Our story

American-made to be American-traveled

Type 2 Campers are designed to inspire adventure, create community, and help make it easier to explore the world around us.

The Type 2 Team

Meet our small but mighty crew of adventurous spirits, VW enthusiasts, and dedicated camper experts. 


Heather Gardella

Favorite camping spot:
One of Utah’s National Parks

Heather grew up sailing with her family, or “camping on water” as she calls it. The thing she loved most about sailing was the adventure, the uninterrupted time with family, and the feeling of living simpy. This dufflebag lifestyle stayed with her well into college, where she would pack her VW GTI and hit the road.

Years later she set out to create the camper that her horizon-chasing, constantly-camping, VW-loving self always wanted. After a few iterations, a lot of learning, and one big refresh, Type 2 Campers was born.


Ryan Schassen

Favorite camping spot:
The ideal camping destination is a region. A new place every night.

Growing up with parents who chartered a van club in the early 80s, Ryan spent his childhood immersed in the vanning lifestyle. What started as an easy, affordable way of making memories as a family slowly turned into a passion passed down from generation to generation. 

Ryan bought his first VW bus in his early 30s and was hooked. He quickly became an enthusiast in all things Volkswagen and a student of VW history and parts. This knowledge, and healthy obsession, was exactly what Type 2 Campers needed to find the perfect parts and processes to build the perfect camper.

what drives us

These are the truths and goals that we hitch our camper to.


All that we do is designed to maximize fun. We prioritize details so you don’t have to.


We respect our roots and show it by building our campers with authenticity.


We cultivate community with the belief that finding your tribe is the key to going further.


Life’s way too short to be serious all the time. We embrace joy and fun in everything we do.

Now that you know us, let's hear from you

Reach out to your T2C sales consultant for any questions or to get started on finding the perfect trailer or gear.

Brand Partnerships

We are always looking for adventurous brands we can partner up with to create new products, offerings, or content. If that’s you, let us know.


We’re proud of the product we’ve built and we can’t wait to share it with the world. If you’re interested in checking out the new T2.3 camper, reach out.