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Building The Jeeper Sleeper write up

First this is a more comfortable solution to sleeping in the passenger seat.
It cost me about 50 bucks and has been from the east coast to the west coast with no issues.

You will need a drill, circular saw, and a tape measure. A square can't hurt either.

You will need (pictured left to right)
A (1) 53" 2x4 This will go in the back behind seat
B (2) 55" 2x4's This will go across seat area. Connects to both E's
C (1) 31.5" 2x4 This will rest on the center console. Connects to 2 D's
D (4) 34" 2x4's (2 pictured) These slide out supporting plywood
E (2) 28" 2x4's These rest on fenders next to seat.
F (2) 4" 2x4's (not pictured) connects to A

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Then you need to cut out 4 pieces of plywood.
G (1) 46" x18"
H (3) 38.5"x18"
I (3) 36" 2x4's

This will leave you with a 6' bed. If you are taller you may want to add a hinged piece at the end so it can be 6" 6" or w/e you want. I am 5' 10" and this was the perfect length.
This is what it looks like opened and closed.

You then want to attach 2 of the H to 3 of the I

Then using hinges you will screw one H and one G to each side.
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I covered the bed in a cheap fabric which I stapled on using a power stapler. This is optional. You could just spray paint it. It merely preference.

Now to assemble the rest.
You will first place the E pieces on the inner wheel wells. In a YJ i believe they are more flat. I used a small scrap piece of wood like a shim to level it out a little. It worked without this piece, but it does help.
Then using 8 screws I attached the B pieces to them. Make sure your screws are not longer than 3"
Then take the 2 F pieces and set them behind the rollbar. Attach the A piece to them using 4 screws. (you can use bolts for these but the backs are hard to get to.)
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here are a few pics installed.
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To make the rear tent portion I used an old tj window and just took the zipper off. I then stapled a piece to the zipper. When I want to sleep i just unzip the window and put this on.

Here is a pic of me in the Rockies with it.


If you wanted to get fancier, you could cut out a door in the bed so you could access the space where your seat used to be. ( the seat will fold up and stay there if you need it)
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if you don't want to build a hitch tire carrier it is very easy to just pull the lug nuts off and set the tire on the ground

ALso if you want to get fancier you can build a extension that has a window in it. This way you could add some zippers squiglys and be able to just zip those shut and have a back window.


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I slept in this on a trip from VT to the rockies to Moab to Cali to North carolina to VT. Had a blast very comfy. I used a 1" self inflating mat with a foam pad. a 2" self inflating would make the pad not needed.
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Also some thoughts. A extension that utilzes the rear soft top bar would be cool. I haven't got to it but it is on my list. Also I haven't used it with a hardtop yet but a fabric piece that goes from the rear window to the hardtop could work out nice so when you open the rear window the extension fold out.

Any questions or things i forgot to mention let me know.

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That is an interesting and functional set up. Very clever on your part.
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thanks, I am going to test it out but all the pieces should be able to fit behind/under the seat when dissembled.

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Is there a way to hang it from the rollbar when its stored.

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When you say hang it from the rollbar, what do you mean?

I mean when it is not being used it is like a deck cover, If you need passengers in the back seat, you can take out the screws and store it.

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i may consider something similar in my XJ.

Hello, I noticed you have an XJ. I have an XJ as well, would you perhaps like to go wheeling?
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you can probably just sleep in the back can't you, or is not very flat? I honestly have never been in an xj.

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Crawling this. This is too cool.

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