Basic Bunk - Element Platform by Camp N Car
Basic Bunk - Element Platform by Camp N Car
Camp N Car Basic Bunk Platform Bed - SALE! Price Reduced. Was $495, now $450
An outstanding option for any Element camper looking for a comfortable sleep platform with great head room above and storage space underneath. An elevated modular sleeping platform that allows you to sleep in your Element without having to make permanent alterations to the functionality of your vehicle. It’s perfect for weekend getaways, long road trips or any kind of adventure.
All three Basic Bunk lengths can work in the Honda Element. The 5.5-foot length works the best and can be fully deployed in the back of the Element without having to scoot the front seats forward. The 6-foot model can only fit in the Honda Element when the front seats are fully scooted forward.
Free shipping within the continental U.S. Each platform ships unassembled.
Since the Basic Bunk comes apart into two different sections, you can stow it away in the back when not using it if you decide to get the 6-foot model. You should always measure the available space in your setup to ensure the length you’re purchasing works for your needs.
These measurements are approximate and each model is a little shy of these actual lengths. At its narrowest, it measures 25 inches wide, and at its maximum expansion measures 42 inches wide. Sitting approximately 9.5 inches off the floor, the Trunk Bunk offers storage space underneath with about 6.5 inches of clearance from the floor of the Element to the bottom of the platform frame.
Assembly is easy with only basic tools needed for assembly (see below for addition assembly info). Clearly written instructions, screws, and bits are included. The Camp N Car team is also on standby to help if you encounter any assembly hiccups along the way.
Camp N Car's quality products are made in Washington State using sustainable business practices. In-house assembly is available at an additional cost to anyone who can come to the Camp N Car shop in Port Townsend, WA, for an in-person pickup. Camp N Car stands by their work and are here to ensure your satisfaction with our products.
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The Basic Bunk is…
The sturdy and simple one person sleeping platform you’ve been looking for! It is perfect for using in your camper van, truck or SUV to ensure a good night’s sleep without sacrificing valuable storage space underneath. With all of the strength of our Trunk Bunk without the expanding function, the Basic Bunk is the more affordable and utilitarian option for any solo traveler. It’s perfect for weekend getaways, long road trips or any kind of adventure where you want to sleep in your vehicle.
With its simple and robust design, the Basic Bunk is extremely easy to assemble! All you need is an electric screwdriver and soon you’ll have your very own elevated sleeping platform ready for all kinds of journeys. Instructions will be provided to help ensure a smooth assembly process, but our team is also on standby to help if you need us.
This quality product is made in Washington State using sustainable business practices. We stand by our work and are here to ensure your satisfaction with our products. Not sure if the Basic Bunk is right for you? Check out the additional information below or contact us today.
5′ – 5.5′ – 6′
total height (top to bottom)
24 – 27 Pounds
total weight (depending on model)
The Basic Bunk Guide
Unsure if the Basic Bunk is right for your vehicle? Need some help figuring out sizing, dimensions or other fitting considerations? We’re here to help!
The Basic Bunk comes in three different lengths to choose from, 5′ feet long, 5.5′ long and 6′ long. These length options ensure it can fit into a wide variety of vehicles. The Basic Bunk is 23″ wide, which makes it ideal for all kinds of one person camping mattresses. The Basic Bunk does best on flat level surfaces. As long as your vehicle has a nice level surface that measures 5′, 5.5′ or 6′ long then the Basic Bunk will work fantastically for your adventure needs.
Sitting about 9.5 inches off the ground, the Basic Bunk offers a solid amount of storage space underneath while not sitting up so high that you can’t sit up or start feeling claustrophobic. There is about 6.5 inches of clearance from the ground to the bottom of the platform, so keep this in mind when thinking about wheel wells and storage. If the Basic Bunk is too short for your needs then check out theTall Basic Bunkfor a version that has over double the clearance!
Deploying, moving and storing the Basic Bunk is extremely easy. Because it comes apart in two different sections (either 2.5′ or 3′ long) it can be stowed away in the back of your vehicle or elsewhere without taking up tons of space. This makes it a great option for those who don’t want to make permanent alterations to their vehicle or may need their full seat capacity at times. You can even transfer it to use in future vehicles when it’s time to upgrade!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main benefits of using the Basic Bunk for travel?
Being able to sleep comfortably in your vehicle opens up all kinds of travel flexibility and cost saving options, that’s what Camp N Car is all about. Having a firm and comfortable surface to put your favorite mattress in your car makes it much more appealing than sleeping in your seats. We believe that once you get a taste of the travel flexibility the Basic Bunk offers that you’ll never go back to spending money on hotels or Airbnb’s again.
With the Basic Bunk anywhere you can park for the night becomes your new home all without ever having to leave your vehicle or pitch a tent! The Basic Bunk represents a streamlined take on vanlife camping but without having to make permanent alterations to your vehicle or spend untold amounts of money on a new van and a full conversion job. Once you get out there and discover this style of travel and camping for yourself we’re confident you’ll understand!
How much does the Basic Bunk weigh?
Considering how sturdy and well engineered a product the Basic Bunk is, it’s surprisingly light! The 5.5′ foot Basic Bunk only weighs 25.5 pounds. Each section of the Basic Bunk is either 12 or 13.5 pounds on its own, depending on the length. This makes the 6′ Basic Bunk 27 pounds and the 5′ Trunk Bunk 24 pounds.
(all weights are approximate and may vary slightly)
What is the weight capacity of the Basic Bunk?
To be honest, we haven’t been able to establish a maximum weight capacity because we haven’t been able to break it in our torture testing. The Trunk Bunk is very strong and can support hundreds of pounds with ease, we have had multiple people standing on one slat with one foot with the bed fully expanded and it hasn’t so much as bent. So long as you’re not using the Trunk Bunk for industrial hauling purposes and stick to using it for your gear and a few campers, you’ll be fine.
Is the Basic Bunk easily removed and reinstalled?
Yes! All of our products are designed to be easily removed and reinstalled by the users so that you don’t have to commit your vehicle to a permanent alteration. The Trunk Bunk in particular is very easy to remove from your car and doesn’t take a ton of space to stow away. In fact, it can fit in the rear compartment space of most vehicles when not being used so you can regain use of your rear seats when you’re not camping out. Want to learn more about the Trunk Bunk?Contact us!
Is the Basic Bunk easy to assemble on my own? What do I need?
Yes! The Trunk Bunk is both easy and fun to assemble. We provide extremely thorough and simple directions to make putting the Trunk Bunk together a breeze. All you need is an electric screwdriver and a sense of adventure and you’ll have your unit assembled in no time. Our team is also here to help you along the way if you encounter any issues or difficulties in the assembly process. Your honesty and feedback is important to us and is a key tool in helping us improve our designs and instructions over time!
Can you assemble the Basic Bunk for me?
Yes! We are pleased to offer in house assembly for those who can come to our shop in Port Townsend Washington to pick it up once it’s complete. The cost of pre-assembling a Tall Trunk Bunk for pickup is $300 and is available as an add on option at the top of the product page
Due to the extremely high price and logistical difficulties of shipping a fully assembled Tall Trunk Bunk this is not a service we can offer at this time.
Have you ever lived or traveled extensively out of a vehicle?
The entire inspiration for Camp N Car comes from the shared experiences of the companies founders. Our managing director Steve Moore lived out of a special Honda Element camper in Alaska for 6 months which was designed by our Technical Director Martin Nerbovig. Through this experience he gained a deep insight into living a fulfilling and minimalist lifestyle on the road. After awhile friends started asking about getting builds of a similar nature done for their vehicles and here we are today! We are happy to share our experiences and skills with the world so that others may share in the same kind of joy that this travel brings. To hear more awesome vanlife storiesjoin our mailing list today!
Why does the Basic Bunk cost this much?
Everything we make is designed with a great deal of thorough engineering and care using advanced software and expensive machinery. From there we pick top quality and sustainable materials and hand craft everything here in Washington State to an extremely high standard. Additionally, our employees are highly skilled craftspeople who are paid living wages and are treated like our family.
The reality of doing all of this means we can’t offer goods that are as cheap as stuff you can buy from overseas manufactures, but we are determined to continue being a company that manufactures solely in the United States and supports our local economy. Once you make your purchase you will see the quality and customer care make it all worthwhile!
Can you ship out of the United States? How about Alaska or Hawaii?
Yes we do, but you will need to contact us to make a special shipping arrangement. We offer free shipping to all customers in the contiguous United States but for anyone outside the US or in Alaska/Hawaii we will need to generate a custom shipping quote and charge accordingly.
To determine is the Basic Bunk is right for your vehicle you may need to bust out the tape measure and ensure that there is a minimum viable flat surface no shorter than 5, 5.5 or 6 feet long and at least 23 inches wide. If you have that, then you can make it work! Currently the maximum length of the Basic Bunk we can offer is just under 6 feet. We realize this makes it non-ideal for anyone who is especially tall, but there are a lot of creative solutions for ways you can rest your feet off the edge of the bed platform if it comes down to it. Feel free to contact us if you have questions on how to make the Basic Bunk work best for you.
The Basic Bunk is plenty big enough to hold Thermarest-style inflatable camping pads, narrow mattresses or other smaller form sleeping cushions. It is not wide enough to hold “full” or “double” sized mattresses. Think of the Basic Bunk as being about the same surface area as your average bivy sack or small 1 person backpacking tent and that should give you a good idea of what you are working with.