Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware of the presence that the Toyota Tacoma has both on and off the pavement. Over 25 years ago Toyota introduced the Tacoma to the North American market. It was designed and built as a truck that you could enjoy driving daily instead of just using as a work truck. Fast forward to today, and the Tacoma sits atop the list of best-selling small/mid-size pickups for its 16th straight year.

So, what makes the Tacoma so popular? In one word: reliability. Even now, in its third design, the Tacoma has proven itself as one of the most reliable vehicles you can buy. Not only is it reliable for daily driving, but you can count on it when the weekend rolls around and you want to go exploring or camping in remote locations off-road.

Pairing reliability with capability is a no-brainer when it comes to off-roading. Whether you’re just cruising dirt roads, crawling rocks, or blasting through the desert, you need something that is just as reliable as it is capable. Toyota has found a nearly perfect combination of both with the Tacoma.

Dmitri & Alex travelled in this Toyota Tacoma for over a month across California, Utah, Arizona, Baja and back. It has been our go-to vehicle because of its on-road comfort, ample storage room, and great 4x4 capabilities.

Toyota Tacoma Overland Set-up and Walkaround

  • Sleeping Area

    One thing we know for sure: we love our tailgate and we weren’t ready to commit to a full-sized camper that would get rid of the tailgate, even if we knew all the obvious benefits of having a sturdy, bulletproof camper like AluCab or 4WheelCamper solutions . We ended up driving to Bozeman, Montana and installing a Go Fast Camper - it’s light and it let us keep our tailgate & force us to be outside, exactly as we wanted. We designed around it’s limitations - and have a dedicated spot in the truck bed for our bedding. We also had to upgrade the fabric to keep the Alaska mosquitoes out.

  • Tacoma Kitchen Setup for Overland Travel

    Kitchen Setup

    It’s our camp kitchen that deserves the biggest shoutout - as it’s one of the few pieces of gear that has served us since our 4x4 rental days, without ever giving us issues. The Kanz Outdoors box that serves as our kitchen has a dual burner stove so we can cook elaborate meals not just for us, but also for a big group of friends, should we need to. For that reason, we have enough cutlery, plates and cups for at least 4 people. Whenever we camp with friends, our kitchen box becomes the centre of attention - everyone loves delicious meals cooked outside! We have made everything from borsch to crepes in that kitchen and we use it every single day, even if to just make coffee in our french press. The beauty of that kitchen box is its versatility - it typically lives on our tailgate swingout but it also comes with 4 legs, so if we need to move it away from the truck, we can.

  • Toyota Tacoma camping gear for overland travel

    Camping Gear

    We love our Snowpeak Folding table that we located on the passenger side in the rear. Snow Peak chairs pair nicely with the table and can fit underneath the rear seat so they are out of the way. Other camping gear fits into a Zarges box for quick access.

  • Toyota Tacoma truck bed organization for camping and overlanding

    Equipment

    We built our own fridge slide based on 28" heavy-duty slides. This allowed us to minimize the footprint of the fridge - thus increasing the lounging space in our Tacoma.

  • Toyota Tacoma Phone Mounting Base

    Airvent bezel is stiff and tough - making it an ideal place to mount devices to. It is also located in a perfect spot so you can see your phone without blocking the windshield view. We designed a clamp that mounts to the bezel that also does not block the air flow specifically for Toyota Tacoma.

  • Universal Holder for Toyota Tacoma

    The mounting base has an integrated 20mm ball - which is a common mounting interface which accepts a universal phone mount. The phone mount is spring loaded - which holds your phone perfectly on any terrain.