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Totoyaya For Sale

I know, I can’t believe I’m writing this post either.

But it’s true.  It’s something we’ve discussed for a while, and now feels like the right time part to ways.  We are moving on up in the camper van world – one size up, that is.

And so, we’re putting Totoyaya up for sale – and willing to sell her to the right person.

Who’s that person?  Someone who’s going to keep traveling with her, who knows how to take care of an old vehicle, and who’s going to love her as much as us.  Totoyaya has an amazing history, so if you’re looking for spare parts or a car to take out for a drive once in a while, this vehicle isn’t for you.

If, however, you’re looking for that perfect vehicle for a long-term overland adventure of your own, check out the details on our vehicle ad below:

Totoyaya, our home-on-wheels.

Totoyaya, our home-on-wheels.

She

She’s a 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ75.

French-registered.

French-registered.

For sale: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ75

3B engine, LHD, H55 transmission, 24-volt system.  602,500km.  No problem for few hundred thousand more because almost all kms in open spaces (Patagonia, Alaska, Sahara, etc.) so gear box hasn’t taken a beating.

Seats two, according to current registration.

Vehicle registered in France but has been imported into the US (obtained a 7501 form).  The buyer is responsible for registering the vehicle.

VIN# JT1VOBJ7509002306 (registered as “fourgon”, or van, not 4WD or RV – so easier to import)

Camper van cell on back (made in December 2012): Aluminium/polyurethane 40mm-panels. Inside dimension: L 270cm X l 200cm X h 170cm. Permanent bed 190cm X 120cm.

Total weight 3.1 tons (the same weight as original vehicle).

This cruiser fits in a high cube container (already done 2 trips inside HC container).

This is what the original vehicle looked like before we transformed it into a camper van.

This is what the original vehicle looked like before we transformed it into a camper van.

The construction of our second - and current - cell.  We perfected the insulation and design after trying out a first cell for a decade.

The construction of our second – and current – cell in 2013. We perfected the insulation and design after trying out a first cell for a decade.

Light enough to handle sand dunes.

Light enough to handle sand dunes.

Totoyaya was designed to fit perfectly in a high-cube container, meaning you can ship your vehicle around the world much more cheaply.

Totoyaya was designed to fit perfectly in a high-cube container, meaning you can ship your vehicle around the world much more cheaply.

Sold with the following:

  • 32 litres Engel fridge
  • 24 volts ARB (CKMA24) compressor, (this cruiser is 24v) new from September 2015, never used…
  • Air-conditioned powered by old R12 gas, you will have to change the gas
  • Reinforced suspensions
  • Old Man Emu shock absorbers
  • Firestone air suspensions (back)
  • New roof Thule ventilator
  • Big awning 3.5m long from Howling Moon South Africa
  • Lots of Land Cruiser spare parts never use like relays, Edic system, motor fuel control, regulator, computer emission control, new original kit for rebuild the starter (no need to change it now, it starts without problem but just last year we were still on the way for a second trip around the world with Totoyaya so we took advantage to buy this kit when in Europe, hard to find after…), etc.
  • Foam mattress 120x90cm

Selling for USD$13,500 firm.

Arrived in Halifax, Canada, in August 2016.  Currently in Phoenix, Arizona.

The interior.  Permanent bed, solar-powered Engel fridge.

The interior. Permanent bed, solar-powered Engel fridge.

You can stand up in the back.

You can stand up in the back.  Behind, solar-powered Engel fridge and water storage for motorized sink.

View from the bed.  Table-top, sink, big window (great for safaris!).

View from the bed. Table-top, sink, big window (great for safaris!).

Bed big enough for two.  New Thule roof ventilator.  Storage space.

Bed big enough for two. New Thule roof ventilator. Lots of storage space above and below bed.  We use cardboard boxes because it’s simple and light.

View of cab from driver

View of cab from driver’s seat (with our lovely African-print seat cover!)

In order to gain space in the box in back we shortened the cab.  It

In order to gain space in the box in back we shortened the cab. It’s perfect for us, but really tall people with long legs would do better to install race-car seats to maximize space.

View of the cab from passenger seat.  In the middle is a lock-box.

View of the cab from passenger seat. In the middle is a lock-box.

Storage boxes under bed.  New foam mattress will come with vehicle.

Storage boxes under bed. New foam mattress will come with vehicle.

View of dashboard from bed in the back box of vehicle.  You can pass through the windows to access the cab from the box.

View of dashboard from bed in the back box of vehicle. You can pass through the windows to access the cab from the box.

This vehicle is in great shape for a 1988.  Check out a few photos under the hood and chassis:

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  • agustin - Congrats!! It is the best vehicle ever!
    Unfortunatelly I am from Argentina and can not enter it, cause otherwise I would buy it!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks! We realllllly love this vehicle, so much so that we are having a very difficult time finding a replacement!!ReplyCancel

  • Seth Strait - Saw the craigslist advert. Devoured your website and reading about your adventures. Shoot me an email when you get into Quebec or Ontario in September. Would like to come see the truck.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Seth, glad to hear our site is devoure-able! :)

      I sent you an email, hope you got it!ReplyCancel

  • Nikos&Georgia - We cant believe in our eyes!!!!
    Everything happens for a reason though! Good luck with the trading and we hope next vehicle will be the same awesome!!!

    Love & Kisses

    N&GReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I know, it’s sooooo sad and difficult to think about selling our beloved Totoyaya. We would have happily continued another 10 years and done another trip around the world with her, but it’s time to get something just a bit bigger for our big plans! :)ReplyCancel

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