Overland Classifieds :: 1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD w/ 1978 Chinook Camper

Times are tough right now, with many economies around the world reeling. Consequently, the idea of buying an overland vehicle seems somewhat far-fetched or even irresponsible for those of us on a strict budget. However, this could also be the perfect time to ditch the rent and bills and instead invest in a rolling home. Short-term this will require considerable investment, but long-term will save you a fortune on accommodation. In some respects, there has never been a better time to make the transition to living on the road, with the pandemic creating an abundance of remote jobs and Starlink offering high-speed off-grid internet. In addition, adventures closer to home have created an overlanding industry boom with every product imaginable to make your mobile home more comfortable. In order to make this dream a reality, you’re going to need an affordable adventure-ready vehicle that’s dependable and ready to hit the road. Cue today’s 1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD with an integrated 1978 camper body for just $19,500 OBO. This stunning build, created by the team at Cubs Mod Shop, offers the compact size, reliability, and driveability of the Tacoma but with the addition of a well-equipped camper. We’ve featured a number of similar builds in the past, including this €55,000 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser HZJ79, a $35,000 1997 Tacoma with a Four Wheel Camper, and a $52,000 1987 Jeep Comanche Pop-Top camper. However, today’s Tacoma has to be the best value to date!

From the Seller:

The camper features a propane stove and heater, a pump sink, and LED lights powered via an auxiliary battery (which is charged when the truck is running). The camper also has a shore power connection and water hookup. Note that the refrigerator available in some Chinooks has been removed. In addition, there’s a slide-out that fits a Yeti 65 cooler just inside the rear door. I am the second owner since the modifications were done, and I’ve taken it from Nebraska to the Black Hills, Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, Seattle, and back. The truck is very clean and in great shape, with no leaks or shimmies, and virtually rust-free: minimal surface rust on the frame and none on the body. Recent maintenance includes a new blower motor and battery. I’m not aware of anything wrong mechanically with the truck. If you need something to nitpick ‍the canvas and screen have been repaired, the driver’s seat is torn (thus the seat covers), and the driver seat belt is a bit frayed.”

1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD

The Tacoma is fitted with a 3.4-liter motor that produces 190 horsepower, 220 pound-feet of torque, and returns a combined 16 mpg. An exceptionally long-lived V6 is matched with excellent capability thanks to 4WD, high and low range, upgraded shocks and springs, skid plates, locking rear differential, 1.5-inch lift, and more. Inside, the Toyota showcases a basic interior with driver comforts that include:

  • Power steering, locks, and windows
  • Cupholders
  • Air conditioning

Distinguishing Features

  • 1978 Chinook camper
  • Pro Comp shocks
  • Swing out with tire carrier

This 1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD with a 1978 Chinook camper is listed for $19,500 OBO and is currently located in Nebraska. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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