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Picture of How to Build a Slide-out Bike Rack in a Camper Van Conversion

When converting our van in a camper van, we decided we wanted the mountain bikes to be stored inside the van for thief and climate protection. We also knew that loading and unloading the bikes would be a repetitive task and simplifying it would be much appreciated! We looked around and found that Traipsing About’s design was exactly what we were looking for! Here is our adaptation of the slide-out bike rack to our camper van.

We listed all the steps in this Instructable, but head over here for all the material list (with links), tools and more:

We hope this helps, don't hesitate to ask questions if you feel like it!


Step 1: Material Needed for This Project

  • Baltic Birch plywood sheet, 5’x5′, ½” thick
  • Drawer Slides, 48″ full extension, 500LBS capacity; with lock in / lock out feature recommended
  • Fork Mount:
    • 15/20mm axis: Delta bike hitch
    • 9mm (QR) axis: Sunlite bike hitch
  • Corner Braces, 2in x 2in
  • Corner Braces, 20mm x 20mm
  • Wood Screws, #4 x 1in length
  • Wood Screws, #8 x 1¼in length
  • Titebond III Waterproof Wood Glue
  • Watco Danish Oil
  • Polyurethane Coating

This is exactly what I want to do in the bed of our pickup! That way we don't have to climb under the cap to get the bikes out. Thanks for the great detailed photos and instructions.

StephB91 year ago
I could see a version of this with a wider tray so the bikes could lay on their sides (possibly with some supports so they could stack or wouldn’t rattle around) so you could lower bed height and have some head room, or double your storage and have another drawer beneath the bike tray, but maybe the height of the bikes doesn’t work with the width of the floor.
Really awesome build & van! I dream of building out a van like this for all my mountain running excursions. One day!! Definitely checking out your blog. Thanks for posting.
atoine (author)  Jonny Builds1 year ago
Thanks! Converting the van has been a WILD RIDE! It's a big project, but the rewards makes it sooooo worth it :)