available from the Bus Depot (the instructions are worthless, throw them away)
  • Plywood/MDF for torsion box construction
  • Nuts and bolts (1/4" x various lengths)
  • L Brackets
  • Brad nails
  • Wood Glue

         Tools Needed

  • Handsaw/Table Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Drill

This was the hardest build in the van.  Lots of trial and error.  

To the right is a platform I made on each side of the frame that the hinges will bolt into.  The framing to the left helps support the bed when folded out.

In order for the bench to support the weight, I had to use torsion box construction.  Worked out, but made everything really heavy the transition from couch to bed more difficult than I had planned.

Testing everything before upholstering

Final install

Leg hinges.  Zelcro keeps them tucked away when not in use.  The 2x4 ensures the leg doesn't collapse in on itself while we are laying on it.

Storage underneath

Storage underneath