Been focused on improving sleeping for our JKU hardtop, by this post makes me want to explore more options with camping in our soft top...very ’tent like’ Wouldn’t need the extended sleeping space but some (shorter?) version of this would help with moving some cargo out of sleeping area.The Belgian Army used locally built Land Rovers known as Minervas; they were basically Series models with some differences, such as sloped front fenders. Some of them were configured as battlefield stretcher carriers:
The extension that hangs off the back is supported by the NATO trailer hitch on the rear crossmember. It's a very simple platform and has a canvas cover that attaches to the main soft top back window opening.
This idea could be adapted to turn a short wheelbase Jeep (TJ, JK2dr, etc.) into a sleep-in camper. It wouldn't take much to build it - a simple platform, a brace down to a hitch receiver and a little sewing to make an enclosure that could zip to the soft top rear window zipper or a simple enclosure frame that could clamp to the hatch opening of a hardtop.