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Tesla’s New Tiny House Coming to an Australian City Near You

We don’t normally cover the tiny house movement – there are plenty of amazing publications doing a great job already – however we couldn’t let this news pass us by. Tesla has recently shared news of their roving sustainable tiny house on wheels towed by the almighty Tesla Model X to share their sustainable energy products including the revolutionary Powerwall. Preliminary photos show the 4,400lbs trailer loaded with six solar panels, a Tesla Powerwall, as well as a “mobile design and demonstration studio” showcasing how the technology works. The well appointed and beautifully designed unit features locally sourced, chemical-free timber materials. We have yet to see the interior but can only imagine the futuristic yet homey set up. Knowing Australia’s sunny climate and love of camping and caravanning off-grid, the solar tour not only appeals to the Australian homeowner but also the camper who are no doubt awaiting better solar options to replace current clunky and high priced systems. The tour stops at various Australian locations and you can check out the next tour stop …

What Instagram Doesn’t Tell You About Living the #vanlife

While it’s easy to believe that the #vanlife movement is all sunshine, mountain views, and Insta-worthy pictures as proof, there is a not-so-sunny side to being a full-time nomad. Here are a few things to know before surrendering to the allure of the open road. 1. You will probably wait days (or a week) without bathing When all your belongings fit perfectly into a box on wheels, there usually isn’t room for an indoor shower. Most #vanlifers forgo this comfort of home because a shower and its water tank take up too much precious space. 2. Eating healthy is hard if you don’t plan ahead Sure, van lifers embrace freedom. But what if your fridge only fits one grocery bag of produce and you don’t know where you will sleep tomorrow? And no, Fruit Loops aren’t a food group. 3. Rainy days are a bit cramped Living in a van is all fun and games until it rains for a week and your spine forgets what it feels like to stand straight.  4. Prepare to step …

Headed to Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2017?

Anyone interested in the camper life (and lives close to, or travelling near, the booming fashion and art-centric city of Düsseldorf) will no doubt be headed to Caravan Salon Düsseldorf this August 26-September 3. It is the worlds largest fair of it’s kind, after all. 600 exhibitors in 13 halls featuring some of the latest in camper designs, travel destinations and innovative accessories. Over 130 caravan brands with nearly 2,100 recreational vehicles will grace the market floor as camp enthusiasts cop peeks of perhaps their next big purchase or simply dream about camping in style and comfort in future years. We’re particularly excited to see the newest arrivals from all the top European caravan manufacturers. We’d mention a few but there are literally too many to list! A 1-day adult ticket including car parking and catalogue is € 30.00, ticket and venue information can be found at https://www.caravan-salon.de/. Of course while you’re in Düsseldorf we thought you’d want a short list of things to do. Our top picks include relaxing in Nordpark or any of the other …

Apollo to Take Over CanaDream, Kratzmann

Big news out of Australia. In an effort to expand their North American footprint, Brisbane, Australia-based Apollo Tourism and Leisure is looking to complete a purchase of Canadian-based CanaDream Corp. and Australian-based Kratzmann Caravans for a reported $43 Million to be completed by July according to RV Pro Magazine. You might know Apollo as having the largest camper fleet for hire in Australia  – an ever popular travel tourism destination especially for campers, ‘overlanding’ and caravanning. Since it’s beginnings, Apollo has grown to become a huge multi-national and multi-vertical organization that includes manufacturing, rentals (with over 3,000 motorhomes), sales and distribution of RVs. Their brands include StarRV, Cheapa Campa and Hippie – many we’re sure the likes of you have probably slept in one time or another. CanaDream is one of the most well known RV rental outfits in Canada renting a variety of Class B, B+ and C motorhomes to the Canadian tourism and local camper market. Since 1987, Kratzmann Caravans has grown to become a regular name in the Queensland caravan retail arena. Of course we …

Camping World Acquires Another US RV Dealer

Camping World has made it’s next move acquiring Idaho-based RV dealer Nelson’s RVs this week. Camping World expressed interest in “aggressively” expanding into the Idaho market earlier in the month of April and has been successful with Nelson’s and the three dealerships in Boise area. “We continue to seek acquisitions to leverage the progression of our brand and to provide a superior experience to customers across the country,” said Marcus Lemonis , Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam . ” Tom Nelson and his team have served Idaho and Eastern Oregon with premier recreational vehicle services for over 33 years and we look forward to continuing their high standards of quality and service and solidifying our leading position in the state ofIdaho .” Brent Moody , Chief Operating Officer of Camping World and Good Sam commented, “The Nelson family exemplifies the core values that are synonymous withCamping World and the way we run our business, and these standards will remain and guide us as we look toward the future.” Added Moody, “We …

RVIA National Trade Show Floor Tiffin

We Visit the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY

With over 700 exhibitors, 7,000 + attendees and much to see, the annual RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky is a mainstay on the North American RV camper scene. While not targeted for the end consumer, the show is a grazing ground for hungry dealers looking for the latest and most eligible product, as well as component companies looking to catch the eye of manufacturers. The show opened on a positive note, with RVIA executives reporting on the robustness of an industry well known for it’s regular ups and downs – at least in the USA. Canada remains in a slump as buying numbers remain down in the western regions, the result of a lagging economy. Industry forecasts in general are calling for a slight increase in shipments and optimistic 2017. The outlook – positive. Attendees were treated to a keynote speech by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – famed airline captain known for landing doomed flight 1549 onto the Hudson River. Messages of leadership, decision making and the like delivered in a constant prose …

Visit Canada’s National Parks for Free in 2017

For Canadians, and visitors from all over the world, gaining access to the famously exquisite and iconic Canadian National Parks will be much easier in 2017. As a way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the country (Modern Camper’s home country), is granting free access to parks across the nation, from coast-to-coast with a 2017 Canada Parks Pass. With the pass you can enjoy access to 47 National Parks, 4 National Marine Conservation Areas, and 171 National Historic Sites including 12 of Canada’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Be sure to enter the Discover Canada contest for a chance to win a trip for four to visit Western Newfoundland, spending money from CIBC and MEC, plus a slew of Parks Canada branded swag (some of the best branded merch out there) and a set of iconic Parks Canada red “Muskoka” chairs.

Bookmark These Popular Peer-to-Peer Camper Sharing Sites

Peer-to-peer camper sharing is becoming more and more popular. Lots of people own campers. And many want to rent one. Some want to hit the open road. Others want to visit. People have heard of VRBO and AirBnB but did you know there are a few websites that work to match those who have campers and those who want to borrow? The following sites bring the two together to create the perfect relationship. Outdoorsy Over 200,000 people use outdoorsy.co to rent campers. Focused in North America, it is free to sign up on their website. Moreover, they have 24/7 roadside assistance and offer great rates on fully insured rentals. RVezy For Canadians, rvezy.com is a place folks can rent campers ranging from fully luxurious RVs to tent trailers. It’s free to sign up and is a great way to earn some extra money if you have a unit to lend out. Wheel Estate Another new site for Canadians, wheelestate.ca offers free listings, insurance coverage and 24/7 roadside assistance. They’ve even partnered with Discount Car and Truck Rental for those without a tow vehicle. SHAREaCAMPER …

Hello, We’re Modern Camper Magazine

Born out of a desire to share the rising popularity of camping, RVing and Caravanning (in Japan it’s called キャンプ) and lack of decent, well designed coverage on the subject, we’re excited to introduce to you – Modern Camper Magazine. Sure there are a million other publications about this mode of travel, ok maybe not a million but certainly a few hundred around the globe, but nothing in our research bore the resemblance of a high-quality, well-designed publication that truly shared the amazing stories of so many global citizens enjoying the world of camping and camp culture the way it should be. And so today, and from here on out, we’d like to invite you all to peruse the pages of this handcrafted, design-centric camper-loving collection of reportages, stories, profilings, features, on-site overviews, ridiculously good destination rundowns, product reveals, gear highlights and via our buzzing social media feeds at Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which we also hope you will visit and follow along with. “Please excuse us as we get back to work scouring …