Setting up AirBedz Air Mattress in the 4Runner
Air Mattress Setup in 5th Gen 4Runner – AirBedz PPI-103 Mattress
If you are looking for a good night sleep in your 4Runner, here it is! While sleeping in the 4Runner with an air pad works just fine, I wanted to get something a little better. The AirBedz PPI-103 has exceeded my expectations.
While camping is always an option, I found over the years it getting increasingly difficult to find camp spots in Colorado and didn’t want to drive all over the place looking for one.
This summer I used the air mattress on multiple trips and it has been great. It’s a nice option to have for under $200 whenever you are out exploring and just want to pull over instead of setting up a tent.
The AirBedz has a built-in rechargeable pump, so you don’t need to have an air pump with you, but if you forget to charge the built-in pump it is always nice to have one with you. Being prepared is the first step to survival… that’s what they say right?
Tools for setting up
- 14mm socket
- ½ socket wrench
- AirBedz PPI-103
- Possible sleeping bags and some cozy blankets
- Optional: Air Pump (12v)
- Optional: Boho Headliner Lighting
Step #1: Remove Rear Seats
First, start by removing the seat bottoms. The reason for removing the seat bottoms is to give you about 6 extra inches to allow for the air mattress to fit. Also by removing these, it will give you a little extra storage space. In my case, I typically have camping equipment that I don’t always want to leave outside.
Pull the bottom of the seat up by pulling on the tab.
Next, you will need to remove the plastic caps to access the bolts. Just simply pull on the caps and they will come off.
Step #2: Remove 14mm Bolts and Save Brackets
Once the caps are off you have access to the 14 mm bolts. There are 2 on both sides. Use a 14mm socket and ½ wrench.
Step #3: Remove your Seats
After the bolts are out the seat can be removed from the 4runner. Just pick it up and remove it from the 4Runner. Move to the other side and remove the other seat.
Step #4: Drop Seats Back Down
Next drop your seat backs down. I’m sure you can figure this out but here are a few pics just in case.With the seats down you now see there is a little room to store a few items and the air mattress will still sit flush.
Step #5: Layout Mattress
Now roll out the bed and fill it up. Mattress fills up in under 3 minutes. Make sure the battery is fully charged prior to your trip. Note the wheel well cutouts in the mattress.
Step #6: Blow up Mattress
Because the AirBedz has a built-in rechargeable pump, you do not need an extra portable pump. Just make sure you charge your AirBedz pump before you go on your trip. If you forget to charge the pump in the mattress, you can always use your portable pump or charge the AirBedz pump while you are out. It is recommended to just charge the bed pump before you go anywhere, though.
Step #7: Adjust Mattress if Needed
Step #8: The Cargo Loft
Remove Hatch Hooks
Start by removing the rear hatch hooks and then screw in M6 Ring Eye Bolts.
Attach the carabiners to Cargo Net
Attach the carabiners to the cargo net and hook to the rear hatch rings. The long side of the cargo net will be used here. Wrap the back seat carabiners around the handlebars and hook to the inside of the net. The further into the net the tighter the netting will be. Adjust accordingly.
Attach the cargo loft mounting hardware
Now to fix up the sag. Attach the cargo loft mounting hardware to the ceiling. Center these in the front and rear.This will put a tiny hole in your ceiling. Wrap the elastic of the netting around the mounting hardware and you are all done.
If you want to add some fancy lighting pickup these battery powered lights. Just wrap them through the netting.