Kimberley Kamper

Submitted: Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 17:55
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Hi folks

My first post as fully fledged member, so hopefully I follow process correctly!

We are planning to do the BIG Lap next year and looking closely at the 2013 Kimberley Kamper for a family of four (kids are 10 and 12).
Our concern at this stage is storage in the KK, especially on top of the bed for items like kids bunk beds and their mattresses plus chairs and tables etc.
We are used to a soft floor camper with the torneau cover where we can shove in lot's of gear!

Can any KK owners offer any clues on how much space is available to store items on top of the bed (assuming we have the inner spring mattress upgrade and the kwik awning attached) ?

Also, could we fit a set of 1850mm long bunk beds (Oztrail) across the width of hard floor area for those quick overnight stops? (otherwise we would use the kids end room and/or an Oztent for extra space)

thanks

Stu
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Reply By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 18:11

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 18:11
Hi Stu,
We have an Aussie Swag which is very similar to the Kimberley Kamper. We have a self inflating mat for our 8yo daughter which travels on top of our bed, with her sleeping bag. Our other daughter is almost 2yrs old. Her portacot travels at the end of the drawer under our bed (just inside the tailgate). We also take her stroller, high chair and baby bath with us in our car. Without that extra gear, we would have heaps of room in our car.
When our youngest is old enough for a mat and sleeping bag, they could possibly travel on our bed too, otherwise I have found that there is just enough space for a semi-deflated mat under the drawer under our bed.
We put our chairs & table in the back of the car.
A set of bunk beds would fit lengthways on the hard floor of our camper - we do have a rear kids room that can stay attached and fold up with the camper but just use the hard floor for a quick stop.
Leanne
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Reply By: Gronk - Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 20:22

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 20:22
Not sure about the other hard floors, but with the KK, storage on top of the bed will be zero.................you may squeeze a small flat table, but generally, not advised..

Others may disagree, but a hard floor is not really suited to a family long term..

I have owned 2 of them, and really think they are the best hard floor out there, but for a family, have you considered a Camprite ??
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Reply By: Pebble - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 16:10

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 16:10
TVan could be another option to consider, very different to KK so may not be your thing at all, but you can store as much as you want on top of the bed! We're not doing the lap, just a 5 week trip Perth-Alice-Darwin-Kimberley-Perth and have ordered a Tvan, we had 10 and 8yr old kids, but they have swags they will sleep in (tent part of camper or outside depending on weather). Swags will probably store unrolled on the TVan bed, otherwise rolled up in the vehicle (Troopy).
The Ultimate is particularly popular with families.
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Follow Up By: Pebble - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 16:12

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 16:12
*edit, we have, still have 10 and 8yr old kids lol
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 21:16

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 21:16
Stu
We have an older KK (pre Kwik Awning, pre family annex) and we struggle with the foam mattress to fit anything more than our bedding (for winter in the outback) and two big sleeping bags for the kids. We fit three stretchers in the floor well.

Consider buying some strudy distproof space crates (or similar ) and place them on top if you are still going to buy any of the Hard floor campers I've seen.

Kimberly Kamper web site used to have detailed dimensions of their campers, have you looked there? There is NO way you will fit anyting 1850mm across the hard floor, length ways yes, across no.

Mark
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Reply By: jothefw - Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 07:37

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013 at 07:37
We put x2 sleeping bags, x2 stretcher mattresses plus all our bedding on top of our bed. We put the stretchers in the drawer. We don't leave Kwik awning on, it's so easy to take on and off, plus only need for longer stops.

The stretchers do fit on hard floor but not much space left afterwards.

We use 30 sec OzTent for our boys to sleep in (10 and 12 currently) - been using this setup for a couple of years and only regret is we should have got the 5 man tent not 3, so the stretchers would fit the other way around.
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