Minivan conversion photo 1

I started to camperize my Toyota Sienna 2008 AWD minivan by taking out the back seats and building two wooden boxes. The 6 bolts were easy to remove, and the seats taken out. The back most box is attached to the car using the same 6 bolts. The second box in the middle is attached to the back box by screws. The wood is 3/4 inch plywood and 2 x 4 wood. Total cost was less than $200. Each box has a lid, with the back one being removable. This allows storage of a large cooler, all the clothes and food for a weekend and other accessories. The front of the middle box is attached to a platform with a 10 inch high leg height. The mattress goes on top of all three.

Minivan conversion photo 1

We took the plastic from the seats to Home Depot to colour match the paint for the lids.We covered the sides with a vinyl decking material also purchased from Home Depot.

We are now waiting for the custom made cushions and curtains to be finished next week.


About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.
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