So you’re thinking about getting a small camper to haul on your Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. You’re not alone. Others have purchased or are thinking about purchasing a camper to put on their Toyota Tacoma pickup too. If you already own a “Taco” you chose well. The Tacoma’s rugged good looks, reliability and features have made it the best selling mid-size truck the last decade. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma continues this excellence with a powerful 3.5L V6 engine that generates an impressive 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, a superb six-speed automatic transmission, an unrivaled OEM suspension, and a hefty payload rating of up to 1,620 pounds depending on options. The Tacoma 4×4 TRD trims are even better for off-road adventures and feature Bilstein shocks, Crawl Control, an electronic locking rear diff, Multi-Terrain Select, 16-inch wheels, Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-line off-road tires, and special fender flares. Even though the Toyota Tacoma comes in 5-foot and 6-foot beds, we recommend buying a Tacoma with the 6-foot bed because it offers more space and a higher payload rating, essential factors for those shopping for a small camper. So without further adieu, here are the 5 Best Campers For the Toyota Tacoma.
1. Kimbo 6
The only hard-side truck camper on this list, the all-aluminum Kimbo 6 truck camper was built specifically with the Toyota Tacoma in mind. The camper’s construction consists of a patented, single wall, riveted aluminum, insulated with rigid R5 foam lined with suede on the inside. In spite of the camper’s diminutive size, the camper still boasts some pretty impressive numbers like 6 feet of floor space, 6.5 feet of headroom, and over 3 feet of clearance in the cabover. Fully loaded, Kimbo 6 weighs only 1,100 pounds, well within the payload rating of most Toyota Tacoma pickups. 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.
2. Four Wheel Camper Fleet
Another aluminum slide-in truck camper, the Four Wheel Camper Fleet pop-up truck camper comes with a number of amenities that would make any truck camper owner drool. The Fleet is equipped with a 20 gallon fresh water tank, a kitchenette with a two-burner stove and sink, an east-west 60×80-inch queen-size bed, a three-way 1.7-cubic foot reefer, and attractive yet durable interior woodwork. Customers can choose from one of four floorplans—a rollover side couch, a side dinette, a front dinette, and a shell model. For those want a more amenities, a porta pottie and an outside shower can both be added as options. Interested in extending your time off-grid? Four Wheel Campers has that covered, too, by offering a 160 watt roof-mounted solar system, a 6 volt dual battery setup, an 65-liter DC compressor refrigerator, and two 10-pound propane tanks. Weighs only 1,045 pounds dry, perfect for the Toyota Tacoma with a 6-foot bed. Available in numerous colors in smooth or ribbed aluminum. 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.
3. AT Overland Summit
Easily, one of the 5 Best Campers For the Toyota Tacoma. The AT Overland Summit delivers on features and adventure in a big way, yet weighs only a paltry 340 pounds. Unlike the traditional slide-in pop-up camper, the Summit truck topper sits on top of the bed rails of the truck and has no bottom. This new and innovative approach makes the camper lighter than a standard slide-in pop-up camper yet still retains a comfortable sleeping platform. The Summit is built from CNC-cut and formed aluminum with a bonded honeycomb composite and features a distinctive wedge-style pop-top that provides up to 8 feet of headroom and a 48×80-inch sleep platform with a 2.5-inch mattress that can support up to 500 pounds. 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.
4. Four Wheel Camper Project M Topper
Another superb truck topper which made our list. The brand-new Four Wheel Camper Project M truck topper was designed for those who want a camper that is ultra-light, yet retains use of the bed for hauling gear, firewood, and material for home construction projects. Like all Four Wheel Camper truck campers, the Project M features an all-aluminum welded frame, aluminum siding, and a one-piece aluminum roof. The 425-pound topper features a fully insulated roof and sides, four large windows with screens and window covers, and an impressive 6 feet 6 inches of interior standing room. The toppers are pre-wired for solar and batteries. Solar and batteries are future retrofittable options to power portable refrigerators, computers, phones, and lights. Other Project M options include top, side, and hitch racks for things like water or gas containers, shovels, Maxtrax, surf boards, kayaks, bikes, snow skis, etc. In the future, Four Wheel Campers will offer retrofittable, modular interior options like drawers and cabinets for organization, and racks for easy and safe transport of equipment and gear. Available in numerous colors in smooth, ribbed, or diamond-plate aluminum. Built for Toyota Tacoma trucks of all sizes. Pricing starts at a reasonable $8,995.
5. All-Terrain Camper Bobcat
With a dry weight of only 800 pounds, the All-Terrain Camper (ATC) Bobcat is the company’s smallest and lightest slide-in cabover camper. The Bobcat’s 6-foot 8-inch floorplan comes with a kitchen on the driver side and a flip-out sofa on the passenger side that morphs into another bed. Standard features include an icebox, stainless steel sink, two-burner stove, portable table, and overhead storage. A 20-pound propane tank with gauge, a 15-gallon water tank with monitor panel, pre-wiring for solar, an AGM battery, a screen door with a deadbolt, and a front sliding window with screen also come standard. ATC’s best options include a Dometic 1.7 cubic foot compressor refrigerator, a three-speed roof van, an 8-foot side awning, a roof-mounted 200 watt solar power system, an AT Overland NATO can holder, and the Cold Weather Pack, which provides extra insulation. Rugged and built to last, every ATC camper is built with an aluminum frame and covered in an equally durable ribbed aluminum. Best used on Tacoma’s with the 6-foot bed. The Bobcat lists for $15,475, a bargain when you consider all that you get for the money.
Read This Before You Buy!
Before purchasing your camper, make sure your Toyota Tacoma can handle the extra weight. When it comes to matching a truck camper with your truck, the payload rating of your truck is the most important number. For mid-size trucks like the Toyota Tacoma, this rating can be as low as 1,150 pounds or as high as 1,620 pounds (this rating can be found on a sticker affixed to the driver side door pillar). This means that your camper, plus passengers and gear, must be below this number. It’s important to stay under the payload rating and GVWR of your truck as this keeps you and everyone sharing the road with you safe. It also prevents excessive wear and tear on the frame and suspension of your Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. You’ll also need to ensure that the wheels and suspension of your truck are up to the task of hauling a camper. This means you might need to upgrade the passenger-rated tires that originally came with your truck with a good Light Truck (LT) tire with a Load Lange C or D. In addition, we also recommend getting a set of Hellwig air springs or another suspension mod to correct rear sag that may occur from hauling the extra weight.