This post was originally posted by me on a different blog on Dec 3, 2011 from a visit in 2010:
Sue and I went to visit the Four Wheel Camper facility in California recently, a few months after visiting Sportsmobile. We walked away with mixed emotions. It’s obvious that FWC has been in the business for a long time, with a very established factory. And there are many world travelers that have relied on FWC campers with much success. But we just felt that like much of the camper industry, the level of workmanship wasn’t quite what we were looking for. This isn’t anything against FWC specifically, as it seems that the entire industry is plagued with a “just good enough” attitude that leaves one wanting for just a bit more quality control.
If what you’re looking for is a lower cost camper with an aluminum frame that can stand up to some abuse, especially on offroad trails, then FWC may be a very good choice for you. Its roof lifting mechanism is a model of simplicity, which is both good and bad — there are less things that can break, but by contrast, you can’t put any weight on the roof (no canoes, for example). If you want to research your options a bit more, read this full write-up titled “Our two-year journey choosing a pop-up camper.”
Here are some pictures and videos of the factory: