Four Wheel Pop-up Camper: Hawk (or Kestrel) Model

A Lightweight and Rugged Pop-up Camper for Off-Roading

Four Wheel Campers are lightweight and durable for off-road travell.
The Kestrel Four Wheel Camper is perfect for an older-style Toyota Tundra. Monica Prelle

S​hot Review, Plain and Simple: It really does not get much better than a Four Wheel Camper for your off-road truck. If you are looking for a pop-up camper to put on the back of a truck, Four Wheel Campers make the best designs on the market especially if you are considering weight for efficiency. 

Four Wheel Campers are the best camper option for people looking for a pop up that can withstand the toughest off road conditions and still provide all the comforts of a camper. The combination of a lightweight construction and rugged durability make it one of the best options for campers. The Eagle Model is built to fit most mid size, short bed trucks and is wider than other Four Wheel models. However this review is specifically the older Hawk or Kestrel model that I have on my truck, check out the fit size guide to see the model for your truck.

 

Four Wheel Camper Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight and a low profile design.
  • The wider model offers more interior space.
  • Great interior design allows for optimum use of space.
  • The easy-lift roof system is efficient to set-up and withstands snow and wind.

Cons

  • Four Wheel Campers are expensive and difficult to find used because people love them so much. Check your local used camping sales for deals or online at truck trader. 
  • There is no indoor shower or toilet option.

Expert Review: Four Wheel Pop-up Camper -- Kestrel Model

If you are considering upgrading to a Four Wheel Camper, realize that your purchase will invite many other campers to approach your camp and take a look inside, or they might want to just talk about pop-ups for hours. People are curious and rightfully want to make an informed decision before making the big purchase.

If you are looking for a pop-up camper to put on the back of a truck, Four Wheel Campers make the best designs on the market. The Eagle model is designed to fit a newer mid size truck and is the newer design of the older Kestrel model, which was designed to fit an older style full size truck (like a 2002 Toyota Tundra).

Even though Four Wheel makes the lightest pop-up campers on the market, you might want to consider beefing up the rear suspension on your truck to compensate for the added weight. The all welded aluminum flex frame is not only lightweight, but also constructed to handle rugged off-road terrain. With a Four Wheel Camper, you can get to remote camping destinations without having to worry about your camper falling apart.

The Eagle or Kestrel model is six-inches wider than other Four Wheel models, offering more interior space without too much added outside bulk. While the extra space is not necessary, it is nice to have the bed sleep width wise, so that the kitchen is still accessible while the bed is pulled out (breakfast in bed!). The lower pullout double bed is great for extra company or a luxurious dog bed.

Specifications from the Manufacturer

  • Dry Weight: 695 lbs
  • Adult Sleeping: 3-4
  • Height Down (including vent): 59”
  • Extended Interior Height: 6’6”
  • Roof Length: Std.112”/ Ext.129”
  • Roof/Wall Framing: Aluminum
  • Floor Length: 80 inches
  • Exterior Material: Aluminum
  • Body Width: 80 inches
  • Fresh-Water Capacity: 22 Gallons