5th Gen Mods, DIY, Off-Road

Air Mattress Setup in 4Runner

Updated 4/27/18 / Read Time: 4 mins

Setting up AirBedz Air Mattress in the 4Runner

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?

The Essentials

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

Air Mattress Setup - Remove Rear 4Runner 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

Step #2: Remove 14mm Bolts

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

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

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

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

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 #7: Adjust Mattress if Needed

Step #8: The Cargo Loft

Items needed:

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.

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Bri
Bri
November 12, 2020 3:02 pm

Hey Kevin, I love this setup! I’m wondering how you got the back completely flat? Is it flat if you take the seats out? In the 5th gen, there’s still that large bump if the seats are laid down. I looked at building this sleeping platform to fix it, but I’d appreciate any thoughts or other ideas you have! Thanks!

Emily
Emily
August 5, 2020 11:32 am

This looks awesome! Where do you keep your food? Do you usually bring a cooler camping?

Emily
Emily
August 6, 2020 8:37 am
Reply to  Kevin

Do you put the cooler in the front seats when you sleep? Do you leave it outside? Are you worried about bears or raccoons?

John
John
April 10, 2019 9:24 am

Did you ever try inflating the mattress in the back without taking the seats out? Someone asked you this last year and at that time you had not tried it without. I am curious to see how that works as I really don’t want to them out if I can avoid it.

Travis
Travis
March 7, 2019 2:01 am

How is the Airbedz holding up? I want to get one, but like other people, those reviews are scaring me away from it.

Chris
Chris
January 28, 2019 12:55 am

Can you do the net without the mount in the ceiling ?

Chris
Chris
January 28, 2019 9:46 am
Reply to  Kevin

Do you think getting a smaller net would help?

Chris
Chris
January 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Reply to  Kevin

Okay cool thanks, also that airbeds mattress has horrible reviews. Even the 5 star ratings has complains about the mattress coming with defects. I think You just got lucky. I’m definitely not testing my luck and I’m going to try to find a similar product as I plan On sleeping in my 4runner. I’ll update when I find A good one!

Sean
Sean
December 27, 2018 4:56 pm

Do you know the length after you take out the seats. I’m 6’ so wanted to know if I could stretch out and sleep straight or would I have to keep my legs bent.

Mike
Mike
December 25, 2018 9:49 am

When you drill into the ceiling, are you just drilling into headliner or is there a support beam there?

Grant Rembert
Grant Rembert
May 3, 2018 5:04 am

CARGO LOFT MOUNTING HARDWARE where can i get this?

Chris Theodore
Chris Theodore
April 5, 2018 10:14 pm

Does anyone know if this will work with a 3rd Gen?!

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Brenan - @Trail4R
April 6, 2018 1:18 am
Reply to  Chris Theodore

I am sure there is a similar set-up out there for a 3rd gen. The width of the 3rd is smaller than the 5th so I would just measure your width before buying anything.

Kate
Kate
March 22, 2018 3:13 pm

Love this set up. I ended up with a custom mattress that fit to the dimensions of the bed that included the seats. Wish I had seen this earlier, i would have loved to have had those few extra inches of space by removing the seats.

Question-where did you get that netting on the ceiling?

Tony
Tony
March 22, 2018 12:48 pm

This is exactly why I want a 4runner, to sleep in the back! I am hoping to use a thinner foam mattress to utilize some sort of small drawer setup. Has anyone tried this?

D
D
March 16, 2018 1:03 am

PS- the reviews for that mattress are pretty horrific. Check the amazon link you included and sort by 1 star ratings.

Kate
Kate
March 22, 2018 3:15 pm
Reply to  D

Its 3.5/5 stars average for 143 reviews. That’s not too shabby imo

D
D
March 16, 2018 12:50 am

Does this 4runner have the factory sliding tray or does it have the Infamous hump/bump?

Eric
Eric
March 15, 2018 10:31 pm

question!
is removing the seat required? or the air mattress will still fit without removal of the rear seats?

Eric
Eric
March 20, 2018 1:57 am
Reply to  Kevin

thanks Kevin for the reply!

Dan
Dan
April 26, 2019 1:49 pm
Reply to  Kevin

Kevin… when you inflated it with the seats still in…how does the height of mattress compare to the height of seat bottoms? I am 6’2…wondering if I would fit well…

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