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Let's See Your Tacoma (or other truck) Camping Set-Up

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evan h · · Denver, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 320

I'm sure this has been done before, but I'm looking at designs for my Tacoma. I have standard cab 2001 Tacoma with a camper top, and ideally I'd have a set-up to sleep my wife and I and our dog. Perhaps something like the design below, but I'm up for other options (our dog is a 60lb lab mix though). I do prefer the space in the middle, as opposed to a continuous platform. I have a jerry-rigged version of the continuous platform already, and it's a bit claustrophobic moving around on it, especially with two people and a dog.

Bonus points for any ideas on how to mount a 32 inch spare tire in the stock compartment below the bed, where it no longer fits.

I'm not looking for crazy ideas on electricity and such, as this is just for the occasional weekends, but someone else might be interested.

See example below (not mine).

Tacoma idea from the internet
Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 564


highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion · · Colorado · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 35

Did I show either of you my setup? Super simple and more storage than normal. I can have it empty and ready to move a couch in 5 minutes.

I'll post pics when I get a chance.

evan h · · Denver, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 320

That sounds perfect. Let's see it!

highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion · · Colorado · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 35

Just started a snow sport weekend. I'll try to get pics in the next few days.

Chris Horton · · Encampment, WY · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 255
Tacoma Bed/Drawer

Tacoma Bed/Drawer

Message me for deets/plans if you want.
wcayler · · Norther CA · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 10

Currently building mine out. I'll post when I'm finished with the rough design!

Dylan Pike · · SLC, UT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 35
Truck bed

18 in below the mattress fits Rubbermaid totes. I have a cab hi shell which gives 6in extra space higher than my cab.
jleining · · CO · Joined Apr 2007 · Points: 28

This thread reminds me of the few times it sticks to be 6'5"

evan h · · Denver, CO · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 320

Bump. I'm lazy, non-committal, and still haven't started this project.

Lee Harris · · Cleveland, TN · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 30

Van Myers · · Morro bay · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 5

Not sure if your dead set on making a setup out of your current camper shell or if you would consider a taller shell. I camped for years out of a standard shell and got tired of all the griping from my girlfriends of the time.  Check out callen campers. Awesome affordable shells that have way more space than a standard one · · Shanghai, China · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 0


I made a hammock stand for a move across the country. I didn't have time to figure out a good rain fly, but I was pretty luck with the weather.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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