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Hello!
I didn't want to make the typical n00b mistake and did lots of googling and lurking prior to posting.

Starting to plan a build for a light use camper that will transport 2-3 motorcycles, 2 humans, and one large dog.

Rear area will be reserved as "garage" and potentially sleeping quarter with bikes spending the night outside. This may change as I'm looking at sofa options for 2nd row of seats.

I like the idea of overhead storage, like on an airplane... and after searching the internet for options didn't find anything really great. I'd also like to use space around wheel wells, I'm sure you've all seen boxes for truck beds that find around arches. Vertical space between overheads and wheel well storage is perfect for handlebars so that lots of bikes can fit comfortably and be easy to move in and out. Fold down sleeping platform can also fit here, one panel per wall, folding down to meet in the middle.

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https://www.harborfreight.com/46-in-mobile-workbench-with-solid-wood-top-64012.html with wheels removed and cutout in the bottom to fit over the wheel well arches? Brand is not important, could be craftsman or Costco. It would provide some counter top area to work on, etc. and storage (giving up some volume for wheel wells).

Overheads https://www.sevilleclassics.com/ultrahd-mega-stacker-cabinet?pid=688 with modified back section to fit the slight slant of wall upper section where it meets the roof.
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https://www.summitracing.com/parts/gfr-4131bk (just an example) webbing nets attached to walls via L-track or E-track. Can be removed or tucked away when not used, and great to store gear, bags, etc.

Looking for feedback and perhaps hard won lessons I can incorporate into the build?
 

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Oh! That looks super interesting. I'd want two matching. Wonder why they are selling a few of them, but price is vastly different, shipping too.
 

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Oh! That looks super interesting. I'd want two matching. Wonder why they are selling a few of them, but price is vastly different, shipping too.
These are two different sellers. The cheaper seller looks like they don't specialize in aircraft parts, so that may explain the cheaper price.

I found this one which is less favorable size wise and missing doors, but they have more than one.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/AVIATION-A...D-STORAGE-BINS-P-N-65C16844-134-/291263221421
 

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If you don't mind metal, office cubical overhead bins could work. You can sometimes find these in office furniture resellers. These are often backless (which can be advantageous in a van) and designed to hang over a cubicle partition.

Here are a few different sized options from Global:

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/partitions/panels/48-overhead-cabinet-charcoal

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/partitions/panels/36-overhead-cabinet-charcoal

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/partitions/panels/60-overhead-cabinet-charcoal
 

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Thanks! That's very useful. I didn't consider office furniture. Metal is definitely an option.


If you don't mind metal, office cubical overhead bins could work. You can sometimes find these in office furniture resellers. These are often backless (which can be advantageous in a van) and designed to hang over a cubicle partition.

Here are a few different sized options from Global:

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/partitions/panels/48-overhead-cabinet-charcoal

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/partitions/panels/36-overhead-cabinet-charcoal

http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/office/partitions/panels/60-overhead-cabinet-charcoal
 

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I am solving bed, couch and overhead storage with 1 thing, C-frame twin bunk over futon. The futon couch is full bed and the overhead twin bunk is perdeck for storage as it has 12" rails and will make front rail swing down and lock up to access and keep cargo in place while driving. It runs along driver side and the couch straddles over the wheel well nicely. Will install awning type window above couch in the spring. Excited by how this solves several puroses at once. Btw Wal-mart. Com has for only $178 w free in store pick up.
 

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The C-frame is the key, it has the features but not traditional bunk bed poles, the C-frame keeps that area open and yet provides Large overhead cargo area.
1 thing to remember is keep heavy things low, don't want to raise center of gravity too high? I am building bike hauler, fishing trip camper.
 

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The C-frame is the key, it has the features but not traditional bunk bed poles, the C-frame keeps that area open and yet provides Large overhead cargo area.
1 thing to remember is keep heavy things low, don't want to raise center of gravity too high? I am building bike hauler, fishing trip camper.

May I suggest that you start a build thread with photos?


Also, putting your vehicle size - wheel base, roof - into your signature helps others offer advice appropriate for your situation. If you put you location in your signature or profile, that can help too.
 
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