OK – I have to put a pitch in for the trusty VW Camper Van. I have an ’86 Camper – I put a Suby 2.2L engine because the VW engine is a P.O.S. (plenty of info on the web for this conversion). I can live in my van and carry a sh*tload on top / inside or by pulling a small trailer. With the Suby engine, I get 24-26mpg (not bad for something you can live in
and it can actually haul-a** up the mountains. A VW Camper van can be had for $2k – a really nice one for about $4k and I paid $600 for a 1993 busted-up Suby Legacy for the engine donor. Another approx. $1k for the conversion parts and there you go! Sure, a Tacoma is great but my 2006 Tacoma 4x4, V6 gets 18mpg at best (not driving like a dick) - it's a gas hog!