2013 SEMA Show: Snow-Ready DC Shoes Tacoma

DC_Tacoma13 II

Anytime you bring people from different worlds, something interesting is bound to happen. And when DC Shoes put together an online contest with some of its extreme-sports partners, offering them a chance to build their ultimate Toyota Tacoma, some amazing things were born.

The idea was to allow the fans to vote on Facebook for one of three build designs and then let the builders at Camburg Engineering in Huntington Beach, Calif., make the concept a reality. The winner, the ultimate snow truck, made its debut today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.

Built with skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding in mind, the pickup truck’s entire exterior is shot with Blizzard White Rhino Lining for extreme weather abuse. The bed was modified to accept a custom slide-out storage bin with multiple lockable compartments; it doubles as a platform for loading and mounting a full-size snowmobile. Bedside racks were mounted on both sides of the truck to hold as many as four snowboards and several pairs of skis.

An ARB foldout rooftop tent was modified to accommodate several adults as well as any extreme snowboarder who might want to use the tent as a platform to drop into the local half-pipe or a remote roadside ski slope. And just in case it takes all day to get to the right location, there’s a 40-inch LED light bar that can light up any hillside for some night runs.

At the front of the vehicle is a fully hydraulic Meyer snowplow that can be easily controlled from a pair of toggle switches inside the cab. Of course, to handle all this extra weight on the front and rear (and roof) of the truck, Camburg installed a modified version of its Tacoma lift so it could fit a set of 285/75R16 General Grabber AT2 tires under the fenders.

We’re hoping to get some seat time in this Tacoma in the near future, but we may have to wait for the weather get a little nastier before we head into the mountains to grab some stranded snowboarders desperate to find some remote, untouched backcountry slopes. More to come.

To download the press release for the snow-ready Tacoma, click here.

DC_Tacoma08 II

DC_Tacoma02 II

DC_Tacoma04 II

DC_Tacoma09 II

DC_Tacoma07 II



The problem with sled decks is depending on the truck and the length of the deck rrelativie to the box, the truck could still be considered illegal. The deck can move the load too far back over the rear wheels meaning an overloaded rear axle. Our MOT (same as USA DOT) were stopping and fining pickups with these decks. The ones getting nailed were 1/2 ton crew cab short box (5.5) pickups. This Tacoma looks like there is a lot of sled hanging over the back. There are laws that also stipulate that you have 1 ft square flags and/or a lights of the overhang if it protrudes too far out the back.

The General Grabber AT2's are a good choice because most of them carry a winter tire rating. I can see the "mountain with snowflake" symbol on them. I have these on my truck and like them.

Yeah that's gonna require a flag. Too bad they didn't go with a Frontier, that sucker'd probably fit with the their available longbed.
I do really like the rest of the accoutrements.
Especially the RTT.

That could be my ideal truck if they'd just make the bed a little longer. Needs a few extra inches lift too.

The Tacoma looks nice, but i am sure it will cost a lot of cash with all the extras . I think i would just use the cash to buy a Ram power wagon and just sleep in the back. Not a big fan of sleeping in a tent when it is bloody cold outside.

@MaXx: That _is_ the long bed! The Tacoma Double Cab is available with 5-foot or 6-foot bed, and this is the 6-foot. I know it doesn't look like it, but Nissan's 6-foot bed is the exact same too, with only about a foot of space between the cab and axle. The short bed would have the fender right up against the cab, on both the Frontier and the Tacoma.

that is just plain goofey looking. Use a real truck (3/4 or 1 ton) for the plow. Use a long bed to put the sled in the bed not 5 feet high in the air. When i got snowboarding the last thing I want to do is look foreward to a nice cold night sleeping in a tent.

Steve G - I've also learned from oxi that Tacoma's are very weak structurally. One needs to weld 2,000 lb of metal on them so that they can survive offroad.
Posted by: Lou | Nov 8, 2012 7:23:56 PM

This is an older post but I just wanted to say that I agree with this. If anyone disagrees, speak now...

Kinda pointless put snow plow on a small truck unless you're plow tight spots. You need at least a half ton 3/4 or 1 ton if you really want to plow snow, less stress more weight more traction.

Ummm... Yeah... that's over its GVW by about 1000lbs LOL...

This whole thing is pointless- the Tacoma is just not enough truck to haul a sled on a deck and a plow up front- although it would balance the weight. That said,
@johnny doe- I knew a landscaper years back who had a small fleet of Wranglers to push snow- granted, in SE Michigan we usually don't get that much, but he found them perfect for residential driveways.

LOL! Poor truck...

Another low value, overemphasized pickup. It thing barely gets the job done. Where do you store the gas cans, food, clothes, etc? The little tool box would barely work as a tool box. And how to keep drinking fluids thawed?

Like others say, it makes little sense buying all that stuff and then sleeping in a tent in freezing cold weather.

You at least need a half ton for a day trip that load or maybe a trailer. That set up is a joke.

@Mr Knowitall, The Concept is more show than go. Agree with the others that say the Snowplow would be useless on that vehicle. nice to see an Australian ARB tent, but I do not think it would be much use in the snow.

@john - I'm not sure where you are from but where I live, sled decks like this are extremely common on 1/2 tons up to 1 ton trucks. Fuel would get stored underneath.

@Paul - thanks for quoting me completely out of context. That usually is the domain of the Rambo Goat Tribe.

I know a few backcountry skiers that camp in tents in the winter or those who have to do it as part of one's survival training.......... but as far as sledders go, they will rent a hotel or stay in a 40K toy hauler with foreced air heating.

@ Paul - Wow, a totally out of context cut and paste of something I said.
Not a new concept used by fanboys on this site. The Rambo crowd tends to be the ones most guilty of that tactic.

Well, this is only a concept, designed for the ohh ahh factor.

I don't even know if I would drive that load to far off road.

Maybe a single cab would do a better job with that snowmobile.


Don't quote Lou... He knows nothing about off-roading in the Tacoma! It seems like he has learned nothing since last year's SEMA.

When it comes to the ideal pickup for off-roading the Tacoma is the best setup from the factory out there...

What oxi did was make the Tacoma even better, not that it needed it!

For the millionth time, oxi's little Tacoma is over the 1-ton payload category with Deaver Springs!.

You people just don't get it!

Oxi has explained it to me that a true off-road machine is modded and has heavier, beefier bumpers, skid plates galore for protection and other gear to assist in off-roading!

If oxi bought a F-150 that already weighs more, then placed heavier bumpers, skid plates, etc... the weight would jump likewise and oxi would need more suspension mods for larger tires to get those axles up higher adding to the misery!

With oxi's mid-sized, he may come close to weighing what a stock full-size may be but the stock full-size will be, well stock with no protection for off-roading and stock tires...

oxi has ground clearance, larger tires, bumpers and skid plates making his pickup more capable than the full-size once again!

I agree with jake...

LOU KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE TACOMA. Ignorance is a term I like to use for jealous folks like yourselves! Visit an off-road race before you make ignorant comments!

snapdrago mcfisticuff = FordTrucks1

"Steve G - I've also learned from oxi that Tacoma's are very weak structurally. One needs to weld 2,000 lb of metal on them so that they can survive offroad.
Posted by: Lou | Nov 8, 2012 7:23:56 PM"


Lou wrote that after last year's SEMA when he got jealous of the Tacoma and the mods people were doing...

Lou does not know anything about real off-roading and the Tacoma so just ignore his jealousy and hate!

A lot of people are using those rooftop tents in the winter.
I tried it last december with all the windows zipped up (as shown). Admittedly, the weather was abnormally warm, but it wasn't bad at all. I was surprised. There are folks using them in the snow though.

The mattresses in those things are foam so they trap heat. With the right sleeping bag, I'd be comfortable trying one with overnight lows in the low 20's. Maybe not for upper midwest winters but for Sierra Nevada winters absolutely. I don't think a truck camper would be any more comfortable without heat and truck campers are miserable in the summer heat. You can forget about getting an RV/toyhauler up a lot of the mountain roads here.

As for where to keep the water, inside, in a fridge or outside next to the campfire.

Looks better than a POS Fiat RAM, probably handles the plow better too.

These SEMA concept vehicles look like an ordinary truck that got hit by an entire online JC Whitney catalog. The only think missing is the raccoon tail and the moon hubcaps.

What happened to the direct injection hype from earlier this year for the 2014 taco?? Any hint of a 4cly turbo diesel for the taco in the near future? Better get with the program as the 2018 chicken tax starts to fade VW and others already have the fuel efficient turbo diesels offered in other markets with nice torque and 36mpg! Toyota gonna get ate up if they don't get in front of the curve.... Ram to offer 6cly diesel later this month on the 1500... 32 mpg and monster torque!
Got rid of my 2013 taco extended with 4 banger after just three months... no ass to pull and 19mpg yeah 19MPG on a 4 banger!! LMAO

Steve G - I've also learned from oxi that Tacoma's are very weak structurally. One needs to weld 2,000 lb of metal on them so that they can survive offroad.
Posted by: Lou | Nov 8, 2012 7:23:56 PM

I did a search for that quote and it was not taken out of context. It was the full text of the post here: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2012/11/best-new-products-from-sema-2012.html

Lou was trying to troll oxi. People who cry about being taken out of context cannot back up what they write and are trolls.

@Tom - just like you are trolling me.

Looks like the Fake Oxi fan club has shown up to "passive aggressive" troll this site.

I like the Tacoam and it is a superior offroader to a comparable full sized truck. Oxi's viewpoints were/are too narrow to be of much use to any offroader.

@ MaXx - the secret to tenting is actually having the smallest possible tent for your needs. A smaller tent means less air to heat up inside.
Thermarest matresses are superior to "foamies" since they will retrain moisture like a sponge unless you specifically go with a "closed cell" matress.
A good sleeping bag is key. I've camped in weather down to -25 C or -13F and it is tolerable but my sleeping bag was rated for -35C.


Glory less

Toy 0. Ta!

@HEMI V8 - this truck (minus the stupid snow plow) is more offroad capable than a PW.
Now I know why you hate Toyota so much.

The comments to this entry are closed.