February 21, 2024


Nevada startup TruckHouse was born in 2021 to create a spiritual successor to the famous classic Toyota Sunrader 4×4 RV from the 1980s. Mission accomplished—and all sold out. Now, the company is going bigger and worse with a carry-on HD pickup camper ready to bring luxury living to the world’s least luxurious regions. The all-new BCR features the latest version of the company’s high-tech carbon fiber camper design, mounted on a Ram 3500’s saddleless chassis…but not just any 3500, it’s American Expedition Vehicles’ fully upgraded Prospector.

At last month’s Overland Expo West, we got our first hands-on look at TruckHouse’s original Toyota Tacoma BCT. While it’s definitely a clean, attractive piece of expedition gear, it strikes us as surprisingly large and imposing. That’s at least partly because the model we saw was built on a dual-cab Tacoma rather than a smaller entry-cab, but the BCT looks more like an EarthRoamer to us than a Sunrader.

Northern Arizona spring storm clouds loom in the distance as we contemplate the sheer size of TruckHouse's Toyota Tacoma BCT
Northern Arizona spring storm clouds loom in the distance as we contemplate the sheer size of TruckHouse’s Toyota Tacoma BCT

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If you’ve steered clear of EarthRoamer territory, you might as well go all out and buy something big, powerful, and heavy. TruckHouse is doing just that by partnering with off-road/overland aftermarket specialist American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), whose work includes impressive show specials and fairly mainstream offerings like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. The Montana and Michigan-based company initially produced Jeep Wrangler parts and products, including the ex-Gladiator Jeep pickup, before expanding to Rams and Chevrolets.

Debuting in 2015, the Prospector was AEV’s first foray into the Ram pickup segment and remains the revered namesake in the rugged, carry-anywhere category, currently built on the fifth-generation Ram HD 2500/3500 trucks. In fact, TruckHouse isn’t the only Overland manufacturer to base its Prospector on its adventure RV, with previous offerings including the shiny aluminum-clad AeroContinental.

TruckHouse opted for AEV’s top-of-the-line Ram 3500 Prospector XL package, which starts by upgrading the 3-inch DualSport RT suspension to massive 40-inch tires. The kit also features stamped steel, winch-ready off-road bumpers, fenders, and a 74-gallon fuel tank, making it a natural choice for long overland trips with plenty of unspeakable obstacles.

TruckHouse added high pressure relief HiPR foils in front of the BCR to help direct air more aerodynamically to the sides
TruckHouse added high pressure relief HiPR foils in front of the BCR to help direct air more aerodynamically to the sides

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AEV positions the standard Prospector as a dual-purpose work/recreation truck, while positioning the XL as the ultimate backcountry and off-grid gear. TruckHouse greatly enhances this role of the XL by adapting its own vacuum-infused carbon fiber living modules to the HD truck chassis and securing them with a carbon-reinforced twist-free mounting system.

The TruckHouse has improved on its monocoque enclosure design by adding so-called “HiPR” foils, pressure-relief inlets at the front of the alcove that redirect air from the sides, similar to the way a car’s front air curtains do. Like the Tacoma BCT, the BCR features large recessed dual-pane windows for clean aesthetics, panoramic views, and thermal regulation.

TruckHouse hasn’t revealed its interior floor plan yet, but promises a spacious, open four-bed floor plan with a flat-top king bed and a rear dinette that converts to a full-size bed. This is exactly following the Tacoma Brigade Combat Team playbook, so the central kitchen and bathrooms are located across from each other. TruckHouse says the galley will feature an induction hob, convection oven/microwave, two-drawer marine refrigerator/freezer and large sink. The wet tub is fitted with a shower, and buyers can choose from a cassette, dry flush or compost toilet.

The BCR will be built to Four Seasons standards and loaded for off-grid autonomy, starting with a powerful lithium battery pack connected to onboard appliances and equipment via a solid-state digital switching platform. Built-in Starlink compatibility will provide a robust satellite internet option for those who need to stay connected on the move, whether for work or personal use. Other standard features include hydronic cabin and hot water system, 32-inch LED TV and multi-speed ventilation system. 12V air conditioner is optional.

TruckHouse turns the already impressive Ram AEV Prospector into a true off-grid adventure motorhome
TruckHouse turns the already impressive Ram AEV Prospector into a true off-grid adventure motorhome

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“It’s about enabling our customers to go further — to go further, away from other people, away from the monotony of everyday life,” said Matt Linder, Truckhouse CEO and co-founder, in introducing BCR on Wednesday. “BCR’s independence This flexibility allows our customers to travel with confidence even without a destination, time frame or itinerary. Adventure vehicles can follow the same lines as yachts and aircraft.”

TruckHouse has not yet finalized BCR pricing, but invites potential buyers to contact the sales team to make reservations. The $10,000 reservation fee and $350,000 Tacoma BCT base price make it very clear what type of net worth serious buyers need to back. TruckHouse plans to launch its first deliveries in the spring of 2024.

source: truck home