Camper trailers

Submitted: Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 12:45
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I,m looking at purchasing a new kimberly kamper off road trailer, they are built in Ballina northern NSW . Can any member tell me anything about them good or bad?
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Reply By: The Moose - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 13:45

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 13:45
Search the archives - camper questions appear regularly.
All I know about them is that they are expensive. How can anyone justify $25k or more for a tent on wheels?
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Reply By: Mark from Getaway Portable Refrigerator Hire - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 14:27

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 14:27
Scotty, I know of a used one '98 deluxe that is for sale at $16,500 and apparently has had very little use... It is in WA. If you require further details please let me know.
Some members of the Club that I am in have the KK and swear by them but they are pricey.


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Follow Up By: Spy - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 17:54

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 17:54

I am from WA and would be interested in a kk second hand. My e-mail address is


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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 14:32

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 14:32
Scotty, ask the same question here

yahooSmile, you're on ExplorOz
Rohan (Sydney - on the QLD side of the Harbour Bridge)
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Reply By: landie - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 14:48

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 14:48
We recently placed an order for one and will be taking delivery shortly. We started with a solid list of possibilities and whittled it down to three in the end.


I think the important thing is that you decide what type of use it will see and then look at what is most suitable for the purpose. Whilst the three that I have mentioned are all at the top end of the price bracket for this type of product it doesn't necessarily mean that they don't represent value for money.

For travel into remote and rugged areas you'll need a trailer that can match the conditions. Our research showed that these, on balance, do the job with a high level of confidence. That isn't to say that others won't do the job, but these three are all highly engineered products that have been designed with the worst of conditions in mind.

In the end, we ruled out Ultimate because it felt too much like a caravan and Tvan because we didn't like the tent set up. Kimberley met our requirements best.

The Kimberley is also better suited of the three if you are going to take a "tinnie" with you on your travels.

Good luck.
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Reply By: Member - Russell - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 15:23

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 15:23
If you're in the market for a Kimberley, you might also look at the Aussie Swag, built in Brisbane. Similar money, similar quality, and I liked it better than Kimberley. Web site is Russell S
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 15:54

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 15:54
Scotty we brought ours @ in June after 3 years of looking & hohumming,couldn't be happier. Took to the Gulf @ we loved the easy set up & pack up. Prier to the KK had trouble to get the Boss to go camping after trip in KK she didn't want to come home (me either but bank manager said we had to). We love ours.Regards Bob
Where to next
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 19:17

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 19:17
Scotty we have had a few different ones away with us and in my opinion the kk is about the best . Big john in QLD has been away with us and is about to do the canning with us . I am sure he would give the kk a good wrap. Also if you go to our web site johns and debs kk is in a picture on the site . You pay a fair bit for them but they keep there re sale value and you get a good quality camper.
All the best
4wd Tag Along AdventuresCape York Connections
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Reply By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 20:09

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 20:09
The Kimberley was on our shortlist, but we ended up getting a Campomatic. The Kimberley is a nice solid unit, but has a high ball weight. We also liked the option of designing our own drawbar storage system.

The only thing our friends with a KK complain about is the stove - they can't put two medium or a large pot on it easily. They have also broken their jockey wheel because of the ball weight.

Both KK and Campomatic have good and bad points - if you are aware of what you require then it makes the choice easy.
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Reply By: Ed - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 02:06

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 02:06
G'day Scotty,
You didn't state where you're located, or how soon you'd be wanting the camper,
However, if you're in SE Q'ld or Nthn. NSW, and don't need the camper "tomorrow", may I suggest that you have a chat to Glenn at Australian RV Trailers, 13 Learjet Drive Caboolture (07) 5495 3439, also online at .. He specialises in custom made campers, incl. hard-floors a'la KK, Aussie Swag etc...
After talking with Glenn at the "Farm-fantastic" field days at Caboolture recently, I (& the "boss") made arrangements to meet with him at his premises this morning to "nut out" a design.. He is at this point working on some line drawings for our approval (and/or modification if required)..
While we were there, he showed us thru the workshop where there were several campers at various stages of construction, so we were able to have a good look at how they're built, and I must say I came away very impressed indeed with the workmanship & overall quality..
Very easy man to talk to, and seems more than willing to incorporate into the design any such features re cooking facilities, storage, etc. as you may desire..
At very competitive prices too, it would appear...

Anyway, I think I can comfortably predict that Glenn will be getting my order as soon as our design is finalised (in the next few days, I hope)..
We are invited to inspect "work-in-progress", & any alterations/adjustments can be made (where possible)... Can't get better than that! (IMO)

We had been looking at various makes & models over the past couple of yrs., and prior meeting Glenn, had been kinda "leaning" towards the Aussie Swag..
(But no more!)

Ed. C.

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Reply By: Steve - Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 20:45

Saturday, Aug 23, 2003 at 20:45
There are two types of Off road Camper Trailers ... Kimberley Kamper and Nothing Else ... ie for off road conditions... while most grissle and growl about the price ( they are not given away ) .. reality is that they are the best by a long shot for those who want a rough road top quality unit..with the best of everything.. and return a top price on re-sale !! they are not the best for nothing !!! and sorry i don't own one as i don't have a space to park it in... ( such is life as a City slicker!)
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Reply By: pacer - Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 at 10:15

Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 at 10:15
I have just trialled my new Kimberley Kamper from Brisbane to the Kimberley and back, some 9000ks in all. It handled the Gibb River Road and the rough as guts Buntine road with ease, got covered in dust but none inside. Not like an off road Jayco....they are dust collectors.
Anyway I am completely happy with my KK as I'm sure you will be when you get yours. They are as tough as nails and go where other campertrailer owners dream about.
You won't be disappointed Scotty.
Regards Kevin.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 at 11:13

Sunday, Aug 31, 2003 at 11:13

Couple called in here to get some fuel, with a KK behind a petrol Pajero(that's why they needed the fuel). They'd bought theirs 2nd hand, for $14,500, and were rapt in it. Said it rode better than the Paj, and they liked the checker plate top, so they could load on plenty of wood for fires.


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Reply By: Wanderer - Friday, Sep 19, 2003 at 20:21

Friday, Sep 19, 2003 at 20:21
Hi Scotty

Seeing you are checking out camper trailers theres happy campers raving about there Adventure Camper Trailer and they dont take the dinghy off for anything unless the fish are biting as you can use all the trailer day or night
webb site

Good Luck
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