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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. Dec 8, 2021 at 9:49 AM
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    georginclay04

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    Hest mattress dually - long. - problem solved. Seriously night and day difference, I can still fold it up and out of the way and since its easy to fold in half as well I can make sure it's staying dry under the mattress easier. Again, sleep quality is amazing. It fits perfectly is not too tall when you close the drifter.

    https://www.moosejaw.com/product/he...ZJyTYK7cmR2PPvUihpJdXZD59xarsAvwaAhPbEALw_wcB
     
  2. Dec 8, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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    Drifter....ARRIVED!
    Been trying to figure this out. Are you using this to secure the window on the back? I think this is keeping the lid closed right?
     
  3. Dec 8, 2021 at 9:51 AM
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    Drifter....ARRIVED!
    JUST saw your prior post. Is looks like it folds lengthwise rather than vertically. Can you easily push back the bed with this in place?
     
  4. Dec 8, 2021 at 9:54 AM
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    Yea you can fold it in half. It's just a piece of foam in a fancy wrapping (comfy foam though) - I've done it a lot no problem. I do have a short bed and apparently the drifter is a little more space overhung though. However.. its foam and a durable wrapping around it so just push it up there.
     
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    Would love to see a photo of this in action!!
     
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    I think most that use the Exped Megamat DUO are doing so in the AluCab Canopy Camper which has a 54" wide mattress vs the 48" in most of the other wedges(in midsize configuration).

    I have the narrowest Megamat I could find because it's just me and I didn't want to waste the money on the duo if it wouldn't fit. I can't confirm anything as I don't have my camper yet and just use it for rent camping for now.
     
  7. Dec 8, 2021 at 10:08 AM
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    since sleeping has been talked about quite a bit currently - i recently picked one one of these

    https://aeronautoutdoor.com

    its a spendy as quilt, which is built around the GFC so is 90 long and 80 wide. i got it for my wife for her birthday - she like to be cozy when sleeping and im a sucker for small businesses and people going for it and pursuing their dreams

    best way to describe it is its like sleeping under a cloud, a really really warm soft cloud
    for us we get rid of a couple cheap as comforters we used in the summer / milder temp camps and will back up our RAB sleeping bags in cold weather


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  8. Dec 8, 2021 at 10:23 AM
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    I usually leave mine inflated how I like it to sleep on (about 90% from max). I don't try to fold it up inflated. I have a set of sheets ("full" size, fitted & flat).

    I usually have the mattress placed where I sleep on it and don't move it. I only move the removable panel to the rear when closing up the Drifter and it slides under the mattress, but the edges are against the sheet.

    I'd put on a fabric glove or use a microfiber cloth and run it along the edges where your mattress interfaces and see if there are any snags of metal that are causing the puncture.

    I do have the Exped Megamat LW+ Duo and yes, it fits into the side channels and when inflated is very difficult to slide to/from the hinged part of the wedge.
     
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  9. Dec 8, 2021 at 11:07 AM
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    That quilt does look comfortable and damn you weren’t kidding about being expensive. If I didn’t have a EE quilt I would consider it.
     
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    These are just my ideas. The puck lock pictured above would probably be best for securing the lid to the body by welding the mounts to the aluminum body of the Drifter/Nomad. Securing the rear window would be useless with a puck as someone could just break the glass.
     
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  11. Dec 8, 2021 at 3:38 PM
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    @georginclay04 , do you find the Dually mattress to be much better than the stock Drifter? The wife and I tried out a Hest Duelly in REI and felt that the Dually wouldn’t be much better than stock. We tried the Hest sleep system (single) they have the inflatable portion plus the foam and that was the Bomb. I am not sure how to make that into a dual sleeping system.
     
  12. Dec 8, 2021 at 4:24 PM
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    kalieaire i didn't know they stacked sh*t that high.

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    Have you thought about just making your own foam mattress?

    [​IMG]
     
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    For sure,
    Yea the Hest is certainly better. I'm a side sleeper and I use to wake up with numb shoulders with the stock bed. With the Hest I don't wake up with numb shoulders and it's very comfy night of sleep. No hot spots. I'm really happy with it. Additionally, @badassbrunette on instagram. She lives out of her drifter full time and was the one that recommended it to me. I weigh around 170 lbs have no back issues or any of that jazz as well.
     
  14. Dec 8, 2021 at 7:43 PM
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    I'm headed to Punta Cana but when I get back I can take some photos!
     
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    I’m interested in this as well, as that was the route I was going to take. And get some custom sheets made for it and call it a day.
     
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    for anyone who might be interested here is a discount code which saves $50 and free shipping


    TACOMAWORLD50


    Here’s a link that automatically applies it at checkout — Launch Edition Hoverquilt – Aeronaut Outdoor Gear 1

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  17. Dec 16, 2021 at 12:36 PM
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    stock af, but hover if you think you disagree... RV living: Vagabond Drifter (6' bed) Custom bed cabinet buildout 175w Renogy solar panel 40a Rich Solar MPPT solar controller 1000w Wagan Pure Line inverter Lavaner Pro 2kw diesel heat exchanger Suspension/wheels: Toytec Aluma 2.5 front shocks with resis 13x700 coils (soon 14x700) Toytec Aluma 2.5 rear shocks SPC UCAs Deaver Stage 3 rear leaf springs Wheeler's 3 degree axle shims Wheeler's U-bolt flip Wheeler's Super Bumpstops 18"x9" XD Monster (x5) 275/75/18 Cooper ST MAXX (x5) EBC Stage 3 pads/rotors Electronics: Kenwood DNX773S iDatalink - Maestro RR Stubby Antenna No-name Switchback LEDs Hella Sharptone horns (no relay) Relocated backup camera w/DIY bracket Armor/recovery: BruteForceFab Rear HC w/swingout BAMF Sliders (DOM, 10 degree w/kick out, rattle-canned) BAMF IFS Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Mid Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF TC Skid (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF LCA Skids (BAMF powder-coated) BAMF Rear Diff Skid (early model, powder-coated) BAMF CMC Plates US Offroad Winch Bumper Smittybilt X20 10k synthetic rope winch Total Chaos Bed Stiffeners ARB compressor w/air-up kit DIY cowl snorkel ARB rear air-locker Interior: Husky Floor Liners (F&R) Rear 40% seat-delete Hinged fridge platform in place of rear seat Exterior: CaliRaised Low-profile Ditch Light Brackets CaliRaised Side-projecting LED pods CaliRaised Faux TRD Pro Grille Morimoto amber LED fog lights One-of-a-kind 1GRFE plate (second iteration) Removed: OEM Bed Mat CaliRaised bed molle panels
    How about a "Drifter in the 2022 TW Calendar" mod? :santa2:

    Just a reminder that voting ends this Saturday (12/18), and if you like any of the photos submitted, you should like the posts to cast your vote! (yes, even if the submission isn't mine - GO VOTE!)



    Here are some submissions to consider:

    My 2015 DCLB, Vagabond Drifter w/room for activities, Toytec Aluma 2.5 +resis, and a few other mods on a trail in an undisclosed area of Montana...
    upload_2021-12-16_11-28-9.jpg
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...n-2nd-gen-tacomas.746679/page-3#post-26596805


    Mission Mountain Range, on the rez in Western Montana
    upload_2021-12-16_11-29-11.jpg
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...n-2nd-gen-tacomas.746679/page-3#post-26596799


    @OneGiraffe's '17 Tundra DC while firewood hunting just off the rez in Western Montana
    upload_2021-12-16_11-34-42.jpg
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...oyota-builds-non-tacoma.746681/#post-26599207


    ...and hopefully he doesn't mind being called out, but @d.shaw also has a couple Drifter submissions you should check out too!
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...mission-2nd-gen-tacomas.746679/#post-26592433
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads...n-2nd-gen-tacomas.746679/page-5#post-26615234
     
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    Nice! I'd participate if y'all would accept a photo of me crying with my ARE topper at month 23.5 waiting with no end in sight.
     
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    Hey everyone so I have to swap my leaf pack out. I'm running the Dakar HDs and going to either a Deaver stage 2 or 3 expo pack.

    So any real world with either the stage 2 or 3 ease chime in. I'm leaning towards the stage 3s for future proofing and overall weight but would like some input to help with the decision.

    My bed is empty other than the drifter I have no rear bumper yet but will go with a dual swing out, I have no rocker gaurds but will do a bolt on set with kickout.

    I have a dual battery sys no winch (will add with front bumper in the future)

    Having said all the above please let me know your thoughts.
     
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    Yes.

    I went from Dakar HDs (which I hated) to Stage 3 Deavers, but I've got extra weight.

    Love 'em!


    You should calculate the weight of the mods you're wanting (remembering to subtract weight of anything removed during install) and see which pack you'll need.
     
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