Tyler's #VanLife Build || Living in My Tacoma + Four Wheel Camper

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We weighed our options like that when we were buying. It came down to:

— Knowing we didn’t want a hard sided one that is always popped up

— Knowing we want one that pops up fully instead of the ones that only pop up on one side (like a triangle)

— Ruling out a trailer because of 1) off roading and 2) hardee

Right, I didnt like the huge bubble on top of my truck either. It really seemed like the 4WC had it all but.. Too late now! I'll have to live vicariously through you.

Can't you? GrizzlyNbear Overland has something similar (I thought) and then take it out and put it in all the time.


Huh, well! I didn't know. It's not something I see advertised and I thought general consensus was that it wasn't "safe" to operate a camper shell when not in the back of the truck. Then again, I guess that's how they show them off at the dealers. Usually I see wood underneath 'em, though.
 

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Right, I didnt like the huge bubble on top of my truck either. It really seemed like the 4WC had it all but.. Too late now! I'll have to live vicariously through you.
I don’t know why my thing about not wanting a trailer says “hardee”. My iPhone did that?

But what I actually wrote was that we also didn’t want a trailer because it would be harder to park when we are in little towns/villages/cities.
 

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Today we’re working on our rear seat delete and sound deadening. I’ll have pictures later.
Here’s a progress picture. Super basic way to do it. Don’t need anything fancy.

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Here’s a progress picture. Super basic way to do it. Don’t need anything fancy.

Nice! That provides a lot more space than I expected!
 

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Nice! That provides a lot more space than I expected!
Especially because we have two paddle boards that we weren’t sure where to put. They fit really nicely when vertically strapped to either cab corner (by the seatbelts). It made these bulky items almost disappear inside my truck/camper storage situation.

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Time to install the lift! It wasn’t bad. Only thing I had trouble with was getting the long bolt out on the driver side upper control arm.

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TCOTUE — this is how I started with my 5100s.
 

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TCOTUE — this is how I started with my 5100s.
Do you recall which notch this was? Did you ever run into the needle bearing issue? I can't remember if I read you did or not.
 

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Do you recall which notch this was? Did you ever run into the needle bearing issue? I can't remember if I read you did or not.
The notch was the second from highest (I forget the number). I never ran into the needle bearing issue which kind of surprised me.
 

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🧐 Opinions needed! 🤔 — If you were living on the road full time, would you mount your bikes like this, or would you not bring the bikes and miss out on some killer rides?

Before forming your opinion, consider these pros and cons:

[PROS]
• Biking is a lifelong passion of ours so being able to ride anywhere in North America is the ultimate experience
• Casual riding would be a good way to quickly inspect a new area before committing to camping, hiking, etc. in that area
• Having the bikes adds a great option for daily exercises

[CONS]
• Theft. I don’t think it can be prevented so it’s a risk you’d need to accept.
• Damage from other vehicles. I imagine a car bumping into them in a parking lot is inevitable.
• Mother Nature. She’s going to leave her mark on the bikes, but does it matter?
• Added weight on the swing out tire carrier

If you’re still reading, I respectfully request your wisdom on this frivolous subject! 🚲

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How expensive are your bikes?
Having lost $3000 worth of bikes to theft in a quiet neighborhood during a two week long crime spree in said neighborhood, I feel ya. But if I were you, I'd definitely bring them.
And from a trauma surgeon: wear your helmet.
 

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How expensive are your bikes?
Having lost $3000 worth of bikes to theft in a quiet neighborhood during a two week long crime spree in said neighborhood, I feel ya. But if I were you, I'd definitely bring them.
And from a trauma surgeon: wear your helmet.
They’re worth about $450 each, so wouldn’t be the biggest loss in that regard. Their real value (to me) is how rare they are as a side effect of Covid. These are 2021 colors for these bikes which were hardly produced due to material shortages. So this model bike in our specific colors only exist in a handful, lol!
 

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They’re worth about $450 each, so wouldn’t be the biggest loss in that regard. Their real value (to me) is how rare they are as a side effect of Covid. These are 2021 colors for these bikes which were hardly produced due to material shortages. So this model bike in our specific colors only exist in a handful, lol!
Definitely invest in a high-rated lock system. That's about all I can say :LOL: