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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-20-2012, 10:12 AM
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What other options do i have for tents that attach to the back? I like that idea with what i have.Although i feel like my outback is significantly smaller than yours and it would look really saggy on the back of mine?

I've seen this guy driving around Asheville. Has a VW wagon w/ their logos on the car. Pretty sharp looking wagon. Not affiliated w/ them but I looked them up after seeing the VW.

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What other options do i have for tents that attach to the back? I like that idea with what i have.Although i feel like my outback is significantly smaller than yours and it would look really saggy on the back of mine?
that's the only SUV size they have. I'd email DAC and ask about fitting your model year. worst case, order one and try to fit it. if it's too large, return it.

it does attach via shock cords so it has plenty of size range.
also, across the top edge, there's a fibreglass shock pole to thread across that edge to keep the top extended. I've not really needed to use that pole so it's not in there in my photo.
and if you're a bit handy, it wouldn't be hard to sew in a dart to take up fabric if you need to...

good luck with it. it's been super handy for me.

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Wow...that is SUPER cool! I just ordered an Aliner Ranger hard-sided popup my self. It won't be here until mid/late March and I hate missing the winter surf here in Texas. Was considering just camping and sleeping in the back until the camper comes in, but was unsure how much weight the styro trays underneath would hold. I'm 5'11'', 195 lbs. Should support my fat butt, shouldn't it???
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Just be sure to anchor it down given a head on crash you'll be joined by some plywood trying to occupy your space up front. Similar idea for the camper shell trucks.
Nice work
I was all excited about creating a sleeping platform in my 2012 OB and then I saw your post. (I'm guessing grab handles wouldn't do, ha ha.) Is there anything that is already under the floor to attach to that is sturdy enough? Not looking to do any welding/drilling/tapping, etc.

This is only a concern while the vehicle is moving. I wonder if the rear seatbelts could be put to use? Hmm
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What about those platforms that connect to the top rack? I've seen those a couple times, I wonder if there are any that work for Outback or if it would be safe?
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Awesome build man! I'm looking to do the exact same thing in my 2001 for climbing trips. How did you support the front section? It looks like the cargo area is basically a big plywood box -- do you just allow the front board to rest on that box and the front bench seat or is there some sort of structure beneath?
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I just completed a 4 day camp out in the very remote Nevada Blue Mass area at 8000 feet. Due to rain each night I slept in the 2015 Outback without incident and no damage to the foam underlay. The factory cargo mat offers sufficient support. I did same many times in 2011 Outback but much more cramptd. 2015 has very good comfort as I am 6'2'' and 240 pounds. I used a Thermarest self inflating pad and queen size down comforter and down pillow. Very cozy and good sleep. 3 others in Chevy 4WD slept in tent and were soaked.

Getting up during night is problematical. Low ceiling clearance makes using a wide mouth bottle comparable to a monkey humping a football!

Need to figure a way to turn off entry and liftgate lights so as to leave gate open or to open door without lights coming on. Kept left rear door clear with seat down as exit.
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My daughter and I sleep in the back all the time and the dog sleeps on the front seat. All I do is fold down the rear seat and I position the front passenger seat so I can remove the head rest so I have an area to put a pillow on. I'm 6'2" and my only complaint is no headroom when I sit up.

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Need to figure a way to turn off entry and liftgate lights so as to leave gate open or to open door without lights coming on. Kept left rear door clear with seat down as exit.
Find the trigger switch and install a manual override switch wired from somewhere in the back that makes it easy to turn off and on.
A simple toggle switch should do the trick.

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Find the trigger switch and install a manual override switch wired from somewhere in the back that makes it easy to turn off and on.
A simple toggle switch should do the trick.
I had added a handle in the back of my 2000 on the inside. It was a wire connected to a piece of dowel rod. When you pulled the wire, it pulled the lever that holds the trunk shut. Worked pretty well.

With the 2015 I can just use my key fob from inside.

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