Compact Camping Trailer Story

Compact Camping Trailer Story

Compact Camping Trailer Story

Our goal is helping folks enhance their vehicle-supported, away from home adventures. My solutions are tailored to smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles, although owners of many vehicle types will find them useful. I focus on Tent Topped Camping with our own designed trailer and pickup bed racks inspired by the simplicity of vintage camping trailers.

Being an “Extreme DIY’er”, my ideas are designed for people who enjoy the satisfaction of building something with their own two hands. Part of the Compact Camping Story is evolution.  We have evolved into making custom Trailer and Pickup Truck Bed Racks specific to your application.

My interest in compact camping began in 2002 after our daughter left home for college. We wanted to downsize our Rockwood tent trailer of many years, into something more basic, lighter, that comfortably slept two. We searched high and low but nothing met our criteria. Therefore, I decided to build my own.

An interesting thing happened on our first outing and many after that; lots of people stopped by our campsite asking if they could get a closer look at the trailer. Some were intrigued by the small size, many had never seen a folding tent unit, some were attracted by the shiny aluminum box, and others inquired where they could purchase one. This planted a seed. My normal “continue to improve mode” had me looking for ways to refine the trailer and researching the industry to see what was new. I began work on a pop-top style prototype, not satisfied with it, I shifted back to tent-topped designs. That seed planted earlier was getting watered and trying to sprout.

Then it happened, after twenty-six years with the same company, I received a membership in the ‘Cast off Employee Society’. Recovering from the shock, I recognized the opportunity; a chance to apply my skills and knowledge to a venture aligned with what I like doing. That seed finally sprouted, and Compact Camping Concepts was born and part of the Compact Camping Trailer Story.

All of the products we sell, we use for our own camping adventures.  Everything we design and manufacture is made here in Oregon, USA.  We help our customers find the right product for their camping style and we love our job.

Our team

This is a family-run small business and we take pride in our customer service, knowledge, and integrity.

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