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Vagabond Drifter Camper Buildout and Mods

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

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  1. Apr 14, 2021 at 5:12 PM
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    joeydurango

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    I won't speak for @SenatorBlutarsky but I have a 1Up rack with no swingout at all, and I can lower the rack - with or without bikes - and clear the tailgate easy. One of my favorite things about the 1Up rack.
     
  2. Apr 14, 2021 at 6:02 PM
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    ETAV8R

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  3. Apr 14, 2021 at 8:53 PM
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    JasonLee

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  4. Apr 14, 2021 at 8:55 PM
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    JasonLee

    JasonLee Hello? I'm a truck.

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    I have a RakAttach with a 2 bike 1-up... yes, with the bike rack flat and no bikes you can open the tailgate. You can DM me to come check it out - I’m not far from you @georginclay04
     
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  5. Apr 14, 2021 at 9:38 PM
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    Yas. 1up is the best rack... And it clears the gate
     
  6. Apr 14, 2021 at 9:39 PM
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    SenatorBlutarsky

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    Looks like this was answered multiple times... but yes.

    One thing to add though, I use the swing out much more than the tilt mechanism on the rack. You can open the tailgate with the rack flat or tilted down, but it's still kinda in the way. The swing out doesn't take much longer to use and it makes access much easier.
     
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  8. Apr 14, 2021 at 10:05 PM
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    You should of came and said hello! I remember you driving up the road I believe.

    I spotted another Drifter. First time ever, I helped him fix his battery. He couldnt start his Tacoma. He lives in Benicia, cool dude.
     
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  9. Apr 14, 2021 at 10:31 PM
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    socalexpeditions

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    +1 on 1up. I love mine
     
  10. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:57 AM
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    You guys are hardcore with the bike rack set ups!

    I found a $30 Yakima spare tire mount off craigslist that’s been serving me well. It moves with the Relentless rear bumper swingout so no extra steps than usual when getting into the Drifter
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  11. Apr 15, 2021 at 5:55 AM
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    You guys are hard-core with the bumper setups. I have some plastic bumpers that serve me well and came with my truck. :thumbsup:

    Jokes aside. That $30 bike rack wouldn't be able to carry most modern mountain bikes due to the frame shape. Also, the nice racks only clamp the bike by the tires to avoid any contact with a fancy carbon fiber frame.
     
  12. Apr 15, 2021 at 6:36 AM
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    I'm a big fan of the compact hitch swing outs. One benefit is you can leave the swing out rack on the truck full time and it's never in the way as the tailgate clears/covers it without a bike or other rack attached. I've been using the kuat pivot v2 and it works great, it has a pretty long swing arm and swings to 120deg.
     
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    No matter what bike rack you have, the ability to swing them out of the way while loaded versus tilting is worth every penny you need to invest to do so in my opinion. It makes life so much easier.
     
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    I built a mount to attach a Thule to one side of my swingout. So far it works well but I am going to add some removable struts down to my tow points to take some of the bounce out and add a little more stability.
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    That is sweet for sure... but this people right here wants as light and simple as possible, with as few parts to break and as little movement as possible. 1Up rack directly mounted to the bumper achieves all of that, and I'm definitely willing to sacrifice a bit of time to remove the bike at camp to easily access the Drifter, if I don't feel like coming in over the side of the tailgate. I really hate the rattle/sway/looseness involved with almost all racks/swingouts available.

    Just my two cents, everyone's got a different take of course! :thumbsup:
     
  18. Apr 15, 2021 at 8:47 AM
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    It's funny how different we all use the same gear! For me, other than the drifter itself the swing-out is my favorite part of my truck setup. We use it as extra table top at camp for a tool box, jackets, beer etc. It's good for storing the bikes before/after/in-between rides. Also, if it breaks, I can still tilt down the rack and get in to the tailgate just as you do. A hitch received welded in to a swing-out bumper would just be a cleaner version of the add-on swing out. As you said though...to each their own!
     
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    Show off :p
     
  20. Apr 15, 2021 at 10:10 AM
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    F: ADS 2.5" extended travel #700, Camburg UCAs, DuroBumps, CMC, TC Alignment Tabs R: ADS 2.5" extended travel, Deaver U402 Stage II, BAMF Hammer Hangers, Timbrem U-bolt flip and Bumpstops, extended brake lines, extended diff breather Armor: Full RCI Aluminum Skids minus Fuel, (rerouted exhaust cross-over), RCI Rear Bumper, Victory Offroad Aluminum Strike Bumper, RCI Sliders Recovery: Smittybilt X20 10k winch (synthetic line, Factor 55 1" Fairlead and Flatlink Splicer) Wheels: 255/85R16, AlphaEquipt Command 16x8 +0, .75" BORA Spacers Misc: AlphaEquipt Snorkel, TRP Low Profile Sharkfin, Vagabond Drifter 159 (someday)
    I dig that bumper. Which is it? Clean and no bike swing out/tire swing out conflict.
     
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