Budget Overland Build

Discussion in 'General Tacoma Discussion' started by DeathMouse, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. DeathMouse

    DeathMouse Member

    Hey guys, loving the forum so far. Just like the old Jeep forums I was on. Wife hates this one too. . But I've got some ideas from here that both the wife and I like. We both love camping, the outdoors, and off-roading. And seeing the high price stuff of the overland world, it's hard to imagine doing things like that on a budget. I just ordered a list of stuff to try and do just that. I ordered a truck bed tent, blow up mattress, electric cooler (AC/DC), and a few odds and ends. Coupled along with the stuff we already have from our years of tent camping. Let me know what you guys think of this. Also, any ideas or tips you may have to offer. I will definitely keep you guys up to date with pictures when they arrive.
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  3. mcklovin77

    mcklovin77 Well-Known Member

    Check out airbedz instead of a regular air mattress. I love mine but the prices are a little high but are worth it. I dont have a bed tent but made a canopy attached to my headache rack. I was debating about getting the tent but I hate tents. 20180526_102015.jpeg
  4. OP

    DeathMouse Member

    Looks good. I bought a rightline. Made for the taco 5' bed. But doesn't curve after the wheel wells.
  5. OP

    DeathMouse Member

    Here are a few pics of what came in. Rightline truck bed mattress. Peaktop bed tent. New Coleman camp stove. And small electric cooler. (Cooler has 12v plug and 110 adapter) IMG_20190628_185910512.jpeg
  6. OP

    DeathMouse Member

    Here is a dry run of the bed tent. IMG_20190628_183501_573.jpeg IMG_20190628_174615021_HDR.jpeg IMG_20190628_175836733_HDR.jpeg
  7. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

  8. OP

    DeathMouse Member

    $180 on Amazon.
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  9. Lil G

    Lil G Well-Known Member

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  10. OP

    DeathMouse Member

    Alright guys! Just got back from a weekend trip in the mountains.I am currently posting from work so I have no way to upload the pictures. So those will come this evening.

    Pros: You can set this up on the ground and slide it in the bed after setup.
    You can slip it out of the bed and set it on the ground if you need to leave camp.
    Fits two people comfortably.
    Slightly over-sized so it can fit the 5' or 6' bed. (advertised for 5'6" bed)
    It rained every night we were there. Light mist to heavy thunderstorm and did just fine, no leaks.
    The awning is great. Can leave your shoes outside (we have a step to keep them off the ground) and not get wet.
    Holds heat well so you don't get cold.
    Hold down straps can also double as flag pole holders.
    Cost, this is half the cost of the next cheapest bed tent.

    Cons: Difficult to set up by one person.
    Holds heat well, will get muggy with the rain cover on.
    Separate doors, it has a screen door and a canvas door, each with their own zippers, unless you leave one door open, you have to open two doors to get inside. (not a deal breaker, just slightly annoying)
    Some poles come slightly over-sized, our front door pole is about 3" too long and will need to be trimmed. Right now it seems to stretch the door a bit too tight.
    Lack of storage pockets, completely. It has none. It has a net that attaches to the ceiling, but, I wouldn't put anything with weight up there.

    These are all the things I can think of for the tent. So far, we like it. Great to be off the ground. And we are already planning our next trip. If any of you have any questions about the tent, just ask.

    The Rightline bed air mattress did well. As expected. Stretched a bit because its new rubber and had ~350 lbs on it for 3 nights. But, not enough to need to repump, never felt truck bed. My only complaint is the cord they send on the pump is not long enough to pump the mattress while its in the bed. Not a big deal, just slightly annoying.

    I will post pictures tonight of the TacoTent and the setup.
  11. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    I just bought this... should be here tomorrow and cant wait to try it out

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  12. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

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  13. RDinNHandAZ

    RDinNHandAZ Member

    I am thinking of going a different way. Sort of a Go Fast Camper DIY. I’d build the space frame below the tent top and buy a triangle ten top for the top. Not super cheap as the triangle tent is $700 on Ali Express plus shipping and the metal for the space frame would be $150 I bet. I would use MDO to cover it. My truck bed is only 5’ so it would extend over the cab.
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  14. Cape taco

    Cape taco Well-Known Member

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