An overlanding motor vehicle from America has now been transformed into its latest overlanding camping trailer. Since then, countless custom camper trucks and ultralight pickup camper designs have been based on the Toyota Tacoma, the number one pick-up truck for off-road enthusiasts and overland enthusiasts around the country. There is nothing typical about this Toyota Tacoma overlanding vehicle: it doesn’t have an engine or a cab. This little off-road trailer features an all-electric motor, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a sleeping area taken from a Toyota Tacoma TRD-Sport truck bed. Overlanding in a Toyota Tacoma is a whole new experience.
Toyota Tacoma is the car brand with more overlanding lore than anyone else, with models like the Land Cruiser, the 4Runner, and the Hilux leading expeditions everywhere. Toyota Tacoma is North America’s best-selling midsize pickup. Although we haven’t counted or polled the Tacoma, we always believe it’s the most popular vehicle of Overland Expo, since there are always tent-topped, lifted, snorkeled Toyota Tacoma in each show.
Toyota Tacoma came up with the idea of a Tacoma trailer concept because of this popularity. During a previous Overland Expo West show, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development’s Bob Kupina noticed a trailer built by a Tacoma owner. After he liked the idea so much, he eventually hired Motorsports Garage to create an official Toyota version. A four-person Yakima rooftop tent was first mounted on a handy scissor lift, giving campers some additional height at camp, before the chop-off Toyota Tacoma TRD-Sport bed was converted into a proper camper. As a kitchen, it added a double-burner stove, a sink, and an adjustable drawer on another slide, along with a kitchen box .
You are contemplating getting a small camper to haul on your Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The situation is not unique to you. A number of other Tacoma truck owners have or plan to purchase campers as well. You made an excellent choice if you already own a Taco. The Tacoma’s functionality, reliability, and good looks have made it the best-selling mid-size truck within the last decade. A powerful 3.5L V6 engine produces an impressive 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission, an unbeatable OEM suspension, and a payload rating of up to 1,620 pounds, depending on the options. The Tacoma 44 TRD trims feature Bilstein shocks, Crawl Control, an electronic locking rear diff, Multi-Terrain Select, 16-inch wheels, and Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-line off-road tires. Toyota Tacoma come with 5-foot and 6-foot beds, but the 6-foot bed offers more space and a higher payload rating, essential features for small campers. Remember, you saw this comprehensive, well-researched list here first, well before Internet copycats with nearly identical lists publish theirs. So without further adieu, here are the 6 best campers for the Toyota Tacoma.
There are three different manufacturers of truck campers on this list, but the only true aluminum hard-side truck camper that we will be discussing on this list is the KIMBO 6. A patented single wall aluminum camper is constructed from riveted aluminum and is insulated with rigid R5 foam that is lined with suede on the inside. Although it is a relatively small vehicle, the camper still offers a number of impressive specifications such as 6 feet of open floor space, 6.5 feet of headroom, and over 3 feet of headroom in the cab-over. KIMBO 6’s maximum payload capacity of 1,100 pounds, when loaded with cargo, is well within the range of most Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks. Standard features include a teak entryway/mudroom with an aluminum partition, a 54×75-inch east-west bed, two couches for social seating, removable lift jacks, and three Arctic Turn double pane insulated “Euro” windows. The camper also comes with a three-speed roof vent fan, a Yeti 400 solar generator with 12 volt USB ports, an exterior propane bay for a 30-pound propane tank, and high-efficiency, dimmable LED lighting. Best used on a Tacoma with the 6-foot bed. Sold factory direct out of Bellingham, Washington. Pricing starts at $19,999, a very reasonable starting point for a lightweight camper of this quality.
Scout Yoho 6.0
The Scout Yoho 6.0 is a new and revolutionary backpack from Yakima, Washington-based Adventurer Manufacturing, featuring several weight-saving features in the industry for the first time. The removable add-ons include a roof-top pop-up tent, which increases sleep capacity by two, a DOMETIC CFX3 75L refrigerator/freezer with WIFI, a yeti goal zero 1000 lithium battery pack, and a DOMETIC propane cooktop. RENOGY 160 watt solar panel, a moon roof with a screen and solar reflective shade, a 4-person dinette with sleeping accommodation, and dual 5-pound propane bottles are some of the standard features. With a dry weight of only 913 pounds and a floor length of 5 feet 8 inches, the Scout Yoho matches well with the Toyota Tacoma with the 6-foot bed. The Yoho supports four-season travel with an optional Newport Real Flame 4,500 BTU propane fireplace and standard robust insulation. The camper will last for generations thanks to the camper’s rugged aluminum, EXO-skeleton shell and no-wood composite structural panels that will never rot. Pricing for Adventure Manufacturing’s new Scout Yoho 6.0 starts at $19,240.
Four Wheel Camper Fleet
The Four Wheel Camper Fleet truck camper is yet another aluminum truck camper slide-on that offers a number of features that would thrill any truck camper owner. An east-west queen-sized bed measuring 60 inches by 80 inches, a 3-way 1.7 cubic feet reefer, and attractive yet durable interior woodwork are all included in the Fleet. Among the four floorplans available – rollover side couches, side dinettes, front dinettes, and shell models – there are four to choose from. There is the possibility of adding a porta potty and an outside shower for those who want more amenities. Are you interested in extending your time off the grid? Besides the 120 watt roof-mounted solar system, Four Wheel Campers provides a dual battery setup with 6 volts, a 65-liter DC compressor refrigerator, and a 10-pound propane tank. Dry weight of just 1,045 pounds makes it an excellent choice for Toyota Tacomas with 6-foot beds. Various colors of smooth and ribbed aluminum are available. The Four Wheel Camper Fleet lists for only $18,995, but don’t let the price fool you. This well-equipped, low-profile camper can tackle any terrain including some of the most challenging Jeep trails in Moab.
AT Overland Summit
The Toyota Tacoma truck camper rightfully ranks among the top 6 truck campers. While being loaded with features and adventure, the AT Overland Summit is only 340 pounds. Summit truck toppers have no bottom, unlike traditional pop-up campers that slide in and out of the truck bed. A standard popup camper is heavier than this new and innovative design, but keeps the comfortable sleeping platform. The Summit’s construction includes CNC-cut and formed aluminum with honeycomb composites that provide up to 8 feet of headroom and 48-by-80-inch platform that supports up to 2.5 inches of mattress and 500 pounds of weight. Each topper is built to order. Options include a light-blocking Thinsulate liner with a higher R value, a cab slider window, a roof rack, side slider windows, Seitz “Euro-style” side windows (17×43 inches), side hatch doors (17×43 inches), rear liftgate insert window, a 12 volt power system, interior lighting, awnings, interior cabinetry with pull-out refrigerators and cooktops, forced air heating, and a color match to vehicle. Built for Tacoma 5-foot and 6-foot beds. Pricing starts at an affordable $8,900.
This is the only camper in this article with a wet bath as well as being the newest camper in the Phoenix Camper catalog. Custom campers are produced by Phoenix, an established manufacturer. The 7-foot Mini-Max’s floorplan includes an east-west 60″x80″ bed, a large dinette forward, a wet-bath in the driver’s quarters, and a small kitchenette in the passengers quarters. All-aluminum tube cage frame encased in foam and coated with pre-laminated one-part thick Crane fiberglass is the construction. Mini-Max highlights include an 18-gallon fresh water tank, a Thetford cassette toilet, an 8-gallon grey water holding tank, and Dometic 1.9 cubic foot compressor refrigerator. Cabinets are typically made from birch wood with a clear coat finish, but bamboo cabinets can also be ordered. Inverters with integrated transfer relays, solar power systems of varying sizes, roof racks, rear ladders, floodlights, low-profile air conditioners, and Rotopax fuel-water containers are some of the options available. Besides painting your camper a custom color, they can also paint your truck to match it. Weighs only 1,180 pounds dry. Due to its 7-foot floor length it should be mounted on a 6-foot bed. Pricing for the Phoenix Pop-Up Mini-Max starts at $37,000.