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220W Super thin solar panels for camping with off-road camper trailer

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off road camper trailer 220W super thin solar 300pxIf you are an independent camper who wants a powerful solar set up in seconds you are going to love our most exciting camper trailer solar panel innovation to date. We’ve just released a 220W Super Thin flexible solar panel system that effortlessly mounts to the rear of the our off-road camper trailers.

  • 220W Super Thin Solar Panels 1.7mm thin mounted on removable section of extended tent at rear of camper trailer
  • Erect with poles anchored on the camper trailer for maximum exposure to sun, adjustable angle for best performance, shades rear of camper trailer for cooler inside (ropes only needed when windy). Panels are flexible.
  • Retro-fit kit for older Kimberley Kampers off-road camper trailers (with extended tent body only). Wiring is not built-in with retro-fit.
  • Flexible Solar panel can be folded up with camper trailer for travel so set up / pack up time is minimal. Just connect plug and charge away!
  • Supercharged Power – 20A MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) Supercharger Controller for about 30% more power for your dollar.
  • 25 Year Limited Warranty – panels comply to the Australian Standard including a warranty that the PV cell will deliver 80% of the rated output at 25 years. (see our warranty documents)
  • Solar Power: 220W (4x 55W)
  • Max Current Output: 15A (12V Battery @13.5V)
  • Camped in the Shade?
    Unclip the complete kit and simply relocate it further away (will require and extension cord)

This kit includes 5 components:

  1. 4 x 55W Super thin Solar panels weighing only 3 kgs (each)
  2. 20 Amp MPPT controller which can be selected for AGM or Lithium Batteries
  3. Wiring System runs through the bows of the Kamper trailer with a Kwik disconnect Andersen plug in the rear if you wish to remove the solar system.
  4. The system folds up with the Kamper when packing it up.
  5. The system is on an extended roof at the rear of the kamper and supported by poles that locate in the rear of the Kamper. This gives added shade and undercover storage in the rear. If the optional second Bedroom is purchased, it fits under this extended rear roof.
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Here is what you can get from 220W of Super Thin Solar with an MPPT Solar controller:
  Fridge in Kamper Other Electrical items in Kamper Fridge in rear of vehicle Total per day
Typical power consumption per day 20-40 Amp Hours 5-10 Amp Hours 20-40 Amp Hours 45-90 Amp Hours
220 W solar with 6 hours of sun with northern orientation angle With 6 hours of sun with northern orientation angle but not moving the panels during the day. 45 -60 Amp hours per day
210 Amp Hours AGM Batteries Will mean 4-6 days independence if fridges are least efficient using 90 Amp Hours per day and virtually total independence if efficient fridges are used at the total of 45 amp hours per day.
126 Amp Hours Lithium These charge 40% faster than AGM and therefore allow for faster recovery by solar when full sun is available.

Super thin solar panels are part of the Kimberley Smart Weight Technology. This Technology is all about reducing weight on your off-road camper trailer, off-road caravan or your 4WD. You can achieve amazing weight savings using super thin solar panels and lithium batteries.

To learn more about Kimberley Smart Weight saving watch the short video below. Bruce Loxton, owner of Kimberley Group, takes you on a quick tour overview of the super thin solar panels and lithium batteries you can use to achieve significant weight savings.


Replace AGM with Lithium batteries and Achieve significant weights savings
Lithium vs AGM InfographicMost modern off-road camper trailers and caravans use AGM batteries. These batteries are a good choice for your average application as they are compact, sealed, low maintenance and can withstand deep cycling (at least 50%). But they are HEAVY. A typical 35Ahr AGM battery can weigh 11kg! This weight quickly stacks up when you consider an average camper trailer or caravan may require 4-6 of them.

Lightweight Lithium batteries are now available to replace these heavy AGMs. The Kimberley 42Ahr Lithium battery shares the same footprint as the 35Ahr AGM batteries we have supplied for years. These are less than half the weight of the AGMs at only 5kg each! Plus these amazing batteries can be discharged to 90% so you can access so much more of the energy stored within them.

Here’s a short example of how much weight you can save with these Lithium Batteries.
Take a 6 x 35Ahr (210Ahr) AGM battery installation in a camper trailer. This would weigh at least 66kg just in batteries alone. Now replace those with Kimberley’s lightweight lithium batteries – you only need 4 x 42Ahr (168Ahr) to achieve the same usable capacity. This would weigh only 20kg! That’s a saving of 46kg!






Use Super Thin Solar Panels to save weight and reduce drag
glass vs super thin solar panelsGlass-based solar panels are efficient and work really well on top of buildings. However, buildings don’t get towed along through the air like caravans! Super thin solar panels use a layered sandwich construction that removes the need for heavy glass. When you remove the need for glass you no longer need a thick (at least 25mm) aluminium frame for protection and mounting. Super thin solar panels are only about 3mm thick! 

Super thin solar panels can bemounted directly to the roof of a caravan or vehicle canopy which reduces your wind drag and helps improve fuel economy – save money on your fuel bill.

You’ll also save weight with super thin solar panels.
A typical 50W glass solar panel weighs at least 5kg and is 25mm thick. Kimberley Super Thin solar panels can be 55W, 1.6kg and only 3mm thick. That’s a weight saving of more than 60%. TheKimberley Kruiser full-size off-road caravan uses Super Thin solar panels and lithium batteries to achieve a weight saving of up to 274kg!

Kimberley have a range of super thin flexible solar panels that can be bonded directly to the roof of camper vans, pop top caravans as well as most off road campers and caravans. They start as small as 13W and as large as 540W array of panels on their new Kimberley Kruiser Black Caviar off road caravan.

Table of size and weights available:
 All Panels 
1.8mm Thin
 Max. Output 
Power in Watts
 Can be joined to form 
a maximum size of
Length  Width  Weight in kg
 of each peice 
13.3W  13.3W  120W   450mm 300mm  0.6kg 
(more square) 
 13.5W  125W  900mm 150mm   0.6kg 
52W   52W  310W  1250mm 310mm   1.6kg
 55W  55W  330W  1050mm 370mm  1.6kg 
 88W  88W  528W 1232mm   738mm  4.1kg
 90W  90W  540W 1150mm   620mm  3.1kg

Kimberley super thin solar panels fitted to Kimberley Karavan off-road caravan (L) – 156W Flexible Super Thin Solar Panel Kit for camping and off-road camper trailers (M) – Super thin solar panels installed on canopy of Toyota Hilux ute (R).

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kimberley lithium batteries for campingThe combination with Lithium batteries is a natural fit. Lithium batteries have a charge efficiency of more than 95% and charge much faster than traditional AGM or Lead Acid batteries which have a charge efficiency in the 60% range. This means that when solar power is available, you can transfer this power charging Lithium batteries in less time. With solar, time is one of the most important parameters.

To learn more about Super Thin Solar and Lithium Batteries download the ebook below:

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Cameron Johnston | Kimberley Group  

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