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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 16, 2022 at 2:55 PM
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    It's DLX son!
    Maybe by lid he means the roof?

    Whatever the case, I use your method (thanks for posting the picture!) using my homemade bed extension panel in the same way. Been great to have the fan running when I'm working on little interior build details in the driveway but don't need to pop the tent up.

    Heavily borrowed from the build Jerry did:
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  2. Jun 16, 2022 at 5:12 PM
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    I have just the lower insulation package and have a $10 ThermoPro thermometer that logs and connects to my phone on Bluetooth. In direct sun all day in Colorado it gets to about 85 degrees inside.

    I’d do some data collection before worrying too much.

    If you don’t have the lower insulation, get some and that will likely suffice.
     
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    Not sure if I missed this, but how did you make your bed extension?
     
  4. Jun 16, 2022 at 9:35 PM
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    Might have to pull everything out and do this. Foam board I assume? Seems pretty straightforward sans the cutting out Window hole. Adhesive to the side panels?
     
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    your head and my head work very similar. And I know nothing of electronics.

    I used a CTEK D250SE (instead of BCDC), and different batteries - lithium/standard. Also I have a different camper :anonymous: but great minds think alike?
    Ive also cleaned up the wiring, attached the temp sensor to the battery, and made a battery tray.

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  6. Jun 16, 2022 at 10:57 PM
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    It's DLX son!
    I just made a rectangle out of spare 80/20 pieces I had and skinned it with 1/4" starboard HDPE sheet leftover from the bed storage build.
     
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    it’s a sandwich that is not taped or attached other than the corner electrical pieces holding it on. From outside to in: drifter aluminum, 1” foil coated styrofoam sheet, then ePanel like is on the inside ceiling.

    heat will still radiate/dissipate through the outer drifter aluminum so any exposed aluminum on the inside may be hot to the touch, but it’s not that much surface area that it heats the inside air too much.

    I have found that with the top popped it gets hotter than when closed since I have the lower insulation. (No roof ran)
     
  8. Jun 17, 2022 at 6:34 PM
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    All Alcan'd up. For those who have had custom leaf packs designed, do they end up settling at all?
     
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    As others have shown, the amount of rainwater that gets directed right to the corners and straight onto the windows is pretty wild. This was just a simple solution to try to get a lot of that out of the way. Didn't put too much effort getting it on that's why it looks like furled eyebrows, but it stuck really well and does a good job.

    I used this stuff
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B09GXG1RBS?ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title
     
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    I think it looks awesome and pumped to hear it works well! Will bookmark that item!
     
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    I can now say never lie down on a Hest mattress. Thanks a lot NW Overland Rally.

    Their convertable pillows are pretty sweet too.
     
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    Yep, the Hest fits better and is more comfortable than the Exped Megamat LW+ I was using... Although the Hest is still off-gassing months later...
     
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    Does anyone know if a 5ft Drifter on a Chevy Colorado can be installed on a 5ft Tacoma? I’m assuming the rear tailgate flap might have to be changed, and a new bulb seal, anything else? TIA.
     
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    Anyone have a good suggestion for replacing the factory back,up camera? Preferably one that plugs into the existing harness…?
     
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    I think so. I recently commented on one of these threads about this topic but I don’t remember which one. What I remember discussing with Phil is that most of their drifters are a standard size. Either 6’ or 5’. Colorados and Tacomas are the easiest to fit up. I bought a second hand 6’ off a Tacoma and and the dimensions are the same for all 6ft beds. It took a little creativity to make it work on my 6’ bed Frontier. There are a few trucks that have wacky dimensions like the short bed Frontier (standard 5ft Drifter won’t work on them) but I don’t believe the Colorado is one of them.
     
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    Could someone with a 2nd gen 6’ bed measure the distance between bedrail cap and Drifter for me?

    I have about 1 1/4” on both sides. Some have thought the camper is mounted off center, but the distance is similar on both sides. I am now wondering if some of my leaking in the corners is due to very little coverage of the drifter on the bedrail cap (only 1 of the tree bulb seals).
    Thanks.

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    I'll check when I get home in a few minutes
     
  19. Jun 27, 2022 at 1:34 PM
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    I have the bed rail caps provided by VO
     
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    Thanks! Yes, I am using the KB Voodoo aluminum rails that VO sells. And it looks like you have a 1 1/4” space in both sides as well. I am going to replace the triple bulb seal and the bedrail cap seal and hope for the best.
     
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