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Happier Camper sets up in Corktown

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Ah summer. Time to get outside and enjoy the Pure Michigan outdoors. If your camping dreams involve vintage-looking trailers with modern, modular design, you can visit those dreams in person in Corktown.

Happier Camper, a young company that builds light, modular campers, was recently featured on the show Start Up. When the company was looking to expand out east (most of their work is done on the west coast), host Gary Bredow had the right space here in Detroit. The space was most recently home to Detroit Tough gym and is located on Beech, just off Brooklyn and Michigan Avenue. The company has started to build a showroom and even though they’re not officially open, they’ve already made their first sale.

We stopped by the new space and chatted with Tim Price, who says a family in Virginia heard about the Detroit showroom, drove up, and ordered a camper. Although they only have a couple models in the showroom now, they’ll soon get more. All of the parts in the campers are made in the U.S. and soon, the campers east of Utah will be assembled at the Detroit showroom (another showroom is located in LA and another will open in San Francisco soon).

Happier Camper will also be doing pop-up events in Eastern Market and the Woodward Dream Cruise. They’ll also be set up right outside their space for the upcoming Corktown Strut.

They’re the cutest little campers, but they’re not cheap. They start at $18,950 and can be ordered by package or custom configured. We can dream, though. You can check out a video of how the campers work here. If you’d like to stop in, let them know at Here’s a look at their new space.