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:
What would you do if you were a successful entrepreneur and you suddenly found out you had cancer?
This happened to a client of mine, and like any resourceful entrepreneur, he didn't just wait to see what would happen. He proactively researched solutions, but impressively, did it in a very creative, entrepreneurial way - by following the money trail.What he found was that small companies with promising cancer treatments would see large stock gains, and he spent his time tracking down exactly what those new treatments were, and where they were being held in clinical trials. He ended up getting a progressive DNA-based treatment that has proven very effective for him.
I found his approach so powerful that I asked him if I could post it to my blog for others, which he agreed to do. Here's what he had to say:
"...these are the best sources in the US I know about:
www.cancer.gov is the website for the National Cancer Center based at NIH in Bethesda. All Clinical Trials aimed at cancer are supposed to be registered here and with the FDA. They are THE clearing house for what is going on in the US. However, they do not record what may be going on elsewhere as far as studies, developments, trials, etc elsewhere in the world. The US Government including the FDA and NCI are tougher on approving procedures, bio-therapies, techniques, surgeries, etc...thus you may find that in places like Germany, Japan, France, Belgium, and Spain..new ideas are more common because there is less regulation by the government,...however if something is working, you can be certain that it will hit the US markets 1st. The NCI sponsors clinical trials that are not just held in Bethesda, but to get a good read on effectiveness, they are often scattered around the country at various hospitals and centers who agree to follow the det ails and terms of the trial to the letter and proved accurate and continuous monitoring and reporting of all sorts of data. That's how these trials learn what works.