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Thread: ETAV8R's 09 Tacoma Build-The Gini

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    Default ETAV8R's 09 Tacoma Build-The Gini

    I come from a long history of owning Toyota trucks. The first was a 1990 2wd prerunner, second was a 99 Tacoma 4X4 TRD Xtra Cab, now I have an 09 Tacoma 4X4 Access Cab. I am not a wheeling expert but love going out learning and prefer to get to remote spots and do some camping. My truck is mostly stock TRD Off Road with Demello sliders and Konig Countersteer OR wheels. New tires to come.

    After finding the BajaTaco either here or on Tacoma World I set out to design my own sleeping platform for my Taco.
    I currently have an Undercover tonneau and have slept under it open with the tailgate down. Being close to winter in Mojave bugs weren't an issue. Knowing full well my rig will make it to areas where bugs will be prevalent, something to keep them out is important.

    I don't like shells/toppers on my truck for extended periods of time and living in an apartment there is no place to store one. A Bestop Softtop would provide the best of both worlds. Unfortunately the Bestop will not work with the Undercover hardware in place. So now I'm thinking of either a scissor device or fold down posts to support the tonneau and sleep under it with some mosquito netting hanging from it. Any suggestions for what to use as support posts? What are people using for foam mattresses?

    I have most of the sleeping platform planned and am getting ready to do the materials list. It is mostly copied from the BajaTaco design. Since I don't know how to post pics of my excel images it will be hard to share my exact ideas without making this a loooooooong post.

    Other plans are:
    Coilovers
    Avid lightbar
    Hella Blackmagics
    CB/Aviation Radio


    To be continued...

    Named The Gini in honor of my mother Virginia. My cousin nicknamed her Aunt Gini long before I arrived. She served this country as a flight nurse in the CA Air Guard and treated many troops during her military career. She passed away in 2009. My truck shall carry her moniker to places she was unable to get to late in life.
    Last edited by ETAV8R; 09-29-2010 at 07:44 AM.

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    Looking forward to you project, good luck with it.
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    Toyotas are awesome 4x4 veh. Just thought I'd post my blog because if you scroll thru you'll see my build. I opted to build a inside platform for storage purposes with an interior accessible compartment for "not so used" items. In the extended cab, you'll see that I build a cabinet that worked well but I am working on a better way to secure the shelving. You'll see the extent of our trip, we slept in the truck for 3 nights, coldest night 25 deg. There is not much room for anything but 2 people. We would put our clothes bags in the cab at night along with anything else in the way so it worked out fine.

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    So an update on the build...

    Picked up the 2x10s and had them cut for free at HD. Learned that treated wood is potentially carcenogenic so I went with untreated. I want to treat and paint the wood.

    I'm also trying to find heavy duty platform sliders, essentially a drawer slide which will be mounted to the vertical 2x10 and then attached to the plywood platform. Any suggestions where to find these? Seems as though it isn't as easy as I had thought to find.

    Suggestions for type and thickness of plywood for the platform is welcome too. Azyota where did you get the sleeping pads? Those look streamlined. Are they comfortable, better than a thicker foam solution?

    What are people using to tack down the carpet?

    Thanks all. I will post pics ASAP.

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    I went to a local matress manufactor and had them custom cut a pad 3" thick 24" wide and 74" long ($90.00). Very comfy! I use it every week at the ski slopes. For the carpet I would use super 77 spray glue. I did not use carpet. I sanded mine and primed and painted it with gloss white to reflect as much light as possible and brighten up the area. I also used cabinet grade plywood/# 1 pine instead of press board. The surface turned out drywall smooth! I would post pictures but havent spent the effert to figue out how to do it.

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    I've been searching threads for the past couple hours and have an alternate idea in mind. Since I have a 2nd gen and it has a small ledge running the length of the bed on the sides, why couldn't I just cut the 2x10s to fit the width of the bed, say 4-5 of them, then lay the platform on top of them? When needed I could fold the platform pieces on top of one another and slide all the 2x10s to the cab and then still be able to utilized the bed area.

    Anyone with a taco have an idea what the weight which could be supported by the ledge?

    The third idea would be to hang L shaped metal hangars from the track system and use that to hang the 2x10s on.
    A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.
    ETAV8R's Build-The Gini
    Operation-Oxcart-AKA-Gini-s-Burden-A-Four-Wheel-Camper-story

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    I'm in the same boat as you, just starting my own build and going through pretty much every thread on every forum known to man. I saw you resurrected a few old threads that looked like excellent builds I hadn't seen before.

    Also, I found an awesome sleeping platform over at TW a while ago that I thought might help you out too. Good luck with the build, looking forward to reading about it.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ew-member.html
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    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-platform.html

    You can check out this easy to build ( I have limited skills) sleeping platform.
    Last edited by meafordmike; 03-10-2010 at 02:16 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xpdishun View Post
    I'm in the same boat as you, just starting my own build and going through pretty much every thread on every forum known to man. I saw you resurrected a few old threads that looked like excellent builds I hadn't seen before.

    Also, I found an awesome sleeping platform over at TW a while ago that I thought might help you out too. Good luck with the build, looking forward to reading about it.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ew-member.html
    Nice build!


    Quote Originally Posted by meafordmike View Post
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-platform.html

    You can check out this easy to build ( I have limited skills) sleeping platform.
    This is somewhat like my initial plan but if I can just support the 2x10s on the ledge which runs along the inside sides of the bed then I'll do that. Otherwise I will go with my first plan.
    A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.
    ETAV8R's Build-The Gini
    Operation-Oxcart-AKA-Gini-s-Burden-A-Four-Wheel-Camper-story

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    Well today I cut the 2x10's to the width of the bed above the wheel wells. They look and feel sturdy w/o any support from underneath. I am going to pick up the plywood tomorrow for the platform. I think all I will need is 1/2 inch thick for the platform.

    What are good ways to cut and apply carpet to the wood planks and plywood?

    If someone knows how to save screen images from excel I will post my plans up.
    Last edited by ETAV8R; 03-14-2010 at 05:07 AM.
    A camp proper is a nomads biding place. He may occupy it for a season or only for a single night, according as the site and its surroundings please or do not please the wanderers whim- Horace Kephart.
    ETAV8R's Build-The Gini
    Operation-Oxcart-AKA-Gini-s-Burden-A-Four-Wheel-Camper-story

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