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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. Jun 4, 2021 at 2:25 PM
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    kalieaire

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

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    This times a million.

    We were expecting 4°F when we decided to hightail it out of town right after one Thanksgiving dinner. We were able to hit up every single super touristy summer spot along route 395 with either a handful or zero people.

    That night it dropped to -12°F. Bringing an Ice Fishing shelter was a ridiculously good move. We tried for a couple hours to get the campfire going well and tried to even shovel a snow wall to block the wind. Ended up just going inside where there was zero wind and Mr Heater Little Buddy.

    Only 36 degrees inside, but felt toasty AF because there was zero wind.
     
  2. Jun 4, 2021 at 4:14 PM
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    About halfway done...
    So apparently I chose the wrong product to glue down this roof gland.
    Does anyone have a different recommendation?

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  3. Jun 4, 2021 at 5:05 PM
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    kalieaire

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

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    i mean, do you really want it permanent? I'd imagine you'd want something with studs and nuts to clamp down.
     
  4. Jun 5, 2021 at 9:24 AM
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    Has anyone found anything for cooling when camping in 90-95F plus heat?

    Besides using like a electric cooling blanket? I was thinking of getting something to just replace the heater. Basically a winter/summer setup.
     
  5. Jun 5, 2021 at 12:20 PM
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    kalieaire

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

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    The Chilipad is great but it sucks a lot of power (80-150 watts). I'm usually pretty happy with a fan and t-shirt and shorts.
     
  6. Jun 5, 2021 at 12:24 PM
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    Same here, i just run a fan that is portable. Its still muggy and hot but makes it bearable.
     
  7. Jun 5, 2021 at 2:20 PM
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    JasonLee

    JasonLee Hello? I'm a truck.

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    I’m currently in Kansas where it’s 85+ degrees and 75% humidity.

    A rechargeable fan worked well last night with all windows open on the Drifter.
     
  8. Jun 6, 2021 at 6:13 AM
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    We bought a TransCool evaporative cooler. It is imported from Australia, but it really works. It has two high velocity fans that force air through the wet filter. We used it in Moab last summer to make camping in temps above 100 bearable.
     
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  9. Jun 6, 2021 at 8:10 AM
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    After a year of waiting for this I finally got the Alu Cab Shadow Awning Installed! VO pre-installed the mounting brackets for me so install should have been pretty easy except that the holes were about 1" off so some drilling and grinding was required. Wife got a pretty good shoulder workout holding this thing in place, hehe.

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

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    Make sure you get a few extra arms, they will bend and break in the wind, they're designed to do that so they don't mess up the rest of the truck.
     
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  11. Jun 6, 2021 at 9:30 AM
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    It was really windy this morning so I couldnt get it fully open without it flying up. Put it back in so as not to break it. The brackets VO installed are freaking stout. I ended up ruining two drill bits and two dremel grinding stones to slot the holes.
     
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  12. Jun 6, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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    Nice! We've had ours ~3 years and have been very happy with it. We haven't had to replace the arm, but don't use it much.
     
  13. Jun 6, 2021 at 9:54 AM
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    Last weekend when we camped it rained so we had to pack everything and get inside. Now with this awning we will be able to stash things underneith and cook.
     
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    Yes, it's great for that. One challenge we've had is that there is a gap on the back of the truck - it covers the tailgate but when the drifter window is open and raining the rain goes between the gap and the rain run off kind of sucks. Something like this is needed, but this one apparently only works with the AluCab camper.
    https://www.alu-cab.com/product/270-shadow-awning-gutter-kit/

    We've been lucky and haven't been in really hard rain in awhile so it's ended up being on the back burner. Anyway, if solutions exist, let us know!
     
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    I would almost think the AC gutter kit could be adapted to the Drifter pretty easily as long as the height of your awing and the camper lined up close enough. It's just a keder rail with a flange that is riveted to camper edge much like the way you mount the little pc of c-channel extrusion to the camper to hold the awing open. I can take a few pics of it if you want to explore further. Just let me know.
     
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    Seems like there would be room above the rear window for a permanent gutter. A 4 foot piece of bent aluminum could work and you wouldn't have to fiddle with anything.
     
  17. Jun 7, 2021 at 3:37 PM
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    Maybe too late with the residue you have on there now but VO uses VHB tape
     
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    Added some little touches. Used carabiners and shock cord to add a some storage to the solid wall. It allows me to secure some gear for transport or keep it out of the way. 20210608_123125.jpg 20210608_122630.jpgWhen it's not needed, the shock cord can be unhooked from the top and stowed below the bench cushion. The bottoms are just looped under the clamps.
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    Next I went with the simplest solution to keeping my drawer closed, a peg.20210608_122933.jpg 20210608_122948.jpg
    I wanted to secure the buddyheater in the isle as I won't bring it on summer trips. Keeping in mind that the floor is also a sleeping area I wanted eyelets to be as flush as possible. These are picture frame hangers. 20210608_122506.jpg 20210608_122521.jpg 20210608_122511.jpg
    Lastly I added a carbon monoxide detector out of the way behind the fridge.16231820988616073616445058847644.jpg
     
  19. Jun 10, 2021 at 1:18 PM
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    I can't get over this roof saftey bar. It may be the most over engendered part on the drifter. It's awsome. 20210610_130843.jpg
    In an effort to find out of the way places to store gear that I don't want to leave outside but don't want taking up the limited floor space in the drifter, I looked to this pole.

    I added velcro with double sided tape and velcro straps to add two carabiners. They are spaced for my wife and my daypacks. 20210610_130818.jpg 20210610_130617.jpg 20210610_130627.jpg
    Pretty happy with the extra storage. They feel super solid and hang over the fridge so I don't bump into them when in the isle. They are also out of the way when the bed is fully deployed too (long bed, short bed results may vary). 20210610_130556.jpg 20210610_130542.jpg
    You obviously have to remove any bags before closing up but the pole stows just as before, nice and clean.
     
  20. Jun 12, 2021 at 10:04 AM
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    Did you order the alu cab or VO? I have one slated for mine, but I wouldn't wait (longer) for the drifter if they were waiting on AC.
     
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