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Vagabond Drifter Camper Buildout and Mods

Discussion in 'Vagabond Outdoors' started by MTNHABITOVERLAND, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Feb 9, 2020 at 10:37 PM
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    MJonaGS32

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    Curious how you plan on removing/installing the Drifter when in use and not in use. Forklift? Pulley system? Extra man power?

    Because it was going to be very difficult for me to take the Drifter off/on without driving an hour to access a forklift, it kinda made up my mind on having a ”permanent” build out back there. Although, everything electrical has a quick disconnect and all the cabinets are fastened to the base plate which can also be removed easily if needed.
     
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  2. Feb 9, 2020 at 11:28 PM
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    ETAV8R Out DERP'n

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    Wonder if Vagabond would be able to mount jack mount plates similar to FWC. It would probably be an easy weld. It would make quick work for easy installation/removal.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2020 at 9:55 AM
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    joeydurango

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    Nope, I'm not interested in removing the Drifter! Just the internal buildout. That said, I have wondered about camper jacks, or maybe a hoist to my garage rafters...

    Here's an initial wiring diagram. Anyone have any constructive critiques? PDF attached if you need it to be larger. Large portions of this system are removable...

    drifter wiring diagram.jpg
     

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  4. Feb 10, 2020 at 11:35 AM
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    How easy do you want removal to be? My build is held to the bed with three bolts on each side, two to the track system and one to the bottom of the bed. It's very sturdy and I can still remove it in about ten minutes.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2020 at 11:47 AM
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    That's about what I'm thinking. Not "quick-release" or anything - just a few bolts per side, and I'll be building the cabinets as light as possible. Considering making the panels (that slot into the 80/20 "skeleton") out of layers of coroplast and aluminum - light and tough. Tops will need to be 3/4" ply or something, of course - want to be able to sit/stand on them. But the panels aren't really structural, so they needn't be heavy!

    I'm thinking all the items in the large grey rectangle in the diagram above - controller, battery, breakers, monitor - would be hard-mounted to an aluminum box or something - hit three disconnects, lift the box out, away you go. Fridge comes out, cabinets come out. 10-15 minutes and your truck is ready for Home Depot duty.
     
  6. Feb 11, 2020 at 9:45 AM
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    Eazy.E Big gulps huh?!

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    I haven’t done it yet since my shop isn’t built yet but I think you could easily adapt a set of camper jacks slip underneath the edges of the drifter like on some FWC models and done. No need to mount them permanently, drop it onto a box frame on castors.
     
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  7. Feb 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM
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    Phil told me a while ago he was working on an adapter using their track system so you can attach jacks for easy removal similar to FWC.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2020 at 5:40 PM
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    I don't drive my truck much. Maybe once a week. My cheapo battery is actually giving out as we speak. Wonder if it's because I don't drive the truck enough? It is a 3 year old battery though.
    I'm going to pick up @belloinsella's stock battery tonight/tomorrow and see how much life I can get out of that while I plan for my battery upgrades.

    Looks like this is a vagabond thread, so apologies for being off topic.

    Thanks
     
  9. Feb 12, 2020 at 6:08 PM
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    kalieaire

    kalieaire i didn't know they stacked sh*t that high.

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  10. Feb 14, 2020 at 1:39 AM
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    @MJonaGS32 do you have more info on how you did the spacers?
     
  11. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:51 AM
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    Update: While inquiring about my build, Phil said they are working on the jack attachments to test out in the coming month.
     
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  12. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:42 AM
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    who knows? but it works
    I'll try and get you some info on the spacers I made for mine. I just haven't installed them yet since I'm on month 12 and still no final confirmation on my Drifter :annoyed:
     
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  13. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:55 AM
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    I think it came out to 3 washers (per bolt) that matched the height of the ridges in the bed.

    Essentially, from top down its the baseplate, washers, then truck bed. That way when you fasten the bolt, the washers prevent the baseplate to warp because in that area because the bed isn’t sitting directly on the bed because of the ridges.

    Similarly, the baseplate doesn’t sit directly on the bed right near the tailgate, so I doubled up on the baseplate in that small section
    CADF6EEB-29AC-45DE-AA35-9D6ECD5835B9.jpg

    Pic of the bed (taken from another thread)
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    @MJonaGS32 so you have a total of 4 bolts holding the plate down? Looks like the rear two, the middle two and then you have bed stiffeners in the front
     
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  15. Feb 14, 2020 at 9:22 AM
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    That’s correct. And the oem bed bolts are long enough to account for the thickness of the 1/2” birch baseplate, so you can reuse those
    A61DC6BA-4C11-43E1-868D-47F508529AFB.jpg
     
  16. Feb 14, 2020 at 3:39 PM
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    Heads up in case anyone plans to use the rear (tailgate) bed bolts through the baseplate, those two bed bolts are NOT long enough, at least on 3rd gens.
     
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    You lost me at 3rd gen :bananadead:
     
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