Wednesday, February 1, 2023


Happier Camper makes cute retro RV

By Emily Woodbury
Move over, big rigs! It’s time for the little guy to shine. Happier Camper, a California-based company, is turning out some of the cutest little RVs we’ve ever seen – and they’re only 72 square feet!

The double-hull insulated fiberglass trailer comes in a multitude of colors (we’ll take the Bishop Red one, please) and weighs a mere 1,100 pounds. The trailer comes with a large, rear hatch (which means dinner always comes with a view), and a wide-entry door with a port window which seems to scream, “Yeah, I know I’m cute.” It can sleep up to five people and can be towed by almost any vehicle. Gosh, we’re blushing over this thing.

The Happier Camper can be customized. Bathroom? Sure! Kitchen? OK! Bunk beds for the youngins? Yup. A bed and a dining table in one? Mhmm. Room for the kayaks? You got it. The coolest part about these customizations, though, is that you do them yourself. The trailer comes with 20″x20″ “cubes” which you can re-arrange or stack yourself, turning your RV into the Lego castle you always dreamed of. In other words, if you somehow acquire new furniture or a new pet while on your vacation, move your kitchen to the back, your bed to the front, and voila, there’s now room for a buffalo and a new recliner. Click the image to watch a video to see what I mean. It’s hard to describe.

If you’re not already gushing over this little guy like we are, admire the photos below, which are all from the official Happier Camper Instagram account.

(That’s the one we’d want.)

If you find yourself near their headquarters in Los Angeles, stop by for a coffee at The Happier Cafe!

New office space for the RV Travel staff? Yes, I think so. (…But only if the dog is included too?)

Who said Mini Coopers couldn’t tow an RV?

OK, you get the point. You can see more photos here, visit their official website here, donate money for us to buy one here…, just kidding (but wanted to sneak that in there anyway), and buy one for yourself at a starting price of $24,950 here (whew!).



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Carson Axtell
3 years ago

I first read up on the Happier Camper several years ago, and it seemed a wonderful idea at the time. But, for $25,000, or $347/square foot, they are competing with a LOT of other manufacturers who are providing a LOT more for a lot less (see Vistabule, Casita, Scamp, etc.), as well as a lot of higher quality used trailers, including small Airstreams. The design is cute, and the modular layout is intriguing, but at these prices it’s strictly a “rich child’s toy”, as far as I’m concerned…

3 years ago

Donald, the answer is in your first line….it’s WELL MADE. To be well made takes time and talent and a commitment to producing a quality product.

Karen Barrett
3 years ago

Thoughts from the corner of Hither & Yon……Remember, bigger not always better, just different. What once was ‘the norm’ is now considered ‘cute retro’…’s where a lot of “happy campers” started many years ago. As the unit is designed to ‘do more’, but keep the cost reasonable (?), obviously adjustments and sacrifices are made in the long run. Small/compact/cozy (think Airstream, Avion, Scottie and other early models)–time was taken to get it “right and tight”. Able to endure the bouncing down the road and still function. Demands by the user on the unit in the early years were limited – expectations of what you could do with it to meet your basic needs were limited to bare necessities. Over the years, much of the RV-ing masses decided that they wanted to have the advantages of a sticks/bricks home but on wheels. The expectations of everything being the same as ‘what I had back home’ can be unrealistic, but the manufacturers (chasing the consumer bucks) keep trying to match that desire. Watching some of the RV sales programs, I cringe when hearing folks go into a flashy rolling palace style motor home or 5-er and first words out of mouths = “awesome” … the spouse wants really large refrig., lots of kitchen space, room for their 4 or 5 kids/family/friends to sleep, two bathrooms, large tubs/showers – really big beds (but have to be able to ‘walk around’. Having been on plant tours-in the early days-as well as more recent times–I noticed
many small ‘right and tight’ units were made to last – no one really had any idea where the industry would be going or what demands would be put on these “vehicles.” Consider if in an earthquake daily, your sticks/bricks would most likely be “shaken apart.” Bouncing down the road is a similar stress. Today’s idea of making faster, less concentration on detail to get the project done puts a different kind of strain.
Where am I headed with this mental meandering? Just saying, bigger not always better–but same can be said in reverse – you can’t expect these vehicles to last forever, but the small right/tight ones seem to have a better chance of survival – probably because with less space (for packrats like me!), it’s harder to use and abuse – many of us older folks like the memories associated with the retro/oldies and younger folks –well, to them it’s all new anyway.
and, as always, it depends on what the individual ‘needs’ v/s ‘wants’ amounts to…
KarenB on that corner of “H & Y” in central Florida

Donald Wright
3 years ago

I am always amazed that the small well made RV’s cost as much if not more than the monster RV’s that are badly assembled. Is it because so few of the small RV’s are built vs the thousands of RV’s that are falling apart before they are delivered? Something else for you to investigate one day.

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