I’ve to confess, it took awhile to come back down from the excessive of attending the 4 Wheel Camper (FWC) Homeowners Rally held on June 7-9, 2019 within the extremely scenic city of Beckwourth, CA. If you happen to’ve by no means been to Beckwourth, it’s positioned in a big, flat valley of gorgeous nation throughout the Sierras close to Truckee & Lake Tahoe, at an elevation of about 5,000 ft.
The occasion’s base camp was stationed at hospitable Diamond S Ranch, with mountains/trails straight behind and expansive panorama to the entrance. There have been some enjoyable on-site actions, seminars & leisure on the ranch. The climate was spectacular and the displaying was robust.
Over 70 particular person campers/rigs have been current, with near 150 individuals attending. In a nutshell, it was a 4 Wheel Camper paradise weekend of journey and comradery!
4 Wheel Camper Hospitality
The occasion itself is unique to 4 Wheel Camper house owners. Unquestionably, FWC appreciates their clients. A catered dinner was offered on Friday evening and the FWC employees ready and served the Saturday dinner. The FWC employees additionally ready a Saturday and Sunday breakfast. The primary barn of the ranch contained an extended row of tables and benches extending the size for all of the attendees to chill out and luxuriate in their meals amongst good firm.
Saturday night featured a 3-piece blues band referred to as Johnnie Harmonica Walker and campfires prevailed at evening, the place everybody settled right down to benefit from the ceiling of stars overhead earlier than calling it an evening to their comfortable FWC domiciles.
And, 4 Wheel Camper Service Technicians Jessica, Ricardo & Matt have been even on-hand to assist house owners with mechanical associated questions or repair something doable.
Bonding with FWC Homeowners
All through the weekend I spent my time taking footage of the FWC rigs in attendance and bonding with their house owners to find out about their experiences and concepts. I by no means recover from how form & nice (chill) the group of FWC house owners are, and the way artistic & ingenious they are often with their camper setups. As Mrs. Athalie Lowrance said whereas I interviewed her and her husband Dave,
“I feel the factor I really like probably the most is seeing how everybody tweaks their campers. You’ll be able to have so many individuals with the identical mannequin, however they’ve completed various things to it. I feel it’s nice how 4 Wheel Campers lend themselves to creativity and individualization.”
Nicely stated Athalie!
Seminar: Off-the-Grid Communication Know-how Concerns
Grasp Overland/Off-Highway Knowledgeable and head of the Off-Highway Security Academy Bob Wohlers (who additionally occurs to be an FWC proprietor) was in attendance. He held a really informative seminar on the completely different applied sciences, gadgets & capabilities to think about for security/communication when within the backcountry. On the whole, Bob holds some very superior overland coaching seminars & programs commonly, in addition to completely different stage overland excursions/coaching proper out within the backcountry.
Sierra Valley’s Diamond S Ranch
Essentially the most seen function of Diamond S Ranch is it’s foremost Dutch-style barn, which was constructed properly over 100 years in the past (the ranch estimates between 1884 & 1900). It’s since had some trendy structural & energy updates to accommodate a crowd. Vintage relics sit round randomly on the ranch’s panorama.The “Itchy Again Saloon” is built-in into the previous barn the place FWC offered wine and beer for Saturday night’s blues jam.
The ranch property extends again into the mountains with miles of trails of various ranges the place they supplied ATV journey excursions for the occasion attendees.
Additionally supplied on the ranch are electrical bike excursions. I can personally attest when you’ve ridden mountain bikes, that is an absolute blast! Mainly, these are high quality mountain bikes customized match with electrical drivetrains that present variable help. So you possibly can pedal as you’ll usually do with a mountain bike, you possibly can throttle in some help, and even simply hit the throttle and take off absolutely powered.
Future 4 Wheel Camper Occasions
If you happen to’re an FWC proprietor and are curious about attending future FWC occasions, they usually maintain an annual NorCal & SoCal occasion particularly for house owners right here on the west coast. FWC additionally has a powerful presence on the main overland rallies all through the U.S, the place house owners will come collectively and camp out on the occasion. For extra data, please go to 4 Wheel Campers Occasions