Hey everyone! There has been some interest and threads here about sleeping in your X. I've wanted to remedy this for some time. While there are the obvious answers of a RTT, air mattress or platform bed, I wanted to create a custom mattress to fit perfectly in the rear seating and cargo space.
Most of the sleeping setups will look something like this:
While this isn't a terrible setup, in my experience air mattresses take up storage space, deflate, and sometimes are a pain to inflate remotely. With this being said, I took the plunge and scored an 8" x 80" x 60" memory foam mattress. The process from here was pretty simple.
Step one: Create a stencil of the rear seating and cargo area like the following:
My method was to take two wide sheets of paper and measure out the wheel wells. I measured the overall length of each well, where the curve began and marked these to create a template of the curve. This doesn't need to be an exact copy of the curve as you will end up refining after the first cut. My suggestion would be to cut less the first time around and mark new cuts as you test it's fit.
Step two: The next step will be stripping the mattress to the foam. Mine had a zip cover and an elastic sock-like layer to keep everything together. I had to cut the stitching at the end of the mattress and ended up tucking it into the mattress once the cutting was completed. All the pictures below show the process:
Step three: Use an electric carving knife to effortlessly cut through the foam. To cut the wheel wells we chose a rounded bevel cut so we could keep about 3" of the top layer of foam. To fit the top end with the center console completely flush, 4" of foam was removed
Step four: Rewrap and cover. The mattress will lay flat with the rear cushions out, seats down, and front seats pushed all the way forward. When traveling you'll obviously not want your front seats tight against the dash, so fold the top end up a bit to move the front seats back. Otherwise, this solution is practical because there's not much setup when using the mattress, other than removing the rear seat cushions and some seat adjustment. The rear and cargo area is open to store more things as well! I will be using this setup during the summer and I'll be sure to update then on how well it works.
Here's the setup for traveling, just fold the foam and push down to move the front seats back.