After dreaming and planning for literally years, I have started the build on my Africa Jeep 2007 JK Unlimited Rubicon to travel around Africa for two years, focusing on the interior “camper.” I removed the back seat and all rear carpet and trim, then installed sound and heat insulation on the entire tub. To finish the floor I glued in a sheet of linoleum which will be durable and easy to clean. Friends and I have cut and moved the rear roll bar so it’s pushed right into the corners, which opens up a lot of interior space for sitting and standing in the back when the Ursa Minor J30 pop-up roof is open.
To keep my paperwork and gear safe, I’ve installed a Tuffy center console and under-seat drawers, which are extremely solid. I especially like the addition of a power outlet inside the console, so I can charge my electronics while they are safely locked in the console.
I’m adding electrical circuits for the fridge, a water pump, lights, power outlets and ARB air compressor, all of which must be on individual fused circuits. Adding a 7 circuit fuse block from Painless Performance made this very easy, and I found a great mounting location under the glovebox, behind a panel which is easily removed should fuses need to be replaced.
I have mounted a Dometic 35L fridge behind the front passenger seat – in this location I can reach inside from the drivers seat, easily access it from the rear passenger door and rear cargo area, and it will fit perfectly with the cabinets I have built.
I wanted storage cabinets to be light and strong, so I used one inch aluminum square tubing with right angle connectors. I covered each cabinet with plywood, and made doors with piano hinges where appropriate.
The two cabinets that are high up on the drivers side can be un-clipped and moved into the walking aisle to provide an additional sleeping area down low in the Jeep. I will use this when popping open the Ursa Minor top does not feel safe, or the weather is horrid.
For additional lockable storage I welded a hinged lid onto the rear storage cubby, the perfect location for seldom used recovery gear.
After I complete the interior build, I’ll move on to the engine transplant, bumpers, lift and winch.