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hikerdmb

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I have been wanting to build a backseat storage area and platform for some time now for the back seat area of my 2004 Dodge Ram Quad Cab. Since my daughters are both off at college now, I don't really need the back seats too often for passengers any more. But I needed to have something that could be put in and taken out fairly easily when I do need the back seat. I also needed it to have some storage, a raised platform for my dog to ride on, and a lower platform for his entry/exit into the back seat area.
Here is a picture from the passenger side.
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I started the build by ripping some 2X8 dimensional lumber down to about 1.5 X 1.5 inches to build the frame. I skinned the sides with quarter inch plywood and the top and lower platform with half inch plywood. On the top of the platform I cut to fit a piece of an old backpacking closed cell sleeping pad to give Wylie a little cushioning. Then I got some outdoor type carpet and covered the entire unit. The entire unit is one piece that can easily be put in place and removed by one person. It probably weighs about 50 pounds total, but it is very sturdy.

I built in two drawers on the passenger side using some clear plastic drawers. These drawers are currently holding a tow strap, some tools, spare bulbs, and jumper cables.
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Notice that the passenger front seat is still able to fully recline. The rear passenger side also has the lower platform to store larger items if needed and it makes entry and exit for Wylie very easy.
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I built the platform to match the height of the center console so Wylie can put his head and upper body up between the front seats when he wants a good view or wants to feel more like one of us. As if that is possible.
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The platform for Wylie to ride on is behind the driver’s seat and the center console.
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On the driver’s side there are two additional clear plastic drawers. Right now these drawers hold some ratchet straps and flashlight.
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Here is a pic of Wylie and the rig in the driveway. I will let him give his new throne a test drive as soon as he gets dried off from playing in the rain.
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Hope you like the project and it gives others some ideas to build something.

* This post was edited 10/12/10 06:25pm by hikerdmb *


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Posted: 10/04/10 08:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That looks great, you can never have enough storage. When will you be done building mine?


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And mine! [emoticon]
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Very nice job! Looks professional! And Wylie looks like he's going to have his own throne!![emoticon]


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Great job, very professionnal ! Congrats.


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thanks for sharing

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Posted: 10/05/10 05:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice Job, I want to do somewhat the same, just for storage and no dog. Did you check to see what would be involved in removing the seat?


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I thought about removing the seat but I still need it sometimes and so I built this to fit with the seat folded up. I just figuered it would be too much effort to remove the seat each time or put it back in. My idea was to have something not permanent.

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Posted: 10/05/10 07:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good for you and even better for Wylie. He's a lucky pooch!
Our Rusty could be his twin brother. The likeness is astounding.


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Nice job! Looks like something professionally made. Might need to have something to keep the plastib bins from sliding out while driving.


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