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Taking a Tacoma around the world, need advice

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Round the world, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. May 23, 2020 at 9:13 PM
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    Round the world

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    Hey no problem. The camper has a built in 20 gallon tank as well as a 6 gallon hot water tank. In isolated desert places that's means at best occasional "navy" showers
     
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  2. May 25, 2020 at 3:20 PM
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    Yes, Dan has a great story I've followed him for years. I know what you mean with the water, if not for the weight it would be nice to have twice that amount but if you have to choose between gas and water :)
     
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  3. Jun 7, 2020 at 8:41 PM
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    Finally installed the newly made stairs! They’re super sturdy and quite light, maybe 8 lbs?
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    The red thing in the upper left corner is the Tacoma-keyed padlock from Bolt locks. I have five of them on the truck.
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    A close up of how the stairs are secured to the camper. Lower bar is for the lock
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    It folds up and fits inside the camper!
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  4. Jun 12, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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    Your rig looks awesome, very well thought out! I can see you two being very comfortable in it. We have firmed up our date and it looks like April 2022 is when we hope to start our travels. Now that you have it pretty much done just wondering with the additional weight how does it drive and handle, looks like you took it on a fairly aggressive trail so you have a pretty good feel for it? As you know I'm looking at something along the same lines as what you have, probably just a slide in though. Everybody keeps talking about the weight on the Tacoma but there are all sorts of people travelling around with all sorts of things strapped to the back, any idea what percentage of people actually have a problem? Particularly if you're driving conservatively. The four wheel camper/mule expedition etc don't seem to have any concerns with the extra weight. Sorry to beat a dead horse but it's a big question for me, thanks.
     
  5. Jun 12, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    For all the concerns about people who overload their Tacoma’s well (1000-2000lb) over GVWR, I have seen few examples of vehicles having problems. I am guessing Toyota engineers have built in at least a 50% cushion in vehicle specs. I have debated this point with myself as I plan to go overweight as I build out my rig. I am sure it isn’t ideal, but it sure seems to work for most people that aren’t doing go fast, long travel, or rock crawling.
     
  6. Jun 12, 2020 at 10:35 PM
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    Thank you! We are getting close to starting our trip, potentially the 1st of September. So far we are very happy with it.

    Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. If you are thinking of leaving right at April I would give yourself a year to figure out the truck configuration.
     
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  7. Jun 12, 2020 at 10:47 PM
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    Thank you! We are getting excited as we may start out in August. Potential buyers are visiting our house tomorrow.If you are thinking of leaving right away in April then I would give yourself at least a year to get the truck configuration worked out.

    I think the truck drives great. Even with the suspension upgrades it swayed a bit so adding the rear anti-sway bar really improved the ride. But please realize that I like cars that corners flat and accelerates hard, think Porsche turbo. That's what I really love to drive. But i drive the Tacoma with a different mentality. It does not drive ponderously but I don't push it hard either. I have confidence that it will last. @Steelhead Taco and @friendlywithbears have basically the same setup. @friendlywithbears has put over 100,000 miles on his. I haven't heard of anyone having problems. It is designed to tow 6500 pounds after all.
     
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  8. Jun 12, 2020 at 11:00 PM
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    Someone who is quite close to you is @Stopmithering. He has basically the same truck configuration. We’re welcome to drive ours if you’re ever in southern Oregon
     
  9. Jun 13, 2020 at 9:17 AM
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    Thanks that's very generous, glad to hear that the weight isn't a problem.
     
  10. Jun 22, 2020 at 9:26 PM
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    Skid arrived from Greenlaneoffroad! Thanks for that tip- great unit at amazing price.

     
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  11. Jun 23, 2020 at 3:04 PM
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    Very nice! It’s a great tradeoff between weight vs protection.
     
  12. Jun 26, 2020 at 10:17 PM
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    Finally finished the insect netting that completely surrounds the awning. It’s about 7’ by 8’
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    I made it with two 16’ by 7’ mosquito netting designed for a double car garage. It has two entrances; the one below uses magnets and the other zelcro. Had to sew the Velcro one by hand due to going thru 4 layers of Velcro, only took 7 hours...
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    The front rolls up and the back screen under the stairs is attached with magnetics.
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    Front is attached with 2” wire Velcro, stays on really well. Even though the bottom has some weights, will use stakes when camping to hold down the bottom.
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    I used two aluminum square tubes each 4’ long that slides into each other. And put Velcro on two sides.
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    Rolls up into a 6” by 5’ roll. Thinking of putting it into a 6” plastic pipe and mounting it underneath the camper overhang.
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  13. Jun 27, 2020 at 5:20 AM
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    Sounds like fun, we are doing a ring of the US, up to Prudhoe Bay Ak, across Canada to Newfundland, then a ring of South America.
    Not too hip to a Europe trip though..
    Good luck and safe trails.
     
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  14. Jun 27, 2020 at 8:27 AM
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    Wow! That’s a big trip. How long are you planning on this taking?
     
  15. Jun 27, 2020 at 11:27 AM
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    North America then home for a bit then off to South America..no time limit
     
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  16. Jun 27, 2020 at 3:25 PM
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    Well I wish you a good adventure. We also thought about driving Prudhoe starting in early September but is a little late for that far north, no bugs though!

    good luck and sounds fun!
     
  17. Jun 27, 2020 at 4:07 PM
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    I resemble that remark. We in the Navy, prefer to call it a French Bath, and when you get to France, you'll know why. Lol
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  18. Jun 27, 2020 at 4:13 PM
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    Ive been to France several times but must have missed it. Oh, maybe it’s the fact that showering there with some of the people there is an optional thing
     
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  19. Jun 27, 2020 at 4:27 PM
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    Most of the perfume in the world in made there....for a reason. LMAO...ahahhahahahahahahha They're getting better at it tho.
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  20. Jun 28, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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    I just weighed in at 7000 fully loaded, which is on the light side for these.

    Definitely work out your suspension, I drive like a racecar on the road and a monster truck on the trails and you can definitely get them dialed in to perfection for both.

    Change your diff oil more frequently, consider regearing, otherwise have fun.
     

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