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Camper Talk

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by black98, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Oct 2, 2009 at 6:03 AM
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    black98

    black98 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I often find myself scanning craigslist for parts, etc. for the tacoma and have been thinking more and more about getting a camper. Not that I really need one at this time, but I'm sure I would find some use for it.

    I would definitely want some racks on top to carry stuff when I need it, but I am finding it hard to justify getting a camper if it might be too much of a hassle.

    The pros I can see for a camper are: weatherproof, locked compartment to carry items, with extra room on top to carry stuff on racks if necessary. Then of course you can use the camper to sleep in, but I'm wondering how often people do this.

    Of course if you need to carry something which is way too big to fit under the camper, you have to take it off and keep it somewhere, which can be a problem.

    Anyways, someone just needs to reassure me that I really don't need a camper. I guess I am just looking for ways to accessorize the tacoma.
     
  2. Oct 2, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    EnolaGaia

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    I'd say your listing of pros and cons covers all the main points.

    If you'd like the advantages of a lockable / sealed bed with less hassle in opening it up for hauling really large items you might consider a tonneau cover instead.
     
  3. Oct 2, 2009 at 8:22 AM
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    Bre2tSco2t

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    Your pros and cons pretty much cover them all. I went with a tonneau cover. I also got a Adventure Truck Tent for camping. This way I get all the pros you mention, and overcome most of the cons. My tailgate locks now, so I am not as secure a a camper shell, but pretty close. Good Luck!
     
  4. Oct 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM
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    Werloc

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    If your talking about a hardshell camper, I would get a camper to tow, not an inbed one. Just my opinon. I do a fair amount of camping. I have a soft Tannueau cover, and a 4 man tent. Yeah, an in bed tent is great for rainy conditions to stay high and dry, but if you need to use the truck you may have to undo a few things. I do trips with the truck down to the river or lake to canoe & fish. I like to be able to jump in the truck at anytime to leave camp.

    Of course this works best for me, and may not be good for you. Just giving you my opinion. Just like your doing, wright down the pros & cons, and you decide...:)
     
  5. Oct 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    SafetyDang get your facts straight

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    I use mine very often. I usually keep a cooler on top and some gas tanks. Everything else can fit inside. I usually don't take anyone but my girl so fitting in the 6 foot bed isn't a problem. Usually we bring the tent though It makes wheeling easier if there isn't anything back there.

    Like so.

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  6. Oct 3, 2009 at 12:58 AM
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    Safety what kind of rack do you have on your shell?
     
  7. Oct 3, 2009 at 1:05 AM
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    SafetyDang get your facts straight

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    Colman it was 50 or 60 bucks at one time at Costco. I bought it off a guy who was selling his 4runner. Asked him to part with the rack and I gave him 50 bucks serves me well great spot for lights too.

    Essential for survival situations.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:07 PM
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    Get your own box!!!!! dude! lol
     
  9. Oct 4, 2009 at 7:13 PM
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    I bought an old ass pop up for $800. Was a great investment! Needed some work, but it works because i can throw a boat on top of it while towing, Can store stuff inside it. And it fits in my garage!
    Oh you're talking camper top..
     
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