If there’s one thing that all my readers know, it’s that we like camping. If I could be camping all the time I would. One thing that I’ve always dreamed about is a Sportsmobile, a vehicle that is ready to go at a moment’s notice and capable to get us anywhere. So I started doing research a few months ago in an attempt to see if it would be possible to make that happen. What the hell right? I’m a believer that one should live now and put things off until they are older.
Well, the Sportsmobile was quickly ruled out due to cost. I found a couple used ones that would’ve required some mods for us, which put them back in the price range of a new one. Then I started shopping for a used Ford Cargo Van with the plan to make it a poor man’s Sportsmobile. Adding interior as we needed it, the penthouse tent and other camping features along the way. I found a few and almost bought one, but I kept getting hung up on the fact that I would still need to add a 4×4 conversion kit. Meanwhile I had a Chevy 2500 4×4 in the driveway. Not as cool as a Sportsmobile, maybe, but it was mine. All mine. So we went back to the drawing board and picked out a Four Wheel Camper.
For those unfamiliar, the Four Wheel Camper is a slide in camper shell. The roof lifts up while parked to allow access to a queen size bed (In our model) and a 6’6″ head room. This allows the camper to be more efficient when traveling down the highway and the lower profile is better for off road travel as well. A lower center of gravity helps for off camber or bumpy roads. It also makes the shell much lighter since the top two feet or so is canvas and not framing.
About a month ago Serbrina and I picked up our Four Wheel Camper Hawk Shell. We opted for the Shell model because we didn’t need the galley and all the features that includes. Water tank, stove, heater etc. Also, we can add some of those features down the road if we want to. Or not, our choice. Best part? Our Four Wheel Camper cost less than the price of the 4×4 option on a Sportsmobile. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to own a Sportsmobile some day, maybe, but we do own a Four Wheel Camper now. That’s a huge b-b-bonus.
So even though it’s a Shell model, we did add a couple things. Here are the options we ordered on our Shell.
–Exterior Flood Lights
–Exterior Lift Assists
I think that’s it. Since owning it we’ve added a Porta-Potti and I sewed up some window covers. So far so good.
In the first month of owning the Four Wheel Camper it’s already visited Yosemite and Death Valley. It’s worked out great so far and we’re looking forward to a summer full of more trips.