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How do people camp out of a double cab short box ?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BongoTheOneEyed, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Oct 10, 2018 at 6:12 PM
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    dziner

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    I've been through so many camping options with my truck. There are so many pros and cons to each. And so many scenarios. I'm on my second roof top tent, this one is a hard shell (and is currently for sale). The pro is that it's much easier "for me" to setup and tear down than my old clamshell design. My bedding and pillows stay in the tent and the mattress is really comfortable. It really is my favorite option to date. The con is that I can't easily remove it. I live in the city and have no place to store it. A trailer is not an option as I don't have a garage or any place to park a trailer (street parking with permits). I have a hammock and rain fly which I love for chilling at camp, but it doesn't work for me camping with my pup. The pup insists on being on top of me and I can't sleep only back all night. My 3-season ground tent is pretty light and easy to setup, but not great for long outings such as attending Overland Expo for 5 days (and it's not good in cold weather). I had a Kodiak canvas tent which was very large and heavy, but great for camping in one place for several days, but it was a pain to setup and tear down by myself and took up a lot of space. My sleeping platform is ok for stealth camping, but it's just not comfortable for extended nights and is very difficult to change clothes in such a confined space.

    I find that I do 95% of my camping on land that I own, so I'm looking at getting a camper to keep there and just using my 3-season ground tent when I need it. I can't really say there is any perfect camp setup, just different setups for different people and situations.
     
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  2. Oct 10, 2018 at 6:22 PM
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    Does anyone use a regular tent anymore?
     
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  3. Oct 10, 2018 at 6:28 PM
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    Tried laying down in my shortbed, no luck. Cancelled the idea of the camper shell w/deck.
     
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  5. Oct 10, 2018 at 7:43 PM
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    I am serious with this question...not being snarky. What do you consider a regular tent? I consider my backpacking tent "regular" and a ton of fun for the purpose it serves.

    Some people consider a $40 6 man aluminium pole tent with a Thanksgiving day float size air mattress "regular." I saw these type of arguments when I started backing packing...you have these ultralight pricks that throw disdain on any pack that weighs over 19 pounds loaded. Those same assholes were asking to borrow shit from me on my section hike of the AT...Toilet paper is my favourite example...Hell no you cannot have my shit tickets.

    My point is that part of the fun and pain is figuring out what works best for what you want to do. You get to learn tips and tricks from the experience. My budget has often dictated what I consider regular and yes that has changed as I have gotten older. You can bet your ass when I travel for MTB races I will be snoozing in the RTT vs my "regular" tent but if some buddies call for some section hiking I will not be leapfrogging so I can sleep in the RTT.

    If you are under the stars away from light pollution just be thankful. I will never forget my daughter saying while camping in the Smokies "Oh my gosh Dad...have you ever seen so many stars?" We have "regular" tent trip planned for Dry Tortugas in February and I cannot wait to see that blow her mind.
     
  6. Oct 10, 2018 at 8:53 PM
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    I think my mattress is the same (or similar). Do you think it would fit folded/rolled in the cab? I’ve been trying to figure out how to do some truck bed camping, but I have a toolbox and there’s no way to waterproof the bed while traveling. If the mattress fits in the back seat and I get one of those nifty bed tents...I think it’ll work!

    I had an Outback wagon before the Tacoma, and would travel with the mattress in the back. Trying to find a similar setup, but without a tonneau cover or camper shell, it’s tough.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2018 at 8:59 PM
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    Also, since it’s a long bed the mattress should fit even with the toolbox if the tailgate is down. Assuming they make those bedtents in the longbed size.
     
  8. Oct 10, 2018 at 11:20 PM
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    Coleman Instant Tent... they are great for easy up and easy down... and tall enough for a queen air bed and you can stand up in them, too.
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    I so love 4WD camping in Baja!
     
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  9. Oct 11, 2018 at 12:54 AM
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    It'll be tight and there won't be much room for other stuff outside of the space on the floor behind the front seats, but I think it'll go with some... creative finesse.

    They make them. Go forth, get bed tent and... go do outside!
     
  11. Oct 11, 2018 at 5:42 AM
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    Oooh Hilux. Nice setup.
     
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    What, David? It rains in central Baja about once every 10 years. I did that in Imperial County and Baja, but the monsoon season in the SW would, let's say mitigate against that. I do miss that freedom though.
     
  13. Oct 11, 2018 at 7:34 AM
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    yeah, I've got 4 of them for different occaisions. Great thing is, if you add them up, I've still spent less than a RTT.
     
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    Cool. Looks like a spot I stayed once on the other side of the Sea of Cortez in northwest Sonora.
     
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    Nope.

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    Sleep fetal position....that's all I got.

    Or camp like a real man and put your head up on a log and surround yourself with rope.
     
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    RIP Smitty
     
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    LOL... rain is just water, it won't hurt you! You will see I do have a plastic tarp over my sleeping bag in back of my Tacoma as there is heavy dew before sunrise in that desert... Photo from 2011 at Arroyo El Volcán, near El Mármol. We were searching for the Lost Mission of Santa Isabel! The rest of that story: http://vivabajablog.blogspot.com/2011/07/lost-mission-expedition-april-2011-in.html
     

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