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    I am about to purchase a used Defender, but can not decide on the 90 or 110 Hard Top.
    I want to have the ability of sleeping inside the back of the truck, if its raining too hard for me to set up my tent.
    The last Defender I had was a 110, but for my normal day to day thing I donít need a 110. Also the 90ís turning circle would be a lot better for the city.
    What I need to know is the measurement for the rear door to the dash. My plan if I buy a 90 is to remove / lower the internal bulk head and make a bed in the centre of the rear at wheel arch height extending into the cab between the seats over the cuddy box.
    Thanks in Advance. Bigchaser.

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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    Unless you were a submariner or are particularly short its sounds pretty horrid.

    OK for an absulute emergency - ie stranded.

    A 110 answers the question more convincingly - even then its hardly ideal.

    I have this set up - but still yet to bother with the camping in a Landy - Hotels always seem to be booked in preference
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    I build a bed to go in the back of my 90 for occasional use.
    The bed consists of a two section plywood platform with some tubular steel legs.
    The bed rests upon the rear bulkhead and one of my steel storage boxes.
    There are some photos below, showing the prototype.
    The legs have now been replaced with snazzy steel ones and I'm trying to sort out something to replace the wooden blocks I use to join the 2 parts together.

    The bed in my 90
    How it straddles the rear bulkhead
    The front section


    The up side is that its really comfortable, reasonable fast to assemble and doubles up as a table (I have a bench seat on the opposite side)

    The downsides are, it takes up room in the back, needs to be dis-assembled to get a passenger in. It also makes storing other camping equipment a little difficult (I used moving crates and struggled for space when the bed was up)

    For a long weekend away, the bed is perfect. However, a tent is better as it gives you more flexibility.

    My only issue is that I've not (yet) found a way to store the bed securely. This means it can be a pain when planning to do some laning as it rattles around in the back. (The advantage of a tent is that you can decant everything into it, leaving your 90 empty to go out and play!


    Saying all that - I love my 90 bed and for future trips, may take a pop up teny to put my crap in, then sleep in comfort in the 90!
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    Looks very useable - but jeez what a lot off wood to cart round, especially in the hardly commodious Defender 90!

    For me a 110 is simply the only Defender I would own and the option of crashing in the back is just another advantage - albeit near the bottom of the list.

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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    It's now down to two bits of ply and some snazzy tubular legs (the one in the photo was the original prototype)

    Yes, the 110 is better to sleep in but I prefer the looks and manoeuvrability of the 90.
    To my eye, the 110 (hardtop) looks out of proportion when compared to the 90.
    Not that I've particularly got anything against the 110, in fact my next LR will probably be one. But only because my work will necessitate getting one.
    If it was my choice, it would be the 90 every time.
    Especially one with a fold up bed
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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    Just spotted this on ebay - may be of interest:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/landrover-defe...3A3%7C294%3A50
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotm View Post
    Just spotted this on ebay - may be of interest:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/landrover-defe...3A3%7C294%3A50

    Thats very interesting, I would love to see a close upp of how he fixed the hanger at tha back and the support at the front.


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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    Thanks for all the replies, but can anybody tell what the maximum length of the bed would be?

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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    I'm doing the same with my 88".I can't get a 109" on my drive.....

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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    trying to find a link and a name, but there is a company that convert the side panels to fold down thus allowing you to sleep across the truck,

    the flip down and there is canvas that forms the sleeping part then there is a bed goes across tub top to tub top from memory....

    Cant for the life of me fins the link though

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    Default Re: Sleeping in a Defender 90

    Seems like none of the lazy sausages with a 90 want to go outside and measure it for your Assuming the front part of a 90 is the same as a 110 then the bulkhead to front tray is 36 ins (A nice British round figure). The back of a 110 is 72 ins (another nice British round figure) I'm not sure if the back of a a 90 is reduced in proportion, it might be 24 in less as I think the rear overhang is less.
    Plenty of other stuff on here about my sleeping arrangments so I will just repeat 3 in of foam is better than 2 in.
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