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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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Dirtbag Deluxe Camperbed

Outfitting a pickup bed for life on the road has been on my radar for a while, the problem being is I don’t have a pickup. So when my friends Charlie and Sheri’s plans to travel around central and south America fell through, the resorted to a 4-month climbing road trip. I’ve become their go-to carpenter over the past year, so when they decided they needed an outfit for their gorgeous purple Tacoma, Brusier, I seized the opportunity.

¬†Unfortunately, the 3 months they allotted their mechanic to repair a failing engine while they were off in Thailand wasn’t enough time, and when we began the project, the truck was still in the shop. Going off Charlie’s measurements, we began cutting all the pieces, but I’ve been building long enough to know that assembling the entire thing without fitting in in the truck first would be a brutal mistake. And, of course, when the truck finally arrived, there were some mismeasurements, which were quick fixes since. Patience pays off, friends.

The outfit has two drawers… GIANT drawers. I’ve never made one even close to the size of these two. We joked that if Charlie’s in the dog house, he’ll have to sleep in one of the drawers; probably the narrow one, depending.

Sheri was having a tough time comprehending the fact that home for the next four months is a pickup bed. Once she took a look out of her bedroom window though, she felt better.

Charlie busted out an old fashioned bottle opener as a kitchen add on. Unfortunately, the space between the outfit and tailgate was too tight. That was until I countersunk it. Was it worth the extra effort? Absolutely because after long days of climbing, beers must be opened easily by exhausted hands. Plus it added a dimension of character that tied the whole damn thing together.

Climb on, guys.

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