2007 Toyota Sienna AWD minimalist sleeper/camper

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  1. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    There are many build threads on the web and don't want to reinvent the wheel. But I will use this thread to get some carpentry ideas.

    For the Sienna I have removed the middle row. I can also remove the very last 3rd row but for my minimalist use I am not sure I need to do that. Both Mrs. Simba and I are well under 6ft tall and some of the luggage will go into a roof carrier.

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    One of the few things to be done will be remove the Class II hitch and get a Class III and get the trailer wiring done. The next easy thing will be to get privacy window shades all around.
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    szurszewski Long timer

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    Why replace the hitch? just to get the 2" receiver? When I looked up hitches for this vehicle the Class II and III seemed to have the same capacity (which was also the listed capacity of the van).
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    Thank you--Good to know. I guess I could get an 1 1/4" to 2"adapter to use the 2" receiver.
    I will look at the current hitch and see its towing capacity.
    I will just hit the rusty hitch with Rustoleum rust reformer.
    Simba

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    Don’t run an adapter.

    Change the hitch or buy a new ball mount
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    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    You are right as I don't want to increase the receiver length any more and increase the torque moment.
    Imu
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    My 2 cents...I think you would be better off changing to a 2" receiver hitch if you could. That extra leverage/extension of the adapter wouldn't be something I would want, given a choice. I also notice the adapter you pictured states "Not to be used for towing"
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  8. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    I saw that also--'not to be used for towing'. What the heck--that is a stupid product or plain dumb warning.
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    It’s for bike racks n shit
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    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    got it.
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    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    I found below picture. It shows my 'Prius Minimalist Camper'. I am sure I can improve upon that with the Sienna.

    Its time to start measuring the Sienna interior and buy some wood.

    I want to remove all the 2nd and 3rd row seats but Mrs. Simba wants the design to incorporate all the seats in the folded position. She thinks that the seats will remain in the car 98% of the time and only rarely will we need the camper set up. She is afraid that the seats will suffer and possibly tear just sitting in the garage. So for now I will let her win and design the sleeping platform with the seats in the folded position and the platform should be easily removable.

    I found some nice sized coolers and also some Coleman camping stoves that were used in the Prius.

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    She's right about the 98%, but if you are out camping, who will be in the garage to damage the seats? The second row seats are more likely to be damaged in the van as you crawl in and out. And they do restrict the door opening quite a bit while folded up. But ya gotta pick your fights... Third row is a pain to remove and reinstall. Unless you really need the space, just fold them into the floor.
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    Mice in the garage. They found my spare stacked VW seats. Nothing irreparable, but another annoyance.

    We have the Stow N' Go and I leave one middle seat up for the dog while my plywood bike board has a cutout to fit around it. When not hosting bikes there are usually tools, tarps, and crates of crap floating around back there, and I can fold the other seat down when required.
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    I am thinking my 1st design will be with the seats folded and in the car.
    If the camping becomes more frequent (which I doubt), then maybe do a redesign with seats out.
    I need to introduce her to the idea of car-camping slowly.
    Simba

    something like below with hinges. Neither pics show a Sienna.
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    Be interesting in seeing how your build progresses. I recently down sized from a campervan to Sienna minivan rigged as a stealth camper. I chose to keep it temporary with folding camp gear/cot as I like to reconfigure the space between 5 passenger car, cargo van, bedroom, shower, and also to park at trailheads/long term parking (for multi day backpacking, bicycle touring, ADVmoto side excursions) with everything hidden in the well behind the third row seats. Just trying to maintain the appearance of an empty, boring soccer-mom vehicle while unattended.

    The Mrs isn't a camper so I'm solo (sometimes w/dog), but if she were, I'd probably go with a Disc-O-Bed bunk set-up to retain the 1/3rd open seat and floorspace, convert the bunk into a couch, and well cots are cooler than mattresses in warm weather.

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    My Trailer-In-A-Bag will integrate well storing inside when needed.

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    simbaboy Lansing MBS Supporter

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    Thank you for posting those pictures. It give me some ideas as well.
    Would a Disc-O-Bed bunk bed fit ok in the minivan?
    I am going to start my build in 2 weeks or so.
    Thank you,
    Simba
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  17. Snapper

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    I got the Disc-O-Bed idea from HERE. Never actually tried it, but IIRC, the width measurements would fit in the 2/3rds space of my late model Sienna so I could still leave the 1/3rd seat raised.

    BTW, a must have for minivan dwelling are window rain deflectors so you can circulate/ventilate air both stealthly and without weather concerns.
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    I just got a 2012 AWD last week. I'm removing all rear seats. Need to figure out how to remove the seat tracks.
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    From what I have read its very hard to remove the rails--In addition to the 2007 I also have a 2014.

    Nice car you got there. I love both our Siennas.
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    I'll need to crawl under it and see if there are studs & nuts holding them in place.
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