The Coolest Campers on Wheels
Take camping and road tripping to the next level with these design-forward campers.
Photo By: Happier Camper
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Photo By: Airstream/Kelli Dobbins
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It’s impossible to not feel happy after seeing the aptly named Happier Camper. Though the design is retro, this camper is all about modern conveniences, from a lightweight, insulated body to LED taillights. Many other aspects reveal how much thought went into the overall look and feel, not limited to shatterproof glass, a rooftop fan or air conditioner, porch light, wide door and windows and USB plugs. The Happier Camper is also roomy enough to sleep five, yet streamlined enough to fit into a parking spot. Although, let’s be honest: The best part might be the ability to choose from a range of happy-inducing colors.
The Alto R-Series’ retractable roof is a forward-looking feature not commonly found in campers. Made by Safari Condo, this lightweight travel trailer not only lets in plenty of light and fresh air, but it’s also made with recyclable materials. The interior is just as stylish, with a dedicated kitchen equipped with a microwave and fridge. As a bonus, there’s no need to convert the sleeping area every time you wish to eat. There’s even room for an indoor toilet and shower. Though the company is based in Canada, these campers are conveniently sold in the states.
The Air Opus offers a good compromise for those who want more than a tent but don’t want a full-blown camper. Enter this option, an easily towable trailer with a tent that inflates in less than two minutes. The latest design includes larger windows and additional skylights. Even though it looks like tent camping from the outside, the carpeted interior includes separate eating and sleeping areas complete with a mattress, small table and couch. There’s even a proper kitchen with a stainless steel sink, two-burner stove and microwave, or cook outside with a pull-out kitchen, complete with a four-burner stove, fridge, drawers and counter space. It’s also available in both on- and off-road options in a variety of colors.
Dub Box USA
While the classic Dub Box USA clocks in a bit larger than some of the other campers on this list, that just means more room for the whole gang. For example, the traditional size is spacious enough for a queen-sized bed, convertible seating for four, kitchen and bathroom. Customizations allow you to add an outdoor shower, solar panels, air conditioning, awning and even a tented top. You can also choose from a handful of cheery colors, like red (shown), teal or orange. Want a smaller version? Consider the Dinky Dub, which comes with three customizable sizes: the Dinky Sleeper and Kitchenette are the closest to a mini version. The main difference is an outdoor kitchen area, but it still covers the basics with a two-burner stove, fridge and water pump system.
Established in 1929, the Airstream is easily one of the most iconic campers in the world. Though, today’s classic version has more in common with an RV, the original Airstream, dubbed the Torpedo, sported the now-common teardrop shape and could easily be towed. Luckily, today’s admirers can buy a 21st-century version of the Torpedo with options including Sport and Basecamp. However, the Nest (pictured) is the newest addition to the Airstream family. While it doesn’t bear the trademark Airstream look, it’s still loaded with design features that are both thoughtful and attractive. Plentiful windows lend to a light-filled interior, which is outfitted with a modern kitchen containing a stainless steel sink, two-burner stove, microwave, fridge, counter space and storage. In the living area, a cushioned dinette converts into a bed for two (mattress cushiness depends on the model). Among the other design upgrades are outlets and USB ports, Bluetooth-controlled LED lights and coat hooks.
This brand-new entry comes from Netherlands-based Lume Traveler and smartly combines design with functionality. The boxy design is a departure from the prevalent teardrop style, yet this extra space allows for a double bed and a 32-inch flatscreen TV. The kitchen is tucked away in the rear and opens to reveal a stainless-steel sink, stove, fridge and counter space. The real highlight is the ability to easily open the roof so there’s no reason to miss out on the camping-under-the-stars experience. Don’t despair that it currently only serves the European market: Lume is actually taking pre-orders from the U.S. with tentative delivery by early 2020.
A-frame style campers are one of the newer design trends and a logical transition for those ready to step up their tent game. This version from Chalet is lightweight, fully insulated, and easy to set up and break down. Choose from three different sizes; the smallest maximizes space by allowing the dinette to convert into a bed. It also fits a sink and small two-burner stovetop with a fridge underneath. In addition, the largest option also manages to squeeze in a bunk bed (or additional bed with storage) and a bathroom with a shower.
Teardrop-shaped campers have been a favorite since the 1930s. Off-roading campers aren’t too difficult to find, but what about an off-roading teardrop? Colorado Teardrops fill that niche with its Summit model. Although small, this insulated teardrop is roomy enough to fit a convertible queen-size bed, bunk beds, storage and space for your own kitchen supplies (camp stove, cooler, water tank, dishes). Customization is also possible, whether adding electricity, solar panels, basic kitchen equipment and more.
If you don’t mind towing what appears to be a shipping container, the reward is a camper caravan that unfolds into a tiny home. However, this is all theoretical at the moment since the French company Green Cat Technologies just unveiled this cutting-edge design. If it comes to market, the sCarabane will be a game changer in a number of ways. Besides containing enough space for a full kitchen with dishwasher, two bedrooms, bathroom and deck, the 420-square-foot home will also exemplify eco-friendly living. For example, the prototype features an energy-generating wind turbine and a solar concentrator for heating water. But what’s really unprecedented is the camper’s ability to rotate in order to maximize sun and wind conditions.