Overlanding Kitchen Build

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Ordered a hybrid lariat lux as a base for my new overlanding build. Thinking the bed size and, the outlets and wiring points, and the lower access height (I clock in at a towering 5’4) should be perfect. I’m not planning to take this thing down any tough trails but it should serve great as a mobile camper/explorer. Anyone have thoughts on using the flexbed to build a DIY kitchen/storage solution? I don’t want to spend $1000 on a box I could build myself but most DIY builds I can find online are meant for much larger trucks or crossovers without a tailgate to consider.
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I will look at the height of the tailgate, when down, to see if I can use it as a prep table/platform. If I do a DIY, I will make something small like a wood foot locker. However, I like the idea of being able to carry it around a campsite(s) instead of being limited to where I park my truck.
 

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I will look at the height of the tailgate, when down, to see if I can use it as a prep table/platform. If I do a DIY, I will make something small like a wood foot locker. However, I like the idea of being able to carry it around a campsite(s) instead of being limited to where I park my truck.
The tailgate, when lowered, is about 30" high (as tall as a table.)

Think something like this would be pretty cool too.
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If these trays could slide all the way out and become free-standing tables, that could be pretty useful.
 
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The tailgate, when lowered, is about 30" high (as tall as a table.)

Think something like this would be pretty cool too.
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If these trays could slide all the way out and become free-standing tables, that could be pretty useful.
I was thinking about something like that and I think I might go in this direction:


Would probably need to be modified to fit between the wheel wells but I don’t think I’d need the second giant drawer.

I also thought the Drifta systems are very cool but might be a bit complex to build and they’re not cheap or easy to buy since it’s an Australian company. Plus I don’t love that they’re not able to be mounted to the truck bed and slide out like a drawer.

https://www.kakaducamping.com/products/drifta-camp-kitchen-dpos
 

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One of the things that is really lost right now in a lot of these picture and videos is a sense of scale. Many don't realize just how small this bed is. I thought I would mock it up and see what opportunities there are.

Using dimensions people have provided, as well as some of the pics, I thought I would mock it up.

Trying to keep it simple, I thought I would see how much space these under bed storage units would take up. Here is what I got.
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This is great. I’ve been wanting to model up the bed for myself as well just to mess around with different ideas, but I can’t find the dimensions for the actual body of the bed (thickness of the walls, etc). Yours here seem relatively accurate, is this true? If so, could you share those dimensions or point me in the direction of where they can be found?
 

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I will look at the height of the tailgate, when down, to see if I can use it as a prep table/platform. If I do a DIY, I will make something small like a wood foot locker. However, I like the idea of being able to carry it around a campsite(s) instead of being limited to where I park my truck.
You can purchase 48" heavy duty full extension drawer glides. They take 3/4" space + 1/4" (times 2 for other side) for metal wall thickness of box to mount them. Allow 7/8" for wood box. Drawer could be the width of distance between fender Wells less 2-3" less allowance to clear fender Wells. Would have to "flex" design something to hold rear of drawer box down to keep drawer from tipping down onto tail gate. Could be square unistrut Brace attached to unistrut on each side of bed. Probably a safety leg under end of drawer when open would be wise. Make drawer depth you want to get work table height you want. Have all goodies accessable when drawer open and not have to remove a bunch of stuff stored over drawer in bed.
 

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This is great. I’ve been wanting to model up the bed for myself as well just to mess around with different ideas, but I can’t find the dimensions for the actual body of the bed (thickness of the walls, etc). Yours here seem relatively accurate, is this true? If so, could you share those dimensions or point me in the direction of where they can be found?

Hey Lavern,

I don't have anything official and i've mocked it up soley based on dimensions provided by Ford or forum members.

I am an architect though, so I try to be as accurate as I can and I'm happy to send you what I have.

Is there a format that works best for you?
 

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Hey Lavern,

I don't have anything official and i've mocked it up soley based on dimensions provided by Ford or forum members.

I am an architect though, so I try to be as accurate as I can and I'm happy to send you what I have.

Is there a format that works best for you?
Ahh this explains the nice drawing. I bet this is pretty fun for you, taking a small break from architecture and applying your techniques to a vehicle. I myself dabble in technical design and modeling for my work so I use solidworks. I’m still quite new though, so I haven’t explored the engineering drawing side of things. Because of this, I’m mostly familiar with .prt or .sldprt and less familiar with converting a drawing to a model with .drw or .slddrw. Using the latter would make for some fun learning, but I’m also able to go off of the drawing you’ve already posted and just guesstimate for the thickness of the top of the bed wall (the plastic protection that runs the length of the top of the bed and tailgate, what is this even called? Bed rail?)

Regardless, thanks for the info you’ve already posted, it’s a lot of help.
 

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Saw someone's Decked system on a Ranger Tremor today. The drawers themselves are tiny and then there's barely any space between the system and the top of the bed. I imagine this issue is magnified on the Maverick given the size.
 

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Ordered a hybrid lariat lux as a base for my new overlanding build. Thinking the bed size and, the outlets and wiring points, and the lower access height (I clock in at a towering 5’4) should be perfect. I’m not planning to take this thing down any tough trails but it should serve great as a mobile camper/explorer. Anyone have thoughts on using the flexbed to build a DIY kitchen/storage solution? I don’t want to spend $1000 on a box I could build myself but most DIY builds I can find online are meant for much larger trucks or crossovers without a tailgate to consider.
I ordered a Hybrid Lariat also...hoping to do light overlanding forest roads with it too.
Level Kit, Bed Cover and Mat is first options I'm doing level kit for little height in front.
 

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The tailgate, when lowered, is about 30" high (as tall as a table.)
That may present an issue if you want to stand at the tailgate and use it as a countertop. A table or desk is typically about 30", a countertop being 35", and a bar top being 40".
 

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Love everything about this post. I'm right there with you at 5'6". Somehow, some way I will figure out how to make the Maverick my pint-sized overlander. Would have loved a truck topper (thanks Ford, for overpricing the Maverick topper...) and may go Softopper instead since I'm in Florida. Trying to figure out creative ideas to make this a reality. My relative in GA has 450 acres that is just waiting to be camped on and explored!
 

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Love everything about this post. I'm right there with you at 5'6". Somehow, some way I will figure out how to make the Maverick my pint-sized overlander. Would have loved a truck topper (thanks Ford, for overpricing the Maverick topper...) and may go Softopper instead since I'm in Florida. Trying to figure out creative ideas to make this a reality. My relative in GA has 450 acres that is just waiting to be camped on and explored!
I too plan on creating a camping kitchen for the Maverick bed. Worked in a cabinet shop and as a carpenter growing up...but plan on a rough-in frame similar to the above video but it is so much easier and more functional to use "slide in plastic storage binds" to load up and store them inside the shelves. So much easier to take out, load up, and wash as needed...and lighter & cheaper than wooden boxes. Challenge is finding right sizes in width and height to fit the bed dimensions and make use of the bed side indentations.
 
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Planning the same thing with my Lariat Lux FX4. Thinking I can use the flex bed system to lock in the unit and make it removable so I can still use the bed for work during the week and then camp on the weekend.
 
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