Category Archives: Kimberley Kampers

GVM weight compliance for caravans and Trailers

digital-gvm-weight-measurement-caravanWith a crackdown by Roads and Traffic Authorities on vehicle and caravan weights, it is critical that the GVM weight compliance of every trailer or caravan shipped is easily documented for the customer.

Kimberley using Digital technology with easy single reference display

The technology used by Kimberley shows all the weight data using 4 digital sensors on ground pads. The data is transmitted to a remote control pad. By placing the remote control pad near the VIN number and photographing the 2 items, the customer receives the compliance record of the GVM, the drawbar weight and the Tare weight of the unit.
Note the digital display shows the position for each sensor and the value to one decimal place.

GVM, ATM, Drawbar weight and Combined vehicle Mass:

GVM-weight-compliance-caravanGVM is the vehicle’s “gross vehicle mass” calculated by adding the weight that each axle has on the road. For a 4WD, the front axle and rear axle weights are added fo give the GVM. For a trailer or caravan, the GVM is simply the axle loads (both axles for a tandem trailer). The drawbar weight becomes part of the vehicle weight and vehicle GVM.

The other published capacity is “Combined Vehicle Mass”. This adds the caravan axle(s) load, which is called the caravan GVM to the 4WD’s GVM. As you can see, GVM is always a measure taken from the axle weights on the road. This will be all 3 or 4 axle (if tandem) weights on the road.

The road and traffic authorities generally check “Combined Vehicle Mass” by weighing each axle. They DON’T weigh the total caravan weight. They weigh the axles, one at a time. They then add up the axle weight and compare your actual weight with the maximum shown on the compliance plate. If you are over the number on the vehicle compliance plate, they may ask you to make a correction to move on. Can you?

Why the authorities don’t measure the “ATM” weight of the caravan?

Between the main bulk of the caravan and the road is the suspension. The suspension plays a vital role in caravan stability. And within the suspension, the tyres: their loading, rating and performance is critical. An engineering consultant experienced in serious caravan accidents related to the author that in his many years of experience, suspension and tyres were the root cause of the majority of serious accidents. In some cases, the tyres were over loaded to their specification.

This is one of the reasons why the roads and traffic authorities want to weigh the vehicle and the caravan axles. They want to then calculate the tyre loads, check the tyre ratings and ensure they are within specification.

What are the GVM results for this finished unit?

The GVM is 454kgs and 499kgs = 953kgs. The drawbar weight is 172.5kgs (this reduces significantly once the water tanks are filled)

Towball weight is added to vehicle GVM

It is not uncommon to find a caravan within specification but a vehicle over specification.
People load the vehicle with gear to “lighten” the load on the caravan.
Please watch this! Pay attention to the maximum payload of your vehicle.
The towball or drawbar weight adds to the vehicles GVM NOT to the caravan/trailer’s GVM.
For this reason, caravans with heavy towball weights add a lot of weight to the rear axle of the vehicle. In fact, the vehicle’s compliance plate has the maximum rear (and front) axles loading and these numbers are used during checks by the road and traffic authorities.
Note that published “kerb weights” include all fuel tanks full.

Design weight may be far higher than ATM

Some people confuse the ATM with the design loading level of a caravan. For off road applications we increase the “safety factor” of our engineering design considerably.
The Kruiser E Class is designed for a total weight of 3,000kgs whereas the ATM is 2500kgs.

Ballina June 1st 2017

2017 Kimberley Kamper at sunrise

2017 Model Kimberley Kamper with 85L upright fridge

2017 Model Kimberley Kamper

Packed with many new features in 2017

No longer have to dig for that item in the chest fridge

The 85 litre upright fridge allows you to open and pluck drinks straight out. Don’t worry anymore about finding “smashed eggs” after the kids have taken drinks. The top freezer section will hold that special ice cream and make ice cubes for you every day. The old concern of “loosing all the cold’ in an upright is smashed with the 280W of available solar and the 200Amphr Bluetooth Lithium battery.

upright 85L fridge Upright 85L fridge[/caption]

A separate Freezer for quick chilling drinks or food for all the family

On the driver’s side on a dedicated slide is a compact 12L freezer that will drop to -18 deg C. You can also use it as a second fridge. Pack more fifteen cans in here for immediate chilling or hold a rack of lamb and ice cream for a special dinner treat. This italian designed ABS finished freezer uses half the power that you would expect. Lift it out for day trips and pop in the back of the car. It is low profile and the only one of it’s type in the market.

12L Freezer in Kimberley Kamper 12L Freezer on slide in Kimberley Kamper[/caption]

Kick the billy – instant hot water and “no hands” auto dispense for a hot cuppa

This instant hot water station provides 100 deg C hot water after you place your cup underneath. Keep your bickie in one hand and just wait for the cup to fill then move it away for an auto dispense. This patented technology always returns the water in the tube to the 12V system and is certified in Europe for health and safety.

instant hot water with auto-dispense

instant hot water with auto-dispense in 2017 model Kimberley Kamper

Sunset with your favourite music streaming from a Bluetooth Soundbar

Camping and music can go hand in hand with your sunset drinks hour. If this is your style, then our soundbar will stream your music. Operating on 12V, this system has the “standby” feature to drop back to virtually no power until you are ready to stream.

bluetooth streaming soundbar in 2017 Kimberley Kamper

bluetooth streaming soundbar in 2017 Kimberley Kamper

280W of Black Optima Solar – just the very best!

To power the devices above you need the maximum solar power with the latest technology. We have increased the maximum solar capacity to 280W. This is now the upgraded Black Optima Solar with high efficiency cells. The 280W array weighs less than 12 kgs. The base solar panel on the Gullwing lid is now a 70W Black Optima Solar panel. Inside the lid , you can store another 3 x 70W panels that fold out into a 210W array. These can be remote from the Kamper if it is in the shade. Just plug in and leave it charge. The 70W panel is now standard in 2017 in every model.

200Ahr Bluetooth controlled Lithium Battery

Step into the best available Lithium battery system with a 200Ahr battery monitored from your smartphone. This capacity is equivalent to 400Amps in AGM technology.

Not only do you get the convenience of higher capacity but you get a huge weight saving of more than 120 kgs compared to the AGM equivalent.

smartphone monitored lithium battery

smartphone monitored lithium battery

Virtual instant hot shower at any time

This can include out patented “visiflow” system that will lift 4m of water from a stream or billabong. You can have a hot shower within minutes by simply clicking in the shower hose.


Not all these features are included in every model but they are available as an upgrade for every model. Want to know more….

Download a new brochure and detailed pricelist by clicking here after February 8th release date.

Visit a dealer in all mainland states of Australia. Find your dealer by clicking here.

See it at a show in 2017 by clicking here (check with the dealer if the new model will be on display as demand is high)

Visit our facebook page by clicking here or instagram page at @kkoffroad for up to date videos and product details

Kimberley Team in Ballina

February 5th 2017

Portable Wood Stove packs some punch at 3kW

Portable wood burning stove in a Kimberley KamperThere are many National Parks and other locations where it is difficult if not impossible to get firewood. A Kimberley Kamper is designed to carry firewood on top of the Gullwing Pack. However, an open fire consumes a lot of firewood which may not last long if you are dependent on carrying wood in.

The Scandinavians camp in cold weather and are very resourceful with this folding portable slow burning wood stove. It packs a punch of heat with a 3kW rating. What we like about this model is that it has glass on 3 sides which accommodates a bigger group of people sitting around it.

Using the Portable Wood Stove with the Ultra Light Bedouin Awning

Ultra light bedouin awning on kimberley camper

The stove is perfect with the new Ultra Light Bedouin Awning. The flue protrudes through the Bedouin flaps and then goes vertical. There is a spark arrestor at the top of the flue. The clever exhaust system will extract the smoke efficiently. There are adjustable air flow vents on the front door.

It takes minutes to setup and arrives in a purpose built wooden box. The box stores perfectly in the drivers side of the Gullwing pack. The flue sections also pack in here.

Wood Stove in side Kimberley Kamper

Eco-Friendly and Efficient

This is both eco-friendly and glamping at its best. Wood is conserved and the comfort of the fire is brought right inside the bedouin awning making the heating more efficient.

Flue assembles with circular clamps

The flue comes in 5 pieces and assembles by using circular clamps. These are a little fiddly to apply but really secure the flue nicely. A vertical post goes in the ground to support the vertical section of the flue.

There is a Winter Special that will include this item available from Kimberley Dealers from March  24th 2016.

Thanks to Gavin Ger for his resourceful research and preparation of the unit.

Portable wood stove in a Kimberley Kamper