Author: David Wald

Airstream Launches Nest

It’s been long awaited but Airstream finally launched it’s brand new concept trailer Nest to the market April 12th, 2018. Clearly a departure from the iconic “silver bullet” aluminum travel trailer design, the 2-person, 3,400 pound Nest is a “a sign of 20th century progress,” says Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. From the press release we received just before the announcement: “Unifying Airstream’s commitment to a customer-first approach with a design-forward philosophy, Nest is the perfect blend of form and function.” Originally conceived by Oregon designer Robert Johans, Nest was acquired by Airstream in March 2016 and further developed in-house, with Johans coming aboard as project manager. It’s clear from the supplied imagery that while the fibreglass exterior is a departure from the norm, the interior is very much on point, exuding only the sharpest of design elements and unique features including two floorplans, six windows, wet bath and contemporary look and feel. “We saw the acquisition of Nest as an opportunity for Airstream to curate the kind of good design we feel is …

In Pictures: Japan Camping Car Show Showcases Futuristic Tiny RVs

Once again the Japan Camping Car Show surprised and delighted with an assorted mixture of top designs and attention to detail. New 2018 models from the likes of Vantech, Adria, Toy-Factory and American manufacturer Jayco graced the show carpet floor as thousands of Japan’s outdoor adventure fans got a glimpse of the latest and greatest in Japanese RV products. One could say tiny and techie was the focus of this year’s show, with many brands bringing out their smallest and most technically advanced models, a plethora of floor plans, and the brightest colours possible. Even a few retro remakes made their appearance but we were happy to see them not overtake the show. Japan’s camping market has been growing year over year since 2014 with the most popular model being a Class B van conversion (60%), which typically measure between four and five metres and cost JPY3,000,000 – 5,000,000. A couple of standout features to note included smart, ambient yet functional lighting as well as creative uses of add-on rooms and popups. Photos courtesy of …

RV Rental Giants Outdoorsy and RVshare Snag a Total $75M in Funding

It’s been a busy February for RV peer-to-peer rental marketplaces Outdoorsy and RVshare. Both companies have recently announced major funding rounds totalling $75 million, intensifying the battle for American and global market domination. A week ago, the increasingly popular rental site, Outdoorsy.com announced to the world a $25M class B round of financing led by Aviva Ventures and Alto Ventures, with participation from Tandem Capital and Autotech Ventures according to this TechCrunch article. The news coming shortly after launching into Canada earlier in 2018. Then, just today, shortly after announcing the arrival of new CEO Jon Gray and launch of their new Austin, Texas office, RV rental marketplace RVshare made headlines with news of a $50 million investment by Tritium Partners, whose partners led a previous investment round with Gray’s former company – HomeAway, according to a press release. It’s a hard fought war that we expect will only increase as both players try to attract the attention of idle RV owners across North America. RVshare already boasts it is the “worlds first and largest” …

Design chat with Living Vehicle Founder Matthew Hofmann

We have an awesome chat with Matt Hofmann, founder of Hofmann Architecture, a primarily Airstream remodelling and re construction company out of Santa Barbara California. We dig into Matt’s newest product which is called Living Vehicle – a one of a kind, fully sustainable, full-time living trailer that is really unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Our talk takes us all over the place and you’re really going to enjoy hearing Matt’s story and his version of living well while on the road. Oh and we share a bit more about Living Vehicle on an earlier article you can find here. 

Preview – 2018 Japan Camping Car Show

Another year brings yet another edition of the coveted and highly anticipated Japan Camping Car Show in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, Japan to the delight of many camping enthusiast and adventurer in the area. Riddled with beautiful campers large, small and tiny, the show is a fantastic barometer and testing ground for the health of the industry in Japan, as well as where trends and tastes are sitting in the populous camper culture. At Modern Camper, we are eager to see what comes out of this year’s show and have had a moment to sit down with one of the show coordinators – Bartek Radzimski – about what people can expect as well as a few tips for getting the most out of a visit to one of the busiest and highly attended camping shows in the world. Modern Camper: When and where is the show? What is admission cost? Bartek Radzimski: The show runs Feb 2nd – 4th, 2018 and is open 10:00 ~ 17:00 all days. Pre-Registration fees to attend the show are …

Interview with Try It Tiny Founder Maggie Daniels

The global phenomenon that is tiny houses has caught the business savvy interest of many a folk across North America. So much so Maggie Daniels quit her portfolio management job to work on a startup she hopes will capitalize on this multi-million dollar industry. Jump right into the interview: The Airbnb for tiny homes and property renting, Try it Tiny connects tiny home and vacant land owners with people looking to rent them out in the United States.What started out as needing a tiny house to tend to her seasonal livestock while she rented out her own property, turned into one of Daniel’s true passions and a flourishing business. “They tiny house movement has been a big thing for a while now, stating originally when settlers claimed land across the continent, living in nothing larger than 400 sq ft. and having the ability to move around whenever they please,” Maggie says. Going tiny happens for two reasons: 1) financial flexibility and 2) geographic mobility. While buying a tiny house achieves the need to have an …

Giveaway with Camp Brand Goods

We’ve teamed up with our friends @campbrandgoods to give away a set of goodies we think you’ll love. Up for grabs is our NEW and stylish Modern Camper Magazine cap + the Camp Brand Goods and Silk Road Spice Merchant “Backcountry” Spice kit perfect for the camp chef. The spice kit includes 5 select spices: Inca Fire Salt, Scarborough Fair, Apple Pie Spice, Driftwood Texas BBQ Rub & Bow River Fish Blend AND comes in a water-repellent, 600-Denier canvas case featuring Camp’s ‘Heritage’ logo patch and a carabiner so you can clip it your backpack and have a cookout in the mountains! Oh, the entire kit was made start to finish in Calgary, AB, Canada, our hometown. To Enter:⠀ 1) Go to this contest post to enter 2) Follow @moderncampermag on Instagram⠀ 3) Tag two friends you ❤️ to go camping with in the comments of the contest post Winner will be picked at random on Sunday January 21, 2018 at 6pm MT and notified via Instagram Direct Message. Good luck and thanks for entering!

Fireside Chat with Full-Time Adventurers Jen and Bryan, AKA The Dangerz

We found out about The Dangerz via Instagram and follow them religiously on their amazing adventures while they live and work from the road. This was recorded back in February 2017 so you’ll hear about some plans to ski and summer destinations but the life lessons and insights into living full time in a converted Sprinter van are some of the best we’ve heard. In this episode we talk about: Living full time in a Sprinter 4×4 van Travelling in Western Canada What “Quitting the world” means to these two Cooking in the van Their favourite place to call temporary home (spoiler alert – there’s more than one!) What they do for work on the road Figuring out a path in life, not having a plan, and loving every minute of it And what’s next on their epic adventure Here's the thing about vanlife- you take the good with the bad. . We've been so focused on soaking up friends and playing volleyball for the last week we haven't exactly paid attention to our solar/batteries… …

Interview with Mike McNaught of RVezy

In this episode of the Modern Camper Magazine Podcast we chat with RVezy co-founder Mike McNaught. RVezy is a peer-to-peer RV rental market place allowing Canadians to rent out their RV to others and were recently featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. They call themselves the Airbnb for RVs and we have a great conversation about the number of rental RVs in Canada, how Mike started the business, how people put their RV on the website and what they have in store for the future. I think you’re going to like this one. We get really deep in on the peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace and how this might affect how Canadians camp. Keep in mind this was recorded a year ago so it’s a bit dated. We hope you like it. Main image sourced from RVezy Facebook Page.

Illustrated film about childhood campervan will make you smile

When I first discovered Tim Wheatley, via Twitter I believe while perusing the deluge that is #Vanlife, I was immediately drawn to the little video in his Tweet. Here is a little peak at the film i'm making. #vw #campervan #vanlife #animation #popout #holiday #travel #wanderlust #volkswagen #vwbus pic.twitter.com/JGSVN4ol1V — Tim Wheatley (@TimothyWheatley) September 8, 2017 Tim, if you don’t know yet, is an illustrator by trade and past #Vanlife participant by way of family life. Of course, isn’t that how it all begins? Parents drag kids out of the house during the height of summer and childhood splendour, kicking and screaming and yelling that our parents “just don’t understand!” We’d much rather stay home and hang out with our friends. All. Summer. Long. Tim’s narrative is taking us back to his childhood (our childhood too, really). And it’s looking fantastic. Most situations he’s teased us with to date are spot on: A cupboard crammed with food; family members piling into the van; rolling through the hills en route to a campsite. We got to …