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Vagabnd Drifter wedge camper FWC GoFast GFC AT Habitat

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#11 Hodakaguy

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 02:40 PM

Very cool and great to hear your observations.
Did you get a chance to camp in high wind conditions when you had your FWC? I'm interested in hearing how the wedgie/wedgefalia styles do in high winds.
 
Did you delete your previous build threads? I haven't been on WTW as much since selling my Finch.
 
And yes how's the progress on the airplane?


We camped in high winds several times with the FWC without any issues, I never had the "oil canning" that some complain about with the FWC. I fully expect the drifter to handle high winds just as good or if not better depending on how your parked. My previous build thread is still up, here's a link: CLICK HERE

 

Like mentioned above the "plane money" is being utilized for building a new shop :-)

 

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#12 Hodakaguy

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Posted 23 December 2018 - 02:41 PM

It's great to see you and your Dad working on another project.
I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.

We saw a similar unit made by Alu-Cab when we were in Africa and were pleasantly surprised at the strength and lightness of the camper.

Good luck!

 

Thanks, we are looking forward to working on it.  The strength, lightness and flexibility were a huge draw for us when picking this camper, you trade a bit of interior room for these advantages but it's worth it for us :-)

 

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 02:43 AM

Tom, look forward to reading about the new truck and camper.


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Posted 24 December 2018 - 03:58 AM

The new rig looks great, we have a FWC Fleet, and mostly love it, the inability to easily carry kayaks is turning out to be a real downer for us. Can the roof of the drifter handle a fews boats?
We don't have the furnace in our Fleet, very interested to see how you install the diesel heater? Are you going the Ebay version or something higher end?
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#15 Hodakaguy

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 02:06 PM

The new rig looks great, we have a FWC Fleet, and mostly love it, the inability to easily carry kayaks is turning out to be a real downer for us. Can the roof of the drifter handle a fews boats?
We don't have the furnace in our Fleet, very interested to see how you install the diesel heater? Are you going the Ebay version or something higher end?

 

The roof on the drifter is a LOT stronger than the FWC roof.  I've seen guys get up and walk/stand on the Drifter roof, don't want to try that with a FWC!  Vagabond rates the roof capacity at 500lbs on the drifter, it's also easier to reach the roof than the FWC so loading kayaks etc should be easier.  I plan on carrying our two sea kayaks on top of ours. 

 

I picked up a new take out Espar diesel heater a while back.  I'm still tossing around ideas for mounting the heater, I'll post up what I come up with :-)

 

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#16 Hodakaguy

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 02:27 PM

Snagged a 3D pen for Christmas, yesterday decided to try it out by making a PLA plastic Drifter for my Matchbox Taco :-).  Kinda crude since it was all free hand and no effort was made to smooth the surfaces out but this pen is pretty cool!

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My Unimog U1300L Build:  CLICK HERE

My VW Syncro Westy Build:  CLICK HERE

In Memory Of The Crewmen: CLICK HERE

Adventure Is Out There:  CLICK HERE

Riding Through History:  CLICK HERE


#17 Hodakaguy

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 02:43 AM

Nice day today, took a break from working on the shop and went for a cruise on the Lambretta :-).   Hopefully the existing shop will be ready soon and work on the Drifter can start :-)

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#18 Hodakaguy

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 01:02 AM

Not a lot of progress on the truck lately since I've been concentrating on getting the shop set up after the move.  We did manage to install the new suspension on my 1st gen this weekend.  The original suspension was completely shot...it had the limpest springs this side of a screen door!  I ordered up an Old Man Emu setup with Dakar springs....these should do the trick.

Installing the new suspenders...  Ignore the pickle fork, it wasn't used (I hate these things).

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Assembling the new springs and struts.  This is the best spring compressor I've ever used, takes the danger out of playing with springs :-)

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Good time to clean and re-grease the manual hubs.

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Rear Dakar springs & shocks installed, extended brake lines installed and brakes bleed with fresh syn fluids.   Truck drives & handles soooo much nicer with the new suspenders.  Now to get it aligned.

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Hope to get some work done on the camper soon.

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My Unimog U1300L Build:  CLICK HERE

My VW Syncro Westy Build:  CLICK HERE

In Memory Of The Crewmen: CLICK HERE

Adventure Is Out There:  CLICK HERE

Riding Through History:  CLICK HERE


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 11:50 PM

Looking good!


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 10:56 PM

Congrats. I was thinking about you the other day. jd
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