Happier Camper slips the bathroom into his little Lego-like caravan
One of the most recognizable brands in the new generation of RVs, Los Angeles’ Happier Campier has become synonymous with smart, multifunctional trailers that look both vintage and contemporary. Its original HC1 trailer leaves the layout entirely up to the owner, accommodating a virtually limitless selection of floor plans by means of modular building blocks and accessories. Now Happier has taken a bigger role in the development of the HC1 floor plan, releasing a small studio-inspired trailer with a fixed bathroom and kitchenette. The HC1 Studio should appeal to campers looking for a bit more structure and modern comfort in a compact and lightweight package.
Happier offers all the basic kitchen and bathroom equipment for the original HC1, but it’s only available through add-ons like an outdoor RoadShower, multi-block kitchenette and dry flush toilet. much more sophisticated than the pop-and-drop baggy rack on the Tonke EQV electric motorhome. The larger Traveler trailer offers a fixed wet bath and kitchen, and the new HC1 Studio bundles these amenities up to HC1 size. The studio’s more permanent multi-space layout provides two travelers with extra comfort and off-the-grid convenience.
Happier Camper has added very little size to the HC1 Studio. The new model’s retro-inspired fiberglass hull is just 2 inches (5cm) longer and 1 inch (2.5cm) wider than the original HC1, variations so small we’re ask if they are not the result of someone a little more precise than the last guy. So the company packed the extra equipment into roughly the same floor space, starting with creating a boomerang-shaped corner kitchenette and a bathroom layout that places a wall diagonally between the two areas. . This avoids the loss of living room/bedroom space that would result from a more square bathroom and kitchen layout.
The kitchen takes up most of the front wall and includes a two-burner gas cooker, sink and electric refrigerator. What the Main Block lacks in workspace, the cooker and sink covers make up for by lowering to serve as counter space.
The wet bath compartment, meanwhile, runs along the side wall from the front corner. It houses a dry flush toilet and a shower. Happier has saved space by running the faucet directly onto the floor, where the built-in drain awaits, a design that appears to allow hand-washing and tooth-brushing in the bathroom without taking up valuable space with a sink. . Those who don’t like the idea of dropping their toothbrush at the toilet seat can always use the kitchen sink.
The HC1 Studio supports its new integrated equipment with integrated 64 liter fresh and waste water tanks. It also comes with a 100 Ah lithium battery and a 100 W solar panel. The flagship “Premium” model also includes an additional lithium battery, a Dometic air conditioner and a combined air/water heater.
Aft of the bathroom, the Studio resembles the original HC1, its 3×3 adaptive grid floor inviting campers to tap into their Lego-loving child and create their own interior layouts. Each grooved honeycomb floor plate on the grid is ready to fix a module on the way to construction in the layout desired by the occupants at that moment.
At night, the modules, tables and cushions create a queen-size bed for the two occupants. During the day, things can be rearranged into various dining spaces for up to four people using the pedestal supports built into the center floor plates. Things can be expanded again and rebuilt in various living room setups…or maybe in bed for a nap. The system is intended to be fun, fast and completely flexible.
The Premium Package includes a full kit of Adaptiv Cubes, Half Cubes, Cushions, and Table Tops to work with.
The HC1 Studio doesn’t have as much empty space available as the original HC1 because of the kitchen and bathroom, but it can still be emptied of its RV blocks and used to haul cargo . For this reason, it takes over the combination of the large lifting tailgate and the side entry door of the HC1. Integrated D-rings in the side floor panels make securing cargo easy.
The HC1 Studio weighs 1,800 lbs (816 kg) dry, a gain of 700 lbs (318 kg) over the original HC1, but still light enough for a variety of vehicles. The interior has just over 6 ft (1.8 m) of ceiling height.
Happier Camper is previewing the 13.4-foot (4-meter) HC1 Studio at this week’s Outdoor Retailer in Denver and plans to open orders after the show. Deliveries will begin in fall 2022. The Premium model starts at $49,950, and those looking to lower the price can cut out unnecessary options like AC power, solar charging, and more.
Source: happier camper