The Happier Camper lot on Riverside Drive is home to a candy-colored assortment of restored, retro campers that are available for rent. But last Tuesday, owner Derek Michael, who has restored many of the ultra-light trailers, arrived on the Happier Camper lot in Los Feliz and discovered that two of his favorites campers–a 1986, bright Orange Uhaul CT and a purple Scamp from 1979–were gone. After cutting a fence lock, the thieves probably just loaded both campers on to a truck and drove off with them, Michael said. Now, Michael, whose father also restored small, old fiberglass trailers, wants the campers back and has posted a $2,000 reward:
The loss of the little campers is devastating. I spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars restoring them to there original glory. They were very special to me and the two that were stolen were my favorites. I spent many nights camping all over California in them myself, and they are missed.
Each camper is probably worth about $10,000, Michael said. He has rented the campers to young couples seeking alternatives to “big ugly RVs”; older couples interested in taking a nostalgic trip; and even for weddings, where they have been used as changing rooms and photos shoots. “People love the look and Americana feel they have.”