Camper Caravans

Submitted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 22:30
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Having had a Kimberley Kamper, I am now looking for the next step up. (The KK had too much canvas for my back!)
I've looked at the Topaz, Ultimate, TVan etc. Highly capable, but none of these does it for me. Also, "she" wants something a bit more substantial.
I have looked with great interest at the Quantum ( and quite like it - despite its price tag. It is just a tad wider than my Prado and light enough for the Prado to cope with (unlike pretty much any caravan - particularly the vans at the off-road end). Shower and toilet inside - I like that! (Also, the awning and its walls are nowhere near as difficult as the KK canvas to erect.)
I would be interested in views. What are its capabilities / limitations in terms of where can it go / where might be too tough for it. How would it cope in the Vic High Country. What might it be like on corrugations.
What alternatives are there, with good level creature comforts, that the Prado can handle.
I'd be grateful for your views.
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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 05:23

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 05:23
Have you thought about going up to the Kimberley Karavan? The Prado will tow it just the same as your Kamper.
There is no canvas unless you are using the awning and the Karavan takes moments to erect.
Your partner will enjoy the comforts inside including shower and toilet along with heating on a cold morning.
I am aware of 3 that are on the market at reasonable prices.
You will step up a long way from canvas in a Karavan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris L (VIC) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:41

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:41
I quite like the concept of the Kimberley Karavan, but my experiences with Kimberley (when I owned the Kamper) were such that I cannot see myself ever owning one of their products again. I won't go into details here, but happy to recount the litany of unhappy stories to folk one-on-one.
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Reply By: Adey - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 18:02

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 18:02
G'day Chris,

Ultimate may may be a good option. I reckon I could convince you!!!!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris L (VIC) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:46

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:46
I couldn't open anything from this link.
I have watched the Ultimate over the years. No doubt it is highly capable - but "she who must think that she is being obeyed" discounted it out-of-hand because of (lack of) internal space. Same with the Kimberley Karavan.

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Reply By: Member - Steve & Paula - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:23

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:23
Hi Chris,

Last year we made the move from a KK to a Quantum for many of the same reasons as you. For us it was about some creature comforts and the capacity to set up easily. We love the outside kitchen, but on the KK this was a pain if the weather was not good. With the Quantum...just roll out the awning - simple.

Our van tows beautifully behind our Nissan. Last Christmas we took it to Thomas River east of Esperance, and whilst this is not the harshest of roads it was corrugated and the van towed well. We took our KK over the Gibb River Road in 2006 including into Mitchell Plateau and Kalumburu. We are doing the same with the Quantum this year and have no doubts as to its capabilities.

Perhaps the biggest endorsement I can give is the service and follow up by Steve, Rhonda and Marty at AORC.

Hope this is of some help.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris L (VIC) - Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:52

Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 21:52
Steve & Paula
I'm envious already! And am pleased to see my sense of its "ease of use" and "towability" accord with reality. All the best with the next big trip.

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