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Dirtbag Deluxe #3 – Trunk Junkie

A while back I was asked about the possibility of outfitting a Toyota Corolla. Yes, the small Toyota sedan that gets much better gas mileage than it’s more popular dirtbag counterpart, the Tacoma. A solid opportunity.  Every vehicle has the potential to be an #adventuremobile, it just has to be given the opportunity. Turning my back on no deserving vehicle, I responded to ski/climb guide, Sheldon Kerr, that I’d doodle on some graph paper for a while. 

 

 

Have you seen those awesome dining tables that expand by pulling the spare leaf out from underneath the tabletop? They’re awesome, right? Now imagine one of those dining tables in your trunk, only you sleep on it. That’s the design basis for the Trunk Junkie. 

Sheldon wasn’t worried about irreversible damage being done when removing the back seat. I’m proud to say, however, that the seat could be replaced, should you want to do a dumb thing like that. She asked if I’d install a flat platform to make stowing rubbermaid bins easier. Since space isn’t exactly prolific in a Corolla, I couldn’t bare leaving eating up the concaved spaced below the platform, so I threw a piano hinge on it so Sheldon can stash some maps and socks in there. 

The final design aspect was a lockbox in the back. Installation was a bit tricky, but turned out to be pretty bomber once it was in. Grampa asked if that’s where she’ll be stowing her marijuana, but I’m pretty sure it’s for a computer, ect. 

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Dirtbag Deluxe #two

Got the opportunity to outfit another Toyota Tacoma with a Dirtbag Deluxe. Teresa Bruffey, a dirtbaggin’ climber from Seattle and fellow friend of semi-rad mastermind, Brendan Leonard, came to me with dreams of camping in relative luxury and we got to work.

First things first, I had Teresa fill out some dimensions for me. Measuring pickup beds is tedious and tricky, but she nailed it, preventing me from miscuts during the prep stage.

With the measurements comes design time. Teresa is the kind of client you hope for, because she had a good idea of what she wanted in her head, voiced it concisely and then let me take it and run. Even better, is the design she had in mind was a great setup. A guide friend of hers had shown her a setup with an adjustable sleeping platform that allows a solo camper more headroom for comfort, but should the event occur that sleeping space is needed for two, the platform adjusts to sit flush with the higher platform. A great use of space.

Bouncing ideas off one another, I strongly suggested she opt for a flip-up access door above the main drawer. This allows access to items in the drawer from within the canopy, without having to get out, open the gate and pull out the drawer. Very convenient in inclement weather. I incorporated the same idea in the first DBD-lux, but this time I upgraded the accessibility with a piano hinge, so it’s more of a door than a pull out panel.

With only a one minor bump in the road and two wild dogs on the loose, I was able to get the Dirtbag Deluxe installed in one day, which was important since Teresa traveled down from Seattle and had work the following day. Perhaps down the road, I’ll be able to outfit customers on the road…

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