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4banger Custom Wedge Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by ke4640d20, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. Jul 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM
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    ke4640d20

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    Follow the build on IG @https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE3OTA2NzUxMTk2MjQ0NzI2/
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    Icon Stage 2
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    Home Built Wedge Camper (Post #2)


    Truck Weight and Balance
    *Since this truck is a 4 cylinder, I am trying to keep it as light as possible. Here are my results after each major modification.


    Pre-Light Weight and Heights (3/4 Tank of Gas)
    Driver Front 1150lbs Passenger Front 1150lbs
    Driver Rear 880lbs Passenger Rear 850lbs
    Total 4030lbs.
    Front Ride Height: 34"
    Rear Rider Height: 36.25"


    Post-Lift, Wheels and Tires Weight and Heights (1/2 Tank of Gas)
    Driver Front 1210lbs Passenger Front 1150lbs
    Driver Rear 920lbs Passenger Rear 830lbs
    Total 4110lbs
    Front Ride Height: 37" (+3" per ICON)
    Rear Rider Height: 38" (+1.75")
     

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  2. Jul 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM
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    Wedge Camper Build

    I decided to document the build to the best of my ability in hopes that it could provide guidance for others to follow. As you may have noticed, it is similar to some of the production style wedge campers currently on the market. Personally I did not want to spend the money it cost to buy one, nor wait the time to have one made. I enjoy working with my hands, so I decided to emulate some of the feature of the commercial style campers, and make my own.

    I "designed" the camper via google Sketchup. I don't have any professional knowledge of CAD, but having used Sketchup for many years for other personal projects I figured it was a good platform to start in.

    Frame
    I found a local welder in the Sacramento area who made the frame based on the designs I gave him. After a little back and forth, this was the final product, and measurements.

    The entire frame is 1.5" Steel Square Tubing. (Measurements below)
    The angles on the back / and sides are all 10 degrees. The front is 3 degrees, to follow the rear of the cab. Depending on whether you have a 6' or 5.5' truck bed, the measurements will change. I have a 6' bed, so the measurements below are accurate for the long beds. You can use the same (top of the frame) width measurements which is 53.25", which will allow you to use the 80/20 measurements below for all configuration. Additionally you will want to add a 1/4" thick sheet that will sit on the top of the frame which is 3" wide and will work as the support structure for the interior portions of the 80/20.

    In order to mount the frame to the bed of the truck I figured using the existing Toyota rail system would be the best option. We welded on some tabs to the frame and used 90 degree brackets to connect the frame and the truck. (See last image in this section). In order to attach the brackets to the Toyota rail system, I purchased these guys from Amazon. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BWV49BF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Cost: Updated 19JAN2019

    Welded frame: $480.00 (Built by a local welder)
    Ace Hardware Screw/Washer/Etc: $5.00
    Material Swatches: $10.00
    Rear Sliding Window: Free (Found of Craigslist)
    Tacoma Bed Rail Anchors: $18.99
    80/20 Framing: $1429.31 (https://8020.net/)

    Total Build so far: $1943.30

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  3. Jul 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM
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    Reserved 2
     
  4. Jul 27, 2018 at 3:34 PM
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    Super cool. Interested to see the wedge camper come together.
     
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  5. Aug 10, 2018 at 3:49 AM
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    Interesting....
     
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  6. Aug 12, 2018 at 8:28 AM
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    Update: Dropped off the deposit for the frame to get welded up. I was originally looking to do aluminum but the welder recommended doing a thinner steel for rigidity and longevity. We'll see how it turns out. Should have some pictures up end of next week. So the frame will be 1.5" Steel square tubing 1/8" thick. I am estimating the weight to be around 80lbs. Trying to make this camper as light as possible.

    Also ordered a RTIC 45 cooler this week for the build. They were having a 20% off sale on all order over $200. So I ended up getting the Cooler, Divider and 2 baskets for $190.00 shipped. Anyone have experience with the RTIC? We used a YETI on our cross-country and were pretty impressed with the ice retention, but not the $$$$.
     
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  7. Aug 14, 2018 at 8:43 AM
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    Update: Ordered a few swatches from fabricwholesaledirect.com, and ripspotbytheroll.com. Ripspotbytheroll.com recommended I go with their HyperD 300, which they said would be good against UV, it would be waterproof but no breathable. I also spoke to @sportsmobile in IG, and they said they basically used convertible top material for their builds. So I ordered some waterproof canvas as well.

    My take on the material:
    HyperD 300 (BLACK, GREEN, GREY) Looks pretty durable, I tried to put a paid of scissors through it under tension and they did not go through with moderate force. I don't know how durable it will be overtime, and I don't really want to replace the tent over time. It is waterproof, but non breathable. Overall a decent material.
    Waterproof Canvas (TAN, GREY) This stuff is tough, but obviously its comes with the downfall, its non-breathable. When I owned my EZ-Topper Lift set up, the walls were made of this stuff, and it held up very well.
    1.6oz RipStop: (ORANGE) Don't think I am going to even entertain this idea, it is very light, and basically see through. It would be good for other applications such as a hammock, but not a wedge tent camper. On the Brightside. It is breathable.

    Let me know what ya'll think!

     
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  8. Aug 26, 2018 at 8:45 AM
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    Well! The frame is almost done.....it was supposed to be done about two weeks ago, but the shop has been busy. And unfortunately when it comes to small jobs like this, they generally get pushed to the right.

    Stopped by the other day to see fitment and it was all off. To narrow and to tall, so it’s getting redone. Hopefully not to much more of a wait.

    In the mean time, I found a guy giving away a Leer topper from his 1998 taco, and lucky for me! It had an intact rear slider. So I ripper it out and scrapped the topper. Which was nice because that saved me about $350.00 in buying a new slider.

    Also! The cooler came in, and we took it for a weekend bike trip to Santa Cruz, performed as expect.

    Side note: if you own a rotomold cooler, always pre cool them (I use ice from the ice machine at work) and use blocker ice not store bought ice. Basically get a silicone or metal loaf pan, and freeze a block everyday until you have like 10 of them. I can fit 6 in mine perfectly at the bottom and it lasted all weekend. I was also able to salvage a few and refreeze then.

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  9. Aug 31, 2018 at 1:23 PM
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    Rack is done!

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  10. Aug 31, 2018 at 1:30 PM
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    Jerneyman I build things made of metal for fun.

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    This is awesome. Wouldn't mind building one of these one day myself. I'm sure you've thought about this, but some bed stiffeners might do you some good once this becomes a permanent setup for your truck. Hate to see the bed start to split on you.
     
  11. Aug 31, 2018 at 1:34 PM
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    Thanks man! It been a month since I dropped off the deposit. Feels like forever lol.

    I’ve actually never heard of Bed stiffners, I am going to look into this.
     
  12. Aug 31, 2018 at 1:36 PM
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    Jerneyman I build things made of metal for fun.

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    There's plenty of variations on them out there and plenty of info here on TW. You'll definitely find some that fit the bill.
     
  13. Sep 1, 2018 at 2:50 PM
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    Some better pictures of the 80/20 placement and how far it will extended past the bed, and over the cab. Total 8’ by 56” wide. It’s not pretty (yet) but still will need the corners for the mounts rounded and use of some better hardware, and finally powder coating.

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  14. Sep 1, 2018 at 2:51 PM
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    Also ordered these last night cause it was a killer deal. 16x8 RR1 w/4.5” backspacing. Was a total of $500.00 shipped to the house. Now gotta find a good deal on wheels around Black Friday. And eventually a lift.

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    I just ordered a set of RR1's too! Do you have any pics of them mounted up?
     
  16. Sep 9, 2018 at 6:26 PM
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    I don’t man, I honestly only bought them cause it was a good deal. I realistically won’t mount them until the topper is built. Mainly because I want to run 285’s and I need a lift for that and I don’t know what lift I will be using until I have the camper weight on the back, to see the rear sag.
     
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  17. Sep 30, 2018 at 6:24 PM
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    Not to much progress in the last few weeks. My fiancé and I are moving into a home, so it’s taking some funds away from the build. On the bright side! Put the taco through some paces this weekend at Bowman Lake.

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    Badass lol
     
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    Little update;

    Found a kick ass deal on a set of 5 wheels and tires. Purchased 04 Falken Wildpeak AT3W in a 285/75/16, 2 were brand new, 2 new slightly used. As well as a full size spare (off brand) all mounted on a early 2000's 4runner wheels for $350.00. The spare is some M/T wheel but it will be nice to have a full-size spare.

    Also! Had a buddy who works for a "company" who got me a deal on a CFX40 Dometic Fridge for $260.00, soooooo the RTIC 45 is getting sold. anyone want one?

    I will be ordering the lift probably from headstrong off road (they seem to have awesome reviews and prices) end of November. 3" OME with DAKAR springs. So that should be a fun project!

    Also totally going to nerd out and weight the truck before and after all the mods on some aircraft scales, to see the weight difference I will see before and after lift/wheel/tires. Keep ya'll update!

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  20. Oct 10, 2018 at 12:32 PM
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    Is this the CFX-40W (with wifi)? That's more than a deal. Dealer pricing is way way way more than that.
     
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