Can the 4th Gen still be used as a camper or sleeper? Flat or Non Flat Cargo floor ?

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  1. energyandair

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    The question in my mind is flush with what.

    I think that this may be referring to flush with the lip at the bottom of the hatch. The folded seat may not be at the same height.
     
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    good point. i suppose we can't relate it to the gen III until we see it.
     
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    what's true and what not is true, that is the question.
     
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    looks like a flush floor here
     
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    For $12 I ended up buying a 3/4-in x 4x8 sheet of the XPS (extruded polystyrene) from Lowes for hobby purpose. It seems quite inert. I had to go with Lowes brand (vs. Corning Fomular) because Home Depot does not stock a complete selection of the Formular 4x8 sheets for consumers (apparently if you're a contractor you can get it). The Lowes XPS is light blue sheets and I think you can get all the sizes 1/2-inch thru 2+. I had to chop off 1-ft because I could not fit it in my minivan.

    This stuff is easy to work with and cut and make shapes...I can see using it for a few insulation projects already..
     
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    I was originally thinking of a new floor on stilts. Or somethings along those lines. It would take some building, but essentially a flat board (1/4" plywood, perhaps) supported by other pieces of wood. I use wood because it's easiest for me to work with. The best part of this is that if done cleanly, you've just created empty spaces for storing / hiding small things.
     
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    cool, thanks for the update. Im happy its working out for you, ill look into that option too, i was just reading briefly about polystyrene.
     
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    Hey Tony,

    I think i might be imagining it differently then what you have in mind, it sounds to me like you have quite an idea, i hope that if you choose to pursue it you can share more as it sounds very interesting.

    Thanks.
     
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    in the new owner posts, we have a 2.5 inch measurement as the height difference
     
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    A related question: Do the front seats fully recline like in my P II?
     
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    maybe ask in the new owner thread. if they don't know, they can try it for you.
     
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    I need to check my photos and notes to be 100% sure, but I want to say "no. they do not."

    This was a bit of a shock to me because I often buy pre-cut lumber in 8-foot lengths and they fit in my 2004 from hatch-to-dash when the front and back seats folded flat.
     
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    Gen Four Prius Four. Rear seats folded down, front right seat all the way forward and tilted back as far as it can go. Headrest removed.

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    When we were in Vegas, there were a small group of us Gen2 owners trying to get the front seat under the rear seat just like in the Gen2. I don't like the new configuration because of the fear of damage to the front seat. It's also not as flat as the Gen2.
     
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    [/QUOTE]
    Gen 3 has a similar issue but perhaps not quite as bad.

    How does it look if you drop the front seatback first?

    In the Gen 3 you get the best result if you bring the front and back seats down together.

    Is that a separate piece of carpet over the rear seat? If so, what does it look like without it? If you pick up something spontaneously, you might not have it with you.
     
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    Is that a separate piece of carpet over the rear seat? If so, what does it look like without it? If you pick up something spontaneously, you might not have it with you.[/QUOTE]
    I raised the cargo area of the car with Styrofoam. See the photos in "Step in storage area - Solutions?"
     
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    The Second picture looks like the cargo floor is flush!!! is that right? and which prius is this, the three with the spare tire?
    Thanks[/QUOTE]
    I raised the cargo floor 2 1/2 inches with some Styrofoam (with hidden storage areas)
     
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