The thought of ordering a custom camper from the Internet sight unseen made me nervous. Having never been in a truck camper, and not having the resources on Maui to research them made it a big challenge.
After preliminary research on the Internet, we made a list of what we wanted in a truck camper: it must fit in the bed of our Ford F-150, it must be built to go off-road, it must have low clearance and solar power. These requirements immediately reduced the number of camper companies to choose from. Next, we went through the contenders’ websites to find what amenities they offered.
We reached out to theses companies to talk to someone about what was available. The quickest response and best customer service we received was from Phoenix Pop Up Campers owners, Rob and Cari Rowe.
A small family company in Denver Colorado, Rob’s father started Four Wheel Campers in the 1970’s. Continuing in his father’s footsteps, Rob opened Phoenix Pop Up Campers in 1988. Focusing on the personalized off-roading camper market, Phoenix Pop Up Campers offers the most advanced technology in camper manufacturing available today.
For these reason’s we picked Phoenix Pop Up Campers to build our pop-up truck camper.
I started working with Cari and Rob in January to design and build the camper. From start to finish the process took 6 months.
They listened to our ideas and gave us input and direction. They answered these two newbies many questions and explained how things work in truck campers.
I am now the proud owner of a custom 2016 Phoenix Slide In Camper. My new tiny house on wheels that’s durable, lightweight and has low clearance for backcountry and off-road travel adventures.
Like a little girl’s playhouse, the intimate space is filled with dreams and runs on fantasy.
As I watch Rob install the camper on our Ford F-150, I excitedly compartmentalize our belongings and think about where to put stuff so the living space is organized.
My Phoenix Pop Up Camper is this big girl’s playhouse, my intimate space filled with dreams and running on fantasy – and solar power too!
The camper came with these standard features:
-Triple Layer Insulated Liner
-Double welded “pro-flex” aluminum frame
-Phoenix exclusive aerodynamic cab over
-Under bed storage with gas strut lift
-Queen size main loft bed
-Front slider window
-Tinted large side window
-Decorator lined curtains for all windows, custom upholstery
-Seating and table make into second bed
-Aux battery system
-LED light 12v light fixtures
-Phoenix Electric Roof Lift
-Fantastic Vent Fan
-7-way connector to truck’s hitch plug
-4 corner mechanical jacks
We chose the following additional custom features:
-Pull out storage space under main floor
-Ladder to roof
-LP system with twenty-pound tank
-Thirty amp Converter and one hundred ten v electrical system via shore power
-Solid surface countertops
-Fresh water system 20 gal
-Hot water Heater
–Porta Potti with storage compartment
-Exterior shower fixture
-Six thousand Catalytic heater Pro-Com style
-3.6 cu ft. refrigerator
-8’ side Awning
-Truckin’ Awn awing on rear over door
-Solar panel on roof 100-watt battery charger with controller
-Yakima/Thule universal tracks
-Swing away bicycle rack
-Aluminum folding steps
-4 extra windows in soft folding walls – liner
-Built in 300 watt inverter for 110v power off the grid