Camper Trailers with air conditioning

Submitted: Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 12:37
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Hi, I am now in the market for a camper with air cond and also a step up stair if it has a raised bed. I need the camper for remote fishing in the Kimberley. Can any member advise what is out there on the market that would be suitable?
Cheers Bosun
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 13:30

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 13:30
G'day Bosun

I believe Conqueror Aus put together a top line 490 with AC, but $$$$$$$$$$$$
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Reply By: Member - Mark C (QLD) - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 13:41

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 13:41
Any of the top range Complete Campsite Exodus 11 and 14 or Track Trailer Topaz or Australian Offroad Campers Eclipse or Quantum plus Kimberley campers Karavan . All offroad and all above $60,000 but built like brick outhouses and go where ever the 4WD will go.
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Follow Up By: Bosun Broome - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 15:53

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 15:53
Thanks Mark,
This gives me a number of options to google. The only A/C camper that I have seen come into my town of Broome is the Kimberley Kamper one.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 15:07

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 15:07
Bosun,

Check out www.slideoncampers.com.au

Bob Mitchell will fit a split system a/c to his range of campers. Well made, and are all custom made to suit the buyer. We bought one in March, sans a/c, unfortunately.

No affliation etc.....

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Follow Up By: Bosun Broome - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 15:50

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 15:50
Thanks Bob, but I am after a stand alone so my vehicle is available for use at any time.
Cheers
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Reply By: Brian S10 - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:35

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:35
Hi! bosun. Check out the Isuzu campervan in the classifieds under motorhomes. This would be perfect for you. Brian.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:40

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:40
Did you read the thread title? It says camper trailer!

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:42

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 17:42
Ahh! Now I get it, a bit of self promotion!
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Follow Up By: Brian S10 - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 18:17

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 18:17
Your quick shaker!
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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 18:03

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 18:03
not exactly hard core, but you can order jayco outbacks etc with a.c. these days. Frankly to be efficient in the buildup/wet i'd think a fridge panel trailer would be more up your alley - see the slideon idea a couple of posts up and mount it on a trailer. 100 x more thermal efficiency than canvas, and has sound insulation so you don't have to listen to the condenser and genny all night.
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Reply By: philw - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:28

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:28
Camper trailer,Air conditioning.
You're kidding. Right??
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 09:13

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 09:13
Don't forget the kitchen sink, microwave, TV, washing machine and dryer.:-)
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 10:56

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 10:56
Phil - Exactly what I thought. Whatever next? Soft foam mattresses for the beds, too? LOL
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Follow Up By: Bosun Broome - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 15:56

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 15:56
Where I fish in November it is usually 50plus. Now I have turned 60 I figure a cool nanny nap in the middle of the day is very civilised. I have been told the Kimberley Karavan has a kitchen sink,microwave, TV if required - sounds good.
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 18:45

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 18:45
Only kidding BB. But please ensure the genset you take to power the aircon is a quiet one.
Good luck in your search.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 09:12

Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 09:12
Nah , the idea is to have the noisiest gen set , keeps others away from the camping spot I picked to keep away from fools who think it's their God given right to tell others what to take camping..
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Reply By: Member - ROADKING - Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:30

Friday, Oct 04, 2013 at 22:30
Have you checked out the Australian Offroad Quantum,again $ extreme offroad and excellent remote camping . Cannot fault ours and the service from AOR is second to none
Cheers Jim
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris_K - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 14:46

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 14:46
We've also had our Quantum for a couple of years, and taken it to all sorts of places, where other campers have pretty much broken...but not ours (yet). It has reverse cycle a/c and if you want something that is pretty much dust proof, it's a good choice. Can also recommend the after sales service - second to none.

Cheers

Chris
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Follow Up By: Bosun Broome - Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 15:59

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 15:59
Thanks Roadking - I will have a look.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 16:34

Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 at 16:34
Serioulsy airconditioning a tent is a fools errand.

The fundamental problem is tents are not cool AND they are very poorly insulated.

A very thin layer of some sort of hard insulating material will be way cooler than any canvas and you would have some hope of an air conditioner keeping up.

Better looking at one of the lighter hard bodied caravans.

A modestly insulated small hard bodied van will take very little to keep cool, a similar sized tent will need an air conditioner many times the size to keep up.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark C (QLD) - Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 09:25

Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 09:25
All of the campers I mentioned in my post are of either fibreglass, composite or metal frame with a small pop top similar to most caravans. Only a fool would try to AC canvas. I think Bosun Broome realizes this and has asked for advise in this area not canvas.
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 11:44

Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 11:44
It was far from a given that the original poster was talking about a hard bodied camper.
People regularly come on forums looking to aircondition or heat, tent bassed campers.

Even if said camper is a semi hard bodied camper, the introduction of any fabric walls at all increases the heat transferance considerably.

I currently work in an area where, portable structures(big ass tents) ARE airconditioned and the size of the plants required to do it adequately it is rediculous....it is a very silly game.

I have also worked with small caravan like trailers that are way better insulated than most caravans and it takes bugger all to chill em down and keep em down.

When someone wants to heat a caravan or camper, very often they will be happy to just take the edge off......they are happy to put on a jumper or another blanket, as long as it does not freezes their small bits off.

When people are looking to chill using airconditioning, they realy want that chilling to be effective and do a hell of a lot more than take the edge off.
If the air conditioning is not keeping up you may as well sit in the shade and pour cups of water over ya head.

If you are going to travel remote AND aircondition, you have to carry the fuel to do so, or an enormous solar rig.

The whole thing gets impractical very fast, if you do not have some serious level of efficiency.

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Follow Up By: Bosun Broome - Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 12:27

Monday, Oct 07, 2013 at 12:27
I previously owned a Track Camper Trailer some 20 years ago so am aware of the canvas capabilities - I probably should have listed a hard bodied camper in my thread. As I live in Broome most of the fishing spots are only a short time away so most of my trips are only for 2 or 3 days so carrying extra fuel for a genset is not a problem.
As previously mentioned the only small camper that I had seen was the Kimberley Karavan and I was interested to see what other rigs were out there.
Cheers.
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