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In this post you will find all the details about our Four Wheel Camper Hawk flatbed model. Let’s start off with the basics.
- the pop up camper is a Four Wheel Camper Hawk
- the flatbed is a 7′ Norweld aluminum tray with storage boxes
- the truck is a 2000 Ford F350 4×4 7.3 L V8 Diesel
Watch the full walk-through of our 4×4 Pop-Up Truck Camper.
Four Wheel Camper Hawk Flatbed
We considered quite a few options before we made the decision to buy a Four Wheel Camper Hawk flatbed mounted on a Norweld aluminum tray.
Getting to take a FWC camper out for a spin helped us make the decision. If you are considering a Four Wheel Pop Up Camper, I would highly recommend renting one for a few days to see what you think.
Having lived out of a Class A motorhome towing a Jeep Wrangler, then downsizing to Class B camper vans, and now living full time out of a pop-up overland truck camper, I can tell you there are pros and cons to each.
If you’re trying to figure out which camper to get, my recommendation is to do your research to figure out what works for you. Luckily, there are camper rental companies that make it easier to try different types of before you make a decision.
FWC Hawk Flatbed Options
Kait and I went back and forth on quite a few options before we placed our order. In this section I’ll share all the options we picked and what we would do differently now that we’ve been living out of it for a while.
List of options on our Four Wheel Camper Hawk flatbed model.
- Model: Hawk_FB
- Siding Color: Silver Spur
- Fabric: Gatlinburg Mesa
- Jack Bracket – Aluminum Upgrade
- 2-Way Refrigerator/Freezer – 85 liter
- Forced Air Furnace w/ Thermostat
- DSI 6 Gallon Water Heater w/ Outside Shower
- Powered Roof Vent Fan
- Extra Roof Vent
- 8′ Side Awning Fiamma F45S
- Yakima “Tracks Only” Installed on Roof
- Side Wall Steps
- Solar Panel Portable
- Rear Floodlights – LED Exterior
- LED Lighting
- Thermal Pack
- Flush Mount Glass Top Sink/Stove Upgrade
- Hot Water, Inside & Outside Shower (FB)
- Accordion Aluminum Scissor Steps
- Watertank Cushion
- Silver Spur Interior Only (UTE)
- Lithium Battery System
- UTE Rear Rack only
- Dual 160W Solar Panels with .8 ga wiring
- Norweld Deluxe Weekender 7’ Tray
- Stir Up Step for Norweld Tray
- Flat Bed Tray install
Things we would do differently.
- Order the camper without the Yakima tracks on the roof. Given the height of the camper and the weight of the roof, we don’t plan to store anything up there.
- Order the clip on table for the Norweld tray. This options is still available.
Order and Install Process
Mike Olds was our sales contact at Four Wheel Camper. He managed the changes to our order form and processed all the paperwork.
A 15% deposit was required to secure our production spot and to get the order started. It was 12 weeks from when we paid the deposit to when we took delivery of our completed camper.
Since we ordered a flatbed camper, it took a week for the installation at the Four Wheel Camper factory in Woodland, California. We dropped off the truck on Monday morning and picked up the completed camper mid-day on Friday. During that time, they removed the steel flatbed on our truck, installed the 7′ Norweld Weekender tray with boxes, mounted the Hawk camper and gave us a full walk-through of our new camper.
Watch the install and build process of our overland truck camper.
Lithium Battery System
One of the main requirements for our camper is having enough batteries to power all our electronic devices everyday and be able to recharge those batteries without having to plug into shore power.
The lithium battery system option in our Four Wheel Campers gives us that ability.
There are three Battle Born LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batteries in our camper for a total of 300Ah. Enough to run my coffee gear, Kait’s multi-cooker, our laptops and smart phones, a two-way fridge and more through a 2000 watt inverter.
The Manager30 by REDARC Electronics is a 30A battery management system that handles the charge of the three lithium batteries. This system has multiple functions including an MPPT solar regulator.
Two 160 watt semi-flexible solar panels charge the batteries when the sun is out and a secondary alternator on the F350 charges the batteries when we’re driving.
Our FWC Hawk Modifications
Below are the modifications we’ve made so far to our Four Wheel Camper Hawk flatbed. I’ll try to update this section as we make more changes to the camper.
- Permanent gray tank. I made a 3 gallon gray tank that mounts to the chassis of the truck to catch the gray water from the kitchen sink. We have the collapsable gray tank bag, but this permanent solution makes it more convenient to live out of our truck camper full time.
- Seal around inside shower and toilet. I added extra seal around the edges of the inside shower and toilet area to prevent water from seeping through any cracks.
- Portable toilet. Instead of ordering a built in cassette toilet, I installed our portable toilet using a mounting plate in the same location.
- Self-Leveling lap sealant added to all the screws on the roof. After a leak in the roof, I removed all the screws in the roof and replaced them with new screws and lap sealant.
- Truma AquaGo on demand hot water system. We replaced the factory 6 gallon hot water heater with this instant hot water heater by Truma. Although we lost the extra 6 gallon water capacity in the camper, we still have the 11 gallon auxiliary water tank in the Norweld tray.
- Truma VarioHeat. This lightweight and compact propane heater replaced the factory furnace in our camper. It is ducted in three places throughout the camper for better heat distribution. Kait’s favorite duct is the one next to the bed by her feet. If you’re interested in the Truma upgrades, contact Mule Expedition Outfitters.
- Maxxair 6200K. The MaxxFan Ventillation fan with smoke lid has 10 speeds. The lowest speed is whisper quiet compared to the factory vent that came with our Four Wheel Camper. One feature we love is the smoke lid which allows us to run the fan in the rain and high winds. There is a version of this Maxxair vent with a remote control which costs more than the version we bought.
- Custom mattress. We ordered a custom mattress from Mattress Insider to replace the one that came with our FWC. It is extremely comfortable and fits well as we were able to provide exact measurements over the phone. Our custom mattress is 5 and 1/2 inches thick which allows enough room for us to latch the roof on our FWC Hawk flatbed. Since everyone has different mattress preferences, we really liked the idea of being able to customize the thickness and the material for the mattress. Our custom mattress is made up of 1 inch gel foam and 4 and 1/2 inches high density foam with a firmness level of 6.
Accessories for Our Four Wheel Camper
These are a few of the essential accessories we have for our Four Wheel Camper. For the complete list, head over to essential camping gadgets.
- Water Purification System. Access to clean drinking water is important when filling up from various water sources on the road. We use an inline water filter along with a gravity fed water purification system. To learn more, check out our post on RV water filtration systems.
- 5 Feet Propane Adapter Hose. This adapter allows us to use camping grills and small BBQs with our onboard propane tanks instead of the small 1 pound propane bottles that they typically use.
- Push button lights. Kait placed battery operated push button lights in different cabinets and compartments so we can better see the items inside. We use the one for our under bed storage compartment regularly.
- Portable dehumidifier. To help control the dampness and humidity inside the camper, we run a small and quiet dehumidifier at night.
- L-Tracks and Single Stud Fittings. I installed aluminum l-tracks around the camper to keep things secure while we’re driving down the road.
- Roof Vent Fan Insulated Covers. These roof vent covers are held on by magnets and easy to install. Each one can also be folded to allow airflow when the vent is open or when the fan is running. It’s also great for blocking out the early morning sunlight.
- Element Fire Extinguisher. The E50 Professional is mounted on the ceiling towards the middle of the camper for easy access. We can grab it while in bed or in the kitchen should we need to put out a fire.
- External Trash Bag. Overland Gear Guy makes a variety of trash bags that can be hung on the outside of the camper. We have the Pack It Out Bag hanging off the rear rack.
- Counter Top Organizers. We worked with Rob at Overland Gear Guy to design a set of kitchen organizers that work with the velcro on the thermal pack. Now we can keep all our kitchen items on the counter without having to put it away when we drive.
- Awning Extension. One of our latest additions to the camper is the Fiamma awning extension made by Dragon Fly Tarps. This tarp easily attaches to the rail on the awning and provides additional sun production when we’re sitting outside.
- Cell Signal Booster. Since we work on the road and require internet access, there are times when we need to boost the cell signal. We’ve had the weBoost cell phone signal booster for several years and it has saved us from having to break camp in the national forest to drive into town for better cell service. Read Internet for RV Living: How to Stay Connected on the Road.
Truck Camper Life
Kait and I are sharing what life is like living out of our Four Wheel Camper on YouTube. Videos include why we decided to buy a flatbed truck camper over a Class B camper van and the ins and outs of truck camper life.
Four Wheel Camper Resources
These are some of the helpful resources we found during our research. Definitely check them out whether you’re considering a FWC or already own one.
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