Four Wheel Cramper

she started life as a shell model, but she’s had some improvements made. Things changes have been a lot more fluid with the camper since it was essentially our house for two years. We tried lots of configurations and eventually smoothed out the details into what best suit us. This was the most-used part of the rig, so obviously there’s a bit more wear here. A few spots where stickers or adhesive pulled off the faux-wood laminate look a little unsightly, there’s some scuffing and I might have farted a time or two in there, but I promise the smell is gone. Some of the modifications/upgrades include:

 

  • Fold-over couch/bed FACING THE WINDOW so you don’t sit and stare at a wall! Tons of storage underneath and behind.

  • New lift struts for the roof. Paid good money for the since I learned my lesson on cheaper ones that stopped holding after a week of use. These guys are like 60 - 80lbs of lift EACH and there’s 4 of them. I wanted it to be super easy for Beth to lift. Over the two years they were used they’ve lost a tiny amount of their power, but they still can lift the roof on their own just about.

  • Solar panel. I have the specs written down somewhere, but I think it’s 120 or 130 Watt. It always worked great for us - running laptops, charging phones, fridge, lights, fans.

  • US Battery 6V deep-cycle batteries wired in series for 12v throughout. Model US2200 @ 232Ah

  • Charging ports galore. USB, cig-lighter style

  • A cheapo inverter for when you need AC power

  • Hardwired ChargeMaster 12v battery tender with external plug for battery tendin’

  • EP Solar Tracer MPPT solar controller with external control/info screen

  • Swivel table from FWC

  • New clear PVC windows installed as per FWC’s instructions. Sadly these too shrank after a while (the reason for them being replaced originally) but they’re still FAR BETTER than when we bought the camper and actually seal out rain/wind. There’s somewhat of a weird seam at the bottom where the old-meets-new but if you open the windows and fold the flap like we do, you’ll never see them. We’ll show you.

  • Roof screws replaced & sealed as a preemptive measure. NO LEAKS!

  • Vent cover installed over rear Fan-Tastic fan so it can be opened during rain/snow. HUGE improvement for us.

  • Extra Fan-tastic vent & fan installed over bed

  • New (as in we slept on it maybe a month) foam for over-cab bed from A1 Foam in Orange CA. SO SO SO MUCH BETTER. Honestly I sleep better on this foam than our $500 Tuft & Needle mattress!

  • Thetford port-a-potty. Don’t worry, it’s been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

  • Custom rear propane tank holster & cute little 13.3lb propane tank with a line splitter

  • Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic propane heater

  • Dometic/Waeco CF-50 fridge ***NEEDS NEW THERMISTOR*** I’ve been lazy, and I realize this is one of TWO things that makes this non-turnkey. I mean, you can still use the fridge, it just runs and runs and runs, and that’s not good. Last time we turned it on it gave us an error code. I don’t know how it ran non-stop for nearly two years and then just decided to give up now, but damn if that wasn’t luck.

  • All lights replaced with LEDs. Light over bed replaced with selectable red/white light for night-time pees when you don’t want to disturb your partner or kill your night vision

  • FWC passthrough foam “donut” between camper and truck - allowed us to leave rear window open so Alfredo could come/go from his spot.

  • Truck wired to charge from alternator (with separator, so you don’t ever kill the truck), from a drop cord (through the battery tender) or through the solar. All automatic, and can explain to purchaser.

  • Camp Chef “Everest” model two-burner range

  • inside/outside thermometer

  • Custom behind-couch storage shelf/bin. Blends in with camper and wouldn’t even know it was aftermarket

  • Brand new screens in the rear door and side window

  • Reliance water jug with Living Overland water pump hard-wired into camper

  • Lynx Levelers. Probably one of the best investments we ever made for sleeping

  • Small trash can with locking lid

  • Fire extinguisher

  • CO monitor

  • 4 manual jacks for lifting the camper, and also two handles for operating the jacks.

Again, there’s probably more that I’m forgetting, but that’s the jist of it. We slept in this thing for over 600 nights and loved (almost) every bit of it. These things are solidly built. There are a few minor blemishes here and there. The rear door frame may have cracked at the top (as evidenced by some minor spider-cracks in the siding above the door) but it shouldn’t be an issue and is a known thing to happen (as per what FWC said) on these models before they changed how they welded the rear frame. The roof has a slight “sag” to it that you have to look for, otherwise you wouldn’t notice it, but again FWC says this is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Trust us that it's been well kept and maintained- this was our home, the last thing we wanted to do was have it fail on us!