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Hit the Road this Summer with Wheel Estate

Peer to peer RV sharing for the Modern Camper (Paid Feature) Wheel Estate is an online peer to peer RV sharing marketplace. It brings modern campers together and offers renters the experience of exploring Canada’s backyard—with plans to expand. The best part? Wheel Estate covers all the nitty gritty like insurance, and there are no fees to list your trailer. Renters road trip worry-free, and owners earn money by keeping their RVs on the road! New, available, and ready to roll Wheel Estate was a long time coming, but it’s been more than worth the wait. Chad and Cherie Ball first thought of Wheel Estate in 2010. At the time, Chad owned a construction company, and Cherie worked in oil and gas. Their family felt the downturn most Albertans experienced. “We wanted to get away for the weekend to hit the reset button,” Chad said. The family thought they would rent an RV to get out of the city. The problem? “We realized that we could go to Mexico for the cost to rent an …

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 …

In Pictures: Japan Camping Car Show Showcases Futuristic Tiny RVs

Once again the Japan Camping Car Show surprised and delighted with an assorted mixture of top designs and attention to detail. New 2018 models from the likes of Vantech, Adria, Toy-Factory and American manufacturer Jayco graced the show carpet floor as thousands of Japan’s outdoor adventure fans got a glimpse of the latest and greatest in Japanese RV products. One could say tiny and techie was the focus of this year’s show, with many brands bringing out their smallest and most technically advanced models, a plethora of floor plans, and the brightest colours possible. Even a few retro remakes made their appearance but we were happy to see them not overtake the show. Japan’s camping market has been growing year over year since 2014 with the most popular model being a Class B van conversion (60%), which typically measure between four and five metres and cost JPY3,000,000 – 5,000,000. A couple of standout features to note included smart, ambient yet functional lighting as well as creative uses of add-on rooms and popups. Photos courtesy of …

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. 

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …