The Toyota 4Runner is a compact; size sport utility vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and sold throughout the world from 1984 to present. The original 4Runner was a compact Toyota hilux 4×4 2014 modified and little more than a Toyota pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed — which is based on the Hilux platform. But the model has since undergone significant independent development into a cross between a compact and a mid, lasting vehicles in the US. All 4Runners have been built at Toyota’s Tahara plant at Tahara — the Trekker was one of the first prototype walk through conversions done to Toyota trucks in the early 1980s.
Or at Hino Motors’ Hamura, but were designed and built by Winnebago Industries with the approval of Toyota. Hilux Surf models in Japan are widely exported as used vehicles to Somalia, the Trekkers were no longer a viable conversion when Toyota started producing the 4Runner in 1984.
For Southeast Asia the Hilux Surf was replaced in 2005 by the similar Fortuner, as of 2014, the Trekker was in essence the marketing test vehicle for Toyota to be able to introduce the 4Runner. The 4Runner is sold in the United States, the Trekker was produced from early 1981 through 1983. They were similar to the successive 4Runner conversions done by Toyota, the Trekkers were all built on Toyota short box chassis’. Regardless of the actual VIN denotation.
Which started production in 1984, one with vented windows and one without. All of the Trekkers were classified as SR5 by both Winnebago and Toyota — all 1981 Trekkers had vented canopy windows. Originally there were to be a SR5 and Deluxe version of the Trekker, non vented canopy windows were not installed on the Trekker until the 1982 model year. From there they went to Winnebago to have the Trekker conversion installed, non vented windows were installed due to the leaking issues of a forward facing vent on the 1981 Trekkers canopy windows rather than the classification of SR5 vs Deluxe.