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Short Bed w Shell - Sleeping Options

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by GoyoGreybeard, May 20, 2018.

  1. May 20, 2018 at 9:33 AM
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    GoyoGreybeard

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    I value the 6ft bed w a shell option so you can build a kit and sleep in the back. Very convenient and safe on Baja excursions to keep all your stuff below and sleep on top within the shell.

    Does anyone have a good sleeping/rig option for the short bed? Might be getting a new truck, and I may have to go for the four door (kids, dog, etc), but the four-door with the 6ft bed is just too much truck for me to drive around the city.
     
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    In the project I show above, we just bought a cheap Walmart tent and cut the back wall and floor to accomplish the same thing for less than $40. Ripstop nylon is good for that in that you dont have to resew seams when you cut it, or just use good duct tape for seams, too
     
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    Interesting...Seems like the bed extender / tent combo is the most common solution. Didn't know they actually made tents for it.

    The other option I guess would be to remove the shell window and extend the bed into the cab. I wonder if anyone has done this? Seems like the lesser / more difficult option though.

    Arrrggghhh would rather just have the extended cab with the six foot bed!
     
  6. May 20, 2018 at 10:05 AM
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    The one I made here sits below the cab window quite a lot. I also made one a long time ago for my 1st Gen but only had a shell that matched the height of the truck cab, and when we slept in that the ceiling was very low. I have an MX ARE shell now with a high ceiling and sleeping on the platform I made allows me to sit straight up in bed with a little headroom. Extending the platform through the rear window? Never tried crawling through my slider window before, I guess one could sleep halfway through it but....

    If you are in bear country with little kids, I wouldnt sleep in a open shell either, as you are likely to also have a lot of food smells inside there too, and there's the wandering little kid issue, too. I’d also look into the 6’ bed, or a pop up camper or rooftop RTT option for sleeping, and make a standard platform for secure gear storage below. I do use a RTT above my cab, so my truck can sleep 4 adults if needed.
     
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