California-based rental firm Lost Campers USA announced its new double-decker campervans, featuring roof-top tents, and a greatly expanded fleet for summer travelers.
According to a press release, owners Nick and Emma Thomson have partnered with Cascadia Tents to design platform tents fitted to their Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, creating a new option called Hotel Sierra.
The tents snap onto a frame, easily collapse for travel and are accessible by a ladder. Lost Campers’ modern Sierra Class vans also feature dual-sliding doors, a double bed with privacy curtains, plenty of storage, and back seats accommodating two children’s car seats. The Hotel Sierra option comfortably sleeps four adults, with two on the roof.
Lost Campers was founded in 2007 by the Thomsons, Australian natives who saw potential in the U.S. market for budget campervans, a minivan-sized camper. The company has nearly doubled each year, offering 10 vans in 2008, 25 vans in 2009, 40 vans in 2010 and 60 vans in 2011. Self-financed until recently, the company received its first major business loan from New Resource Bank in March, allowing an expansion to 90 campervans by this summer.
Based in San Francisco, Lost Campers opened a Los Angeles satellite office in 2011, and now does 50% of its business from L.A. The Thomsons plan to open an East Coast venue later this year and acquired the new domain of www.lostcampers.com.
Lost Campers USA announced the addition of 10 modern, roomy campervans in time for summer.
According to a news release, the units, model year 2008 and newer, seat four, have dual sliding doors and :
- feature a double bed set further back that converts to a basic dining table.
- accommodate two children’s car seats in the back seats.
- range from $40-$85/night, depending on season.
Lost Campers was founded in 2007 by Nick and Emma Thomson, Australian natives who saw potential in the U.S. market for budget campervans, smaller, mini-van-sized campers that are thriftier and easier to drive than RVs.
Lost Campers was self-financed for three years, opening in San Francisco with campervans crafted from refurbished GMC Safaris and Ford Windstars and featuring all the amenities that make camper vans so popular—a full-size platform bed, storage, awning, kitchen kit and seating for two. Lost Campers’ retrofitted GMC Safaris can be configured to seat five passengers, sleep two-three people and offer additional storage. Bike and roof racks, tents, surfboards, heaters and GPS systems can also be leased.
Lost Campers features 40 campervans in these two classes, ranging from $30 to $75/night depending on the season.
Lost Campers has grown each year, from 10 vans in 2008, to 25 in 2009, to 40 campervans in 2010. Sixty campervans will be on the road by summer 2011. Lost Campers’ main facility is located at 2955 Third Street, San Francisco, near the airport and public transportation. The company added a Los Angeles LAX office last year to accommodate travelers who begin or end their journeys in southern California.
For more information, go to www.lostcampersusa.com or call (888) 567-8826.