Happier Camper HC1 Will Make Happy Campers Out of Those with Low-Powered Vehicles

Going camping with a caravan is often looked down upon and thought to be something people take on mostly after their retirement. Yeah, not with this caravan they don't.
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Introducing the Happier Camper (actual name of the company) HC1, one of the smallest (maybe even the smallest, if you've got time to do the research, be our guest) and also cutest mass-produced caravans out there.

It's also pretty functional as the images and video below can very well prove, but we'll focus on that later. The most important part for now is the fact the HC1 is extremely lightweight and can be carried around by cars with a low tow rating.

Made almost entirely out of fiber glass, the HC1 has a dry weight of just 1,100 pounds (499 kg), which we're told means about 1,500 pounds (680 kg) in the real world. That means almost any car that wouldn't look ridiculous with a tow hook can take the Happier Camper HC1 for a spin.

We're living in a material world

Regarding the practical side of things, the HC1 comes with a large side door and what can basically be described as a removable wall in the rear. This prevents the - let's face it - cramped interior from feeling too claustrophobic while also offering plenty of air once the caravan is parked at its destination.

Alternatively, as you can see in some of the images, you can use it to transport big stuff such as motorcycles (mind the head, though, as you get it up the ramp) or anything else you can think of. It would be a shame, though, as the interior can be specced to look like the patio furniture of a Greek villa and it's also completely modular.

That's right, you can go for multiple interior configurations, from a huge bed that sleeps up to five persons, to a bench along three of the four sides or even install a fully functional sink. The Happier Camper (I just like writing this name) HC1 offers a deep-cycle battery and a 100-watt solar panel rig for powering all the electrics.

The HC1 can be had in three different trim levels: Basic, Full and Premium, with prices varying greatly from $16,000 to $24,000, without any options.

Apart from its lightness, the HC1 offers another unique selling proposition and that is its design. The only downside is the fact that once you buy it, you also need to get a matching car. Volkswagen Beetle, anyone?

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