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Vagabond Drifter Camper Buildout and Mods

Discussion in 'Bay Area Metal Fabrication' started by MTNHABITOVERLAND, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Jun 18, 2024 at 11:24 AM
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    chetterthecat

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    Curious why you went on the hood vs roof of drifter?

    I have a victron controller with Bluetooth, its fun & handy to have numbers to look at for sure. Fridge stays plugged in and topped off, nice when I have extra beers/food left over I don't have to worry about.

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  2. Jun 18, 2024 at 12:16 PM
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    Partly cause I'm a bit lazy, partly cause my Drifter is not prewired for solar and I would likely make a total hash of drilling through the roof. This was a simple fix with not too complicated wiring with a short distance from panel to battery, cost me a decent amount of money - I dont love having a thing on the hood, I had spent some time 'flat clear coating' my hood for way less glare (the panel has no glare) - but having it there doesn't bother me as much as I thought it might. The Dometic app has battery level, so when the fridge is on it's easy to monitor.

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  3. Jun 19, 2024 at 8:24 PM
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    That makes sense. I also think that dometic has a built in feature that stops drawing power at some point. Solar is nice to keep things topped and not having to worry about running the truck.
     
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  4. Jun 20, 2024 at 7:16 PM
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  5. Jun 27, 2024 at 12:29 PM
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    cobes habitual line-stepper

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    I've never seen these hood panels before and this makes me want one. My 170watt panel up top is great when I'm in the desert and by noon every day I'm back up to 100% charge on my battery, but when I camp in the northwest I end up having a net loss of like 10-15% every day, and eventually I need to stop somewhere and charge my battery. So having a few extra watts for those trips would be nice
     
  6. Jun 27, 2024 at 12:31 PM
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    cobes

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    Would you be so kind as to send me a pin or some info for this spot or any like it? I suck at finding elevated spots in the PNW because you cant tell whats down any road for more than like 100 feet haha
     
  7. Jun 27, 2024 at 2:07 PM
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    Should throw a blue sea acr to charge while driving, that with my panel I never had issues.
     
  8. Jun 29, 2024 at 9:20 AM
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    Maybe I just missed it. I know @JLee has been posting a bunch of stories on social so that’s definitely a possibility but does anybody know what a BAMF access store looks like.

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    Asking for a friend
     
  9. Jul 6, 2024 at 7:56 PM
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    I have the same question about the doors. I have tried calling over the last 3 weeks and get "the party is busy" announcement.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2024 at 8:25 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
    Well, they have been packing up for a move...
     
  11. Jul 8, 2024 at 8:21 AM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    Our doors are still in the design phase. We have yet to sell a single camper i won't be making any doors until we have a unit on order. A few of the existing customers will have one on there's but that process is just getting started once we get settled in the new shop.


    We have no phones right now. Email is the only form of contact until we get our new phones set up on the new shop.
     

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