July 19, 2014 VIEW POST

"Sage Coach" in Paul Brandt’s Music Video

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Our 1972 “Sage Coach” featured in Paul Brandt’s new ‘Forever Summer’ music video :)

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The popular Canadian country singer Paul Brandt rented our Happier Camper the "Sage Coach" and featured the little trailer in his Forever Summer music video. The music video was just released today!

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The music video features some epic beach shots of our trailer, along with surf boards, Polaroids, and some stylish retro summer swim wear.

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The video gives the perfect feeling of a great day at the beach. We love the colors and retro style, a perfect fit for our “Sage Coach”.

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It was my weekend trips to Leo Carrillo Beach in our original Blue Boler that had me fall in love with the little fiberglass ultra lights, since then we have collected a few of these classic gems and are happy we can share them with others for generations to come. Rent a trailer and go to the beach!

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Here’s a great shot of Paul Brandt inside the 1972 “Sage Coach”. I love the little extras they did like the memories taped to the door.

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Polaroids will never go out of style!

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Love the color in this opening shot, let’s get in that water!

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Malibu (where this video was shot) is full of great beaches and of course the best ones are the hardest to get to. The land owners on the coast have made it difficult for all of us to enjoy the beaches by placing branches and trash cans in front of pathways keeping the beaches to themselves. Luckily we found a great app that helps you find the secret entrances to the best beaches.  Check it out Our Malibu Beaches.

July 6, 2014 VIEW POST

"Chief" Goes To Yosemite

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We love hearing stories about our Happy Customers! Here’s "Chief" in action on it’s way to Yosemite…..

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"My fiancé, his 10 year old son, and I rented "Chief" for a three-night stay at Yosemite National Park. We couldn’t have been happier with our decision to use Happier Camper. Picking up the trailer was a synch. Derek was very helpful in explaining the ins and outs of the trailer and he even got it on the truck for us. Driving "Chief" around was surprisingly easy, especially on our 7 hour trek through the mountains. We had no issues parking, getting gas, etc.

Happier Camper did a great job renovating Chief while maintaining it’s retro integrity. When it comes to amenities, this 16’ trailer has the works: comfortable sleeping room for 3, a mini fridge and freezer, a stove, a sink, plenty of storage space, color changing LED lights, and even a baby portable toilet (warning: you must clean it if you use it, which is more than fair). We even found some helpful extras (plastic silverware and skewers) in the drawers that saved us a long trip to civilization.”

"Chief" kept us comfortable during 40° nights and 90° days. It was a comfort coming home to it after long days of hiking and searching for bears, and for that we are extremely grateful. "

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"CHIEF" is our very first ultra-light travel trailer available for camping or as a portable small event food prep trailer. The pearl white Scamp is completely modified and is a chef’s dream! It has a full size 4 burner stove, full size fridge, sink with two water tanks and lots of extra counter space. The trailer has seating in the back that converts into a full size bed, and the front counter also acts as an extra bed with simple modification. The trailer is 16’, 3’ which is longer then our other ultra-light trailers, it’s naturally heavier weighing in at about 2400 lbs. This means it’s still very light, but most smaller 4 cylinder cars and trucks can’t pull it. Be sure to check if you vehicle is capable of pulling a heavier trailer. “Chief” is available for $150 per night for camping or $250 per day for food prep and events - contact rentals@happiercamper.com for more information.

June 23, 2014 VIEW POST

We’re building a trailer! Preview of the HC1…

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The Happier Camper team is busy finalizing the design of the HC1 - our brand-new ultra-light utility travel trailer. Here are some photos documenting the creation of the exterior shell mold taken at our factory last week. In these photos you can begin to see the vintage-inspired, eye-catching design of the HC1. We estimate the first production unit will be completed and on display by late summer. If you have any questions regarding our highly anticipated new trailer contact us at sales@happiercamper.com.

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June 16, 2014 VIEW POST

Sunset Celebration Weekend 2014

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This past weekend Happier Camper was invited to participate and exhibit at the Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend 2014 in Menlo Park, California. This event was a weekend to meet, listen, and learn from the West Coast’s top experts in food, wine, home, garden, and travel. 

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We brought our 1972 Blue Boler to the exhibition for the weekend. This is the same lovable little trailer from the cover of Sunset Magazine May 2014 Issue.  

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It was a very exhilarating and busy weekend for us at the Happier Camper booth. We were able to meet many people interested in our trailer rentals and talk about our very exciting new trailers, the HC1. The HC1 is the trailer we are currently building, which will be ready for purchase later this summer. 

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June 3, 2014 VIEW POST

Happy Customers in Happier Campers

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We love hearing and sharing stories from our Happier Camper adventurers. Here’s a fun story from a “Panama” renter.

"Happier Camper helped us with our maiden voyage of trailer towing and trailer camping. I was the primary driver and Derek helped me feel very confident about driving with the trailer! He was invaluable in giving the best lessons to a newbie in the trailer world. Our towing car is a Subaru Outback 4 cylinder and it was no problem driving with the trailer. 

Now for the camper - we rented the Boler panama! LOVED LOVED LOVED it! We have been tent campers and my husband told me he realized he is a bonafide trailer camper from now on. We spent a couple nights at Leo Carrillo in Malibu and loved having the camper instead of a tent. My 5 year old son had a blast in it. When hanging outside at the campsite, all the passing campers smiled, gave us the thumbs up and/or stopped to talk about the trailer. Expect to make lots of friends with these. When bringing it home to unload our neighbors all wanted a peek and loved it!

Derek is the absolute best. He has put lots of TLC into these trailers. They are super comfortable, cozy and charming. The rental fees are reasonable and he is very flexible and accommodating with pick up and drop off times.  These vintage trailers are just so much fun!!!! I would highly recommend a camping adventure with any of the trailers from Happier Camper.”

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Have questions? Send all inquiries to: RENTALS@HAPPIERCAMPER.COM

May 12, 2014 VIEW POST

Happier Camper in Ruralist

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Happier Camper made the top five “Luxury Camping Adventures in Rural Ontario” in the Canadian online magazine ‘Ruralist’.

Camping or Glamping? We’ve found five ways to kick your next camping trip up a notch! Enjoying the great outdoors can truly be a glamorous experience when you wake up in one of these stylish locales. Be sure to pack in a bottle of bubbly so you can raise a glass and toast your most stylin’ camping trip ever!

3. HAPPIER CAMPER VINTAGE TRAILERS – Renting these little trailers in Amherstberg would be an memorable experience for a single individual or a family of 4. They’re small, easy to maneuver, lightweight, take virtually no fuel, can be towed with any vehicle, and require no extra insurance or brake lines. Known for their rigid, bold design, classic vintage style and comfortable interiors. Each trailer has been updated and restored to it’s original beauty with some added modern comforts like sound systems, iPod docks, heaters, ventilation fans and modern upholstery. There are currently 4 trailers available to rent.

You can check out the full article HERE

May 5, 2014 VIEW POST

Happier Camper in Tiny House Magazine

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Tiny House Magazine interviews Happier Camper founder Derek Michael, providing us with an informative article on the business. It describes the history of Happier Camper and what’s next for the growing company. 

"I think these special trailers were designed for the past but will be used for the future, I see a long happy path ahead." 

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Read the full article in Tiny House Magazine Issue #16  HERE 

April 29, 2014 VIEW POST

We’re on the cover of Sunset Magazine!

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We’re thrilled to have our 1972 Boler Ultra Light Trailer make the cover of Sunset Magazine! Sunset shares the best of life in the West, from travel and food to home and garden. They are passionate about showcasing the region’s unique lifestyle, destinations, and stories. The May 2014 Camping Guide edition features Sunset’s favorite campsites, hikes, and camper rentals - including photos and information on Happier Camper! The magazine is now available in stores and online: http://www.sunset.com/magazine/

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Time to Celebrate at Happier Camper Headquarters!

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Our Boler is also featured inside the magazine - in the article “The Joy of Camping”. In this article you can find out information on hikes, trails, sites, and options for camping in comfort and style. 

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If  you would like to see the journey and travel photos of the Sunset Magazine photo shoot - which took place in Mendocino County, California, visit our blog post ’Sunsets in Mendocino’: http://happiercamper.tumblr.com/post/80659517367

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Here’s the Boler in action on a beautiful California day in Malibu. Rental inquires for the Boler or for one of our other unique and customized trailers can be sent to: happiercamperla@gmail.com

WE WANT TO THANK TOM THE PHOTOGRAPHER, THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY YVONNE, AND THE REST OF SUNSET MAGAZINE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

April 21, 2014 VIEW POST

BARbra at Coachella’s Lacoste Pool Party

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This past weekend BARbra was revamped and brought to Thermal, California for the Lacoste Pool Party, one of the hotspots for Coachella after parties. Featuring Moët & Chandon Champagne, BARbra was a hit with a steady line of partygoers who wanted to try out the Moët Ice Impérial, the first champagne especially created to be enjoyed over ice. Here are some more fun photos from the Lacoste annual two-day pool party. 

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BARbra our portable bar is now available for rent with its new white and gold exterior which is perfect for weddings, parties, and special events.   Find out more about BARbra here! 

April 15, 2014 VIEW POST

5 Camping-Friendly Summer Festivals

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COACHELLA ~ APRIL 11th - 13th & 18th - 20th

So you were lucky enough to get a ticket to Coachella? Awesome! You’ve (hopefully) sorted out your accommodations, are figuring out what to pack, and sifting through the festival’s FAQ…. well camping is a great option for Coachella! And here at Happier Camper we LOVE camping! Being on the Indio site is ideal - you can roll out of bed and walk to the festival. Off-Site camping is not as easy, but this is an affordable and fun alternative!

Coachella recommends » http://www.coachella.com/visiting-the-festival/off-site-camping/

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DESERT HEARTS ~ APRIL 25th - 28th

Desert Hearts is fully committed to creating the most beautiful community-oriented house and techno gatherings, achieving a memorable energetic ambiance, while maintaining high musical integrity that focuses on the progression of the underground movement. Expect nothing less than incredible music from international and local DJs alike, 24 hours a day on a Funktion-One sound system!  Packed to the brim with the most engaging theme camps, beautiful deco, psychedelic art installations, artists, performers, yoga, sound healing, open bars and more, this Desert Hearts is shaping up to be our most monumental event yet. Tent, car, RV …. all kinds of camping are welcome at Desert Hearts.

INFO/TICKETS » http://www.deserthearts.wantickets.com/Events/149647/Desert-Hearts/

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LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE ~ MAY 22nd - 26th

The Lightning in a Bottle Festival was designed to be a a mind expanding, relaxing, nature-loving, and camping friendly oasis. LIB has a motto of “Leave it Better, Leave it Beautiful” - do this while you experience music, art, nature, classes, and activities at LIB.

INFO/TICKETS » http://lightninginabottle.org/info/

Hold on for a wild ride with the Happier Camper, here’s from Lightning in a bottle 2012.

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CALIFORNIA ROOTS ~ MAY 23rd - 25th

The California Roots Music and Arts Festival combines elements of art, music, and environmental consciousness. The California Roots Music and Arts Festival will enter its fifth and most electrifying year to date. Always improving and pushing the boundaries of festival standards with their family environment, zero waste program and live art,  fans will see some of today’s biggest reggae acts on the same legendary stage that was graced by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who. 

INFO/ CAMPING » http://californiarootsfestival.com/camping

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BURNING MAN ~ AUGUST 25th - SEPTEMBER 1st

Burning Man is an annual event and a thriving year-round culture. The event takes place the week leading up to and including Labor Day, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert wherein attendees dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. 

Getting ready for Burning Man is half the fun. Planning a camp, creating art projects, and getting funky gear together is a blast, as we all know. The more logistical side of preparing for the event can be just as creative. Here’s some tips to help you prepare for your experience. 

Survival Guide » http://survival.burningman.com/

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WE LOVE CAMPING AT HAPPIER CAMPER AND CAN HELP YOU ENJOY YOUR SUMMER FESTIVALS AND VACATIONS EVEN MORE. SEND BOOKINGS/INQUIRES TO: happiercamperla@gmail.com

April 11, 2014 VIEW POST
Nor cal coast In a blue Boler  (at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad)
March 27, 2014 VIEW POST