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 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by MTNHABITOVERLAND, Mar 27, 2018.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Dec 23, 2020 at 12:28 AM
    #4921
    kalieaire

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

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    2,862
    Gender:
    Male
    Santa Clara County
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 AC V6 6MT
    Adventure Trailers Atlas, Demello Sliders, BAMF Skids, PelfreyBilt Bumpers, SCS Ray 10
    Yeah, just start with small daily changes and record your battery levels in the morning.

    • Reflectix around the fridge
    • Increase the setpoint on the diesel heater so it cycles less
    • Aim the piping to the sleeping area
     
  2. Dec 23, 2020 at 5:51 AM
    #4922
    MapJunkie

    MapJunkie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2018
    Member:
    #249153
    Messages:
    314
    Gender:
    Male
    Washington
    Vehicle:
    2015 Tacoma OffRoad w/ Drifter
    How old is your AGM battery? They don’t like to be discharged below 50% regularly. If they are discharged below 50% they can lose capacity relatively quickly, depending on their quality. I am wondering if you really aren’t getting your full capacity out of the battery anymore. You could do a full battery run down (typically something I do once a year, for science) to verify how much capacity you still have.
     
  3. Dec 23, 2020 at 8:47 AM
    #4923
    joeydurango

    joeydurango Nightfall Overland

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2019
    Member:
    #305951
    Messages:
    397
    Gender:
    Male
    SW Colorado
    Vehicle:
    Heavily modified 2015 TRD w/Drifter
    Jeez, I want to go camping with you... provided you do the cooking. Sounds delicious!
     
  4. Dec 23, 2020 at 10:03 AM
    #4924
    Kclamer

    Kclamer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2018
    Member:
    #273322
    Messages:
    625
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Konstantin
    Vehicle:
    2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4
    2.5" lift, 4.88 gears
    Some quality of life improvements done today. Added a fire extinguisher as having a heater with a fuel tank is kind of dicey, this just lets me sleep better knowing its there. Also note the coat hangers along the top, now my pants and jacket have a place to hang!

    20201223_092204.jpg

    Another thing that I always struggled with was the lack of light on the back. Its always so dark there that I cant see anything in my packing boxes. Having a black camper doesnt help at all, but the lights are motion activated and turn off on their own. There are two in the back and one behind the fridge box.

    20201223_092153.jpg
     
  5. Dec 23, 2020 at 2:54 PM
    #4925
    rob1208

    rob1208 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2014
    Member:
    #137169
    Messages:
    1,953
    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 + Add a Leaf MCM Fab Uniball UCAs TC Spindle Gussets BAMF 100% Bolt On Sliders BAMF 1/4" Steel Skid Trilogy BAMF Diff Diaper Brute Force Fab Hybrid Front Bumper with Warn VR10000-s Winch Brute Force Fab High Clearance Dual Swingout Rear Bumper 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 Tech Deck Extreme Vagabond Outdoors Drifter
    nice. How'd you attach the mount? drill a hole thru the exterior wall and nut + bolt it?
     
  6. Dec 23, 2020 at 3:21 PM
    #4926
    Kclamer

    Kclamer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2018
    Member:
    #273322
    Messages:
    625
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Konstantin
    Vehicle:
    2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4
    2.5" lift, 4.88 gears
    I thought about it but decided that I couldn't let myself drill a hole. The fire extinguisher is supported on the bottom by sitting on the edge so there is not a lot of weight on the bracket. The sideways force is taken up by 3M double sided tape.
     
    rob1208[QUOTED] likes this.
  7. Dec 23, 2020 at 6:05 PM
    #4927
    4wdExplorer

    4wdExplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Member:
    #28499
    Messages:
    933
    Gender:
    Male
    Orange County, CA
    Installed Strawfoot rear window cover today. I did not use the side magnets since the top and bottom are pretty sufficient. I'll see how it goes for a few weeks if I need to magnets on the side.

    IMG_2870.jpg
     
  8. Dec 23, 2020 at 6:33 PM
    #4928
    Kclamer

    Kclamer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2018
    Member:
    #273322
    Messages:
    625
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Konstantin
    Vehicle:
    2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4
    2.5" lift, 4.88 gears
    Looks like your fitment around the rear light is really good. Mine came out a bit wonky so it didnt fit properly without trimming. Its amazing that a company like strawfoot make these awesome products for our trucks. Once I installed mine I have never taken it off as it blocks light for privacy, keeps the heat out during the summer, and provides a level of insulation in the winter.
     
  9. Dec 23, 2020 at 6:37 PM
    #4929
    4wdExplorer

    4wdExplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Member:
    #28499
    Messages:
    933
    Gender:
    Male
    Orange County, CA
    How have the magnetic strips held up from the heat? Any issues with the adhesive?
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2020
    socalexpeditions likes this.
  10. Dec 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    #4930
    socalexpeditions

    socalexpeditions IG: @socalexpeditions

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    Member:
    #230791
    Messages:
    5,043
    Gender:
    Male
    I watched my battery last night and I ended up only draining to 72% with heater running at 1.5hz all night and fridge at 32°. Redirecting the air up top was a huge help. Battery topped off by 9 a.m. back to 100%.

    Also built a Rotopax mount out of 1/4x2” flat bar aluminum. Really simple.

    988DA50C-1F31-4C7C-8932-FECEDE5C8BDC.jpg
    13157677-AE11-4E95-B721-48A4D70A7647.jpg
    7024E973-B473-4175-84F1-813D9CE501C2.jpg

    EC42C646-D015-4E67-9BFA-FA6F40C05D21.jpg
     
  11. Dec 23, 2020 at 7:07 PM
    #4931
    kalieaire

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

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    2,862
    Gender:
    Male
    Santa Clara County
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 AC V6 6MT
    Adventure Trailers Atlas, Demello Sliders, BAMF Skids, PelfreyBilt Bumpers, SCS Ray 10
    So this is true, but not without caveats.

    A big issue people run into is when they use something like a Goal Zero Yeti 1000x Lithium. The voltage at the plug is actually an open circuit voltage of 11.1 Volts. This is due to the fact that they prefer Lithium Ion chemistry. It has up to a 3.7 Volt open circuit voltage per cell at 100% State of Charge (SoC).

    Li-Mno2 is somewhere around 3.25. LiFePO4 is like 3.0.

    With that said, the curve is semi linear until you get to near 100% Depth of Discharge, however there is a slight incline on the discharge curve. Because of this, stuff like Dometic Fridges need to have voltage cutoff set at the lowest setting. Not all fridges have this option and might dip below. Having a Voltage Regulated output using DC batteries is important, though usually that's at the cost of maximum current (because $$$ + complexity). But I mean, he runs an access cab, just put the fridge in the back seat. If he wants ice cream on cold nights, he can just do what I do, hang it in a plastic bag outside the window. :p Our winter trips through Utah were a majority between 2°F - 22°F. My fridge barely ran, I just kept leaving a bottle of water outside and putting it in the cooler or back in the fridge before we broke camp.
     
    socalexpeditions likes this.
  12. Dec 23, 2020 at 7:12 PM
    #4932
    Kclamer

    Kclamer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2018
    Member:
    #273322
    Messages:
    625
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Konstantin
    Vehicle:
    2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4
    2.5" lift, 4.88 gears
    The magnets have held up well, it would probably be very difficult to remove them if you ever had to, falling off is not likely. Keep in mind that it doesn't get above 95F where I live.
     
  13. Dec 23, 2020 at 7:50 PM
    #4933
    snwbrdr852

    snwbrdr852 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Member:
    #76081
    Messages:
    458
    Gender:
    Male
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    '17 DCSB OR V6 AT 4WD
    Good to hear.
    I'm curious to do the same experiment with the vent and see what kind of difference I see in power consumption.
     
  14. Dec 23, 2020 at 8:16 PM
    #4934
    splashflash

    splashflash Vagabonding

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2017
    Member:
    #232899
    Messages:
    665
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Art
    Timnath, CO
    Vehicle:
    17 DCSB 4x4 M/T Off-Road
    I caved in on black friday deals and snagged a sherpa anima rack for a good discount that made it worth it to buy (plus they're only 10 miles away from me and I like supporting local). We've been having bad winds in colorado this week and the minute I had this put on, I immediately noticed the difference in wind quietness (not what I expected)and mpg. Long term wise I'll check back in but I do feel that if anyone is on the ropes on these, Martin or Sherpa are good choices for our campers.

    2020-12-23_09-08-17.jpg
     
  15. Dec 23, 2020 at 9:25 PM
    #4935
    snwbrdr852

    snwbrdr852 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Member:
    #76081
    Messages:
    458
    Gender:
    Male
    Utah
    Vehicle:
    '17 DCSB OR V6 AT 4WD
    Sharing some info on tuning the Chinese diesel heaters, for those who have them.
    I HIGHLY recommend at least knowing how to adjust the settings and the implications of how they affect the heater.
    Personally, I'd also say it's important for the sake of tuning them for different elevations.

    This page has, BY FAR, the best tuning guide/explanation I've seen. Look for "Tuning the diesel heater" way down at the bottom.
    http://www.thedoble.com/campervan/i...4ylLGQduZAdrH94cl738x062OvdhVpBbq_JPH46WzMbhg

    In order to follow this method, you've got to have a controller that will show you the burn chamber temp. Most of the controllers don't show this, unfortunately.
    The Afterburner will, but there's also a Chinese controller that is confirmed to have it.
    This is the one I use for tuning. Pay close attention to the buttons though, because this one looks very, very similar to the main black controller you see with these heaters.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Auto-Black...ing-Heater-Controller-Switch-12V/254808188759

    2.jpg

    To give you a basic idea of why I think this is important, here's where my min and max settings ended up (5kW) after tuning just above sea level:
    Fan min 1450 (lowest available)
    Fan max 5000 (highest available)
    Fuel min 1.1 Hz
    Fuel max 4.5 Hz

    I think most factory max fuel settings are in the 5.0-5.5 Hz range, which seems excessive and increases the potential carbon buildup in the burn chamber and CO levels in the exhaust.
    Even if my max of 4.5 Hz is leaving some heat on the table, it's already more than I need in the Drifter.
    And at higher elevations, you'll obviously want to bring the fuel down even further to compensate for the lower oxygen levels.

    Oh, and the codes to get into the settings menu are usually either 1688 or 9009, as far as I know.
     
  16. Dec 24, 2020 at 6:43 AM
    #4936
    d.shaw

    d.shaw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2016
    Member:
    #194653
    Messages:
    905
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2012 silver trdOR
    vagabond drifter, king 2.5 coilovers, king 2.5 rear, pelfreybilt front / rear bumpers and skids, rock sliders, safari snorkel, smitybilt winch, baja designs 20in, wide cornering spots, s2 rear. deaver expedition series stage 3 rear leaf.
    i would back that up - the small amount of straight up head wind driving i have done my mpg was normal (maybe an hour and a half) once it became more cross wind i dropped again, but overall quieter and helpful in headwinds. i have the martin rack. the sherpa rack looks excellent as well

    gtmartin284@gmail.com
     
  17. Dec 24, 2020 at 7:27 AM
    #4937
    Kclamer

    Kclamer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2018
    Member:
    #273322
    Messages:
    625
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Konstantin
    Vehicle:
    2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4
    2.5" lift, 4.88 gears
    I wish they made one that had a fairing that went all the way up to the top of the drifter and had a sealed box built into the fairing with a side door. I think this would improve airflow even more and add functionality to the tiny rack.

    Something like this just smaller to fit with the Drifter and a side opening on both sides instead of the top.
    4_2_.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2020
  18. Dec 24, 2020 at 7:48 AM
    #4938
    Wackyhacky

    Wackyhacky A Well Known Troublemaker

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2014
    Member:
    #131275
    Messages:
    581
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Keith
    Berthoud, CO
    Vehicle:
    2013 Tacoma DCSB
    So boss. Such a nice looking truck.
     
  19. Dec 24, 2020 at 10:45 PM
    #4939
    socalexpeditions

    socalexpeditions IG: @socalexpeditions

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2017
    Member:
    #230791
    Messages:
    5,043
    Gender:
    Male
    Hey! Does anyone have warm shower solutions? I bought a roadshower to mount on my drivers side, but am not sold on putting that much weight up high. Just curious if any of you guys have thought of something clever thats more permanent vs. setting water in a jug outside.

    Also went ahead and cleaned up all the tent canvas. I use 303 to protect it. Highly recommend it. Not sure if you can tell in picture, but it shines well and just helps protect the canvas and makes it last longer. Been using it for a long time.

    https://www.amazon.com/303-30313-CS...3&sr=1-1-7b47ea83-76bf-4b51-b958-664fad18c0dd

    94187A9B-6639-4BA7-9BE8-49DEA8979056.jpg
     
  20. Dec 24, 2020 at 11:50 PM
    #4940
    kalieaire

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

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Member:
    #81653
    Messages:
    2,862
    Gender:
    Male
    Santa Clara County
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD Off-Road 4x4 AC V6 6MT
    Adventure Trailers Atlas, Demello Sliders, BAMF Skids, PelfreyBilt Bumpers, SCS Ray 10
    socalexpeditions likes this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Products Discussed in

To Top