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#11 MTramble

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 05:43 PM

Thank you for the advice all! I think I should definitely contact ATC directly about the initial fitting question... Gotta get started in the right direction. So I am now looking at V6 SR5 Tundras. This is my only alternative to the Tacoma I would consider, and I'd rather compromise on that than the smaller camper.

Would the older SR5 Tundra work with the Ocelot model?

 

I have a 1st gen (2005) Doublecab Tundra with the 4.7L V8 and a 2020 ATC Ocelot camper.  I would recommend that you go with the V8 over the V6.  The 4.7L V8 engine has a reputation as one of the most reliable and longest lasting engines Toyota has ever produced.  It is one of the best features of a 1st gen Tundra.

 

Why is the V6 SR5 Tundra the only one you will consider?  What is your rationale?

 

The ATC Ocelot is great, I love mine.


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#12 PaulT

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:32 PM

2022 Tundra may have no V8 offered. https://www.caranddr...-tundra-leaked/

 

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#13 OutToLunch

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 09:05 PM

My concerns would be frame, leaf springs and power.  

 

Tacos were not known for the robustness of their frames and did have a problem with frame rust leading to frame failure at some point back there (There was a recall.).  You can upgrade shocks, leaf springs, etc, but if the frame isn’t robust enough you’re just wasting money.  I may be wrong (not the first or last time) but I believe Tacos have box channels for the front part of the frame and C channels for the back.  C channels are lighter than box, but a lot less robust.

 

As noted, the leaf springs can be upgraded.

 

Power, others have addressed.

 

Remember that generation of Taco had less than 1300 lbs of payload.

 

If you are set on a Toyota, I agree with what others have said.  Go with an older Tundra.


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#14 Ronin

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Posted 31 January 2021 - 06:06 PM

If you decide on a Tundra I'm in the V8 camp. With a Tundra you can get the ATC Panther which is 84" wide. I have a Panther shell on my '19 Tundra. I also had it built with the 2" higher panels. Like you, I didn't want the pull out bed because it gets in the way of the side dinette I added. My Panther weighs in at 900 lbs w/o the jacks. I still have the stock suspension and haven't felt the need for any mods to it. I'm averaging about 14-15 mpg and I'm not a slow driver. As far as fitment, since you're buying a new camper, Marty will build it to fit the height of your truck's sidewalls.


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#15 DanoT

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Posted 31 January 2021 - 11:24 PM

2022 Tundra may have no V8 offered. https://www.caranddr...-tundra-leaked/

 

Paul

Replacing a V8 with a twin turbo V6 results in an uptick in power with a more complex engine that may give up some longevity vs the V8


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#16 rubberlegs

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Posted 01 February 2021 - 04:09 PM

Weight added behind the rear axle unloads the front axle (pivot effect). And the weight removed from front adds to rear. Something to keep in mind. The rear axle is affected more than you’d think.
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