If there’s one space the place classic rigs beat trendy RVs each time, it must be model. Up to now, you possibly can get an epic little Toyota pickup-based camper dripping with character. I discovered what must be the good Toyota pickup camper to grace this planet. This 1989 Toyota Hilux is a JDM diesel 4×4 camper with a dually rear axle and a ritzy inside.
Japan’s basic RVs supply a unusual different for individuals who wish to camp a bit otherwise. I’ve featured numerous superb JDM campers right here, from a Mitsubishi Delica turned Class C RV to a bus made right into a rolling lodge room. Numerous Japan’s campers are pickup vans with a fiberglass shell over the again. That’s what you’re getting with the Toyota Hilux Galaxy we’ll look at as we speak, however this one is even higher than ordinary.
This camper began life as a fifth-generation Toyota Hilux LN106. These vans are recognized for being extraordinarily sturdy. The unique (and greatest) BBC Prime Gear as soon as subjected a Hilux from this era to fireside, a wrecking ball, a dunk within the sea, and a constructing collapse — and it nonetheless ran and drove. These are basic vans with cockroach-level sturdiness. An ideal platform for a camper.
One of the best useful resource I might discover for info on the Galaxy camper we’re viewing right here is Ottoex Journey Autos, a U.S. importer of JDM autos with a knack for camper vans. Ottoex explains that the Galaxy shell is 100% fiberglass and doesn’t have a picket subfloor such as you’d discover in lots of campers.
You’re probably wondering about those dorky protrusions coming off of the truck’s doors. The base truck doesn’t have them, so why are they here? Ottoex says they enhance aerodynamics. And this little barn in all probability wants all the assistance it may possibly get.
Data on these campers is surprisingly scant. Some sources—like Deliver a Trailer—state that round 80 of these items have been constructed within the late Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties.
Usually, these campers have an ordinary, boring RV inside. However that’s the place this one strays from the remainder. Verify this out:
I spoke with the vendor, Derek, at Northeast Auto Imports, the New Hampshire dealership the place this camper is presently listed on the market. He says the inside was refurbished utilizing reclaimed wooden from a barn that was over a century previous. I used to be blown away by the sight of this inside.
The camper was imported from Japan in 2020 and Derek acquired proper to work overhauling it. He instructed me the person chargeable for the inside work was given a move to do no matter he wished. The result’s critically spectacular.
Simply forreference, right here’s what the inside of a inventory Hilux Galaxy seems like. Cozy, environment friendly — however a world aside from the truck Northeast Imports is promoting.
The inside overhaul contains reupholstered door playing cards and seats. Out again, the residing space features a new stovetop, sink and composting rest room. Further facilities come within the type of photo voltaic panels and an awning added throughout the refurbish. And yep, the mattress is model new too.
This camper has one other trick function: The entrance portion pops up, offering additional room and air flow within the sleeping deck.
Backing all of it up is a Toyota 3L 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder powering all 4 wheels by means of a handbook transmission and a two-speed switch case. These engines are rated at 90 hp and 138 lb-ft torque in manufacturing unit type, however this one is way from inventory. The record of mods features a Garrett GBC20 turbocharger, Snow Efficiency methanol injection, a water-to-air intercooler, an aluminum radiator and ARP head studs.
This totally hot-rodded engine now places out 111 horses and 231 lb-ft torque on the wheels. This 6,300-lb RV isn’t quick, however the vendor says it’s going to fortunately cruise American highways at 75 mph with none drama. All that additional energy hasn’t damage the gasoline financial system: it nonetheless averages round 20 mpg, roughly what a stocker would do.
So, what is going to one thing like this value you? It didn’t promote on Deliver a Trailer when it was bid as much as $27,010 earlier this month. Now Derek has determined to supply it at his import dealership for $67,500. Ottoex offered theirs for $49,995 whereas a more recent one crossed Deliver a Trailer for $36,500. Given the great inside on Derek’s truck, I feel it’s value it!
I’ve reached out to Toyota in hopes of getting extra historical past on these campers, and particularly these exterior door attachments. I’ll replace if I hear again.