- There is not a handle to exit the Prius by the rear door from inside
- Create a head rest "draw bridge" to extend the laying space
- Block out your windows with sun visors for safety
- Utilize window screens to avoid bugs entering the vehicle
- Save space by utilizing containers and under seat storage
- You do not have to custom design or spend lots of money
- You CAN safely use your air conditioner or heater while you sleep
- You CAN lock your doors while you sleep with out setting off the alarm when exiting
EMERGENCY EXIT LATCH
You can find information in the drivers manual about the Rear door hatch latch (Rhymes!).
BLOCK OUT YOUR WINDOWS
- Sunshades (I purchased mine from Walmart for about $3 each and I used 4. They aren't available online, but heres a link to some as an example
- Duct Tape
- Removable Scotch Tape
- Suction Cups
- Wrapping Paper
MAKE STENCILS OF YOUR WINDOW
- Cover one side window by taking a large sheet of wrapping paper and with the white side of the paper up, tape it to your vehicle
- Using a pencil, trace the outline of the window
- Carefully remove the wrapping paper, and cut out your stencil.
- Unfold a sunshade and lay it silver side down/white side up.
- Place your stencil on the sunshade (white side UP) on it and trace it with a marker
- It doesnt not have to be cut to the exact size of the stencil, in fact, you might want to leave extra space, leaving more of the sunshade
- After tracing your stencil, cut it out. You will have the shape of your window.
- As shown in the image above, you will puncture holes into the sunshade, to insert suction cups. FIRST, you will place a piece of duct tape, on the front and back, THEN puncture a small hole, about the size of your scissor blades. The duct tape will reinforce it. The suction cups will fit nicely and be secured.
- You will then be able to stick your sunshades to your windows with ease.
- Continue with this method for all windows, excluding the front, as you will use the whole sunshade.
You can also, simply cut a piece of window screen, which can be purchase as a roll at Home Depot, that is a few inches larger than your window, and then secure it to the vehicle with heavy duty magnets (you can purchase at a craft store).
I only used them for my front windows and this cost about $12
HEAD REST "DRAW BRIDGE"
The draw bridge will give you about 1 foot more leg room. I'm 5 foot 7 inches and felt quite comfortable.
- Plywood or partical board - cut to 24"x24"
- You can have the wood cut at a hardware store such as Home Depot. I used a particle board that already had holes in it, so no need for drilling them. Please make sure you measure the space from the end of your rear seat to the console, to ensure proper sizing first. You will want the board to lay past the head rest as shown.
After you have your wood/board cut to size, you will either drill holes in each corner or you already have holes, depending on what wood/board you purchased.
Feed rope through the holes, knotting the rope at the bottom of the draw bridge board. Leave enough rope to secure the carabiners to the ends.
The carabiners will latch to the front seat head rest. The rope should not have slack.
This method was so much easier than some of the custom designs I have seen online.
- Utilize floor space
- Utilize storage bins to help compartmentalize items with different functions
- Use the space under your drivers seat to hide items or for lesser used items. This is where I kept tools and emergency supplies.