Ok, that name may not last. Annika has claimed naming rights for the new rig, but beyond "the Truck", nothing has stuck yet.
We'll be cataloging the details of and projects around the new rig as we go!
Our 2018 Ford F-150 with 2020 Four Wheel Camper Hawk Flatbed Camper
Blog Entries for the Truck:
2018 F150 XLT 4x4 Specs
Truck Upgrades from Original Owner:
2020 Hawk Flatbed Specs & Factory Options:
Custom Camper Upgrades from Original Owner:
By ~2020, things were getting cozy in our first rig "Vandalf". We had maximized that platform, but as a family we needed more space, and more capability - both on and off the road.
We had begun our search by checking out literally dozens of other possibilities. Every Vanlife Meetup, Rendezvous, or other gathering of like-minded travelers was a chance to evaluate other platforms against our own shifting needs. Fairly early on, we had identified the Four Wheel Camper Hawk Flatbed model as a strong candidate - the revised side-entry layout make for a radical shift in the way we could fit three people into a small space. We kept searching, but few platforms available as a "complete" solution met all of our needs. We liked vans, but it is shocking how many commercially-made Class-B campers, even HUGE 170" wheelbase models, fail to accommodate three people easily. (I'm looking at you, Winnebago Revel.)
In early 2022, Mike found Trucky listed on the Expedition Portal Classifieds for sale as a turn-key rig. The promise of acquiring a new rig and having it fully prepped for our planned 2-week summer adventure was too good to pass up!