Los Angeles-based Happier Camper is a designer and manufacturer of modular fiberglass travel trailers that are multifunctional and highly customizable.
Happier Campers trailers are hard to beat for customizability, and you can tow them with an SUV or even a sedan. These lightweight, innovative travel trailers with unique modular interiors are well worth checking out.
What Is a Happier Camper Travel Trailer?
Happier Camper RVs are small, lightweight travel trailers with an interior created by the owner according to your needs.
Happier Campers use a concept known as the Adaptiv® modular interior system that allows the owner to easily customize the rig’s interior based on the Adaptiv technology.
The highly flexible Adaptiv system uses cubes that are easy to move and reconfigure, allowing you to create a whole new interior on the fly. They also double as storage and can be used outside.
This means that you can use your Happier Camper for anything from camping, to hauling gear, to selling your wares at the local farmers market, to the creation of a photo booth, or really any type of business.
Often compared to Lego® blocks, the Adaptiv system uses components that fit together into grooves in the floor to create a variety of interior design layouts. You can arrange and rearrange the highly-durable interior components to create whatever type of interior you want at any given time.
So, you can stack the cubes to create a bed or to hold a countertop for a desk or eating station. You can even remove the cubes from the Happy Camper and use them outside.
You can buy additional cubes to create more seating or sleeping space, and there’s even a cooler cube to keep your food and beverages chilled.
Let’s take a look at the various Happy Camper floorplans to give you an idea of the potential for each design.
Happier Camper HC1
The HC1 is Happier Camper’s flagship travel trailer. It has a 100% fiberglass double hull handcrafted shell, and can fit into a regular parking space.
Weighing in at 1,100 pounds dry weight, the HC1 is the lightest trailer in its class and can be towed by many standard passenger cars.
The HC1 has a very large rear hatch and a wide entry door, as well as large panoramic windows. The floor is a fiberglass grid, allowing for super flexibility with the Adaptiv modular interior components.
The HC1 is a solar-ready RV, and can sleep a family of up to five people. (Premium packages, including a solar package, are available).
Happier Camper HC1 Studio
The Happier Camper studio is inspired by the studio apartment concept. It’s very close to the same size as the HC1, but offers a fixed wet bath and a small kitchenette.
We’ve seen and used RV wet baths before, but this one is unique in that it lacks a sink to save space, but instead has a faucet that drains directly into the floor drain. So, if you wash your hands or brush your teeth, for example, you’ll be draining the water (and everything else) directly onto the floor. Interesting… and it might take a little getting used to. ????
Meanwhile, the toilet is a Dry Flush toilet that uses an automatic bag system to catch, compact, and dispose of waste.
The kitchenette offers a dual-burner gas stove, sink, and electric fridge. The stove and sink lids drop down to create some counter space.
The HC1 Studio also offers integrated 64-liter (about 17-gallon) fresh water and gray water tanks, as well as a 100-Ah lithium battery and 100-Watt solar panel. The Premium Studio model also includes a second lithium battery, air & water heater, and a Dometic air conditioner.
The HC1 Studio is built just like the original HC1 (including the signature wide rear hatch), has an interior height of 6’1″, and uses the Adaptiv® modular system to create a queen-sized bed to sleep up to two adults comfortably.
The dry weight of the HC1 Studio is just 1,800 pounds.
Note that you can get the basic kitchen and bathroom equipment for the original HC1, but only as add-ons in the form of an outdoor “RoadShower”, a kitchenette created from Adaptiv blocks, and the Dry Flush bag toilet.
Happier Campers are fairly pricey overall. For example, the Premium model of the HC1 Studio starts at just under $50,000. But the camper is uniquely adaptable, and the system’s Adaptiv components are designed to be used inside and out.
The HC1 Venture
The HC1 Venture is Happier Camper’s business model.
With a dry weight of 1,100 pounds and a tongue weight of 150+ pounds, the Venture has the same strong, durable, but lightweight construction as the original HC1.
Intended as a pop-up business on wheels, this little travel trailer can serve as a little food and/or beverage vending service or a place from which to sell your wares at the county fair or local farmer’s market.
The Venture offers interior and exterior serving bars that are removable. It can be customized with upgrades, including solar and cooling packages, and whatever Adaptiv modular interior features may suit your needs.
You can even choose a custom gelcoat color and logo to match your brand.
The Traveler, Happier Campers’ largest offering, gives you two dedicated living spaces that can be customized using the Adaptiv system to fit whatever your use case may be, and an integrated bathroom & kitchenette.
With a dry weight of 1,800 lbs, the Traveler is still light enough to be towed by the family minivan, SUVs, and many standard passenger cars.
This Happier Camper travel trailer has an interior height of 6’5″ (walkable floor space is 85 sq. ft.), and has 5 panoramic windows to let in the light and the views.
The Traveler’s living area is highly customizable using the LEGO-like honeycomb floor grid and highly portable modular Adaptiv pieces. Remember, that Adaptiv pieces also double as storage, and can be stacked and reconfigured as needed, and used indoors or outdoors.
The Traveler features all-season insulation, hot water, a heater, and a power system. It also comes solar-ready.
Happier Camper offers an Adaptiv® for Vans system for select Sprinter® vans, with which van owners can create a modular, flexible interior. (The current plan is for the system to be made available for additional brands and models of vans in the future.)
Installation of an Adaptiv floor in your van allows the addition of the modular components to customize multiple configurations. The floor is made of 1.5″ thick honeycomb fiberglass, so it’s strong and durable, but also very light.
The Adaptiv van system is a 7-piece flatpack modular camper van conversion kit that integrates with the floor. The pieces allow for the easy installation of a wiring harness, DC & USB ports.
Like a Lego® system, grooves are embedded in the floor to hold the Adaptiv cube components in place. The floor panels also accommodate table bases, D-Ring tie-downs, seatbelts, and inserts that’ll lock your modular components into place.
You can also get a wall and ceiling upgrade that covers the walls and ceiling of your van with fiberglass panels, creating a clean, seamless appearance.
The system also includes integrated upper cabinets, and there’s a front wall upgrade kit that gives you a partition between the cab and living space. The cab side is carpeted, and the living area side has a gelcoat finish.
And as always, all components can be easily removed from the van so it can be used to haul gear and other materials as needed.
The Adaptiv system for vans can be ordered directly from Happier Camper or from authorized outfitters.
Interested in the Happier Camper Modular Travel Trailers or Van System?
New Happier Campers and additional information and specs are available at the Happier Camper website.
You can learn more about these innovative little rigs or even shop for used Happier Camper travel trailers by visiting the Happier Camper Owners Group.
For a good visual illustration of how the Happier Camper Adaptiv system works, check out their video:
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