Thinking about packing it up and heading off into the wilds for some much-needed quiet time in nature? While camping in a tent is great fun, some may prefer the added comfort of a trailer. But for those of us who have smaller cars and don't want to spend to buy another vehicle, pulling a larger trailer is out of question.
But there are smaller, more lightweight trailers out there. Los Angeles-based company Happier Camper makes this cute, retro-styled trailer that weighs only 1,100 pounds, meaning that it can be pulled by certain mid-sized cars or station wagons.
Not only is the Happier Camper HC1 lightweight due to its molded fiberglass body (a plus for those with chemical sensitivities), it also has a versatile, 70-square-foot interior that can adapt to different situations, thanks to a series of modular cube components that can be moved around for various configurations.
The cubes themselves are made out of durable, lightweight and weather-resistant molded materials, and can be fitted into the floor via embedded grooves -- creating an interior with LEGO-like adaptability. You can create an interior with one double bed and a single bed with a kitchenette, a queen bed with a kitchenette and dinette, an office space, or a "mega-bed" sleeping up to five people. Or, thanks to a huge rear door, you can also create a commercial space (like a food truck) by adding an exterior counter space, or take out everything to transform the trailer into a cargo space for motorbikes or kayaks.
For people who like to venture a little off-grid for some boondocking fun, there are a lot of options: the HC1 camper can come with a curved, 100-watt solar panel and AGM Deep Cycle battery, a Zamp Solar power inverter, or a dry flush toilet.
This resourceful little camper isn't cheap; pricing starts at USD $16,000. But the greatest strength of this lightweight, retro-modern camper is its unique, open interior, giving the occupant the ability to swap modules in and out according to the needs of the moment, or to remove everything completely to turn it into a cargo trailer with a huge rear door -- something that most other campers can't profess. Find out more over at Happier Camper and their Tumblr.