Weight distribution and stability in an off road caravan

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Aug 8, 2014 1:26:00 PM

You have all see those caravans with 2 large spare wheels hanging off the back of the rear bumper. You may have thought, “that looks safe and protects the rear”. It may well do but there is a far higher probability this caravan will be less stable because of the weight distribution.

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Topics: off-road camper trailers, light weight off-road caravans, air suspension, suspension, offroad caravans, coupling hitch for lightweight off-road caravan, weight distribution, rear wheel carrier, drawbar weight

4 Berth Option for Kimberley Karavan with less than a minute to setup

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Apr 24, 2014 5:36:00 PM

The Kimberley Karavan is the only off-road caravan in its class that travels in the same width and similar height as a medium 4WD. The patented slide-out and electric lifting function turns it into a caravan with the highest head room in the industry. However, it was originally designed for 2 people. There has been growing demand for a 4 berth option. This is now available and typical with Kimberley, its sets up in less than a minute.

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Topics: offroad caravan, off-road caravan light weight, light weight off-road caravans, 4 Berth caravan, bunk beds

Hybrid Energy Systems with Lithium Batteries in Off-Road Caravan

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Mar 4, 2014 3:25:00 PM

More than 10 years ago, portable generators introduced mobile power for off-road caravans. Overnight, this changed the comfort level with the ability to run air-conditioners in particular. Now there is an incredible step change again: 240V air-conditioners operated from lithium batteries.

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Topics: off-road caravan, lithium batteries, super thin solar panels, 12V airconditioning, light weight off-road caravans, flexible solar panels, hybrid energy

What is best Choice from 3 outside kitchens for off road caravans

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Jul 29, 2013 9:21:00 AM

Kimberley provide a choice of 3 different outside kitchen in their off road caravans. Why go to so much trouble? What are the reasons for the alternatives?

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Topics: off-road caravan, off-road camper trailers, light weight off-road caravans, outside caravan kitchen, weberQ babyQ, BBQ, stainless kitchen, drawer fridge, outside fridge

Night Sky photograph filled with Stars while Camping

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Jul 5, 2013 12:38:00 AM

If you love photography, and travel Australia, read about the most professional setup in an off road caravan for camera charging, backing up data and networking. You may blog/post your images and stories or save for later. Either way, you dont want to lose any data or images so backing up all your material is essential. Dust, heat and vibration are the enemy of cameras or laptops so having a professional system in the caravan or camper trailer makes life easier.

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Topics: offroad caravan, off-road caravans for sale, off-road camper trailers, off-road caravan light weight, light weight off-road caravans, night sky camping, outside caravan kitchen, digital photography camping, digital darkroom caravans, wi-fi, networks

Split Air-conditioning keeps Off Road Caravan Height below 2100mm

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Jun 13, 2013 5:18:00 PM

One of the universal problems with caravans is their travel height and subsequent storage height. The development of the "pop top" caravan solved this issue but introduced the added problems of poor insulation and space utiliztion with this limited design. The Kimberley Karavan is an off road caravan that unfolds automatically with electric finger touch controls. It has a builtin "slide out" with a Super Queen Size Bed that takes a simple hand operation to engage. The benefit of this is a lower travel height similar to your 4WD. Combined with the feature of being the same width as a 4WD it can go where ever your vehicle can travel.

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Topics: offroad caravan airconditioning, off-road caravans, light weight off-road caravans, lightweight offroad caravan fuel consumption, air suspension, fuel economy, low height

Using a Freezer in an off road caravan or off road camper trailer

Posted by Bruce Loxton

Apr 19, 2013 4:32:00 PM

Virtually every home has quick access to a freezer. It is therefore easy to imagine the benefits of a scaled down freezer as part of your off road kit. When travelling off road, gas fridges (3-way) are not practical so you will be using some form of 12V compressor based refrigeration. 12V freezers can consume up to three times the amount of energy compared to a fridge. Freezer design and size will dictate both larger battery and solar capacities. This adds to both cost and weight. Is it worth it? 

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Topics: lithium batteries, off-road caravan kitchen, light weight off-road caravans, portable solar panels, freezer for off-road caravans, freezerfor off-road camper trailers

A guide to Transporting Bicycles with an Off-road Caravan

Posted by Cameron Johnston

Jan 30, 2013 3:47:00 AM

Bicycles are a great way to explore your favourite remote Australian camping destinations. But transporting bicycles with a light weight offroad caravan creates a unique set of challenges that require some creative thinking. Before you chose how to do it,  you need to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods available to you.

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Topics: off-road caravans, light weight off-road caravans, transporting bicycles

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The Kimberley Karavan, a lightweight folding off road caravan that can go anywhere. Kimberley Karavans are unique with their internal shower and toilet, comfortable internal seating and luxury finishes.