Kimberly Kampers

Submitted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 13:23
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A mate of mine took delivery of his new KK last Friday. He was very dissapointed to see that the kitchen drawer slide is manufactured out of level with the camper. KK have agreed to rectify the problem, however, if the campers are made in a jig, I would presume that all recent campers would have the same problem.
Anyone else experienced the same problem?
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 14:59

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 14:59
Quote: "A mate of mine....."

Bloody lies Des.....you ain't got no mates....hahahaha

Cya

Roachie
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:25

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:25
Oh Roachie, I am very disappointed cos I thought you were a mate.
Boo Hoo Boo Hoo Boo Hoo
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 16:38

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 16:38
Hi Des, on our recent corner country trip we came across a family at Tibooburra towing what looked to be a farly new looking KK. The spare wheel is stored under the trailer and the bloke was trying to wind it down. After about 30 mins of watching him struggle to get the thing out with the help of several others he was on the sat phone to KK. Then try and try gain he did. With all the dust and stones it had jammed. 30+k for a camper and you can't even get the spare out???? He ended up down at the roadhouse with a mechanic helping him get it out. Later on the trip after running into another KK owner who was driving a good ol GQ Patrol he informed me the mechanism was off a Toyota.(say no more)
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Follow Up By: greydemon - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 17:11

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 17:11
I once had a vehicle with the spare stored underneath. When I had a flat in the middle of no-where I found that the mechanism worked fine - but the tyre had a six inch gash in it. I'll never store a spare under a vehicle again outside of the Metro area.
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Follow Up By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 18:21

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 18:21
Ah......I knew reinforcement for my decision would emerge one day ! Thought the KK seems very well built and finished, I chose the Campomatic......issue 1. The ball weight was much lighter...2. The spare is on a swing away at the back ! .. Imagine scrabbling under the KK in mud or dirt, trying to get the spare out while the trailer is low on one side - could be real fun, even if the winder was working. That said, they all have pros and cons in their formula.. The Campo has average finish levels here and there. Maybe Roachie could share a con or two re the impressive Ultimate !
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 14:19

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 14:19
G'day Banjo,
Have had the Ult for over 6 years now and can honestly say that we cannot fault it as far as manufacture quirks go etc.
Having said that, the spare wheel is quite high and would be a buggar to get into position for someone of advanced years (like me!!!). The dudes at Ult factory suggest that if you cannot lift the spare into position, the next best solution is to 'roll' it up the side of the steps until it reaches the main rear step, then turn 90 degrees etc. By the time you get it that high, it is not such a drama to get it into position.....the hardest part with 4x4 wheels/tyres is getting them off the ground and up to waist level.
The only other thing we mention about the Ult is that when you have kids under foot, it is much more fun camping if the weather stays GOOD! They are a camper which provide good gear inside, but not a lot of room for 5 if it's pishing down outside. Fortunately for us (and unfortunately for the farmers), this is rarely a concern for us here in SA.
Cya mate
Roachie
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Reply By: John - Qld - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 19:03

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 19:03
Very dissappointing when you pay that much.

Looked at them but went for an AORC. Wouldn't touch the KK with a barge pole after I met the tosser who ran the Bne distributorship. New guy now apparently - funny that.

John
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Follow Up By: normc - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 22:16

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 22:16
John, is that the Odyssey? I looked for ages and narrowed it down to 3 in the end. The KK, the Cape York and the Odyssey (Ultimate was just too expensive!). Went for the Odyssey. Have one on order, but not yet delivered. Thought the KK was getting to be too 'mass produced' and had signs of minor finish issues. But still a good product in my view. Just not the best for my needs and money.
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Follow Up By: John - Qld - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 08:50

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 08:50
Yes it is . Would agree with all of that. See you on a rally maybe.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:46

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:46
Sorry but if you pay $30,000 for a trailer, you deserve to lose your money...
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Follow Up By: DARREN - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:55

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:55
such an insightful comment Truckster
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 14:26

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 14:26
Glad you enjoyed it.
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Follow Up By: John - Qld - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:17

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:17
You are an odd fellow Truckster - where did it say in the above about anyone losing money???

As you've heard you just about get your money back when you sell these things after a couple of years worth of price rises.

$30k is cheap for a comfortable bed that will last and can get you more places in more comfort than alternatives.

Mind + Open x Speak = Good Truckster.

JC
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Reply By: gregr - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 20:30

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 20:30
des mate
tell your mate to take it back to kk - and they will eventually fix it for him ok
i had more than a few warranty issues with my 2004 classic mariner kk after i picked it up in bne in may 2004

but after a lot of whinging from me and some minor threats i have to say that kk have now pretty much fixed all the probs with my kk including ( touch wood ) the rotten tasting water in the water tank hoses which plagued us for a very long time

so ive got to say that on my experience they (kk Ballina ) will fix it for him under warranty - but you have to be a squeaky wheel mate
hope this helps
see you and my best
greg

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Follow Up By: kimdoug - Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 21:52

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 21:52
good to hear water probs solved
our kk has been perfect so far for the past 9months and has done over 10,000kms so far and all ive done is crease the water tank
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:49

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:49
So, for $30,000 you had to "lot of whinging from me and some minor threats" just to get WARRANTY chit fixed. Specially if you have just picked it up.

for $30,000 I'd expect them to send someone over instantly with flowers for the missus and a bottle of blue label for myself, and fix it immediately.
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Follow Up By: gregr - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 20:37

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 20:37
truckster
you are a cynical bugg8r my boy

but yes your are right when you pay 30 plus big ones it should be right from day one and if its not - then it should be fixed without probs and straight away but aust consumer affairs legislation is a bad joke compared to the yanks and until we a find a ralph nader it probably will stay that way - so its buyer beware i am afraid and i try to buy a quality product with a good reputation for service if i can afford it

me - well i guess i am just kind of relieved that they kk have finally fixed my warranty probs and now maybe we can use the kk and enjoy it a little at long last and get a little value out of the hard earned 30 k we paid for it

see you and my regards greg

and oh truckster yes i also drive a 3.0 l 2001 td and it has 120K kms on the clock and i am still waiting for it to blow a hole in the 3 or 4 cylinder - but its under extended warranty and no probs so far - see you mate


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Reply By: Member - Stephen (WA) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 15:57

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 15:57
Des,

I took delivery of our KK 3 weeks ago and the Kitchen slide is just fine.

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Reply By: pjd - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 17:17

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 17:17
the kk kitchen has a set of adjustable legs so you can put the kitchen at any level you want so what is the problem
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 22:16

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 22:16
The drawer runner on one side is out of level with the runner on the other side by about 40mm so that it is out of square for the recess. It still works but is unsightly.
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Reply By: Member - Steve & Paula - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 21:25

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at 21:25
Have owned a KK for 18 months now. I've failed to find a camper with the same quality finish however I did buy my camper (2003 model) before the change in ownership. We all get a little precious over our purchases and I suppose campers are no exception. I must say that I am becoming a little peeved at comments by some members making judgements about the amount spent on the items. Nobody I know spends that much without doing their research. Opinionated comments by aggressive members are not constructive at all!
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