Alright, So I guess we're finally going to just build our own popup, or at least give it a go.
Backstory: I camped here and there with friends through high school and college, and nearing college graduation the GF and I decided to do a long trip. I was already a member of this site, and was planning to camp out of the Jeep I had at the time. Long story short spring semester the Jeep got replaced with the Tacoma, and I stumbled onto this thing called a Four Wheel Camper. SOLD! We bought it and loved it, but due to debt when we got home, sold it. Little did we know how hard it would be to find another on this side of the country. Over the next couple years we tried out other solutions, such as an EEZI-AWN RTT, a Starcraft popup trailer, and a fiberglass shell with sleeping platform. While each had their benefit, none of them really came close to the FWC. The other thing that the RTT and Shell lacked that the others didn't, was the ability to live in the camper, rather than around it. If I was in the SouthWest it'd likely be a bit different, as I really did like the RTT, but it rains to friggin much around here to really be enjoyable, thus we want something we can live in OR around while on the road.
So we've had our eyes peeled for the last year and a half or so for another FWC eagle or similar within a reasonable distance and nothing's really popped up, so we've decided to follow another path we've been considering, build your own. I've had the basic idea in my head for a while, and after seeing pictures of the Alaskan Mini, it cemented my resolve that it was a doable layout, and I did some sketches.
One thing I didn't like about the FWC was the cab over-hang, both from an aerodynamic and aesthetic perspective, though it does add a lot of space. We decided to go with an older-style Callen-esque profile for simplicity, and add a hinged popup to provide standing room for cooking, with benches that will fold down for the bed.
Here's what I've come up with so far, going to get some ply this weekend and start on the base and see where we end up from there. First one will be made from a play base, and 1x2 or 2x2 framed walls, with a canvas when opened, if the idea works I'll refine and build an aluminum framed one.
Fridge will go under the bench in the back, typical 12v model that I can pull out and use elsewhere too. storage under the benches, fairly simple overall. Wish me luck.