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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 16, 2021 at 7:19 PM
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    d.shaw

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    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.

    thanks mate
     
  2. Dec 17, 2021 at 8:21 AM
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    A tad premature, but in anticipation of the drifter (18 months in #235) rolling forward with the build. Picked up the truck Wednesday…Front bumper, winch, lights (fog and bar), skids, sliders, and rear bumper. No camper, but better than sitting on my hands. Next up a rear seat delete!

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  3. Dec 18, 2021 at 7:19 PM
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    First rolled drifter/nomad that I know of. I know one had been laid on it's beside before but I feel the pain on this one :( glad everyone was ok

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  4. Dec 18, 2021 at 7:39 PM
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    Damn glad to hear everyone is ok
     
  5. Dec 19, 2021 at 8:50 AM
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    That drifter doesn’t look like it survived like the one that went on it’s side. Bummer
     
  6. Dec 23, 2021 at 11:13 PM
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    My buddy picked up a rolled drifter and fixed it. I’ll see if I can find the original photo from the guy that rolled it. Zhellman I think his handle is.

    just a testament to how bullet proof these things are!

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    and here it is on my buddy’s truck after tweaking things back to straight.

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  7. Dec 24, 2021 at 5:09 AM
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    yikes. Yeah I hope to never be in a situation like that.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2021 at 9:34 AM
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    Added a Goose Gear rear seat delete. Happy with the install, but will be adding some sound deadening later. Cab noise is noticeably louder.

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  9. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:05 AM
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    Hey check out badassbrunette's youtube video and you can literally watch her flip the Hest mattress up: https://youtu.be/vAZzTBMuGFg

    Subscribe to her channel as well to help her out!
     
  10. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:43 AM
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    Does anyone have photos of the vertical electrical panels at the corners removed? I want to see the difference from the earlier Drifters (like what I have) where it seems that it is larger/deeper.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:48 AM
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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
    I could be wrong, but I believe the depth of the panels depends on the components installed.

    I just have the dimming light switches in mine, and it was made earlier this year. I believe if you add USB or other power options, they add the depth (to the panel cover) to accommodate.

    Mine are flush:

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  12. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:52 AM
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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding the changes...With your side windows, it looks like you need something like 1" thickness for the window frames to sandwich and the aluminum Drifter wall is only 1/8". So there's probably some type of filler/insulation behind the ePanel, where my solid sided Drifter has the ePanel curved in. I haven't peeked behind it since I first got it and don't remember what is behind it. I guess I have some investigation to do in the 20 degree weather :)
     
  13. Dec 29, 2021 at 9:52 AM
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    JasonLee

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    @cwhet10 - If the Hest mattress is so good, why do you still have egg-crate style foam underneath the mattress?

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    Edit: I still just ordered one, so I'll be the judge if it's subjectively comfortable for me.
     
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  14. Dec 29, 2021 at 10:02 AM
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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
    D'oh! It's because of the insulation. I'll shut up now.

    There are probably a few different panel options for insulated walls, bare walls, and extra depth for certain electronics. I will have my panels off later this week and can snag some pics, but it sounds like you'd be better having pics of a non-insulated Drifter.



    20 degree weather? I wish. It's 9 outside right now here...
     
  15. Dec 29, 2021 at 10:20 AM
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    I've got an "insulated" drifter with solid sides. Please do snap photos of what's behind your panels as well as some measurements if you can.
     
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    If you are looking for quiet, I would not go with any of the butyl rubber options. They are great for eliminating speaker buzz and vibration but there are way better options for noise reduction/absorption. My personal favorite is Automotive Thinsulate https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/p/d/b40068152/

    You can find it on Ebay for cheap. Use 3M 77 spray adhesive to apply to alcohol wiped surfaces. I did the inside of my doors, under the dash and in the rear of the cab and it made a huge difference. Won't hold water and is self-extinguishing. Also swear my A/C in AZ works much better!!!

     
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    Well, I went digging around tonight in the freezing temps to replace a busted blind rivet on the rear window frame near the t-handle latch…

    EDIT: looks like R Value 2.89 foam from R-Tech.
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    It looks like I have some type of closed cell styrofoam type insulation with a foil-like layer. Not sure what product it is exactly, but FYI - those solid sided drifters with the lower insulation package, it’s more than the thin ePanel.

     
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    Appreciate the recommendation! I like the idea and looks to be easier than what I have seen on a couple videos using dynamat and some others. Not an audiophile, but would like to knock the road noise down enough to enjoy the ride.
     
  19. Dec 30, 2021 at 7:53 AM
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    Thank you! Much love! :cheers:

    Dually Long Hest mattress FTW!

    In my humble opinion, the hest mattress is a much better upgrade than the campers stock mattress. Their one downside I've found is the crease in the center for folding the mattress in half length-wise (car camping). Conveniently for me, I somehow find that middle crease every night (#singlelifeproblems) and would wake up with a hip bone through it and on the hard platform. So I added a 1" memory foam under it to avoid sore bones. (Notice that foam isn't as wide as the whole mattress Sir @JasonLee ) o_O

    Plus.. you know.. it's extra plush since it's essentially my 24/7 home. I'd put a purple mattress up there if I could.

    But those sleeping with partners next to them shouldn't come across the crease issue.


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  20. Dec 30, 2021 at 8:35 AM
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    JasonLee Hello? I'm a truck.

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    Thanks for the info. I did notice that it wasn’t the full width so I assumed you were sleeping in the middle. Many people have asked about the crease, so now we have a firsthand account answering the question.

    Hopefully they ship mine out soon so I can use it and compare to the Exped MegaMat I’ve been using for 2 years.
     
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