Sleeping under campershell?

takethetruck

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We squeeze our family of 3 in the '84 while we travel. Build is detailed on our site, but the sleeping platform and a couple other mods make it a great setup for us.

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Frazeur1

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I just bought an ARE MX series cap, just installed on Monday. It gives an added 6-7" of headroom. I was looking at the Z-series, but now feel like I made the right choice. This cap is for my 2011 Toyota Tacoma. I am planning to build a simple bed platform with storage underneath. The platform is going to have a split top that I can fold up on an angle on one side to more or less make a sofa. Should be enough headroom to allow me to sit down normally and read or do whatever. I am a rather short guy though at 5' 7". Right now just in the planning stages, so much to do, never enough time....
 

Tacomacamper

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Our 2002 tacoma is set up with the RTT over the cab and a simple sleeping platform I designed with a drawer for stove and storage, awning off the back, extended height for head room, and a flip up section to let the cooler in and out. Our kids are little but we all fit pretty well! I've recently reworked the platform to be more organized (cooler used to go in the center and no drawer; way better now).
 

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Doc_

Sammich!
Sleeping in the bed of my pickup with my camper has been a staple of my schtick for a long time, it works really well. Definitely insulate your rig for cold weather and build some kind of platform for keeping you off the cold metal.
As far as overall thoughts go, I love the convenience of it.
At the end of the day I'm a backpacker, and I needed a system for getting to a trailhead after work, sleep the remainder of the night off, and hit the trails early in the morning. This was my favorite solution. Because I can lock my camper and stow my gear, I've taken to keeping a second sleeping setup so I don't even have to strike camp. I can get up with the sun and blaze a trail in a way that's streamlined and painless.
 

crewdoglm

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I'd love to have a shell, but I just don't have the money. My Tundra came with a hard tonneau and I sleep under it with a memory foam mattress. I really like how snug and quiet it is. My wife thinks it is a coffin, but that hasn't stoped us from sleeping in the bed.
JC, I like the idea. Impressions 7 years later? My concern is that a person could suffocate under a tonneau cover. Evidently you guys have survived. Did you have the thing sealed up while sleeping?
 

jmodz

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Here is my build. Really simple. I found it really hard to sleep on the platform with a cab high shell with no windows. I’d really recommend going with a higher shell or low to no platform. The drawer I built is the perfect height for gear but doesn’t leave enough room for sleeping.
 

The Artisan

Adventurer
I'd love to have a shell, but I just don't have the money. My Tundra came with a hard tonneau and I sleep under it with a memory foam mattress. I really like how snug and quiet it is. My wife thinks it is a coffin, but that hasn't stoped us from sleeping in the bed.
I know this is old but add tent sides and you have an instant poptop.
Kevin
 

KTempleton

Observer
I know this is old but add tent sides and you have an instant poptop.
Kevin
Years ago I had a fiberglass bed cover on a Tacoma. I cut the floor out of an old ground tent. Pop open the cover, throw the tent over it and bungee the anchor points to the bedsides. It was awesome. Eventually I epoxies snap buttons to the under side of the shell trim. Got some solar shade and cut into two triangles for the sides and a piece with a zipper 3/4's of the way up and sewed it all together with fishing line. When ready to camp I just had to snap all the button on and crawl in. Had a big tarp for bad weather. Slept that way for years. Still don't have a faster more convenient or as comfortable set up. Had an old fold out catch I would rob the mattress off of for it.
 

JCMatthews

Tour Guide
JC, I like the idea. Impressions 7 years later? My concern is that a person could suffocate under a tonneau cover. Evidently you guys have survived. Did you have the thing sealed up while sleeping?
I got a shell probably later that year. In 2015, for an Alaska trip, I built a sleeping platform. We love sleeping in the back of the truck.
 
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