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Sleeping Platform Through Window Into Cab - Am I Crazy?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by COTACOOO, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Dec 15, 2019 at 3:02 PM
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    COTACOOO

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    Hello,

    Can anyone please let me know if this can be done, has been done before, or is feasible at all?

    Before you guys roast me I am 6'6" and I need to be able to stealth camp and sleep comfortably in the truck. That is the highest priority for my build.

    My plan:
    1. Completely remove rear window glass on 6ft access cab Tacoma.
    2. Install leer high rise topper
    3. Insulate and connect leer topper to access cab maintaining a open pass through from cab to truck bed
    4. Build permanent sleeping platform the height of rear window and extend 1' into cab for a 7 ft bed
    Really hoping someone has done this before, or possibly that I could pay a company to help with this.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. Dec 15, 2019 at 3:13 PM
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    Anchovy

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    The thought has crossed my mind if somebody has done that before. A well experienced body shop/fabrication shop should be able to do most of the work
     
  3. Dec 15, 2019 at 3:28 PM
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    Baconyoulikeapig

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    Buying a truck with an 8 foot bed sounds like a much easier undertaking.
     
  4. Dec 15, 2019 at 3:36 PM
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    connerclan97

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    Cab and bed will flex separately of each other. Not sure exactly how you plan to build this, but it seems like a huge PITA.
     
  5. Dec 15, 2019 at 3:39 PM
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    Emanresu

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    Whats the bed length of your truck? Im 6'3" and use a short bed. Also you dont want to attach the bed to the cab without allowing each to articulate independently...this should not be a fixed point.
     
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    I agree, body & cab flex separately, only way to attach would be with a rubberized accordion type seal, and that would not insulate easily. Less of a pain to get a longer truck. Can you sleep corner to corner in the bed? That should be long enough with head oriented to rear of truck.
     
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    The bed will be too close to the ceiling of the shell if the bed is at the bottom of the slider window. You won't have room to move around and this set up will be claustrophobic. I have a sleep platform that rests on top of the fenders (with a Leer 180) and I wouldn't want to lose an inch of clearance.
     
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  9. Dec 15, 2019 at 3:57 PM
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    These would be easier.73C336EE-9FEB-4434-B8B4-30E52103A6E3.jpg B8DF4955-7184-4D26-8CEC-1E0CBDA03D6F.jpg
     
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    Bad ass.
     
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    I'd imagine it would be easier to go longer on the tailgate than into the cab. Just throwing it out there you could build a retractable platform to sleep on and open the tail gate, slide it out to extend past and lock in. If you're creative and have the technical ability, you could have it slide out and rise up to lock flush. Maybe make a few test models start with that see where you can get creative
     
  12. Dec 15, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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    Those are really cool, but not very stealthy.
     
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    Throw a sleeping bag back there and lay there a while, you might find sleeping a bit diagonally you may fit better than you think.
     
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  14. Dec 15, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cifmm424s2M

    I know you’re going for stealthy, but if you really don’t want a bigger truck, here’s a guy that lives out of his short bed Tacoma, could glean some ideas from him. He’s got some videos of what he did before building the extension too if you explore his channel. ​
     
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    Planning on the leer 122 so I think that I would end up with as much head room as you have currently
     
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    Sleep diagonally?
     
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    It's too cramped I have tried :(
     
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    I wonder if for the price of the leer 122 + the cost of this custom build if you couldn’t just buy or build from scratch a camper style topper that is designed to work with the tailgate down and be the length you need. Could have one of those contractor cap style doors too which would make getting in and out easier maybe. Just a thought.
     
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  20. Dec 15, 2019 at 5:07 PM
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    COTACOOO

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    I agree with everyone 100% but the main goal is to have a comfortable stealth camping setup. I realize I am sacrificing a few things here and that nothing is perfect. But stealth camping means no tailate down, no slide out drawers, no tent things in the bed of the truck.

    The reason I dont want a large 8' bed truck is that I do not want to give up any off road capability.

    Since everyone seems to think this is a bad idea however I will definitely give it second thought.
     
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