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

Sunsets in Mendocino

So we had the opportunity to be a part of a Magazine cover photo shoot this past weekend. Ill just say the magazine features sunsets :)

The shoot was in Mendocino county, just north of Fort Brag at the Westport-Union Landing State Beach. I highly suggest staying there the night, no reservations necessary at NorCal state camp grounds :)

Mendocino is beautiful, even the roads to get there are lined with giant red woods. To get there we took the 128 fwy from the 101, and drove thorough Navarro River Redwoods State Park

And the sunsets were amazing…

We also had some adventures on the way there and back.

A beach tour of San Francisco with Lu.

And the Biggest tree on earth in the Sequoias national park

March 25, 2014 VIEW POST

Introducing the Panama!

Introducing the "Panama" the latest member of the Happier Camper Vintage Ultra Light travel trailer fleet.  An original 1972 Canadian Boler, restored in its original cream and red colors, with black cushions with cream piping and new mahogany doors. Booking now for rent. www.happiercamper.com

And the new rocking interior


The Panama is Heading down to SXSW this week to take part in the music convention, representing Panama Guitars www.panamaguitars.com

dont forget to rock out today

March 8, 2014 VIEW POST

Modernism Week in Palm Springs

This past weekend we had the opportunity to be a part of Modernism week in Palm springs at the Vintage Trailer Show. Wow what an incredible collection of amazing vintage trailers! We had so much fun and really loved everyone involved. So many unique trailers and personalities to go with them.


Modernism week in Palm Springs is a collections of exhibits ranging from modern furniture, art and fashion, to classic cars and of course vintage trailers. We were excited to represent the vintage fiberglass trailers for the first time this year.

My personal favorites were the American Dream trailers vintage reproduction, Janine’s beautiful power blue Perris Pacer, the yellow and cream “love bug”, but there were so many fantastic pieces of history.

American Dream trailers, complete with a boat on top!

Janine’s beautiful power blue Perris Pacer

"love bug"

The steady rocking "Funky Junk Farms"

Ofcourse there was a ton of great trailers and we had a ton of fun, check out these gems.

Wil Getting high

Lulu checking out a new house

Melody’s Fiat 500 pulling the sage coach

The Ladies keeping cool in the hot sun

And now for the vintage trailers.

And our little trailers on the way home.

Thanks Palm Springs! hope to see you next year!

February 24, 2014 VIEW POST

Airstreamapoloza

Accidentally we stumbled upon this Gem of a park in Central California, this trailer they call the “twinki”

Flying Flags Camping and RV resort in Buellton, CA is one of the best RV parks we have seen. Its sits in the middle of California’s beautiful central coast and wine country, a stones throw from Solvang and Los Olivos. The park has a lot of style, symbolized from the moment you pull through the gate and this little trailer greets you.

The park features a couple big dog parks for the pooches, a nice pool and a couple spas indoor and out.

The bathrooms and showers are super clean and the community and game rooms are well maintained. There’s a nice firepit with BBQs and they even have great breakfast burritos :)

But the best thing about Flying Flags is there awesome collection of vintage Airstreams and little canned ham trailers they rent out on the property.

Theres about 30 of them spread out in a open maintained field, and each trailer featured its own unique theme, from the lizard to the giant twinky the trailers are all tailored and styled with a ton of detail, representing the trailer and its original vintage style, the theme and color.

All trailers have comfort features like a big patio, BBQ and coffee machines. Some feature Flat screen TVs, fireplace or vintage record players.

The interiors are really comfortable and done well, i shot so many photos and had to post them all.. Maybe you wil get some ideas for your trailer restoration project.

And the Insides… WOW… i cant post all of them, but ill do my best.

 

They also have this great tent you can rent.

Classy inside. But i would prefer the trailers.

So if you rent a happier camper and head up north to wine country with some friends, maybe they can rent out of these and enjoy the trip with you. You will love this place as much as we did.

Flying Flags Camp and RV resort is located at:

180 Avenue of Flags Buellton, CA 93427 
877- RV FLAGS | 877.783.5247 
info@flyingflags.com

www.flyingflags.com

Tell them that you found them on the Happiercamper.com !

January 22, 2014 VIEW POST

Glamping 101, Cental California Wine Country

A surprisingly perfect pink Boler on the sign for “Pink trash" a Buellton thrift shop just down the road from Solvang. Check out some more photos below

We decided to take the Happier Campers up the coast this past weekend to do a little local exploration. We found some great new things and thought it would be good to share with our renters and readers

"Chief Long Fooot" checking out the surf!

Of course most great road trips out of LA on the 101 start with a night on the coast in Santa Barbra. We allways try to spend a night at Ocean Mesa, a fantastic campground and RV park just across the street from El Captian Stat beach. Ocean Mesa is a little more pricy then most parks, but there impeccable view, clean and serine park landscape and heated pool and hot tub make up for it. They even have cool yurts!

January in California, love it!

Check out there website here

Just down the road is a couple more great state beach parks, we stopped at Gaviota for the day, all of the parks are accessible for one flat $10 fee.

Camp overnight for $20 or just hang out for the day, the beach and coastline is beautiful, lots of room to breathe and the rangers are pleasant.

Solvang sits about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbra CA and is easily accessible by the 101.

"Solvang (Danish for ‘sunny field’) is a beautiful little city nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teachers, Solvang now is a diverse, modern city, with fine restaurants, lovely shops and outstanding activities to enchant young and old alike.There are Danish festivals, quiet tree lined streets, horse drawn wagons, Hans Christian Andersen Park, windmills, Danish pastries and dozens of quaint shops to explore."

From the city website

The city is meant for tourists and wine drinkers, its beautiful and easy to walk around and check out the little stores, restaurants, wine bars and cafes. Please try a Danish, there delicious! Also look out for some good finds in the thrift shops.

We had lunch and a drink at the Solvang Brewing Company, worth the wait for the Bloody Mary alone.

Lots of quirky cafe’s and thrift stores, check this place out,

Pink trash

And don’t forget the ostrich petting park :) @ www.ostrichlandusa.com

If you like the Movie Sideways your in for a treat, the entire film is shot in and around Solvang, Buellton and Los Olivos.

Be sure to stop by the Hitching Post, old Californian steak house for a drink, its featured in the movie

And finally, I decided to make this a separate post because its just too good.

Traveling down the 101 out of the corner of my eye i spotted a couple of “canned Ham” vintage trailers on top of a hill, i decided to exit the freeway and investigate, what i found was so awesome. Nestled Behind a little RV park is about 30 restored vintage Airstreams and caned ham trailers. All restored and refurbished with amazing style and detail, out for rent on the property.

The park is called Flying Flags, and is a really nice clean and stylish Camping and RV park in Buellton CA, about a mile from Sovang. The Manager was very kind and took me on a tour around every trailer in his golf cart. I took greats photos of all of them, so please go to the NEXT POST to see them all.

Enjoy California Everyday!

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30 Min trips from LA, HC’s Excelent Adventure

Looking for a quick little trip outside of the city, traffic and smog? 

Try Puddingstone Lake in San Dimas, yep the birthplace of Bill S Preston esquire and ted Theodore Logan is not only great for you history buffs, but also a great short road trip. Water parks, lake side beaches, hot tubing and scenic camping.

"Chief Long Foot" at the East Shore RV Park

Most great spots are going to be over a two hour drive, but Pudding Stone is only about 30 minutes drive from downtown LA.

"All we do is Tubin" at the Pudding Stone scenic hot tubs

Puddingstone hot tub resort (www.hottubsresort.com) features about about 6 hill side, private hot tubs all overlooking Puddingstone Lake and have fantastic views of the sunset. The Private tubs are clean and discreet and they have various sizes for couples or parties. For about $50 you get a hour to yourself and its the perfect way to relax, have a drink and enjoy your company. Highly recommended, quick and easy!

Puddingstone Resort
1777 Campers View Rd.
San Dimas, CA 91773

Just drive strait down the 10 fwy one exit past the 57, your there.

Be sure to pick up a rubber ducky.

A quick walk from the Hot tub resort is the East Shore RV park. The park is located on a hill top and looks over the lake from two sides. The camping spots are big, clean and well maintained. The Bathrooms and showers are well kept and there is all the hook ups you need. We just stayed the night, but it was quite and peaceful and everyone was super friendly. We opted for one of the river front spots, definitely worth the $3 upgrade :) Spots are about $50 a night, and Happier Camper trailers fit just right.

From there website:

East Shore RV Park is located on the banks of stream fed Puddingstone Lake, which is stocked with trout and bass several times a year for the fisherman. Bring your own boat or rent one to enjoy fishing, lake swimming, water skiing, sail boating or jet skiing on the Puddingston lake in Bonelli Regional County Park. Large county park within walking distance has picnicking, horseback riding rentals, 18 hole Mountain Meadows Golf Course, Raging Waters River Rides, Slides, hiking, bicycling trails and Hot tub rentals. Picnic areas to handle the needs of organized club groups and patrons of the park.”

East Shore RV park

1440 CAMPER VIEW RD,
SAN DIMAS, CA 91773

And lets not forget the single greatest thing about San Dimas….

Be excellent to each other, and… party on dudes!

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