Whenever diesel flatbed Ram trucks with Four Wheel Campers combos pop up in the Expedition Portal forum, they usually cause quite a bit of commotion. Perhaps it’s the long life and power that the Cummins delivers or the comfort and relatively small footprint of the Four Wheel Campers pop-up. Or likely, the combination of the two. Perhaps it’s the fact that putting together a flatbed truck and camper combo takes a considerable amount of effort, and therefore, having the opportunity to buy one that is trail-proven and in good shape is an opportunity that’s hard to pass up.
I suspect it will disappear quickly, so here’s your (brief) chance to get in on the joys of overlanding and enter the ranks of the flatbed camper community with a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9-liter Cummins that is paired with a 2019 Four Wheel Campers Hawk Flatbed. But this combo has MUCH more than meets the eye. Owners Adam and Michele have gone to great lengths to outfit this rig for long-distance adventures. Some of the notable additions to this vehicle include:
- Scheel-Mann Vario F Heated Seats
- 16.5TI-S heavyweight winch and synthetic winch line
- ARB air lockers, front and rear
- Upper and lower Carli lifetime ball joints
- Re-geared 4.10
- Carli Dominator suspension (tuned to loaded camper)
- 60 gal Titan fuel tank
- 5 – 35” Toyo MT tires and wheels
- The list goes on and on…
Read more about the heaps of additional equipment on this truck listed in the original Expedition Portal forum post, here.
From Adam and Michele
“November 2019, through June 2020, we set out west by way of a southern route for a shakedown trip, to eventually end up in Arizona. The plan was to winter there as well as finish some fine-tuning on our rig. Our first maiden voyage off of the blacktop was on Bull Dog Canyon trail just north of Apache Junction, Arizona. Over the next few days, we learned a lot about the desert, our truck, and ourselves. We continued to venture around southern Arizona, seeing places like Belmont Mine, Hot Wells Dune Hot Springs, Four Peaks, Box Canyon, Oatman, and a handful of other undisclosed remote oases.
In February, we ventured out to California and checked out Big Sur and then headed back east to Hurricane, Utah, to hang with Aunt Barb. But not before spending a week in Carmel Valley and Paso Robles for some wine tasting. While in Paso, little did we know, life-changing events were to take place where we met some of the coolest peeps that would soon become good friends. Shortly after March 2020 hit, Michele and I were camping in one of our favorite remote desert camp spots in eastern Arizona. As we emerged from a week of solitude and no cell phone reception, we learned the world we live in was changing. The BLM land we had planned to stay at in some states was closing, and local restrictions were tightening up all around us. We had to make a new game plan as the current one was trashed.
We called up our new friends in Paso that owned vineyards and asked if we could stay at their places and work for our stay in the fields until we figured out the next move. Over the next 30 days, we did it all, from pulling old vines to planting new ones, problem-solving irrigation issues, running the “brush hawgs,” putting in new end posts, and running new wire. You name it, we did it for spring prep on a vineyard. As that chapter ended along with the month of April, we decided we should head back to North Carolina and regroup. We finally made our way back by early June 2020, found a beach house deal we couldn’t pass up, and the rest is history.
Though we haven’t had our setup for long, we’ve made TONS of memories that will last a lifetime. Are we hanging up our hats to adventure? NO WAY. But right now, we are heading in different directions, and the rig just doesn’t fit in the equation. It was a hard decision to sell after all those sweet nights in far-out places, but it’s the right call. The truck now sits in a driveway and does Lowes runs with a trailer as we begin our house remodel. This truck deserves to be out there, in the thick of it, not sitting in a driveway. We hope “JoJo” finds a new home that will love and cherish him as we did.”
Adam and Michele’s 2007 Ram 3500 5.9-liter Cummins with Four Wheel Campers Hawk flatbed pop-up camper is currently located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and listed for sale at $110,000 (firm). You can contact Adam and Michele with questions or offers via DM on their original Expedition Portal forum post here.
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