This Page discusses my AT Overland Habitat camper topper and the setup and modifications I have made.
Installation of AT Overland Habitat
The AT Overland Habitat topper I ordered for my Tacoma TRD OffRoad (See its build page HERE) was installed on 8Feb2019 in Prescott, Arizona by AT Overland. I ordered it on 30Nov2018. I already had the MAXTRAXs and the Quick Pitch EnSuite. AT Overland mounted the MAXTRAX pegs and made a custom bracket for the Quick Pitch. At Overland Also installed an Eezi-Awn K9 roof rack made for the Tacoma with the habitat installed.
Easy Habitat Closing Tool
I really do think this is the fastest and easiest way to close a habitat. I bought a bag of loop bungees with the round balls off amazon. I used 6 ft of paracord for each tool. The paracord doesn't stretch. First I removed a balls from the bungees. I cut a piece of heat shrink tube for each piece of paracord. This is for where it loops over the metal on the habitat to protect the cord. This is placed in the center of the paracord. I then added a cord lock to each. This is used to cinch around the attachment to hold it in place. Then spreadout along the paracord, install a rubber ball and tie a knot. Put 4 balls on each cord. Three balls will work fine - as my experiment I did four. Once the balls are installed I tied a knot in the end and covered with adhesive heatshrink. tube.
Procedure: Pictures are in sequence
1) Attach tool to habitat before closing
2) Flip habitat lid over
3) Grab tool and hook lowest ball
4) Walk around habitat tucking as you go
5) on other side hook second to lowest ball
6) walk around to other side tucking as you go
7) repeat until everything is tucked in. I used a small flat plastic body panel tool to go around and make sure the small flip is tucked in before final closure.
8) The habitat can be closed with the rubber straps and latched.
Note: If when closing you discover something needs tucked you can use the tool to just let it open back up enough to tuck in that part.
Easy Habitat Closing Tool
I already have several Zarges boxes I use for camping. I ordered two Zarges K470 model 40849 boxes for on top of the roof rack. These are bolted down using stainless steel hardware. The exterior dimensions are 23.03 x 23.03 x 9.84 inches. This almost files the roof rack except for a narrow strip in front. These are perfect for lightweight items. The passenger side box holds two CGear Sand Free mats to put on the ground when camping, a sunscreen side shade I made to attach along the side of the habitat, two ENO hammocks and straps, my snowpeak hammer and stakes. The drivers side is currently for holding lightweight bulky stuff I may want to access such as jacket, hats, etc but that I don't regularly need on a trip. Once I get more trips I may use it for something else.
I used a Zarges K470 model 40859 to make my step into the habitat. I already owned this box. It is 23.03 x 23.03 x 16.14 inches. This is the perfect height to make a step into the back of the truck. I made a fitted board out of 3/8" plywood to cover the box to add reinforcement for use as a step and to provide a surface with traction. I routed all the edges to round them over. I coated the wood with Blue Raptor bed liner spray on. The board is installed to the box lid with stainless steel hardware.
Folding Wood Platform
I made a folding wood platform for the inside of the habitat. This can be used as a desk /eating surface in bad weather with the Goose Gear folding seats or as a general platform or even a sleep platform for a third person. I made it out of a piece of maple butcher block countertop material. I cut to size. Ripped in half for the hinge, dadoed the sides and back where it sits on the metal frame to lower the height above to avoid interference with the tent closing, routed to curve over the edges, and finally oiled with natural danish oil. I cut an angle on one back corner to allow the charging cables to pass through from the USB ports of the frame below. When closing the tent, the board is moved to the middle to support the mattress and tent.I covered the side and rear aluminum support with thin UHMW 1" wide tape to make a smooth slick surface for the board to easily slide on.
Folding Wood Platform
Habitat Electrical & Lighting
I have a second battery system in my Tacoma. I ran two wiring harnesses to the back. One for my National Luna 90L fridge with is connected directly to the 2nd battery. It already has fuse redundancy and a low voltage disconnect. It terminated in the bed via an Anderson SB50 plug. There is also an exterior AC shore power port (Mr. Fusion from Back to the Future) and interior AC plug for the fridge and other AC items if needed at a campground with AC power. The other harness also comes from the 2nd battery but via fuses and a low voltage disconnect. This feeds a Blue Sea Systems fuse box and an SPOD controller with touchscreen and Bluetooth. The fuse box is for USB and 12V ports. The top USB port displays the second battery voltage but for some reason the flash obscurred the most of the numbers even though it is displayed in real life it didn't show up in the photo. I was also too lazy to retake the pictures and change them here. The SPOD is for the various lights. All individual lights are on separate switches and are dimmable. The SPOD touch screen is installed on a RAM ball mount and arm attached to the corner post.
The interior has two Supernight warm white LEDs mounted in a 45 degree aluminum rail with diffusing cover. One is mounted along the back upper corner using 2" wide velcro hook attaching the light to the carpet. The front is mounted using 3M super strength mounting tape above the hatch.
The exterior has 4 lights. The drivers side has 1 Rigid 1x2 white scene light. The passenger side, where most activity will take place has two lights both Rigid 1x2 scene lights but one is amber and one is white. When not performing a specific task such as cooking I prefer amber lights. The far center end of the habitat overhang has a Rigid A Series low power amber light that shines down.
Tip: 2 inch wide velcro hook makes a great way to cover wire runs inside the habitat. Just place the velcro over the wire and it is covered and held by the velcro attaching to the carpet. I installed the wire inside of plastic loom first.
National Luna 90L Twin Fridge
I installed a National Luna 90L Twin compartment dual temperature zone fridge/freezer on a Tembo Tusk slide with cutting board attachment. The Tembo Tusk Slide is bolted to the bed. I previously had a NL55 Twin in my offroad trailer. I like my drinks cold and we bring a lot of fresh foods camping so with living in the desert southwest I opted for the bigger fridge since I will no longer have two smaller ones, one in the 4Runner and one in the trailer. It does take up more space but after laying out the slide footprint for both sizes I went with my first choice of the 90L twin. You can independently control the two sides to make a fridge/fride or freezer/fridge. The cutting board attachment makes for a quick and easy platform to make a sandwich or something for lunch. I replaced the white cutting board with a blue one of course.
National Luna 90L Dual Zone Control Fridge
I installed a bed rug prior to habitat installation. The BedRug reduces dust intrusion and provides a nice cushion for your feet or knees. I then sealed the visible gaps along the sides of the tailgate with P shaped weather stripping bulb I purchased on Amazon. This prevents road dust from getting in. The only section that still has an unavoidable gap is the top of the tailgate where it meets the habitat. I also looked for any visible gaps and seal those from the interior with clear silicon.
Since the habitat covers the back roof of the Tacoma this makes it ideal to leave the rear cab window open for air circulation. I added a strip of black Trim-Lok drip rail for RVs as a rain gutter. That way when it is raining and the rain rolls back on the Tacoma roof down the back it gets caught and sent over to the sides so none gets in the rear window.