View Full Version : Six-Pac T100-S Camper on Tacoma 4x4 - 4 Cylinder - Any Opinions or Thoughts?
10-04-2011, 01:11 AM
I'm new on the forums, but have been reading, investigating, etc for a long time. I have an opportunity to possibly purchase a mid-2000's T100-S - Six-Pac Camper (http://www.six-pac.com/camper_t100s.htm). However, I am having concerns that my 2006 Tacoma 4 Cylinder (manual transmission) will not be able to haul this around.
I was hoping to take it up to the Eastern Sierra area of California, as well as Flagstaff, etc.
If anyone has this set-up, or anything close to it, I would really appreciate any information you can offer. Also, if anyone has an opinion, I would appreciate that as well.
Thanks in advance!
10-05-2011, 02:36 PM
Well no one else has chirped in. Personally I think it's asking a lot of the engine. Might fair okay on flats but you're going to be climbing hills very slowly I suspect.
10-05-2011, 03:56 PM
That combo would likely be more responsive than mine. I have a pop-up that might be a tiny bit lighter than the T100-S but not much. The truck has the 2.4L 22-RE 8-valve 4-cylinder with barely over 100 hp and a 5-speed. I'd consider your 2.7 to be a powerhouse.
It's leisurely, but you do see more that way. I can cruise at 55 mph on the flats but inclines require a lot of slowing and downshifting. I drop into 2nd gear for some highway passes in CO and hold it at 35 mph as to not over-rev. You'd probably be able to pull those grades in 3rd, which would be awesome.
I really enjoy it though--I have no desire for a V-6. I can do several weekend trips on one tank of gas and it sure is easy to monkey around on the engine--there's plenty of room.
Everything's relative. My combo is a bit more responsive than my parents', which is a 22-foot class-C motorhome on a Toyota chassis with dual rear wheels and the 22-RE. Whenever mine starts feeling slow, I drive theirs. Then mine feels like a sports car.
I like to take it easy--I just use moderate throttle and keep my revs and expectations low. The engine's never complained. The 22-re in my parents' camper has lugged all that weight for 120,000 miles without a hiccup.
Some suspension assistance really helps. I'm using a cheap pair of 1/2-leaf helpers from the parts store but if I could justify the cash, I'd go for some Timbren rubber springs.
10-05-2011, 09:15 PM
Thanks very much for the information! I actually had my wife read what you posted as I was heading to see the camper. It is in beautiful condition and very clean. The owner obviously has taken care of it. My wife and I are going to head out on Saturday morning to take one more look (when it's not raining) and finish everything up.
I'm going to definitely beef-up my suspension and make some other changes!
I used to spend 50+ nights in a Casita Travel Trailer, so I miss being out and about!
Thanks again for the info! I will post up some pictures after Saturday!
I think it will be fine if you keep all the other stuff that goes with camping to a reasonable level. It is a big four cylinder engine, and a manual. Almost all the rest of the world does just fine with this sort of power to weight ratio. As tanglefoot says you just have to drive the hills like a trucker. I have to do that in my rig and it doesn't bother me at all.
Some class C RV's were built on the toyota 4. Those were underpowered, but had a considerably larger front section than your popup.
10-07-2011, 07:03 PM
we have used a six pac on a 4 cy manual 4x4 taco and did not have any problems,a couple of things to do,add air bags,not air shocks if you plan on removing and using as reg truck,if not add a spring pac ,you need at least one or the other,rear sway bar,a must to have a safer ride.
also check the hold down straps on the water tank,ours was mounted on the passenger side with 2 pieces of plumers tape your full tank will break loose on rough roads if you do not reinforce the mounting points,i used L brackets under the tank and replaced the tape with 1 inch steel strap.
i also placed wood spacers between the base of the camper and the wheel wells to keep the camper from shifting on rough roads,trails etc.
because we used ours in Baja i reinforced the corners of the camper with 2 inch x1/4 inchx10 inch L brackets these were mounted under the outside lip of the camper with stove bolts drilled and bolted through the frame.
we used this camper for many a trip to Baja,all with the taco
and yes the truck was over the grw but had no problems because i KNEW i was over weight and drove with this in mind.
hope this gives you some insight to help you decide.
drive slow and enjoy "its the journey"
10-09-2011, 12:25 AM
Thanks for all the great info! I purchased the camper today. It's a 2006 Six-Pac T100-S, with furnace, fantastic fan, outside shower and roof rack.
I'll be working on getting my Tacoma up-to-snuff in the suspension department, with leaf being preferred, but airbags maybe being easier as it is my daily vehicle as well. I have also researched sway bars and would feel more comfortable with that installed as well.
I'll be checking in as things progress. In the meantime, here are some pictures!
11-13-2011, 04:01 PM
Your going to need a lot of upgrades, my friend put a 4 wheel camper on his Taco with a v-6, he had to get new springs on all 4 corners, and add a supercharger to the engine, it seems Toys are undersprung and underpowered.
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