Harker Outdoors EDC pop-up wedge camper

Roscoe Reporter

New member
Folks, as you can tell I am new to this board and am very interested in the Harker Outdoors EDC (Expedition Driven Camper). My wife and I retired and over the past 40 years, have owned and camped in slide in campers, truck toppers, boats, converted van, converted cargo trailer and travel trailers. We currently own a White Hawk 29BH and that we will take with our kids and grand kids, but need more room, so we are looking at the EDC with the open back end entry (no stooping).

Anyone one here have a Harker EDC or EXO and can talk about them? Been to the factory and they gave me a walk through and I am impressed with the build and how they put it together. The owners, Joe and Cam and the entire team seem honest and straight forward. Just need some more info on how these units match up. Harker is running a deal for a full sized EDC for my Chevy 3500 4 door truck, 6.5 bed, for $7999.00, which is 2K off the retail price. Kinda hard to walk away from that deal. I looked over a year ago at them and they did not at that time offer them for my truck. Now they do.

Someone? Anyone? Help me out with this? Thanks, from an old fat guy looking for some family fun and adventure. Screenshot 2024-04-11 134237.png
 
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sn_85

Observer
Personally, I hate the design. The open back end negates the advantage of a wedge camper. If it's windy there's going to be a lot of flapping from the canvas/tent material and you'll have to stake it down. It will also allow for a lot of dust intrusion as well. The other obvious part, as you can see in the picture above, there's going to be a lot of heat loss if you do winter/cold camping. Whatever heater you run is going to be extremely inefficient because of the open back end. It's a neat idea for 3 season camping and the open backend allows for extra space but I'd prefer something that is more enclosed and insulated like every other wedge camper out there.
 

Dave in AZ

Active member
I concur, bad design. I watched hundreds of review videos before settling on Tune, and I didn't see anyone who seemed happy with their EDC, while actually sitting next to anything else in a side by side comparison. Only happy buyers were, "Look what I just bought today! Think it should be great, here's a walk thru from a guy with ZERO actual experience, enjoy!"
 

llamalander

Well-known member
6.5 bed makes for plenty of floor-space in a pop-up, the tent extension probably works least badly for the Gladiator or other really small beds. Prices are more reasonable now, so one need not wait for sales...
 

AlpineClimb

New member
I have a Harker EDC and I think it is wonderful. I've gone through just about every other set up and I love it. Things I like: being able to walk right up a latter and into the Harker without ducking. The dirt circuit battery is awesome. I love how the solar panels are custom made to fit exactly across the top without wasted space. If it is very windy and I can't park with the wedge towards the wind it can be obnoxious but I'm told that guying it out takes care of that. Other than that one thing, which I can live with, I find no other faults and would make the choice to buy it again even given all the current offerings out there.
 

MR E30

Active member
I will also chime in with another negative opinion:

The design is terrible IMO. What sn_85 said above about dust, heat, water, etc. are all my opinions as well. Setup and teardown would be laborious relative to a typical wedge camper.

As a structural engineer, that overall design of the frame/structure is very poorly done as well. I have serious doubts that this thing could handle true use over the years.
 
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DirtWhiskey

Western Dirt Rat
I don't get all the hate. More work for more space. Still infinitely easier and faster than a ground tent. Whatever. Seems to be constructed well. I see so reason why it wouldn't hold up. Wind gets bad enough drop the roof. Same with other designs.
 

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