went out to the pawnee grasslands to test this thing out last weekend. truck did great, definitely need an alignment after I install my new Tbars, and not happy with my duel flap tent opening. other then that, it was a good windy time. and everything performed perfectly. also need to restrict water flow out of my faucets because its real easy to use a LOT of water real quick.
found a couple puddles, but the rest was pretty much flat dirt roads.
work got busy again so haven't had a lot of time to work on this thing, but I finally got around to making some stuff
probably gonna figure out how to attach some hinges, at least on the drivers side. I don't mind having the smaller pass side panel removable though. Also gonna get my mom to stich up some new covers for the separate mattress pieces now, which should also help them slide into place a bit easier.
both, though the bottom of the platform will be much easier to deal with. the material cut out of the headliner is not exactly clean cut and useable. it was a bit more sturdy than I thought, so the part removed ended up being cut in several pieces. the edges will be the most difficult part though. none of the shapes are square or evenly spaced, and not much go material to attach things. I'll figure something out eventually, but might end up with taped up edges for a while.
anyway, this is what I'm left with currently.
also got some aux lights for the front since the headlights are nearly worthless
your terminology there has me a little unsure, but I assume you are referring to keeping the panel held in place while driving? the 2x2 wood frame fits pretty snugly in the roof opening to keep it from moving side to side, and when the tent is closed the roof is close enough with the cushions to keep it from jumping up and down. it doesn't move at all or make any sort of noise on corrugations.
ever wonder why manhole covers are round? if a vehicle hits its edge and flips it out of the ring which holds it, a circle will not be able to fall inside itself. so it saves the city a few bucks, but the next 10 vehicles will need front end alignments for sure!
so I had to tell you that story, so I can tell you this one. I foolishly left a flatbar on the top of a six foot stepladder once. then proceeded to move the ladder. did I mention I did it "once"? sumbich that hurt. see where i'm going here?
so you may choose to add some positive latching hardware to the loose/ unhinged panel.