Off-road Camper Trailers at the Hero Rally, Inner Mongolia

Kimberley Off-road camper trailers at FBLife Hero Rally Inner Mongolia Kimberley Off-road camper trailers at FBLife Hero Rally Inner Mongolia.

The “Hero Rally” may be one of the largest off-road rallies in the world. There are over 30,000 people registered to participate and over 100,000 visitors. It is held in early October every year in the middle of the Zuoqi Tengger Desert in Inner Mongolia, China.

It is also one of the more interesting. The arena has a certain “Mad Max” feel to it with an off-road track that cars race around between participants.

10th Anniversary of Hero off-road rally in China

This is the 10th Anniversary of the event featuring the “Best of the Best” in competition. Kimberley Kampers were invited to participate as a special exhibitor as one of the “World’s Best Off-road Camper Trailers”. Kimberley exhibited at the Beijing RV show in September and were visited there by participants.

Kicking up sandThe rally runs for 7 days from October 1st. Interest in Kimberley’s off-road camper trailers is driven by a lack of accommodation. There is no hotel accommodation nor restaurant facilities. All participants have to camp and bring their own food and entertainment.

Sounds like fun plus our sort of trip!

Here are some more pics of last years participants. The rally details are hosted on a Chinese only website  http://bbs.fblife.com/thread_3672536.html.

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camels in the Alxa Desert

Quad Bike (ATV) Carrier on off-road camper trailers

Kimberley will be featuring our Limited Edition Kamper with a 350kg ATV or Quad Bike loaded on the top. The Quad Bike Carrier has special chassis changes as well as a specially designed loading rack. The design transfers the weight of the bike directly to the chassis and not to the camper trailer roof. If the bike was just sitting on the Kamper roof, the weight would break the dust seals and probably damage the mechanism. This option requires a Model with air-suspension, electronic disc brakes and mono-tube shock absorbers. It also requires the anti-sway bar option to be fitted. The ATM of this configuration is 2,100 kgs giving at least 400kgs for a bike, 200kgs for the water and 40kgs for fuel.

Kimberley Kamper with ATV loaded on top

Actual Unit shipped to China with ATV up to 400kgs on top

Camping-in-China-with-Kimberley-Kamper-and-Meng-Shou-Awning-and-BrochureKimberley Off-road Camper Trailers feature large lightweight awnings.

  • New Bedouin Ultra Light Awning 7m long 2.6m wide. Everyone can sit comfortably inside the camper trailer mesh walls and see out. No closed “dark cave”.
  • As a part of this awning design you can “dock” up to 2 bedroom tents under the camper trailer sub-awnings. Stay dry and connected.
  • 12V LED lighting leads to both bedroom tent spaces. Your guests don’t even need a torch.
  • For 2-3 more people, add the medium second bedroom at the back of the camper trailer.
  • If its a winter trip, we can add the ducted diesel heater to the comfort essentials in the camper trailer with ducts to the bedroom tents (releases soon)
  • Add 2-3 more 12V fridges that can sit near the kitchen and plug in to operate from the camper trailer battery and solar system.
  • New 180W Super Light solar weighs only 5kg and can power and charge batteries with up to 3 fridges attached. Leave it against the Bedouin side flaps or move it around to follow the sun.
  • New waterless toilet is good for 80 uses, has no smell and sits in the camper trailer larger toilet suite.
  • The virtually instantaneous diesel hot water system will run for hours with the visi-flow access to a stream or billabong. No need to wait in a line for the hot water tank to reheat!
  • The Master cooking station can have 2 large wok burners and a third BBQ or griller that can feed a tribe.
  • And the best part, this is an “Ultra Light” awning made from highest quality Australian canvas.

The Photo below is of the Alxa Geo Park with water areas blooming.

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Alxa Desert Geo Park Inner Mongolia

Kimberley off-road camper trailers were on display at the Beijing RV Show

Kimberley are the only caravan builder in Australia who regularly export and are enjoyed on 5 continents. Kimberley received orders at the Beijing RV show and have formed a JV in China to supply Australian made camper trailers and caravans to the China market. The cheap Chinese made trailers seen in Australia are not displayed at these shows as the Chinese buyers are only interested in quality products.

Bein RV Show Exhibit Kimberley Kampers off-road camper trailers

Desert Travel with lightweight off-road camper trailers

lightweight off road camper trailer or caravan design guide Desert travel

Traveling through the desert needs special preparation. It also involves special preparation and taking things with you. (Like taking firewood with you.)

This can add to the weight of your vehicle.

However, you need the absolute lightest load and overall weight. This is where the challenge lies. How to select the right options for your off road camper trailer or caravan for the safest travel across harsh and hot country; or for travel on remote sandy beaches.

Kimberley have published all the knowhow from over 7,000 customers in thiseasy to read eBook. It is available free on line if you register.

It isn’t written for long stays in the desert but for travelers “passing across” spartan earth or sand.

Desert travel with a lightweight off road caravan

This is written for BOTH caravans amd camper trailers with a specific section on canvas design for desert travel. Download this eBook of 76 pages which includes the following topics:

  1. Low weight is essential
  2. Traps that increase “apparent weight”
  3. Importance of good Suspension
  4. Length and Ramp over angles
  5. Matching wheels tyres
    Large Diameter Wheels and tyres
  6. Water – How much do we need?
    Water tank configurations  Dual Grey Water Tanks and Using reclaimed water
  7. Importance of understanding canvas in hot climates
    Tropical Roof: both Canvas and Metal
    Insulation, Airflow, 12V Air-conditioning and comfort off-road
    Air-flow and Natural Coolness
    Air conditioners
  8. What is the trend in energy use in a caravan?
  9. What size batteries to design for?
  10. The weight of adding batteries and solar
  11. The “weight effect” of Braking

With the right lightweight off road camper trailer or caravan and vehicle combination, you can travel safely anywhere and experience the best geo parks in the world!

Camper Trailer sleeps 10, toilet, shower easy set up

off-road-camper-awning-kimberley-kamper-7876-largeKimberley debut their 2016 range of camper trailer that sets up for 10 people.
The dream I have always had is to be able to invite friends to come away with our family for a long weekend with just a single Kimberley Kamper. Our friends would only need a tent, sleeping gear, an esky or 12V fridge, food and beverages. The Kamper would be a “base station” for 10-12 people. Of course, we will camp off-road and not in a camping ground.

The complication was to have the comfort essentials, battery capacity and solar available to make sure the weekend went smoothly for everyone.

This dream is now a reality with the 2016 Kimberley Kamper configuration. You can tick all the boxes below and take 10 friends to one of Australia’s sandy islands, camping and fishing. Or, perhaps a weekend trip to the Louth races!

Walk through this Camper Trailer configuration in the video at the end.

Here is the layout of the camper trailer to match the image above:

Off road Camper Trailer Layout for 10 People

Off road Camper Trailer Layout for 10 People

  • New Bedouin Ultra Light Awning 7m long 2.6m wide. Everyone can sit comfortably inside the camper trailer mesh walls and see out. No closed “dark cave”. No sandflies, no insects inside.
  • As a part of this awning design you can “dock” up to 2 bedroom tents under the camper trailer sub-awnings. Stay dry and connected. (only one is shown in the picture above so you can see the second bedroom)
  • 12V LED lighting leads to both bedroom tent spaces. Your guests don’t even need a torch.
  • For 2-3 more people, add the medium second bedroom at the back of the camper trailer.
  • If its a winter trip, we can add the ducted diesel heater to the comfort essentials in the camper trailer with ducts to the bedroom tents (releases soon)
  • Add 2-3 more 12V fridges that can sit near the kitchen and plug in to operate from the camper trailer battery and solar system.
  • New 180W Super Light solar weighs only 5kg and can power and charge batteries with up to 3 fridges attached. Leave it against the Bedouin side flaps or move it around to follow the sun.
  • New waterless toilet is good for 80 uses, has no smell and sits in the camper trailer larger toilet suite.
  • The virtually instantaneous diesel hot water system will run for hours with the visi-flow access to a stream or billabong. No need to wait in a line for the hot water tank to reheat!
  • The Master cooking station can have 2 large wok burners and a third BBQ or griller that can feed a tribe.
  • And the best part, this is an “Ultra Light” awning made from highest quality Australian canvas.
    The new awning is around a third of the weight of the original Bedouin awning.
    Gone are the centre poles and radial spreaders. It easy to setup.
    The result is also better value with a much lower price point. Online pricebook will be updated 8th August.
    It is the cleverest awning we have made for a camper trailer and it can be added to any prior model with the extended tent!
  • And if you want to take some fun: add a 350kg Quad bike on top – read more below!

You can add this setup to any camper trailer model in the 2016 Kimberley Kamper range, they are all plug-n-play options.

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lightweight waterless toilet option for camper trailers

The waterless toilet is a very lightweight option for off road camper trailers

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Here is my walk through video:

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These are the other new options we have for the 2016 Model Range:

Quad Bike or Dirt Bike(s) Carrier

The Quad Bike Carrier has special chassis changes as well as a specially designed loading rack. The design transfers the weight of the bike directly to the chassis and not to the camper trailer roof. If the bike was just sitting on the Kamper roof, the weight would break the dust seals and probably damage the mechanism. This option requires a Model with air-suspension, electronic disc brakes and mono-tube shock absorbers. It also requires the anti-sway bar option to be fitted. The ATM of this configuration is 2,100 kgs giving at least 400kgs for a bike, 200kgs for the water and 40kgs for fuel. There can be no other accessory added to the rear of the Kamper like an outboard. This can’t be retrofited to prior models.

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Carbon Fibre Pattern Steel Wheels

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Steel wheels are best for safety with such a high load. We have added a carbon fibre pattern to these wheels for a great new look.

Carbon Fibre Pattern Side trim

To compliment the wheels, we have added side trim strips that run along both sides. As these are also rubber, they provide some side protection.

Front facing LED lights on the Gullwing

For some added style and to light up the front Kamper area at night, we have added a set of 80 LEDs to each side of the edge of the Gullwing. These are NOT approved driving lights but switchable when camping.

Click here to find a dealer to see when you can see one in their showroom or at a show?

Download our 32 page brochure directly from here by clicking below:

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Pleasant Kamping,

Bruce Loxton

Kimberley 350kg Quad Bike Carrier for first export to China

Kimberley Kamper with ATV loaded on top

Actual Unit shipped to China with ATV up to 400kgs on top

Imagine racing in the desert on a Quad bike with your partner holding on behind. Or cruising up a beach around Cape York in a Quad Bike with your fishing gear… too fast for the local 4 legged crocs! Up until now there were limitations of what could be carried on a Kimberley off road camper trailer. With a nominal weight of 350kgs on top and with dual water tanks of 190L plus Jerry cans of 40L for the bike, this model is carrying 550kgs before we add personal goods. However, the 2016 Kimberley Limited Edition and Platinum Models can have this option because of these unique features:

  • The air suspension allows the trailer to be dropped down to the lowest height while the Quad Bike is loaded from behind.
  • The loader is simply folded over to the drivers side after the bike is unloaded, so the camper trailer can be opened in seconds.
  • Simply push the loader back on top, secure the side supports, place the loading ramps in position and load the Quad Bike. It should take only a few minutes.
  • If you’re not wanting the Quad Bike for a weekend trip away, then simply remove the loader in minutes.
  • Once the Quad Bike is loaded, adjust the air suspension to the height you need in seconds with the 2 paddle valves. Set this so it is level and square to the road… perfect levelling!

The Engineering Challenge for the Quad Bike carrier

The engineering challenge of carrying a “dead load” of 550kgs with such a light tare load of 1100kgs is similar to large transport trailers: you HAVE to have air suspension. With air suspension, you adjust the height for the load without increasing the spring rate of the tuned suspension. However, with such a load there are safety issues unless:

  • the off road suspension design needs anti-sway bars fitted so that when the air suspension is raised, there is safety on cornering. This is an absolute must.
  • the off road suspension design must be based on independent suspension to maintain the variable air suspension spring rate. Adding air springs to leaf suspension would increase the height but stiffen the suspension beyond design limits.
  • The chassis has to be designed to handle an ATM of 2,000 kgs. The existing chassis does this and the independent suspension on the Limited Edition and Platinum models is certified within this rating. This design is based on the same independent suspension on the Kimberley Karavan models which operate with a higher load. The chassis and suspension will be attract the Kimberley 5 year transferrable warranty.
  • The brakes MUST be electronic assisted disc brakes for such a high load. Drum electric brake performance would not meet the Australian design rules.

What are the dimensions and size of the Quad Bike? We have used a Polaris 600 as a nominal size and weight. This is 350kgs with fuel and the position of it is shown below in the drawing.

The loading angle would be reduced when the air suspension is lowered to the ground. However, this is based on 31.5 inch tyres and if larger 33 inch or 35 inch tyres are used, the increase in the tyre height offsets the reducing in the air suspension height.

Kimberley off road camper trailer with Quad Bike carrier

Dimensions of loading for quad bike carrier on kimberley off road camper trailer

Export to China with “Meng Shou” Awning

Kimberley Kamper and Meng Shou Awning that sleeps 10-12 people

Large Meng Shou Awning for China

There is an exciting market in China for carrying off road ATV’s (we call them Quad Bikes) as well as taking your camping trailer with you. There is no other product that we know of globally that will allow you to carry this weight together with a fully equipped off road camper trailer.

However, for the China market, we need a large awning with docked bedroom tents. There is a new designed awning that will be based on the large Bedouin awning. This is large enough for 10-12 people to sit under and share a meal cooked on one or all of the outdoor cookers in the Kimberley Master kitchen.

The new Awning is called “Meng Shou” which translates as “monster” in Chinese. It allows you to “dock” 2 additional bedrooms on the side. This brings the sleeping capacity to a Super Queen in the trailer, a double or 2 singles in the attached bedroom (with insulated floor) and 2 additional bedrooms that will sleep 2-3 each. That totals around 12 people.

The first units are shipping to China in a few weeks in time for the great ATV race in the desert.

Is this available as a retrofit on older model Kimberley Kampers?

Unfortunately it isn’t. It is only available as an option for 2015 Model Limited Edition and Platinum Models from August 1st. This is a major model change for the 2016 Model line up which follows soon. There are changes to the chassis and the loader supports that can’t be added to in older models. Pricing will be published with Dealers on this date.

What other technology still provided in these models?

These models still have:

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