In 2015, Jessi and Valerie Smith took a radical step toward downsizing.

USA Today reported that the couple, both 30 at the time, decided to trade in their three-bedroom San Francisco home to take up residence in an 8-square-foot TAB Teardrop camper. 

There were a few growing, or in this case, shrinking, pains. They would bump their heads on the low ceilings and grew weary of having to convert the bed into a living area each day. But they both agree that it was the best decision they could have ever made. 

“It probably wouldn’t work for everyone,” said Valerie, “but it actually brought us closer.

The pair who document their travel adventures on a blog called Happy Camper Wives are among the young adults who are embracing a new, hip wave of travel trailers. They are setting themselves apart from the stereotypes of legions of families and retirees in fancy motorhomes and their more traditional RVs. These fashion-forward trailers are aimed directly at design-conscious millennials.

From small, app-connected campers with retractable flat-screen TVs to solar-powered cabins on wheels, young adults can find an influx of innovative travel trailers geared specifically toward their interests. 

“We have been targeting the Millennials over the past few years in an effort to help them understand how RVs fit with what they already enjoy doing and that RVs aren’t the stereotypical vehicle they might imagine … and it’s working,” said Karen Redfern, a vice president for Go RVing, an industry promotion group.

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