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$325K TruckHouse Tacoma carbon camper explores Earth in all its glory

$325K TruckHouse Tacoma carbon...
After a preview earlier this year, TruckHouse is now rolling out fully built BCT truck campers
After a preview earlier this year, TruckHouse is now rolling out fully built BCT truck campers
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TruckHouse motors forward with its Toyota Tacoma BCT off-road expedition camper
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TruckHouse motors forward with its Toyota Tacoma BCT off-road expedition camper
TruckHouse builds a robust vacuum-infused carbon fiber monocoque for its motorhome
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TruckHouse builds a robust vacuum-infused carbon fiber monocoque for its motorhome
TruckHouse offers many different Toyota and aftermarket truck options, including 278-hp or 370-hp supercharged engines, suspension upgrades, various tire sizes, a high-clearance front bumper and a snorkel
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TruckHouse offers many different Toyota and aftermarket truck options, including 278-hp or 370-hp supercharged engines, suspension upgrades, various tire sizes, a high-clearance front bumper and a snorkel
The BCT is built to venture out over highway, trail and raw earth and then deliver a comfortable night or few of sleep before picking up and moving on again
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The BCT is built to venture out over highway, trail and raw earth and then deliver a comfortable night or few of sleep before picking up and moving on again
Enjoy the sunset from outside or through one of the many windows on the TruckHouse BCT
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Enjoy the sunset from outside or through one of the many windows on the TruckHouse BCT
The TruckHouse BCT makes a nice base camp for dirt biking or mountain biking adventures
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The TruckHouse BCT makes a nice base camp for dirt biking or mountain biking adventures
After a preview earlier this year, TruckHouse is now rolling out fully built BCT truck campers
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After a preview earlier this year, TruckHouse is now rolling out fully built BCT truck campers
TruckHouse creates a cozy alcove bedroom with overhead skylight and available 32-in TV an
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TruckHouse creates a cozy alcove bedroom with overhead skylight and available 32-in TV an
TruckHouse ensures you never forget you're in the great outdoors with its wraparound array of dual-pane windows
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TruckHouse ensures you never forget you're in the great outdoors with its wraparound array of dual-pane windows
At the rear dinette
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At the rear dinette
You'll have to pack your own grill if you prefer cooking outside, but the BCT has you covered indoors with a dual-burner cooktop, oven and microwave
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You'll have to pack your own grill if you prefer cooking outside, but the BCT has you covered indoors with a dual-burner cooktop, oven and microwave
The TruckHouse BCT is designed for up to four adults with its U-shaped dinette that becomes a second bed
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The TruckHouse BCT is designed for up to four adults with its U-shaped dinette that becomes a second bed
The wet bathroom is located conveniently next to the main bed, but on the downside, the traverse bed layout means the person up in front will have to crawl over their bedmate
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The wet bathroom is located conveniently next to the main bed, but on the downside, the traverse bed layout means the person up in front will have to crawl over their bedmate
With all those windows, dining in the TruckHouse BCT is much like dining on a terrace
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With all those windows, dining in the TruckHouse BCT is much like dining on a terrace
The TruckHouse BCT sets out on an all-terrain expedition
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The TruckHouse BCT sets out on an all-terrain expedition
TruckHouse was inspired by the classic Toyota Sunrader 4x4 motorhome in creating the BCT
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TruckHouse was inspired by the classic Toyota Sunrader 4x4 motorhome in creating the BCT
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With visions of bringing back the rugged reliability of the Toyota Sunrader 4x4 campers of decades' past, Nevada startup TruckHouse started off 2021 by announcing its plan to build the carbon fiber monocoque-based BCT all-terrain motorhome. At the time, it had only nice, polished renderings and a few close-up teasers to show, but now it's touring the adventure and overland show circuit with a fully built rig. The 4x4 mini-RV combines the off-roadability of an upgraded Toyota Tacoma TRD, the light, tough performance of carbon fiber, and the comfort of a thoughtfully appointed mobile mini-home.

With its modern dimensions and double cab, the TruckHouse BCT isn't quite as brilliantly compact as the much-loved 18-foot (5.5-m)-long Sunrader 4x4. But its 21.9 feet (6.7 meters) are definitely distributed in a more flattering way than on the 21-foot (6.4-m) Sunraders of yore. That's due in no small part to the more muscular stance of the Tacoma TRD and the 11 inches (28 cm) of ground clearance below. The available double cab also brings some nice, comfortable stretch for whisking the whole family away on an on-/off-road trip of epic proportions.

TruckHouse was inspired by the classic Toyota Sunrader 4x4 motorhome in creating the BCT
TruckHouse was inspired by the classic Toyota Sunrader 4x4 motorhome in creating the BCT

TruckHouse performs some upgrades around the Tacoma itself, but the real beauty of its work lies on top of the pickup chassis. The carbon fiber monocoque module arrives after a vacuum infusion process, bringing along the superior strength and low weight for which carbon is prized. The wraparound array of dual-pane safari-style windows lets sunlight flood over top the stainless steel fixtures and wood trim throughout, warming the space and ensuring it never feels closed off from the surrounding scenery.

Truckhouse makes the most of the space inside by hoisting the primary queen-size mattress up in the alcove. The wet bathroom stands right behind the alcove for convenient wee-hour access. At the opposite end, the rear dinette and its wraparound bench convert over into a full-size bed to sleep another one or two adults.

TruckHouse creates a cozy alcove bedroom with overhead skylight and available 32-in TV an
TruckHouse creates a cozy alcove bedroom with overhead skylight and available 32-in TV an

The kitchen occupies both sides of the aisle in front of the dining lounge. It comes generously equipped with an oven and microwave in addition to the usual dual-burner cooktop, stainless steel sink and fridge. The latter is a marine-style stainless steel-faced dual-drawer fridge/freezer combo. A filtered water tap beside the main kitchen faucet pours clean-tasting drinking water.

The interior stands at 6.3 feet (1.9 m), offering ample height for average-sized American men and women. It includes a pass-through to the Tacoma cab for more convenient back-and-forth.

At the rear dinette
At the rear dinette

TruckHouse offers various equipment package levels for specific systems and component groupings. For instance, the base-level Stage I electrical package pairs a 240-Ah lithium battery with a 400-W solar panel setup, while the Stage II package ups that to 540 amp-hours of lithium and 600 watts of solar. Onboard heating and hot water come standard, but those looking for heated floors, air conditioning, upgraded insulation, and heated fresh and gray water tanks will need to move up to the Stage II "Severe Weather" package.

The most comprehensive stage differentiation comes in the mechanical upgrade category, with the Stage I kit bringing on a custom 9-in fully fabricated rear axle, upgraded rear suspension and chassis reinforcement to handle the extra weight the motorhome; a long-travel front suspension; 33-in tires; 4.88 gearing; and a dual-swing rear bumper. By the time you move up to the Stage III package, you're looking at 35-in tires, secondary bypass shocks up front, 5.29 gearing, upgraded front and rear differential lockers, an auxiliary air compressor, a snorkel and other off-road-centric goodies, all in addition to the chassis reinforcement package.

The TruckHouse BCT makes a nice base camp for dirt biking or mountain biking adventures
The TruckHouse BCT makes a nice base camp for dirt biking or mountain biking adventures

Using price as a guide, TruckHouse clearly isn't interested in clogging up forest roads and trails with long lines of BCT camper rigs, starting it off at a cool $325,000 for a Stage I model built atop the 278-hp Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab. That price is up from the $285,000 introductory special pricing TruckHouse put on offer earlier this year.

Perhaps TruckHouse will introduce a more affordable, fiberglass (or perhaps flax-composite)-shelled model in the future, but as it is, the BCT prices in between HD pickup-based offerings like the new EarthCruiser Terranova and the Earthroamer XV-LTS. We'd love a simpler, more affordable Tacoma-back all-terrain camper, but we can't argue with how nicely TruckHouse has put the BCT together, inside, outside, underneath and everywhere in between.

TruckHouse gave the BCT an official showing at last month's Overland Expo Mountain West (Colorado) show and plans to be at Adventure Van Expo Lake Tahoe this weekend and Overland Expo West (Arizona) next week.

Source: TruckHouse

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Ornery Johnson
So for 325K I can get either this truck/camper....or I could buy a new 40ft Class A diesel pusher and a new Audi A6 to pull behind it? Hmmm....
ljaques
Rightio, OJ. And with the Class A, you'll never have to worry about getting a tow truck out to wherever the Tuckhomer went TU.