Apr 162016
 

The Toyota Motorhome is one of the most popular and economical in existence. Essentially a living box on the back of the Toyota ute, these “motorhomes” have a lot to recommend them: you can get them in 4×4, they are short with good ground clearance and departure angles and they are light.

But they offer only about 3-4 metres (10-13 feet) of living space, they cannot carry a lot of water (fresh or black) and by the time you have the motorhome cabin on the back, the maximum allowable vehicle weight is fast approaching. Meaning that there is not a lot of payload left. If we were about 20 years younger, we would probably seriously consider this type of vehicle for our trip. But we’re not.

What is a Toyota Motorhome?

This is an interesting question. The Toyota is the base vehicle but it is so well-known that most people refer to the whole motorhome as a Toyota. That’s the same as referring to a motorhome as a Fuso motorhome, an Isuzu motor home, an Iveco motorhome. These are all base vehicle chassises that different motorhome manufacturers use as a foundation for their designs.

The “Toyota Motor Home” manufacturers, that is, those companies that make the cabin that sits on the back of the Toyota, are:

  • Belair
  • Blue Marlin
  • Chinook
  • Coachman
  • Conquest
  • Dolphin
  • Durango
  • Encore
  • Escaper
  • Granville
  • Gulf Stream
  • Heritage
  • Huntsman
  • Itasca
  • Keystone
  • Mirage
  • MRV
  • New Horizon
  • Odyssey
  • Sea Breeze
  • Sunland
  • Sunrader
  • Travelmaster
  • TRT
  • Vader
  • Winnebago

Given all those, where can you find Toyota motorhomes for sale? Where can you find information about living in one? With what sort of people would you be sharing your lifestyle?

Toyota Motorhomes for Sale

These are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. We suspect that it is because the typical motorhome buyer is no longer agile enough to actually live in one – we count ourselves among this generation. So the number of listings seems to be reducing. That said,

Toyota Motor home has a good range of private listings, you can find them here: www.toyotamotorhome.org/classifieds/categories/

Toyota RVs has a similar list here: www.toyotarvs.com/toyotarvclassifieds.htm

Living in a Toyota Motor Home

A Toyota seems to be pretty small to us but there are people who manage to live in confined spaces, Tim Johnson being one such person. He has a great blog, here: http://timmystoyota.blogspot.com.au/

To conclude, while a Toyota motor home looks like a very attractive alternative there are number of reasons why we are unlikely to go down that route:

  • it is too small
  • there is no link between the cab (where you drive) and the cabin (where you live)
  • it is not completely self-contained (i.e. we would not be able to “boondock” or dry-camp or freedom-camp for any extended period of time

We are in our fifties and have become accustomed to a certain standard of living. In addition to this, we are thinking that a bus conversion of some sort may be our best solution, perhaps even a Toyota Coaster. A work in progress…

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