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^^^ I don't think anyone here is so naive as to think that the Japanese don't make medium and heavy duty trucks. We just don't see many here since it's hard for them to compete due to import taxes. Japanese cabovers up to about 19K GVWR are very popular, and up until 10 years ago or so, Isuzu imported trucks up to 50K GVWR. I've driven a couple of 24 foot Isuzu box trucks and they drive very nicely.

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I think the reason why Toyota etc don’t try to compete in the medium and heavy duty trucks is that the US trucks are pretty good. They waited far too late get in the market. I know some people like Tundras, but the only trucks they actually win with are the Tacomas.

There have been rumors that Toyota was going to produce a 3/4 and/or 1 ton for years. I get it why invest in building here when you have a very uphill battle to take market share.


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^^^ I don't think anyone here is so naive as to think that the Japanese don't make medium and heavy duty trucks. We just don't see many here since it's hard for them to compete due to import taxes. Japanese cabovers up to about 19K GVWR are very popular, and up until 10 years ago or so, Isuzu imported trucks up to 50K GVWR. I've driven a couple of 24 foot Isuzu box trucks and they drive very nicely.

Also they are Cabovers as well. Isuzu's you have driven would be classified as a Light Medium Truck here with the small 5.2 litre Diesel. Isuzu's go up to 15litres in capacity. 4x4 Isuzu's are the basis for some Truck Camper and Expedition Vehicles..Isuzu's are the equivalent of Freightliner and Volvo in the US as regards heavy Trucks

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jimh425 wrote:

I think the reason why Toyota etc don’t try to compete in the medium and heavy duty trucks is that the US trucks are pretty good. They waited far too late get in the market. I know some people like Tundras, but the only trucks they actually win with are the Tacomas.

There have been rumors that Toyota was going to produce a 3/4 and/or 1 ton for years. I get it why invest in building here when you have a very uphill battle to take market share.

I think Toyota was not interested in giving the US HD Pickup Trucks. Toyota makes a lot of profit from the Tacoma and to a lesser extent the Tundra. This is dominating the market in the Tacoma's case and being profitable with the Tundra
Here is an older Toyota Hilux with a Truck Camper[image]

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^But a Hilux is not a HD truck. Not even close. It’s more like a Tacoma with Tundra axles and a heavy duty suspension.
Not sure I’ve ever even seen an actual heavy duty Toyota pickup.


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I do enjoy your periodic posts showing the Australian version of truck camper.


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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli wrote:

I do enjoy your periodic posts showing the Australian version of truck camper.

Truck Campers or Slideons here have grown but then again the whole RV industry in Australia has gone ballistic.

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Love the post!!…BTW, do you still have your Eagle Cap and Ram, and how does your rig fair compared to other rigs per popular opinion??

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3 tons wrote:

Love the post!!…BTW, do you still have your Eagle Cap and Ram, and how does your rig fair compared to other rigs per popular opinion??

3 tons

OMG, say it ain’t so…RR has or used to have an American truck and camper??
Can’t wait to hear about it. Lol.

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3 tons wrote:

Love the post!!…BTW, do you still have your Eagle Cap and Ram, and how does your rig fair compared to other rigs per popular opinion??

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OMG, say it ain’t so…RR has or used to have an American truck and camper??
Can’t wait to hear about it. Lol.

Getting me confused with someone else. No never had those. The fellow you thinking of is called Doug, He was from Western Australia. RAM's are most common US conversion, will sell about 4000 this year, but they are basically used as cars. US Truck Campers? Pretty well non existent

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