Just got my color samples shipped to me and that means it’s time to commit to options! I keep going back and forth on whether to get the windows or not. Any good advice from those who have already made their decision and how they have liked/regretted it?
Is the visibility through the rear view mirror still pretty good with the windows? Entertained the idea of maybe going without windows but getting a rearview camera instead. I’m really not sure which way I wanna go on this yet.
No windows. I have a front and thought it would be used to look after the dogs, but it doesn’t really provide much visibility. It is way too dark in there with everything closed up to see via the rear view mirror.
I have both windows and would not change it. I drive my truck almost every day not for camping but for daily driving. I do use my rearview mirror and I think the view is great. I have a backup camera and I use it too. If you have the opportunity to checkout a gfc in person I would highly recommend it.
One other thing to consider is how do you feel about driving with a camper shell on your truck? For me I have had an open bed always. I’ve never been a fan of camper shells or putting anything on the back of my truck that covered it up and blocked my view. So for me having the windows was a good compromise. Good luck on your decision.
Yeah the list you made is similar to lots of my concerns of going with windows. I have an 07 Tacoma, do you know if I would be able to retrofit a rearview camera from one of the newer tacomas to mine, or am I best off just looking at aftermarket ones?
don’t have my camper yet, but i can’t imagine not being able to see out the back while driving and the side mirrors aren’t really sufficient in my mind. i like to know what the traffic behind me is doing. maybe y’all have a different rear camera setup, but mine only comes on when i’m in reverse (standard factory reverse camera). not even a question for me.
I don’t have my GFC yet (hopefully next month), but did not order windows. Before making that decision, I drove around with the rear view mirror tilted up so I couldn’t use it as a test. It didn’t bother me, so I didn’t order windows.
Like @2ayne, I also would like to remove the rear view all together to increase visibility out the windshield. My backup cam screen is in the rear view, so I will have to sort that out.
If factory cargo light is the light at the top/rear of the cab that you can control via on/off switch or by doors opening, then it helps mildly. Turning it on/off can allow me to see about six inches into the GFC when it is dark. If the dogs are by the window (they usually are) I can see their faces. I’m working on finishing up my “house” electrical system and will be able to remotely turn on/off lights inside the GFC from my phone in the cab.
I am using an SPOD Bantam in my house electrical system. The SPOD provides the ability to control 8 circuits. I’ll have things such as running lights, camping lights, internal lights, fridge, etc hooked up to their own circuit. SPOD has an app for my phone that allows me to toggle these on and off along with using physical buttons.
I haven’t updated my build thread in a while, but I will in a week or two once the next phase is complete.
I have both windows and I am very glad I went down that route and would highly recommend it.
I do wish that the GFC window by the cab had the ability to open so I can utilize the power back window in my Tacoma for hauling longer items like sprinkler pipes or wood and for my dog who is in the back when out and about…
If anyone has ideas or insight into making that possible… that would be greatly appreciated.
I haul lumber that sticks out over the top of my tailgate (tailgate up because I have a swingout bumper) all the time. I just use some paracord or bungee cords to hold the rear panel down so it is parallel to the ground.