Somewhere between a classic Sunrader and an EarthRoamer is the latest overland truck camper on the market, the TruckHouse BCT from Tacoma.
TruckHouse, a new intercity vehicle company based in Sparks, Nevada, operated for two years to bring the vision of a mid-size backcountry vehicle to life. This new overland camper is based on the popular Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and creates a compact luxury home on wheels.
Using the best expedition vehicles in the world, the TruckHouse BCT offers a taxi for the passage of RVs, a four-season feature and all the conveniences you would expect from a modern home.
“We were inspired by the idea of bringing the popular Sunrader 4 × 4 from the 1980s into the 21st century,” said TruckHouse CEO and co-founder Matt Linder. “The BCT was built for those who want a footprint similar to a van, the living space of a class C motorhome, the performance of a purpose-built 4 × 4 vehicle, and the fit, finish and reliability of a high-end yacht. ”
So what is TruckHouse BCT all about? Everything you need to know is here.
Luxury composite house on wheels
The TruckHouse BCT First, a one-piece, carbon fiber-reinforced foam core composite shell is produced using a vacuum infusion process. The whole idea here is light and strong. TruckHouse has not yet calculated the final numbers as it is now completing the first prototype, but the bare shell will likely weigh a little over 500 pounds.
Double pane windows (seven in total) and a large skylight provide daylight and ensure that the relatively small camper feels much bigger than it is.
Inside, you’ll find a floor plan that maximizes space while also having all of the conveniences you’d expect from a modern home. The layout is a proven setup for small campers and is similar to that of Sunraders, all-wheel drive campers, nimble vehicles and others.
A queen-size bed above the cabin and convertible U-shaped rear dinette (double bed when converted) can accommodate up to four people. Of course, there is also a fully equipped pantry and a wet bathroom with a cassette toilet.
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TruckHouse BCT: Built for rugged getaways
This Tacoma overland camper yearns for off-grid adventures off the beaten track. The TruckHouse BCT offers a 30-gallon fresh water tank, a 20-gallon gray water tank and a powerful electrical system. Battle Born lithium-ion batteries – up to 500 Ah, together with a solar system on the roof of up to 600 W – ensure that your electronics in the hinterland are supplied with power for quite a while.
The luxurious details include an optional 32-inch LED TV with articulated arm, underfloor heating, 12 V AC power, outside speakers, awning and much more. Each camper is custom made to order, so each owner can customize the appearance to suit their preferences.
For me, however, the highlight of this mobile home is the passage from the truck cabin to the mobile home. This means that you don’t have to get out of the vehicle to go to bed or move the vehicle when you wake up. Think of all the benefits of a van layout with the factory off-road capabilities of a 4 × 4 truck.
Tacoma Truck Upgrades
My first question, of course, was, “How on earth will a Tacoma handle such a camper setup?” A stock Tacoma TRD Pro only has a 1,155 pound load capacity, and that’s before you factor in fuel, people, or equipment.
If you calculate about 126 pounds of fuel (21.1 gallons at 6 pounds per gallon), two adults at about 350 pounds total, and some basic camping and rescue gear at 150 pounds (126 + 350 + 150 = 626 total load), you are me only have about £ 529 left for the camper, camper systems, water, and other truck upgrades.
This means that it will be impossible to come under the manufacturer GVWR with this vehicle.
TruckHouse said it will address this issue on several fronts. First, there are plans to strengthen the framework in key areas. It’ll swap out the rear axle for a custom Currie S9, which is basically a beefy Ford 9-inch.
In addition, the brakes on all four corners of the truck were converted to drilled and slotted rotors. The suspension is a combination of Total Chaos Long-Travel at the front, custom leaf packs at the rear and custom valve shock absorbers from the FOX 2.5 series.
The Tacoma is also toggled for better low end torque. This helps move the extra weight and easily negotiate obstacles in the terrain. That’s a necessity as the Tacoma V6 isn’t initially known as a powerhouse.
The only upgrade currently planned for the engine is a high-performance generator that will allow home batteries to recharge faster on the go.
Many other truck upgrades will also be available: up to 35-inch tires, off-road wheels, front and rear WARN ZEON 12-S Platinum winches, auxiliary lighting, sand ladders, high-frequency front bumper, safari snorkel, larger fuel tank and even secondary external bypass shock absorbers.
At the rear, you can choose a rear swing away bumper with a spare wheel rack, storage box and 1UP bike racks. Another big upgrade for the truck cabin will be the available setup of the Quad Captains chairs, which will make it much easier to access the RV.
Of course, when looking at the renderings of this impressive machine, a central problem becomes clear: the need for extended side mirrors. From what I can say, there’s little chance that you can see past the motorhome with the factory mirrors.
TruckHouse BCT Overland Tacoma Camper
There will be very limited build slots available in 2021. Production starts in February with the first customer build. Note that a non-refundable deposit of $ 50,000 is required to reserve your production space. RV prices start at $ 285,000 and rise to $ 380,000! Yes, lightweight, full-featured, custom off-road campers don’t come cheap!
The TruckHouse BCT offers a limited 3 year warranty of 36,000 miles. This is important as it remains unclear what exactly the GVWR’s final structural weight and vehicle modifications will do for the Toyota factory warranty.
To learn more or to receive your deposit, be sure to check out TruckHouse website.
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