Author: David Wald

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 …

Homegrown Trailer

Homegrown Trailer a Treasure Box of Comfort and Sustainability

As the kids play “store” out of the cottage looking “farmer’s” half-swing door I can’t help but smile at their playfulness and imagination. “Just be sure you don’t touch any of the buttons!” I remind them from beside our smouldering fire pit (the firewood was wet – of course). If they touch the wrong button there’s a good chance the trailer batteries would stop charging or worse, the power be drained altogether. Our Homegrown Trailer sits cozily under a tall, gangly pacific northwest spruce tree in Ocean City State Park, Washington – about 2.5 hours southwest of Seattle. You can hear the faint roar of the surf not half a mile from our campsite – number 174 in Loop 4. We’ve been given the Homegrown for a few days mid-August. The model’s name is Woodland (although the kids and us ended up naming it “Willow” for its abundant use of wood and, well, just because) the little guy is a 19’ travel trailer made by a bunch of cool cats out of Kirkland, Washington. It’s …

Camping World goes to bat with Major League Baseball

Camping World and Major League Baseball (MLB) announce a multi-year deal making Camping World the Official RV Dealer, Official RV and Outdoor Supply Company and Presenting Sponsor of both the 2017 American League Championship Series and National League Championship Series. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World Holdings and star of CNBC’s “The Profit” said, “It is an honor to work with Major League Baseball, one of the most historic leagues in American sports. We look forward to working with the organization, starting with this year’s Postseason and leveraging our extensive experience with outdoor enthusiasts around the country to create and provide the best game day experience to its sports and outdoor loving fan base.” “Camping World is a great brand and we are looking forward to ‘The Profit’ bringing his special vision and energy to MLB for new fan promotions surrounding the LCS, Spring Training and more,” said Noah Garden, MLB Executive Vice President, Business. “As we prepare to begin another memorable October of Postseason baseball, this is the perfect time to welcome Camping World …