Hi everyone, Rob the rookie here.
I have had an 03 Tacoma V6 4x4 since new and since it isn't my daily driver anymore I am thinking about making a "local" expedition truck out of it for up here in BC.
Right now it is bone stock other than a TRD LSD, and I have a canopy on it now which has proven to be really useful, but I started looking at lightweight campers as an option.
I thought I pretty much knew all the options available (4WC, Northern Lite, etc) but for one reason or another (weight/canvas) didn't want to go any of those routes.
Then yesterday I was on the #1 and I saw a "camperette" on a newer Tacoma built by a company called Kenkraft, located in Vernon. Link is at the bottom.
They make light weight, stripped down mini campers (ie the cabover or camperette models) for imports as well as domestic, lightweight as in ~650#!.
They are tied down inside the box (like the 4WC pop tops) and don't protrude much beyond the sides of the truck.
However, they are wood-framed and built like a traditional box camper.
Does anyone have any experience with these on an expedition-style import build?
I am not into rock crawling or anything but I wonder how something like this would hold up to fast logging road driving and drainage ditch twisting.
My goal is to build the truck up with a typical mild Tacoma menu:
Icon front coil overs
Alcan rear springs and Bilsteins and airbags
ARB front bumper
ARB front locker
Any input on this style of camper would be really helpful, btw this is a great website and I'm surprised that I hadn't found it earlier!
Example of a "stubby" I found on CL: