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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 …

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 …

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. 

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. …

Hütte Hut: Is it art or is it a trailer?

Lately the modern camping world has been working hard to spruce up their new models. Fibreglass siding seems to be a thing of the past, with beautiful woods taking its place (ahem… Homegrown Trailers). We know, seems odd doesn’t it with the weight of wood and all. You’d think more aluminum campers would be gracing the world’s stage. Nope. Not in this lifetime. Sprouting Sprocket Studio designed Hütte Hut™ from a background in industrial design, and incorporating a holistic approach to mobile living. Their craftsmanship resulted in a lightweight yet durable travel trailer that looks like art and lives like a mobile retreat. A design that brings campers closer to nature The classic teardrop that looks more like a dome design is different at first glance, but makes sense once inside. It’s cavernous interior would make anyone feel right at home. One of the most notable features of Hütte Hut™ is its double doors and large windows. We like to camp to be outside, right? The airy design of Hütte Hut™ makes that even more …

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 …