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Vagabond Drifter Camper Buildout and Mods

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

  1. Mar 5, 2020 at 7:31 AM
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    joeydurango

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    @cwhet10 Your build looks awesome, nice work!

    @MapJunkie I haven't been out in the Drifter enough yet to know, but it does appear much more bomber than my FWC, and I've been out in some serious wind with that thing. Can make it impossible to sleep for sure if the entire truck is pitching and yawing like a ship, and if the canvas is flapping. There was one time I camped on the edge of a canyon in SE Utah, and awoke about 3am with the sound of a train bearing down - got walloped by one hell of an intense front, and I think it would have destroyed the camper eventually. All of us (one FWC, one Flippac, one Maggiolina) scrambled to batten down the hatches, and it was really difficult for all of us. The wind made it almost impossible to stand up outside, and closing the tents was a crazy several minutes. I think the Drifter would be easier in that scenario, because it's just one side to pull down, whereas with the FWC I had to keep holding one side down while struggling to close the other.
     
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  2. Mar 5, 2020 at 8:22 AM
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    I need to do something similar! Looks awesome. Where is your fridge, most likely in the back seat?

    You should add this to the 8020 cabinet thread do a build write up!
     
  3. Mar 5, 2020 at 8:33 AM
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    I have been camped out in some very high wind situation out in the desert before. One night, in Anza Borrego, we got stuck in a sand storm. That was fun. I know I’ve been in gusts above 60mph and the lockout bar is necessary. The bed will sway, but that’s about it.
     
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    I'm considering doing one of these drawer fridges to save room. Less capacity though, obviously. https://www.amazon.com/Dometic-CD-030DC-Drawer-Refrigerator-Black/dp/B00L4HVJU8
     
  5. Mar 5, 2020 at 9:27 AM
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    Yeah fridge is in the back seat. Took up way too much space in the bed.
     
  6. Mar 5, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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    That was the original design but the fridge just took up way too much space being the bed. So now it's in the back seat.
     
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    Goose gear has a new east/west system set up for VO according to this Instagram post by VO:

    use the arrows to scroll through the photos.
    vagabond_outdoors
    New @goosegear Vagabond interior setup. Same layout with east/ west fridge slide and double drawer setup, while still maintaining a modular lower sleeping platform.
    Why? For a different camper entry option in the works...

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B7HYYg4Ad_W/
     
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  8. Mar 5, 2020 at 10:25 AM
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    Incredible build. What did you use for the panel material?
     
  9. Mar 5, 2020 at 10:43 AM
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    I've used the camper in those winds before. First time was in Anza, but pointing the truck into the wind really helped that time, but the cross winds shook the truck like crazy. At Expo west last year, the winds were really bad and approached those speeds at night. Besides the fabric flapping it was fine. I even left my Shadow Awn open for science :D
     
  10. Mar 5, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    I've seen that, but it still has a super tall area for the fridge which is what I'm trying to avoid. The drawer fridge allows me to keep the overall build height down.
     
  11. Mar 5, 2020 at 12:39 PM
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    Eazy.E Big gulps huh?!

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    I have also used our Drifter a lot in the wind and in high wind snow storms. We have a “hunker down mode” that keeps everything we need in side for nights like that. With the lock out bar I haven’t ever had a concern with high winds but it won’t change the sway factor.

    I built a slide in the back of our rig that holds an RTIC 45 cooler most of the time but it’s built around a smaller 35 Dometic CFX. The bench is good hight for sitting and our floor partition can be set up on the internal L track rails to give a full lower sleeping platform. I am not utilizing a lower plate however like most.
     
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    This is basically what I'm trying to do, with the caveat that I need to figure out a crib setup first. I'm gonna try out a few baby sleeping options this spring, as desert season is here in Utah. Once I have that part dialed, I plan to rebuild with 8020 and a fridge and fridge slide.
     
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    Added led strip lighting to the ceiling. They are warm white and on a dimmer switch. I found a roll of 1/2" x 30yd foam double-sided mount tape on Amazon for attachment. It took a bit over 6m of lights to do 3 sides of the roof, but you could get away with a single 5m strip easily. They pull around 1A or 12W on wide open throttle.
     
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    Also added a Mountain Hatch tailgate surface, and a rubber strip along the tailgate hinge line to help keep dust out.
     
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    1/4" plywood. Then I just stuck some decorative "wood" vinyl decals on those pieces. They have all kinds of wood variations on Amazon.
     
  16. Mar 5, 2020 at 5:13 PM
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    Both of those make such a big difference!
     
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    Do you have the direct Amazon link?
     
  18. Mar 5, 2020 at 5:20 PM
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    Curious what LED strips you used. That dimmer will be so worth it.
     
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