Happier Camper in Amherstburg, Canada

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The Happier Campers in Amherstburg, Ontario took a family trip together this past weekend in Holland, Michigan.

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Holland is a very popular tourist area and is rich in lush gardens and dutch architecture.

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All the trailers together is quite the sight and look at those beautiful lake side sand dunes!!!

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We also wanted to share a few photos of the restored trailers at the Happier Camper lot in Amherstburg, Canada.

Mom’s 1976 Trillium 1300

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Bryce’s Green Burro

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Mike’s 1973 Love Bug

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LED, solar, fantastic fan, front dinette, sleeps 3 with a bigger back bed.

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Ken’s 1972 Green & White Boler

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Dad’s 1978 Trillium 4500  15’

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These awesome fiberglass ultra-light trailers are available to rent year around in Amherstburg, Canada just down the road from the Detroit border in Windsor.

Reserve one of our trailers by emailing Mike May: happiercamperwindsor@gmail.com

Or call: 519-796-5142 

Additional info: 

http://happiercamper.tumblr.com/windsor#sthash.oSSOvaOJ.dpuf

Happier Camping!!!!

August 20, 2014 VIEW POST

BARbra @ Eat Drink SF

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In early August, our lovable portable bar BARbra took a trip up to NorCal for the food & wine festival Eat, Drink SF representing Groupon & Devoto Orchards Cider.

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This festival took place in a gigantic hanger in San Francisco’s northern coast as thousands flocked in over the weekend to sample the best that the bay area has to offer. 

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As expected, our uniquely converted bar trailer attracted plenty of attention! Contact howard@happiercamper.com if you would like to rent BARbra for your party or special event.

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August 7, 2014 VIEW POST

Pimp Your Caravan

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Happier Camper was interviewed by Simple Caravan about renovating eco-friendly and ultra-light caravans (or “travel trailers”) - the perfect accompaniment to a glorious Californian sunrise.  

What is Happier Camper and why are you the bees-knees of caravans?

Happier Camper is all about vintage ultra-light travel trailers lifestyle and culture. We rent, restore, buy, and soon will sell new ultra-light trailers. We are currently building a modern version inspired by the vintage. We believe our trailers are light weight, fun, and perfect for getaways and feel they captivate the spirit of today’s families and adventurers.

The Easy DIY trailer vent AC modification you blogged was fantastic. What is the easiest and then most difficult makeovers you’ve done to a caravan?

The easiest makeover I’ve done is with our newest trailer the 2001 “Space Odyssey”. I added vinyl “Hardwood” flooring, new curtains, and refinished tabletops. It took only a day and now it’s like a brand new trailer and I’ve doubled its value. The hardest modification was building the bar for “BARbra”. Every aspect of BARbra is custom and needed to be redesigned and hand built. Finding lightweight durable speciality materials so things can join together and come apart quickly was a challenge, but I’m really happy with the outcome.

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How many modifications have you done over the years? What has been the most exciting?

I’ve restored fifteen trailers over the past five years. The most exciting thing is building the new trailers which will be available later this summer. They will have the same vintage look and feel but will also have new features like a rear hatch and a modular interior layout. We really want to build something that brings the outdoors in and the indoors out and we’re really excited for its release later this summer.

              READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN SIMPLE CARAVAN

August 4, 2014 VIEW POST

Let’s Be Adventurers

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A story from a Happier Camper customer…..

This summer, my wife and I wanted to take our two girls, ages 3 and 1, on what would hopefully be our first of many summer road trips. When I was a kid, exploring California on the road was a summer tradition in my family and we wanted to start doing the same with our kids. Our first destination would be Yosemite. 

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My wife and I looked RV rentals, but we wanted something smaller, affordable and with some style and class. We were so lucky to find Happier Camper. Pulling the Panama behind our SUV was a breeze, and it served us perfectly once in Yosemite. It’s definitely a conversation starter as we got a lot of compliments and questions about our awesome little trailer. Thank you Happier Camper for making our first summer family road trip so memorable. 

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Rental inquires for the Panama or any of our other trailer rentals can be sent to rentals@happiercamper.com

July 31, 2014 VIEW POST
July 19, 2014 VIEW POST

"Sage Coach" in Paul Brandt’s Music Video

07.04.14 - Forever Summer Official Music Video - Paul Brandt from pbtv on Vimeo.

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