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Shell and Sleeping Platform; Is 300 lbs Too Much Weight?

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Planning on buying a Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off Road 4x4 in the next few weeks. One of the first priorities will be to put on a shell (probably ARE) and bulid a sleeping platform in the back. Total weight will be +/- 300 lbs. Based on all the suspension issues that the Tacoma's seem to have, will I have an issue with this ammount of weight? Will I need to upgrade the suspension, or will the existing suspension (with or without the TSB) be good enough? Also, if I do need an upgrade, what would you suggest?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Thanks for all the great responses. After driving a Subaru WRX and a Honda CRV for the last 6 years, I have decided to make the move to Tacoma. My girlfriend and I are really into rock climbing, and the combination of being able to off-road and have a place to sleep during road trips are driving my decision to get a Taco. This site has been a great source of info, and has really helped me to narrow down my decision regarding the year and model Taco I want to buy. The suspension issue is the only thing that has given my pause, but it seems that the TSB or minor suspension upgrades could alleviate any issues that I might (hopefully do not) have.

One other question; if I do decide to do a minor suspension upgrade (AAL, helper spring, etc), will this void my warranty?

Thanks again for all the comments. When I get my Taco, I will post pics and keep you updated regarding the sleeping platform and shell...

WOW!!! That looks amazing!

I have postponed my Taco purchase to free up cash for a new home and wife. This has alos given me time to plan how to spend more money on my Taco when I get it in March!

Again, your deck / storage area looks amazing. It is probably beyond my woodworking abilities, and I am very envious!
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