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This Toyota Tacozilla Camper Has Outdated-Faculty Model, 3D-Printed Eating Desk and a Full Kitchen

The Concept Camper based on Toyota Tacoma is a retro bike with cool modern upgrades.

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Retro colors of the 1970s and modern overland capabilities come together in Toyota’s wild new “Tacozilla” Camper Concept.

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Those of a certain age can recognize the inspiration of the SEMA build as the Hilux-based Toyota x Chinook Camper collaborations of the 1970s / 80s, since Engine 1 Remarks. The accented vintage yellow, orange and bronze bodywork painted by Texas’ Complete Customs is the most obvious reference to the retro RVs.

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However, the tacozilla is based on a current gene Tacoma TRD Sport and the Toyota Motorsports Garage have put a lot of effort into developing a loaded and livable ride that follows the modern microhouse trend while also offering occupants over six feet.

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“It was our goal to build a vehicle that is properly designed, but also looks really cool,” says project manager Marty Schwerter. “We really didn’t want it to look like a refrigerator on the back of a truck, so you’ll see that it has all of the rounded edges.”

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The rounded aluminum camper frame was designed to sit within the dimensions of the base truck. Over 100 hours were spent making a strapped tailgate that doesn’t interfere with the tapered lines of the structure.

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The fully insulated interior – lit by a hinged Lexan skylight – has a teak sauna-style floor, a full bathroom with a hot shower, a fully equipped kitchen with a stove and sink, leather bench seats and a 3D-printed dining area table that sits at the Stow also serves as a backlit wall art work. A raised platform above the cockpit offers space for bedding.

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The original rear fender flares of the Tacoma were attached to the wheel arch openings of the Tacozilla, which allowed an additional gap of five centimeters. For traction, the team fitted a set of 285/70/17 General Tire Grabber X3 all-terrain tires. Other custom bits include a separate fuel tank filler to isolate vapors and a second battery in the Tacoma’s engine bay for extra power.

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The Toyota Tacozilla Camper is completely custom built and may not even be street legal. But based on the buzz it made at SEMA, the Japanese brand may consider launching a conversion kit. Dare to dream.

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Brandon Friedrich