1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Vagabond Drifter Camper Buildout and Mods

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

  1. Mar 5, 2020 at 5:47 PM
    #3021
    xplorn

    xplorn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2015
    Member:
    #168805
    Messages:
    219
    First Name:
    Ken
    Oregon, USA
    Vehicle:
    '10 DCSB OR
    Mine are marked "LC-242" but I don't think it's a valid reference... search ebay for something like "led strip light warm white 5m 300" (300 leds/5m, or 60/m is what I'd look for) It should return results <$10.

    Ah, Amazon actually has them (they used to be $$$ there)
    https://www.amazon.com/Non-Waterproof-Flexible-Kitchen-Included-Daylight/dp/B00JQV6NNC

    The dimmer is great. I use them in the house under kitchen cabinets and on moulding near ceilings, and adjustability rules. The type of dimmer I used is like this
    amazon.com/Maxmoral-Accessories-Brightness-Adjustable-Controller/dp/B07KW4NCCJ

    so you would also need barrel connectors for wire like
    https://www.amazon.com/DAYKIT-Female-2-1x5-5MM-Adapter-Connector/dp/B01J1WZENK

    There is also an RF remote that works well.
    https://www.amazon.com/Updated-Controller-Wireless-Control-Dimmable/dp/B01M7TGZ9B/ref=sr_1_13
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2020
    cwhet10 likes this.
  2. Mar 5, 2020 at 6:37 PM
    #3022
    Eazy.E

    Eazy.E Big gulps huh?!

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
    Member:
    #106148
    Messages:
    1,105
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Erik
    The Great Northwest (Snohomish, Wa)
    Vehicle:
    06 DCLB TRD Sport “The Tacondo”
    Hell yeah! My focus will be on baby "mods" here soon to get the back set up for our little Cowgirl. I removed the driver side rear seat and made an 8020 platform there that utilizes the factory seat mounts that holds our fridge most of the time and it can still tilt forward. we plan to put our car seat on the passenger side anyways so the platform will most likely stay even if the fridge is in the back. We tend to only run the fridge in the back during winter tho.

    Nice Work! the soft white is really nice on the eyes when you are spending a lot of time back there. Did you use the adhesive backing that came on the light strips? I don't think that adhesive is very robust, over time ours peeled off so I removed it and replaced it with some .250 3M VHB and haven't had a problem since. You can also use that lighting underneath the hidden wire track for some low light options :thumbsup:
     
    SenatorBlutarsky likes this.
  3. Mar 5, 2020 at 7:47 PM
    #3023
    xplorn

    xplorn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2015
    Member:
    #168805
    Messages:
    219
    First Name:
    Ken
    Oregon, USA
    Vehicle:
    '10 DCSB OR
    I left it on (had 3M labeling on it), but using VHB might work better long term. We'll see how this holds up adhering to the mounting tape I used and redo if needed.
     
    Eazy.E likes this.
  4. Mar 5, 2020 at 8:26 PM
    #3024
    SenatorBlutarsky

    SenatorBlutarsky Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2018
    Member:
    #270670
    Messages:
    396
    Gender:
    Male
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    2013 DCLB...Driftered,
    Don't know how tall you are, but there's no way I could fit the car seat behind me when I'm driving. I'm not even comfortable in the passenger seat with the car seat behind me. Those suckers take up a lot of space! We move ours to the middle on long trips so both front passengers can have more leg room.
     
    Eazy.E likes this.
  5. Mar 6, 2020 at 10:35 AM
    #3025
    Anderson

    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Member:
    #130329
    Messages:
    3,042
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anderson
    Benicia, CA
    Vehicle:
    ProBro
    Stuff
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2020
  6. Mar 7, 2020 at 4:46 PM
    #3026
    Alexk3303

    Alexk3303 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2017
    Member:
    #231709
    Messages:
    154
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Alex
    Vehicle:
    2015 White Tacoma TRD
    Stock
    Thanks! I can't get over how clean it looks!
     
    cwhet10 likes this.
  7. Mar 9, 2020 at 5:50 PM
    #3027
    9thhope

    9thhope Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2018
    Member:
    #262273
    Messages:
    110
    Los Angeles
    Vehicle:
    2018 Cement DCSB TRD Off Road
    Hey guys I just got my camper installed last weekend, question v/ rear springs. I am currently on regular medium dakars and they're definitely inadequate as they're pretty much flat and starting to invert. I'm not planning on running a rear swingout and hoping to keep my camper pretty light with maybe just some pull out drawers and a fridge later on. Would deaver stage2 springs rated at rated for 400-600lbs be enough? The camper I got has the front runner doors and an awning so I'm guessing its pushing 480-500lbs.
     
    Anderson likes this.
  8. Mar 9, 2020 at 5:53 PM
    #3028
    Anderson

    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Member:
    #130329
    Messages:
    3,042
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anderson
    Benicia, CA
    Vehicle:
    ProBro
    Stuff
    Deaver U402 Stage 3 or custom. I had AllPoo expos and they flattened out instantly. Actually, they went straight to inverse. I run custom rates. Super stoked on them. Caveat emptor being that I have a full bed build out, awnings, Frontrunner doors, rear dual swingout, water tank, etc...
     
    9thhope likes this.
  9. Mar 9, 2020 at 6:24 PM
    #3029
    kalieaire

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

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    2,708
    Gender:
    Male
    Santa Clara County
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 AC V6 6MT
    Adventure Trailers Habitat, Demello Sliders, BAMF Skids, PelfreyBilt Bumpers, SCS Ray 10
    the awning is <50lbs and the two doors are ~25+ a piece. So ~400+~100 and you're at 500. Those dakars are meant to lift your truck w/ no real weight in the back (just a camper shell for example), not a constant load. I would consider stage 3 minimum. But even then those would only take into account the camper itself. If you're planning on building out the back, to any degree, they won't last long.

    You can consider air bags with the Stage 3s, that's certainly an option for additional load carrying capability. That would give you some flexibility, but they'll become a maintenance item long term where you'll have to replace them with some level of requency.
     
    9thhope likes this.
  10. Mar 9, 2020 at 7:43 PM
    #3030
    MountainBikeRdr

    MountainBikeRdr Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2018
    Member:
    #262549
    Messages:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ryan
    Vehicle:
    2017 Inferno Tacoma DCSB OR
    I have Deaver stage 2, alucab shadow awn, one front runner door, and no rear swing out. My interior isn’t built and the stage 2s are holding up great.

    One thing to keep in mind is future plans with the Drifter. If you ever consider building out or going with a swing out, I’d go stage 3. The Deaver stage 2 springs are a thinner composition than the stage 3. If you’re set-up gets heavier, Deaver can adjust the stage 3 pack to the weight. As far as I know, the thinner leaves on the stage 2 cannot be adjusted beyond their set capacity.
     
    9thhope likes this.
  11. Mar 9, 2020 at 10:37 PM
    #3031
    SliMbo4.0

    SliMbo4.0 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2015
    Member:
    #172322
    Messages:
    873
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Colorado Front Range
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma DCSB TRD offroad
    who knows? but it works
    Is anyone running the Archive Garage hammer Hangers with Deavers? I was thinking about running this setup when I pull these crappy Dakars this summer.
     
  12. Mar 9, 2020 at 11:02 PM
    #3032
    Anderson

    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Member:
    #130329
    Messages:
    3,042
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anderson
    Benicia, CA
    Vehicle:
    ProBro
    Stuff
    I’m running the BAMF rear shackle hanger replacements with my Deavers. Some trimming was required. But I enjoy factory geometry on my shackle hangers.

    I don’t know about the “hammer hangers” being any different. But, the fact that they(hammer hangers) alter factory geometry might be a cause for concern for some people. Maybe someone else can chime in.
     
    rob1208 and SliMbo4.0 like this.
  13. Mar 10, 2020 at 2:50 AM
    #3033
    rob1208

    rob1208 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2014
    Member:
    #137169
    Messages:
    1,681
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rob
    SF Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2014 Toyota Tacoma DCSB MGM TRD OR
    TRD Supercharger AFE CAI ProDryS ADS 2.5 Remote Resi Shocks ADS Rear Piggy Back 10" Travel Shocks ADS 2.0 Rear Hydro Bump Kit Deaver U402 Leaf Pack MCM Fab Uniball UCAs TC Spindle Gussets BAMF 100% Bolt On Sliders Custom Car Grills Mesh Grill Insert Stealth Custom Series SR8 - Matte Black 16x8 285/75/16 Toyo Tires Open Country AT2 Relentless Fabrication Ditch Light Bracket Mounts 2x2 Ditch Lights Apex Fab Works Flush Lower Grill Light Bar Mounts Caliraised 32" Light Bar BAMF Tailgate CB Mount Cobra 75wx-st CB Radio Tech Deck Extreme
    I've been running a Deaver U402 custom pack and love them. has handled all the extra weight of the drifter and stuff in the bed flawlessly so far.

    As far as camper weight, you're pretty spot on. My drifter powder coated with fan, 2 fr doors, sliding front window, and a 6ft awning was 485lbs (weight truck before and after installation at the scales down the road).
     
    tyfoon11, Anderson and SliMbo4.0 like this.
  14. Mar 10, 2020 at 3:16 AM
    #3034
    SliMbo4.0

    SliMbo4.0 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2015
    Member:
    #172322
    Messages:
    873
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Colorado Front Range
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma DCSB TRD offroad
    who knows? but it works
    To me it looks like the BAMF and Archive hangers are essentially the same, Archive just has some other options. I have not read anything to say that they are changing the factory geometry.

    You're just running the shackle, correct? Not this...https://bayareametalfab.3dcartstores.com/2005-to-2020-Tacoma-HD-shackle-hanger_p_82.html ...combined with the shackle?
     
  15. Mar 10, 2020 at 5:18 AM
    #3035
    kceastsparks

    kceastsparks Fkn Kyle

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2017
    Member:
    #225818
    Messages:
    1,039
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kyle
    Sparks, NV
    Vehicle:
    2010 DCLB, RIP 2017 DCSB
    Anderson, Twizted, tacomgee and 3 others like this.
  16. Mar 10, 2020 at 5:41 AM
    #3036
    SliMbo4.0

    SliMbo4.0 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2015
    Member:
    #172322
    Messages:
    873
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rick
    Colorado Front Range
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma DCSB TRD offroad
    who knows? but it works
    Bentrodder and kceastsparks like this.
  17. Mar 10, 2020 at 7:19 AM
    #3037
    Anderson

    Anderson Move along, nothing to see here...

    Joined:
    May 21, 2014
    Member:
    #130329
    Messages:
    3,042
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Anderson
    Benicia, CA
    Vehicle:
    ProBro
    Stuff
    I’m running both the shackle and the hanger replacement. Someone beat me to an explanation it looks like.
     
    SliMbo4.0 likes this.
  18. Mar 10, 2020 at 8:40 AM
    #3038
    4wdExplorer

    4wdExplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Member:
    #28499
    Messages:
    628
    Gender:
    Male
    Orange County, CA
    I have the same issue right now. I'm taking delivery of my Drifter within the next 2 months. I have medium OME dakars now. I am keeping my build relatively light weight. I'm a minimalist when I camp and venture out, I only bring the stuff I need plus tools etc. That said I will go the cheaper route and buy the add a leaf from OME and make them the 'heavy' version and install it prior to taking delivery of the Drifter. I do not really feel the need to spend $1k on a new leaf pack from Deaver. I'll see how the 'heavy' Dakar's do when I convert them.

    If down the road I need a more beefier leaf pack i'll sell the Dakars and buy Deavers. I've been happy with the Dakars so far, I spent a good amount of prep work to keep them quiet. 1 year later, they do not squeak at all.
     
    9thhope likes this.
  19. Mar 11, 2020 at 6:25 AM
    #3039
    huruta

    huruta Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2018
    Member:
    #259440
    Messages:
    282
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Christy
    Seattle
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCLB TRD Sport
    Drifter....ARRIVED!
    I’m going to butcher the details, but I think we have a hilux leaf springs with ome kit. The Mule is SEattle did them, about a year ago. They have held up fine so far and were a lot less expensive than deavers. Seems deavers are preferred here, but this is an option. I’d search the drifter thread for me and you should find the correct details.
     
    Anderson likes this.
  20. Mar 11, 2020 at 9:59 AM
    #3040
    4wdExplorer

    4wdExplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Member:
    #28499
    Messages:
    628
    Gender:
    Male
    Orange County, CA
    Looking into this on the ARB Australia Site.

    The EK406C2 OME kit is good for 880 lbs to 1300 lbs of weight in the bed.
    The EK406C4 OME kit is for excess of 1300 lbs weight.

    https://www.arb.com.au/toyota-hilux-2011-2015/old-man-emu-4x4-suspension/

    This is for the suspension kit. Trying to find individual part numbers for the leaf pack.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top