Ryan, owner and visionary of Bahn Camper Works, was just 14 when he needed a superior, all-composite whitewater slalom canoe to race in the Junior World Championships. Instead of buying one, he built it himself in his parent’s garage to ensure it fit his size and performance needs. As time went on, Ryan continued to chase his Olympic dreams, but when he wasn’t training, he was working with composites, rebuilding old Land Cruisers, and pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After his racing days were over, Ryan married his training partner and love-of-his-life, Sarah, and took a job as an engineer in the unmanned aircraft industry. Two kids later, Ryan realized he needed a camper and gear hauler to support his growing family and their collective passion for adventure. But when he couldn’t find a high quality, seamless, light slide-in truck camper—he did what he always does, he built one himself.