Comfort with Canvas

Inside Comfort on a Cold Wet night in a cosy Queen size Bed

Camper trailers can have the latest in electrical technology and expansive kitchen but between you and the stars at night is canvas. For this reason, we take the canvas work seriously. We do not outsource the manufacture of the canvas tent or awning or any canvas accessories. They are all manufactured in house. Below is a list of canvas awnings and frequently asked questions:

Kimberley Kamper Limited Edition Offroad Camper Trailer

Choice of Canvas Packs
Kiwk Awning Extended Awning with Valance Bedouin Awning
Awning Width
2.0m 2.4m 2.6m (at widest point)
Awning Length
6.7m 6.7m 6.7m
Designed For

Kwik overnight stops. can be setup without need for any vertical poles. Can have 2 end poles added to pull down for night.

Clears keep out the wind and yet let light in the awning area.

For stays 2 days+. Has been tested with 40knot gusts and still standing (only brand still standing). Is built with traditional valance and dropped wall design for robust protection. For stays 4 days+. Has the largest undercover awning area of any camper trailer. The trademark bedouin walls give some privacy without all the walls up and is built with traditional valance and dropped wall design for robust protection.
Approx time to setup
less than 3 mins 15mins 30mins
Can it stay on Kamper all the time?
YES NO NO
Draught Skirt
Same Draught Skirt for every awning that wraps around the back of the camper for 360 degree coverage.
Canvas Mesh Walls Package

Lightweight walls and mesh door and 2 mesh windows

Walls Zip onto Awning and velcro together

Standard walls with door and more windows

Walls velcro onto Awning and velcro together

Standard walls with door and more windows

Walls velcro onto Awning and velcro together

Window Cover
Clear Plastic Marine grade clears Canvas covers that zip down Canvas covers that zip down

What is so special about Australian Canvas?

Australian canvas is special for one reason, it breathes in the hot weather and seals against the rain in cold wet weather. How does it do that?

Australian Canvas has at least 60% natural cotton which swells when it is wet yet breathes and is “open” when dry. The thread we use is Coates “wicking” thread which also closes and swells when wet. So in the hot dry heat, it breathes and in the wet it is water proof.

 

Our trained staff use ultra-fine needles, 2 sizes smaller than the manufacturers recommend; and their quality of workmanship is superior.

All the canvas is both designed and made by us in our factory. The designs avoid multiple seams on pressure areas by giving both strength and seam tightness.

 

Do you measure canvas quality by the weight?

Not really. Although heavier canvas can withstand a falling branch better than lighter weight canvas, the true measure of quality is the waterproof and the way the canvas opens and breathes in the heat. This is a combination of the quality of the raw material and the way it is sewn.

Our roof material is75 x 44 threads per inch with a much finer 100 x 68 threads per inch for the tropical roof. This combination gives both strength / water proof and yet breathes.

All the material we use is 750mm hydrostatic head which means a 4cm column of water 750mm high will not yield one drop of water through the canvas.

We use 8 oz, 11 oz, 12oz and 15 oz canvas. The weight of the canvas has very little determination on the quality of the construction.

 

What is the life of the canvas?

We have campers built in 1994 that have tents that are still nearly perfect. The quality depends on how well the canvas has been looked after. We expect a 20 year+ life from the canvas.

 

What do you do to look after the canvas?

Virtually nothing other than brush it clean. Never use detergents or special “wunder” cleaners. Just use common sense to look it.

 

 

Will we get condensation under the mattress or inside the sleeping area of the Kamper?

 

Our solution is the waterproof under mattress heater. It uses high efficiency and safe 12V dielectric technology that automatically cuts off the heating at a pre-set temperature. This means the het generated radiates up through the mattress, drying it of any moisture in high humidity and heating the bed for cold nights. All that’s needed is a timer.

The Membrane Heater is a self-regulating, thin, flat and flexible sheet heater that provides even heat with no hot spots.

 

Being self-regulating, the element will vary the heat it generates relative to the surrounding temperature. The colder the temperature, the higher the heatoutput and inversely, the warmer the temperature, the lower the heat-output.

 

This self-regulating characteristic heater to provide even, gentle heating with no burnout as typical of constant wattage heating elements. In addition, this even heat-output allows the heater to be safely used in conjunction with a wide range of low-temperature materials

 

We will be in freezing conditions at night. What are the heater options?

We export to the USA and every unit is shipped with a diesel powered heater. At the lowest setting it will keep the kamper above 17°C inside. At the highest setting, it will keep the kamper and the awning comfortable. It is controlled by a remote control unit that is by you in bed. After you have had a week away with the heater, there is no going back!

 

What if it belts down with rain in the middle of the night?

Our front and side windows zip up from the inside. You do not have to go outside. Only our rear window has an outside only zip. On our extended tent this is angled back to the floor and is less likely to get water inside if it is left open

Is there anything more important the staying dry?

Yes. The kamper MUST be midge proof. ( or sandfly proof or no-see-em proof)

This takes quite a thorough approach to the design. There are 2 doorways to our kampers and each doorway has 2 doors. The inside door is meash only and totally velcroes against the hard floor edge and the canvas sides to make the unit insect proof. The outdoor hangs outside the kamper and makes it water proof.

 

What about ventilation?

There are mesh windows on all four sides. Comfort is ideally achieved from the tropical roof which sits at least 200mm above the tent roof. This allows for air flow between the layers making it cooler in the heat and warmer in the cold.

 

Condensation is virtually non-existent with the tropical roof. The temperature rise is less in colder nights between the layers.

 

Can you leave your bed made up?

Yes. A white plastic sheet is placed on top of the bed so that when the Camper folds up any loose material on the floor does not enter the bed.

 


What about lighting inside?

We use LED lighting in the roof that has a high blue spectrum. This minimises the number of insects (compared to halogen/ standard LED or fluorescent light). The lighting is also long and low intensity per meter. It stays inside the roof when folded and is patented by Kimberley Kampers. We use the same lighting under the bed to see inside the underbed storage drawer and as a “night light”. It consumes about 1Watt.

 

For reading, there are individual reading lights which are LED with reading book pockets on both sides as standard.

Can I store other items on top of the bed when it is travelling?

Yes, we travel with collapsible bunk beds, a folding table and 2 chairs on top of the bed before we close the Camper. (If you use a thick doona then this load may be too thick, and you store the chairs under the back of the bed).

Open Research into Off-road Camper Trailers
Our goal is to get more Australians to experience all of Australia

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Canvas for camper trailers is vastly different to that for a tent.

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