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KarenG

Dunnage rack as sleeping platform?

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Hi all,

 

First post here. I just got my Transit Connect a few weeks ago. I camped in it this past weekend and used my camping cot as I haven't had time to sort out the sleeping platform. My original plan was to build a platform so I've been spending a lot of time on google looking for ideas or perhaps something pre-built. I came across a dunnage rack that might work. I figure I might be missing something though since I can't find that anyone has ever used one for this purpose. To be honest, I didn't know what a dunnage rack was until I started looking for pre-built platforms. :)

 

Here is the one I am considering:

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/channel-ed2472-24-x-72-aluminum-dunnage-rack-2200-lb/240ED2472.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3a3w7MLD7AIVx0XVCh1KcQzkEAQYASABEgK-CPD_BwE

 

The specs on it say it only weighs 20lbs.

https://channelmfg.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Dunnage_Tubular_Channel.pdf

 

Any thoughts?  Would this be a bad idea?  

 

 

Sincerely,

KarenG

 

 

 

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 They're very light (hollow tubing) and would work just fine. Very strong, we put 500+lbs all the time. 

 But 24" is not very wide to sleep on.

Seems like you could be creative and do things other than the standard bed/couch  if you got 2 - 24" x 36" 

 Could put them together to make the bed up as needed,  if you didnt' want a bed/couch space hog all the time.

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Thanks so much for the info, MLB. That’sa great idea. I am going to give them a shot. :)

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Years ago I worked a night shift rate job where you could get done early if you were fast enough.  We then would sleep for an hour or two on the skinny little benches used in all locker rooms  using a couple of layers of carboard that sat on the bench and extended past it a foot or two on each side.  You couldn't roll over on it of course but it would easily support arms and even a leg hanging off the bench part way with your body weight holding it down.  In this case 24" is wide enough to support a light piece of wood or other material at least  36" but only sticking out 6" past the rack.  Or just extend on one side and have legs under that.  ??  Tons of ideas out there, look about.  ;)

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