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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” …

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 …

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 …

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!

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.

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 …

campfire cooking inspiration

#CampfireCooking to get the juices flowin’

It’s easy to pack pre-made salads, sandwiches, and a handful of hot dogs when packing for a weekend outdoors, but campsite eats can be oh-so-delicious with a little imagination. We aren’t talking Pinterest-perfect five course meals, but some inspiration couldn’t hurt, right? There’s no better place to find inspiration than on Instagram. Here’s how a few other modern campers refuel over the flames. @camping_is_mylife A post shared by Camping is mylife (@camping_is_mylife) on Aug 31, 2017 at 8:49am PDT Pork roasted over the campfire tastes so much better than any way you try to cook it at home. These people are experts—this community account features photos from campers around the world @lachachavida A post shared by Kristina Rodriguez (@lachachavida) on Aug 31, 2017 at 10:30am PDT A drool-worthy side of sweet potato about to grill over an open fire. Sign me up! (And serve it next to the pork from the first photo) @freshoffthegrid A post shared by Fresh Off the Grid (@freshoffthegrid) on Aug 15, 2017 at 5:11pm PDT Time for dessert! Does anyone …

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 …

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 …