Meet the Popup Camper
Shake, Rattle, and Rolling From Alaska to Peru
The idea of Four Wheel Campers was born in Colorado as a way to get farther away from it all. The ideal overlanding camper platform needed to be
Vans, trailers, and RV’s were never designed to go on fire roads and certainly not built for overlanding exploration. Traditional hard-sided campers for pickup trucks have always been heavy, bulky, and not built to withstand the vibrations and pounding. Jeeps and Landcruisers could get you there and back, but offered no shelter. So, to summarize, the vehicle for overlanding nirvana was…and is…
Time for a hybrid solution! Keep the truck and camper but reduce the bulk and weight.
This ain’t gonna be easy…let’s see what we can do.
Step one, out with the wood and in with a welded aluminum camper frame. Ok, we’ve reduced weight, increased durability, and eliminated the ever-dreaded water damage. Speaking of water damage, let’s prevent roof leaks with a one-piece aluminum roof. A great start!
Step two, remove half of the hard siding. Use a marine-grade siding material (think mega durable and mold resistant) that is collapsed while traveling, and raised for camping. Oh yea, a camper that is low on the go and cuts through headwinds like a breeze. This is definitely a development fully endorsed by all trucks.
We must also guarantee, come hell or high water, the top easily and always goes up…in less than two minutes. And letting success go to our heads, create a popped-up camper ceiling height of at least 6’ 4”. No sense having tall folk walking around their camper half-cocked. We want lean, without the mean. All this and we are lighter and lower (nimble), with dependability. So far, so good!
Step three, design a more appealing, custom fit to your truck. In addition to a mobile low-profile, let’s look cool on the truck and get the center of gravity right. A balancing act for sure, requiring different models and installation methods for specific truck types. No worries, we got this!
Step four, ah comfort! A queen or king size bed ready faster than you can say “time for a snooze”. USB outlets and lights over head for late night map deciphering. A fridge, sink, and both stove and furnace will have you cooking. A surprisingly large living space in the overlanding camper that is know to be home to a family of five, couples with big dogs, and everything in between.
There you have it. While we continue our search for pop-up truck camper nirvana, thousands of our beloved customers are venturing far and wide. They provide us with their travel stories and their Four Wheel Camper bucket lists. We look forward to talking with you about your adventure dreams and serve you for years to come!