The magic of Big Red with a lightweight off road camper trailer. Imagine the pleasure of connecting with nature in this sand dune wonderland. Paul Moir takes his VW Toureg and his Kimberley Kamper across the top of Big red. Paul reports: “Once we got the tyre pressures right for our setup 18/20/18 (front/rear/KK), we climbed up and over Big Red and the next 50 dunes out to Eyre Creek without any issue. There was no wheelspin and the Kimberley Kamper just followed like it does on any road. Our Kimberley Kamper weighed around 1.3-1.4 tonne packed up with 120 litres of water, including a second spare wheel and additional 20l fuel on the rear swing away.”
A campfire in the desert is like no other. Sparks rising upward towards the stars with glowing embers melting into the ground. You feel close to the origin of mankind and it can send chivers up your spine!
Do you have enough water? Are you well prepared for crossing sandy sections of track?
Desert Travel with lightweight off road camper trailer
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 this easy 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
- Low weight is essential
- Traps that increase “apparent weight”
- Importance of good Suspension
- Length and Ramp over angles
- Matching wheels tyres
Large Diameter Wheels and tyres
- Water – How much do we need?
Water tank configurations Dual Grey Water Tanks and Using reclaimed water
- 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
- What is the trend in energy use in a caravan?
- What size batteries to design for?
- The weight of adding batteries and solar
- The “weight effect” of Braking
A couple more aerial photos from the drone in the Simpson Desert, plus a few others in and around our desert campsite. We camped at Eyre Creek, approximately 20 kms west along the QAA Line from Big Red…. one very beautiful part of Australia. 6 weeks, 7100kms through northern NSW, out to Bourke and along the Darling, across to the Flinders and up the Strzelecki to Camerons Corner and Innamincka, then Cordillo Downs through to Birdsville and the Simpson. Home via Mt Moffatt/Carnarvon Gorge. And around 3,300kms offroad.
Paul adds: “Here is a link to our story on ClubTouareg.com and a drone video I took when we travelled out to Poeppel Corner and back. There is a short clip at the end with my wife driving up and over Big Red towing the Kimberley, as I flew the drone from the passenger seat. Unfortunately I mistakenly hit the stop record halfway up, so the remainder of the journey to the top of Big Red was only captured from the car on a GoPro.”
Well done Paul and pleasant Kamping!