Instagrammer Transforms Tacoma into an Awesome RV

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Builder has turned three Tacomas into RVs so far, has launched a company to start building and selling them to other Tacoma fans.

Once upon a time, Toyota teamed up with RV builder Chinook to build one of the first-ever mini-motorhomes, all on top of a Hilux cab and chassis. The 1973-1978 Toyota-Chinook was a huge hit with RV fans due to its fuel economy and small size, as well as the RV’s excellent handling. And because the Hilux and its RV section were both built well, you’ll still see Toyota-Chinooks on the road and the campsite to this day.

Today, the Hilux’s North American cousin, the Tacoma, has become the platform for an RV build, as well. Steve Mitchell, known on Instagram as atc4x4 has spent over a year building a trio of Tacomas into his take on the famed Toyota-Chinook.

ATC4x4s Toyota Tacoma Camper RV

According to Mitchell, the first Tacoma RV was prototype for what he intends to do once his business, called ATC4x4s, is up and running. After the bed and the rear window section of the cab are removed, Mitchell works with a vendor for the camper shell, which is made of FRP composite panels. He says the result is a “lighter, stronger” shell with better insulation than his first, hand-built example.

ATC4x4s Toyota Tacoma Camper RV

His first two Tacoma RVs were painted with bedliner, but the one above still has its stock paint. Mitchell plans to offer bedliner or stock paint treatments to his future customers. As far as being RVs go, each Tacoma lives up to the legacy of the Toyota-Chinook RVs, and then some; Mitchell’s Tacomas have a full bathroom on board, for one.

ATC4x4s Toyota Tacoma Camper RV

We definitely need more modern Toyota-based RVs like Mitchell’s Tacoma campers on the road. Four-wheel drive, rugged looks, Toyota reliability, who could ask for anything more?

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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