Toyota Tacoma Bed Sleeping Camping Platform S01E03

I need to be able to sleep in the back of my truck. That’s one of the reasons I bought the truck. Here are some ideas I mocked up in Adobe Photoshop (because it’s the app I know, I don’t have Illustrator on this Mac).

Toyota Tacoma Bed Platform

This view shows the bed with the platform in place (plywood covered with carpet). My idea is to have two folding hinged extensions that can fold down and lay on top of the drawers with the tailgate down to add about another foot of sleeping space.

Toyota Tacoma Bed Platform Overlay

This view shows the platform sections semi-transparent revealing the base system below. Note the left drawer partially pulled out to brace the driver side platform extension.

Toyota Tacoma Bed Platform

This view completely hides the platform itself and only shows the base system. The green rectangles are the drawers to store gear. The pink rectangles are boards that can lay into the Tacoma built-in bed ledge. This view shows the left side drawer partially pulled out.

Dust Proofing the Tacoma Bed S01E02

Since I will be building a sleeping platform in the bed of the Toyota Tacoma, I need to dust proof it. I realized how much dust gets into the bed of the truck pretty quickly by driving many miles of dirt roads with the tonneau cover attached. One look inside and everything was covered in dust. The tailgate seal I used below is the Ultimate Tailgate Seal available on Amazon.

Toyota Tacoma bed drain hole

There are three drain holes near the cab side of the bed. These are great to have if you have water in the bed of the truck. But my bed will be covered. So these need covered to keep dust and moisture out of the bed.

Duct tape hole cover

Black duct tape to the rescue! Simple, inexpensive, and should work.

Toyota Tacoma right side storage compartment

The right side storage compartment in the bed of the Tacoma has drain holes in the back and large holes for the hinge of the cover. This allows too much dust into the bed.

Dust proof side storage

I covered the drain holes with black dust tape. The hinge holes are covered with insulated adhesive which I sliced with a knife to allow the hinge part of the cover to pass through.

Dust proof left storage compartment

The large storage compartment in the bed of the Tacoma is dust proof the same way. Black duct tape covering the drain holes, and insulated tape covering the hinge holes.

Applying the tailgate seal to the Toyota Tacoma

Getting ready to apply the tailgate seal to the Toyota Tacoma.

Ultimate Tailgate Seal

The ultimate tailgate seal applied around the edges of the Toyota Tacoma tailgate to keep dust and moisture out.

2014 Toyota Tacoma Overland Build S01E01

Since attending the 2016 Overland Expo East event, I became hooked on overlanding culture, sold my motorcycle, and traded my car in on this 2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road double cab truck. And so the build begins, as does the journey.

2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab Short Bed

2014 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road (aka Dante)

  • Double Cab
  • 4.0L DOHC 24V V6 VVT-i 236HP engine
  • 5-speed ECT-i automatic transmission
  • Coil-spring double wishbone front suspension
  • Rear leaf spring suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers
  • Off-road tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Engine skid plate
  • Front toe hooks
  • 115V/400W deck powerpoint
  • Fog lamps
  • Sliding rear window
  • Sport water-resistant seats with driver lumbar support
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Entune audio plus multimedia bundle
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls
  • Leather-trimmed shifter
  • Integrated backup camera
  • V6 tow package
  • Class-IV towing receiver hitch
  • Oil cooler
  • Engine oil cooler