Calif. Entrepreneur Taps Into Booming RV Market

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December 23, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Happier Camper founder Derek Michael

Less likely to buy houses and more interested in experiences, young people today are hitting the road to enjoy adventure and the outdoors. According to a recent article in the New York Times, America is seeing a resurgence in camping – being driven by millennials, who make up 38% of campground users.

But, as reported by Forbes, they’re not always camping in basic tents. In fact, these days, most people are eager for some comforts of home, including WiFi, giving rise to the “glamping” industry. As a result, RV sales have surged to their highest levels ever, and, in an extension of the Tiny House movement, compact RVs are increasingly popular.

Happier Camper founder and president Derek Michael has figured out how to tap into this recent and rapidly growing trend, turning his passion for mobile living into a company. Michael has created a line of retro-design, compact, ultra-light, solar-ready travel trailers. “I make camping trailers for a living, and that’s pretty awesome,” he said. “I’m constantly outdoors doing fun stuff. It’s the best. I also love our customers and their stories. We have the best employees and team.”

Not only did Michael start Happier Camper, but he also designed the travel-trailer and its modular interior. These days, he spends most of his time on R&D, prototyping and managing the business. “I need to keep moving, innovating and building things, or I will grow old fast,” he said. Sales have doubled each year, the company is expanding its product line with new models in 2018, and they’re planning to raise capital and add a showroom soon.

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