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Campfire Session (Podcast) with Pascal Pillon of Droplet Trailers

With trailer sales booming, it only makes sense to focus on the often ignored category of camper that doesn’t want to tow a bus with their slightly smaller bus. After a year of user testing, owners Diane Bissonnette and Pascal Pillon are ready to enter the production stage with their ultra-lite trailer. Born in the rugged wilds of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Droplet trailer is poised to make a grand entrance during the 2018 camping season. Listen to the interview: Weighing in at around 1000 lbs, the Droplet provides a towable place to sleep for owners of vehicles that are traditionally relegated to hauling tents. Their website lists an impressive list of unimpressive city cruisers that are annoying to take to Ikea let alone the great outdoors. Generally a space occupied by the likes of Ram, Silverado, and Sierra, when it comes to the Droplet you’re more likely to see names like Civic, Corolla, or Focus. Given its Vancouver roots, the Droplet is refreshingly focused on remaining sustainable. They aim to minimize waste and use …

REV Group Acquires Lance Campers

Milwaukee-based REV Group Inc has completed the acquisition of California trailer manufacturer Lance Camper on January 12, 2018 for an undisclosed amount bringing an element of trailer manufacturing into the REV family of recreation products. “We’re thrilled to be joining REV’s iconic family of brands,” said Jack Cole, President of Lance Camper, “We look forward to leveraging REV’s scale and footprint in the RV industry to rapidly expand our distribution and further accelerate our growth. We’re an excellent fit given REV’s strong commitment to providing its dealers and customers with premium quality, brand leadership, and continuous innovation, all of which align well with our culture and ambition.” “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jack, Jeff, and the entire Lance Camper team into the REV family,” said Tim Sullivan, REV Group CEO. “This acquisition is well aligned across all of our acquisition criteria. Lance Camper adds one of the highest quality towable lines in the U.S. and provides a significant new avenue of growth in our RV segment.” REV Group acquired Renegade RV back in 2016 …

Modern Camper Caps Now Available

As we scour the globe for modern camper-worthy gear and products to curate and eventually sell on our website (open to ideas) we thought we’d start with some funky swag in the form of these sweet caps. Sure it’s -20 celsius here in Canada and we’re more often wearing toques than ball caps, but we can’t help but be in love with our new lids. We hope you like them too. The caps are class flat-brimmed snapback in heather grey with our signature Modern Camper Magazine icon. Their made of 80% acrylic And 20% wool and look dashing whilst sitting around a campfire or cruising down the highway with camper in tow. Until we sell all 10, we’re making this a super special early-bird price for the first 10 caps ONLY at $24 CAD per piece plus shipping. Afterwards they’ll be sold at a regular price of $29 plus shipping. Want one? Send us an email with the subject “CAPS” and we’ll be in touch right away. We know you’ll dig em like we do.

Welcome to the Modern Camper Podcast

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the launch of our new form of editorial and media – the Modern Camper Magazine Podcast. The podcast is about a year in the making (we’re sorry about that) and our goal is to conceive regular shows and fireside chats on camping, campers, camper makers, full time RVers, gear, and destinations that truly inspire the modern camper. Today you’ll find a handful of interviews with such people as Living Vehicle’s Matthew Hofmann and Try it Tiny’s Maggie Daniels (both coming soon!), plus musings on topics such as our visit to the 2016 RVIA National RV Expo. In the future, you can expect a regular cadence of interviews and discussions that we hope will provide easy listening as you drive your vehicle, ride the train or head off on that weekend adventure. Surely if there are topics or conversations you’d like us to explore, we welcome your input. And as with all podcasts we would be tickled pink if you subscribed and left us a rating and short review …

Airstream Nest Launching April 2018

It’s official – the newest addition to the coveted Airstream lineup will be launching April, 2018 according to the manufacturer. The new and “head-turning” Nest will make it’s debut in the Spring of 2018 and will be a most highly anticipated camper if we ever saw one. Actually – we did catch a glimpse of the new design at this year’s RVIA National expo and we have to say – it is pretty special. Dubbed “Aerodynamic, sophisticated and distinctly modern” (we like the sounds of that), the new Airstream Nest will start out as a 16-foot travel trailer with fibreglass siding – a major departure from Airstream’s signature all aluminum skin like that found on the Airstream Basecamp. As announced back in June, 2017, Airstream decided they needed to appeal to a wider market base. Perhaps something more along the lines of an everyday compact trailer. What isn’t a departure, as we saw in person at the RVIA show, was the level of exceptional design and attention to detail Airstream is known and revered for. …

Solo Stove a furry in a can

There are a few things for sure about camping. You’re going to need to cook something, heat water or roast a marshmallow. It comes with the territory. That’s why when we took a look at the Solo Stove we were immediately intrigued by what it could do. Out of the box came a sleek looking metal canister reminiscent of something you’d find on the international space station. Immediately apparent is the care and attention Solo Stove puts into their packaging. Neat, tidy and well thought out. The canister and components, of which there are few, unpack and slide together to form a cooking vessel ready for action. While our campfire popped and smoked with wet wood, we meticulously layered the smallest dry kindling and a small crumpled up piece of paper into the stove. It lit, fired and burned out. More dry wood and it was back with a furry. No joke. A furry! Never have we seen such a furry of a fire, the colour a deep brown red, swirling in the stove like …

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Profile Feature: Yuka and Toshiya from Road Trip Japan

We have had the pleasure of chatting with and collaborating with Yuka and Toshiya, the duo behind the campervan for hire company aptly named: Road Trip Japan. We instantly fell in love with their little camper that is for rent, plus their knowledge of camping around Japan is amazing. This all just meant that a Q&A was inevitable. Take a moment to check out the photos of them and the camper below. Here we go: 1. Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? Did you camp as kids? Toshiya: I grew up in Tokyo in a ward called Adachi, which is located between two rivers with large banks. Though Tokyo is known for being a heavily populated metropolis, I grew up in an area with lots of greenery. I was a boy scout when I was little, and my first camping experience was when I was 7 years old. I still remember being very excited. I continued hiking as a boy scout until I was about 15 years old. In retrospect, I feel that …

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VW rolls out plans for new electric microbus

Earlier this week we got word that VW is rolling out it’s new microbus – you remember those? And this time the version will be fully electric, drive itself and look amazingly modern. Labelled as the I.D. Buzz Concept, the new set of travelling wheels will be a long awaited addition to the campervan line up as many (as with us) thought the vanagon was long lost and perhaps even dead. Not so! The I.D. Buzz is slated to launch in the U.S. in 2022 (it’s not as far off as it sounds!) the VW campervan sports slick lighting, 22″wheels, auto-drive technology and an interior straight out of the Jetsons. Its 369 hp electric engine pumps power to all four wheels and will come in all-wheel drive. Better yet the batteries will have “quick-charge” capabilities gaining 80 percent power charge in just under 30 min. “It can seat eight people with ease, and hold up to 162.5 cubic feet of cargo when the seats are folded or removed – the space of a full-size SUV …

Camping Mount Fuji’s Five lakes

Do you know Japan’s tallest mountain? It’s hard to get this wrong. But if you said Mt. Fuji (富士山), congratulations! Standing at 3,776m, Mt. Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain and one of the country’s most recognizable symbols, often referenced in works of art, and likely the most popular attraction on the island next to the many buzzing metropolises. This colossal mountain is just 100 short kilometres south-west of Tokyo and is popularly hiked at night so as to catch the infamous morning light or 御来光 goraikō, meaning “arrival of light”.  Of course, you cannot take a camper on Mt. Fuji and while that sounds amazing, we don’t actually think it’s a wise choice. Instead there are five lakes that surround Mt. Fuji—known as the Fuji-goko or the Fuji Five Lakes – where we will introduce some great scenic spots and campgrounds where you can experience one of Japan’s most inspirational images. The first lake is the one closest to Tokyo—Lake Yamanaka. Of the five lakes, Lake Yamanaka has the largest area. Located near this lake …

Autumn Bailey Remodel: Before and After

We discover amazing new full-time RVers all the time and we immediately fell in love with the folks over at Instagram account @AutumnABailey. Autumn and her family live in a remodelled fifth wheel toy hauler that, quite honestly, anyone would feel at home in. The wood panels, homey decor and attention to space make it all worth sharing. Oh, and their little one – Bear – is also the cutest kid ever! Here’s Autumn’s story: “Hey there! My name is Autumn Bailey. Last year my husband Rusty, our son Bear, and I packed everything into our toy-hauler and set out on a 4-5 year adventure of tiny living! My husband is a pipe welder, so we get sent all over the country for work. I’m a born asphalt gypsy(most my siblings were born on a remodeled USAF bus) and we wanted Bear to experience this different side of life and also get the opportunity to travel while he’s young enough to not be in school, therefore we decided we’d move as a family! So with our …