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Luxury sustainability made to order

People asked, and Homegrown delivered. Homegrown Trailers recently released their Timberline model trailer. Timberline was built for long-haul RVers looking for extra comfort, or property owners who want to offer their guests a luxury camping experience without the hassle of installing lodges. This mobile alternative offers the comforts of home in a streamlined mobile space. We can see your jaw dropping and not surprised. Timberline sustainable specs Most modern campers are looking for minimalistic, green alternatives for their traditional travel trailer. Homegrown Trailers builds homes that align with the tiny house movement, built with the hands of artisans and on wheels. They are flexible, lightweight, and sustainable. Carefully crafted from beautiful, sustainably-source wood, Timberline’s aesthetic is a step above the typical travel trailer. What isn’t constructed by artisans from wood is made from other non-toxic and renewable materials. Even the construction process is low-waste, further showcasing Homegrown’s deeply rooted sustainability values. In the 23-foot space, they include a shower, basic kitchen appliances and sleeping space for 3 to 5 people depending on the layout. The …

Living Vehicle offers off-the-grid, stylish living

This small California-based company is excited to share their sustainable vision with modern campers. Matthew Hofmann of Hofmann Architecture has a passion for sustainability and a vision of the future. To Hoffman, sustainability more than recycling. Instead, “it’s the idea of life enduring.” His experience designing mobile spaces has led to Hofmann’s most recent achievement: Living Vehicle. Living Vehicle is designed to sustain life. It was designed to last a lifetime and to minimize its dwellers’ carbon footprint. At the same time, Hoffman values the comforts of home, so each unit is crafted to order, following your specific customizations. Choose the colour of your vinyl flooring, wall and cabinet colour, configuration, and more. Units also come equipped with Wi-Fi antennas, plenty of storage, and handy accessories like a concealed ceiling sleeper and outdoor shower head. Off-the-grid living Living Vehicle does not rely on outer energy. Its solar-powered electricity can support a couple living self-contained for about 1 month in temperate climates, longer if they live in moderation. However, it is also equipped to sustain harsh …

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 …

Garage-sized RV first of its kind: The Mantis by TAXA Outdoors

Do you want the spacious outdoor lifestyle of an 18-foot RV, without the hassle of having to find adequate storage space when it’s time to head back to the city? Taxa Outdoors Inc. unveiled The Mantis on September 18-22 at the RV Open House in Elkhart, Indiana, and to much fanfare we might add. The Mantis is the first travel trailer of its kind: It sleeps 4 adults, but comfortably fits into a standard sized garage. Most vehicles can tow the compact adventure trailer because it weighs in at a light 2300 pounds when empty. The size and weight is perfect for city-dwellers who love a good adventure. What to expect from The Mantis. The open-concept design features 2 bunks positioned across the front end of the trailer, and a convertible couch to queen-sized bed at the rear. There is even space for a small shower in the bathroom, and a two-burner stove and compact fridge in the kitchen. Did we mention all Taxa trailers are designed by an ex-NASA engineer? For the ample living …

VW California XXL

VW’s California XXL nicer than some apartments

Volkswagen has released news of yet another newbie to the campervan scene at Düsseldorf Caravan Salon this time with the revealing of the new California XXL which, honestly, is nicer than many high end apartments.   This beautiful abode on four wheels is built on VW’s Crafter cargo van chassis and has all the comforts of home and then some. To list just a few features: heated and cooled bed, heated flooring, full-slide side door, cork flooring, space-age-like interior design, and immense panorama sunroof. Not to mention the well appointed galley with pop-up gas burners and hidden espresso machine perfect for those morning cups of coffee. The beastly and beautiful California XXL is decked out with a 4Motion all-wheel drive power system that is no doubt more than capable for navigating the rugged backroads or for simple rural paved road travel. One thing is for sure, a quiet nights camping sleep is practically guaranteed in a campervan that looks this good, even compared to it’s concept brother the VW I.D Buzz. We can’t’ wait to …

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz

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 …

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 …

You’ll Drool Over This Mobile Office Van

Well hello there remote worker. Nice to see you again. As people who do a lot of remote working (ourselves at Modern Camper included), we thought you’d appreciate the slick styling and design of this camper van, er, we mean mobile office van done up by the folks over at Nissan UK and design studio Studio Hardie. Have you watched the video yet? If you’re like us you’re likely salivating over the espresso maching that retracts into the counter, mobile wifi hotspot, and those designer work chairs straight out of any modern furniture shop. Although the WORKSPACe hot desk auto hasn’t made it into production (yet), we think the ideas here are easily adaptable to the van you’re about to dream up. Now stop your drooling already and get back to work. Photos: nissannews.com

Sheep’s Wool Insulation Newest Feature in Uber-Eco Camper

It wasn’t long ago when nomads were roaming North America with nothing but the skin they could catch on their back. Same with their huts. Mud, sticks and bushes seemed to do the job. Chuckwagons – the first form of caravan travel across the continents – were nothing but canvas. Today’s trailers and motorhomes typically boast synthetic insulation to keep the elements out. Not the case anymore for uber- eco trailer company – Homegrown Trailers. Synthetics are out. All natural is in. As in, all natural sheep’s wool. The company, based in Kirkland, Washington, U.S.A. (hello Pacific North West!), announced not too long ago it was taking the stride towards eco-friendly and sustainable RV manufacturing to the next level by partnering with Havelock Wool to insulate all of its trailers with sheep’s wool instead of foam board. The partnership comes after Homegrown Trailers outfitted some of its newest mobile units with the all-natural product and decided wool was a better solution than the polystyrene panels used in the company’s inaugural designs. “We wanted a product …

Kelly Campers to Release New Model – the Beechworth

Australia’s Kelly Campers is about to release a new model called the Beechworth in the coming months. Coming on the heels of being named a finalist for 2017 Camper Trailer of the Year with their Glenrowan II model, we’re pretty excited to see what the new Beechworth is all about. A few notable features: Extended cabin Permanent two seater dinette Independent rolling lobe airbag suspension Onboard compressor and tire filling components Beautiful new Speedy Wheel mag Cute kangaroos not included If you were at the South Queensland Caravan, Camping, Boating and Fishing Expo you had the opportunity to check this beauty out. Looking forward to seeing this up close, that’s for sure.