Definitely lost.... 😁
Hi @JP-ADV It was maybe a year of researching the Khaya and other options and bugging the crap out of @rino before we decided on this setup. Even then, we added items and made some changes after the order was placed. At the end of the day, I have every option they offer and even made a couple of additions/upgrades to the camper. I'm pretty sure my Tacoma/Khaya combo will be unique here in the US and should be extremely capable and really comfortable at the same timeI'd love to hear about what options you got and what you learned researching them. I'm close to making my order and just going back and forth on some of the options. That's great that yours is on the way!
The total price of the Khaya fully-loaded was a little more than some other options we looked at, but we felt that the durability of the design and it's compact and lightweight structure made it the best choice for strenuous off-road use. The exterior access boxes were a huge selling point for me. Also, many other campers in this space do not accommodate for recovery equipment, some don't even have a place for an oversized spare tire! Traction boards, hi-lift jack, spare tire, etc are necessary for what we want to do and a well though-out camper should account for that. The Shadow Awning design was very well-reviewed and we added the room annex to enlarge living space in colder weather. The heater was added at my wife's request and I'm sure I won't regret that decision. We want to be able to camp year-round and currently live in Washington state. We wanted to be able to be self-contained in the backcountry for 2 weeks without resupply, so the shower was nice addition, solar charging was important (we upgraded to a 200w system, ask Rin about it), and the fridge/stove/sink combo would be important. I should mention, we have a 2.5 year old son so dirt happens and we have learned to value some convenience in life!
I went back-and-forth on the kitchen kitting set, as we already have a lot of the contents from our normal camping setup. In the end, I opted for it mostly because of the built-in organization that comes with it. I didn't want all my things flopping around the bottom of the boxes, especially kitchenware. With that kit you get a lot of little shelves and straps that secure everything up against the wall. We also added the Wood Box 2.0 for extra storage and a place to literally put firewood and dirty equipment. Adding the jerry can holders on the side allowed me to carry the extra fuel I needed to get my range up to the point I wanted. After the truck was built-up, my range dropped substantially....so I wanted at least 10 gallons of extra fuel.
Once the camper arrives and gets installed in late March/early April, the truck goes back into the shop to have the final bits of work done. After that, I'll update my build thread (see signature) and post a ton of pictures. I'll also do a video walk-around of the entire setup and put it on YouTube.
Let me know if you have any other questions!