Tacoma aluminum Pop-up


A year ago I purchased a beat up high millage 2007 Tacoma TRD Off Road with hopes of making a place to crash in the back. Ive always been into my parents 89 westfalia 2012-07-26 16.36.13.jpg

The truck came with a snugtop that I slept in a few nights but wanted more head room, I really wanted to be able to sit in the back on a little platform bench so I sold the snugtop and found an ARE MX cap with windoors. It was nice but I still really just wanted more head room.

My new plan was to modify an aluminum contractor cap to extend over the cab and pop-up A-frame style like a Vanagon.

  • I wanted the leading edge to be as low as possible to reduce windage
  • Resemble a contractor cap as close as possible when closed
  • Two sleeping areas, upper loft and lower bench/ bunk
  • As much storage as possible
  • Heat and insulation
  • Room to carry snowboards inside

I am currently in Jackson Hole WY waiting for some snow to come through using this camper and here is brief picture diary of the build process. It took 7 months off and on and probably spent around $5000 on all the material as well as truck modifications.

  • Truck currently;
  • 2007 tacoma TRD Off Road access cab
  • 255 85 16 Cooper ST MAXX tire
  • OME 3 inch lift w/ Dakar rear springs
  • Columbia overland Dual Battery Box
  • Two group 35 Diehard Platinum Batteries
  • Traxide 160 battery isolator
  • 4.9 gallon LP tank from a westfalia mounted inside the frame rail on the drivers side
  • HID headlight mini D2s retrofit
  • one-off aluminum Pop-up camper

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Expedition Leader
Do you have photobucket? You can create public and private albums and such. I found that to be supremely helpful.


Looks interesting. Waiting to see more.

(From here, the second picture in second post is upside down. Third and fourth picture in that post look to be rotated 90* -portrait orientation displayed as landscape - the rest of the pictures look upright as they should.)


Expedition Leader
I have not messed with flickr though, so I am not sure if it has the rotation option. From what I can view though, the rig is super sweet!


Thanks guys, I've got some hrs in it for sure. The cap proly weighs 250lbs or so but not sure. I just know two of us can lift it to put it on. All the cabinets are modular and with 40 lbs or so a piece