Tom Hanagan, President of Four Wheel Campers, is just back from the 2009 Overland Expo with a brand new camper. It’s time to launch the Four Wheel Camper Eagle Overland.
TCM: What’s the vision behind the new Four Wheel Camper Overland camper?
Tom: We get a number of requests every year for an upscale model that fulfills the need for people who are using their campers for extended off-road conditions. We also get a number of requests for a Four Wheel Camper with more upscale appliances and fixtures. This is the camper for the Four Wheel Customer who wants the best of the best.
TCM: So this is a statement product for Four Wheel Campers?
TCM: The tan soft wall really stands out. Why did you change the side wall color for the Overland?
Tom: Two reasons. One, to show the difference between the standard and Overland models. And two, the tan fabric complements the interior color scheme, cushion fabric, counter tops, bamboo flooring, and paneling.
TCM: For this Overland you expanded the width of the camper six inches. Why did you make this change?
Tom: We made the camper six inches wider than the standard Eagle to better fit the mini trucks the camper is designed for. The extra width also gives the camper additional interior real estate to better fit the appliances.
TCM: Which mini-trucks is the Overland designed for?
Tom: The Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota, and Land Rover Defender. That last truck should raise some eyebrows.
TCM: How did you manage to fit a hot water heater and outside shower into the Overland?
Tom: We increased the width on the driver side by three inches to accommodate the hot water heater and outside shower. We also moved the water tank to the floor against the front wall as we’ve done in our larger Four Wheel Camper models. Propane storage was also dropped to the floor on the rear of the camper to help lower the center of gravity.
TCM: And the water capacity increased?
Tom: Yes. The Overland features a twenty-two gallon water tank. Propane capacity is the same, but now we’re using two ten-pound vertical tanks versus one twenty-pound horizontal tank. This gives the owner the flexibility to change propane tanks. The ten-pound tanks are also more readily available and less expensive.
TCM: Stan Kennedy mentioned that this camper has a radius door.
Tom: We’re using a radius door on the Overland instead of the square corner door we use on our other campers. The radius door is a one-piece aluminum extrusion forming the top and sides which will be even more sturdy and reliable for overland travel.
TCM: The electrical system controls look like something from a high-end Class-A motorhome.
Tom: We used a Blue Sea System circuit breaker instead of fuses for the extra measure of reliability. The Blue Sea System incorporates volt and amp meters so the users can see what voltage they have available and how much power they’re consuming. Customers can get the system with analog or digital meters. There’s no price difference. Some people prefer to watch how their electric system behaves with analog meters and others like the empirical digital meter.