Before we started our trip to South America, we arranged to buy a car from our friend who had just finished up a similar trip. The car already came with the name Andy and he’s a 2000 Infiniti QX4 which is basically the same as a Nissan Pathfinder.
We just couldn’t stand to not be able to live in our car again 🙂 However, on this SUV, the back seats didn’t fold completely flat, so we had to build a raised platform. Plus, we had to do it all with a hand saw and hammer and nails since we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on power tools. Fortunately, we found a place similar to a Home Depot that would cut the large piece of plywood to our general dimensions. We built it with 2 plywood cut-outs: the front cut-out is removable and can slide towards the back when it’s not in use and when people are riding in the back seat. Having our beds on a raised platform doesn’t give us quite as much room for sleeping but it allows for us to store all our stuff underneath so it’s out of sight. We plan to test it out when we hit the road for our month-long road trip to the North of Chile and Argentina.