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TRUCK SLIDE IN CAMPER?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by clayodouls, Feb 11, 2019 at 7:28 AM.

  1. Feb 11, 2019 at 7:28 AM
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    clayodouls

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    Hello!
    I am interested in buying a kimbo slide in truck camper to put on my Tacoma.. The website shows they are custom built for Tacoma's.
    www.kimboliving.com
    WILL MY 3RD GEN TACOMA be able to handle 930-1100lbs full loaded camper?
    I intend on getting heavy duty tires and air bags.
    Also it is a 4 cyl......
    Will I have any power to drive? It is okay if I am slow..
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.... I plan on living full time in this
     
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  2. Feb 11, 2019 at 7:37 AM
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    Very cool, but thats expensive as hell.
     
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    Awesome looking camper! However, there's very little chance you'll be able to carry this camper, your gear/accessories and yourself without being over the GVWR. The camper may only weigh 1000 lbs but everything else you'll need to carry easily weighs another 500-1000 lbs.

    There are plenty of people running Four Wheel Campers (also very nice units) on Tacos. They are all exceeding the GVWR.

    I wouldn't recommend it but you'll be in good company.
     
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  4. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:19 AM
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    That's a sweet camper and not far from me! personally I like pulling a camper so I can still get out and enjoy having a truck when I get to where I am going! also I would be super sketched about taking that up some of that rough roads I hunt the weigh alone is going to be pushing it.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:55 AM
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    A lot of people loaded up with armor, camping setups, supplies, and people are over GVWR. Upgrade suspension, upgrade brakes if needed, upgrade tires. It'll handle like a fat heavy truck but it's not going to cave in on itself.
     
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  6. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:06 AM
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    Damn, that thing is tall. My parents had a popup slide in camper on a Chevy 1500 when I was little.

    This one in a popup version would be nice. Also, holy hell that's a lot of $$$.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:13 AM
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    Interesting...
     
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    This is the one I'm interested in. I think its a bit lighter and has a MUCH lower profile when driving. You can also strap some gear to the top.

    It is more expensive though.

    https://ok4wd.com/alu-cab-khaya-prime-camper
     
  9. Feb 11, 2019 at 12:30 PM
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    OP you have the 4cyl taco. It would be pointless .
     
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    I like that one, but unless you're a hardcore off road camper the price is still pretty steep and that's just the base price. Adding any minor options like power and water and some cooking facilities gets you to $20k in a hurry.
     
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    Try more like 30k in a hurry. That said, its basically the lowest profile camper I've seen that meets all my requirements. The wife and I figure we're good with our current setup for another 5-10 years or so, but when we're in our mid 40's we'll hopefully have enough saved to get this.

    Also, I'm a pretty hardcore off road camper. Ideally I'd be out at least every other weekend. :thumbsup:
     
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    Not a chance I'd consider putting that on a 4 cyl tacoma. I'd have second thoughts about even putting it on a v6.

    You'll need to do suspension to handle that kind of weight.

    Full time living, I'd recommend going to a full-size truck for the added space and payload capacity.
     
  13. Feb 11, 2019 at 1:18 PM
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    I was looking at that one too for a while until I saw the canopy camper they came out with
    https://ok4wd.com/brands/alucab/alu-cab-canopy-camper-base-model

    If I'm doing a camper like that, I'm never going to take it out of the bed so I'd rather just build the thing out how I want it. and save some weight and money in the process.
     
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    Over GVWR with less power and a ton of additional drag. That engine will be screaming for mercy on any kind of a grade.
     
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    or a headwind. or a strong side wind might blow it over based on how tall and top heavy it is.
     
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    I'd look for a nice used camper.....
     
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    Yeah the pop-up "wedge" style campers like this and the Go Fast Camper are definitely the way to go for these mini-trucks. GFC's only weigh 200 lbs. Even with gear, you'll be within the GVWR. And even a 4 banger can haul them!
     
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    Hey man! Your Tacoma should definitely still be able to haul it around as long as you install the right suspension on the truck to help it handle the added extra weight. We sell a bunch of Four Wheel Camper slide ins and every now and then customers come in with 4 cylinder Tacos. E rated tires are also a must.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Hope this helps!
     
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    It's cool, but I wouldn't do it. It's a monster. An off-road teardrop or A-frame trailer would be just as nimble, just as expensive, and much much more livable. And that's just for weekend living.

    If I were doing full time nomad, I'd sell the taco and get a 4x4 sprinter. If I were on a budget, Econoline. Pickups just can't beat a van for living in. Especially if youre down by the river. :boink:
     
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  20. Feb 12, 2019 at 9:18 AM
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    Very helpful for sure, some other posts on this are definitely discouraging.. I understand that a 4 cyl may not be the ideal set up but... that is WHAT I OWN. I am just trying to find a comfortable place to live when I am not working out at sea!
    My true purpose of posting this was to see if someone has put a slide in with a 4 cyl, and how it worked..
    I just don't want to damage my vehicle and I want to make sure I have enough power to drive on roads! Not crazy off road trails, just dirt roads..
    I intend on purchasing E rated tires and Firestone airbags. Maybe upgrade my brakes too..

    I am just looking for honest feedback and now I have no idea on what I should do.
     
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