One of Australia’s true off-road caravan innovators has ventured into the off-road campervan segment on a massive scale. Kimberley Kampers has made her own take on the popular two-berth Mercedes-Benz Sprinter all-terrain camper, designed to keep campers entertained in the hottest and most treacherous parts of the Outback.
Staying connected via Starlink satellite service, it offers two kitchen areas that transform local ingredients into multi-course meals and seamlessly transform into smart, spacious remote palaces for adventurous days and restful nights.
For three decades, Kimberly has been building some of Australia’s most impressive rugged and luxurious caravans, including the hybrid extender pictured below.
Dubbed simply the ‘Karavan’, the model stands out for its twin-hull powered lift expandability, allowing it to grow from a solid lowrider tractor to a roomy full-height hard-wall livable vehicle.
The Kimberley’s new camper doesn’t offer the Karavan range’s power-extending feature – there’s not even an optional pop-up roof on this purpose-built two-sleeper. The Kruiswagen does have some mobile hardware, however, including a slide-out galley for outdoor cooking and an electric lift-up bed that keeps the full-width rear dining table free and clear during the day. At night, at the push of a button, the bed slowly lowers onto a fold-out dinette at the edge of the kitchen counter, creating a queen-sized sleeping area.
A dual-use design at the rear of the van opens the center of the van into a spacious double-sided galley that spans the aisle. To the driver’s right there is a bamboo veneered shelving unit with an open bench top and an available under-counter microwave, next to an upright 130 liter fridge/freezer. On the passenger side, the long, low galley area features a portable single-plate induction hob or built-in two-plate induction hob (depending on specification) as well as a sink and ample bench space.
Those who prefer to cook in the open can have this option built into the rear corners of their on-road/off-road camping cruisers. The slide-out galley on the passenger side has its own small sink and two-burner stove. A gas or electric Weber grill can replace the range, adding some grilling power that’s always welcome.
Back in the car, the wet bathroom is located behind the driver’s seat, which doesn’t swivel, and contains a shower and a composting toilet. Opposite, an optional movable table provides a dining nook and workstation for the swivel passenger seat.
For its promised off-grid capability, the Kruiswagen is equipped with a base-level 48 V electrical system with a 2 kWh smart battery, a 3,600 W pure sine wave inverter and a 200 W rooftop solar charging system. Buyers can upgrade the system to up to 10 kWh of battery power and 800 W of rooftop solar. An available Starlink prep kit easily plugs into a Starlink satellite dish for ubiquitous internet, and an optional Cel-Fi Go 4G cellular booster enhances coverage throughout the Outback.
The Kruiswagen’s water storage system provides 110 liters of fresh water, complemented by an available 86 liter dedicated potable water tank, while the Kimberley’s optional external Visi-Flow system allows Kruiswageneers to bypass the onboard water storage and pump river or lake water into non- daily use. Potable use, such as outdoor hot/cold showers. Waterless toilets eliminate the need to use precious fresh water for flushing and the hassle of storing and dumping black water.
Other standard and available onboard features include diesel air and water heating, air conditioning, Bluetooth sound system, 28” Smart TV and LED interior and exterior lighting. The van is based on a long-wheelbase Sprinter AWD with a 2-inch lift and BFG A/T tires. Optional vehicle upgrades include winch-mounted crash bars, snorkels, skid protection, Adventure roof racks, Maxtrax traction plates and a 93-liter remote fuel tank.
Kimberley launched the Kruiswagen last month, a campervan in two different sizes with prices starting at AU$189,063 (about US$125,400).
Kimberley provides the full Kruiswagen below, highlighting standard features and differences between the base-level Classic model and the higher-level Ecoscape, priced at AU$238,995 (US$160,000).
Kimberley Kruiswagen – Worldwide launch – Kimberley Kampers’ new Class B motorhome
source: Kimberly Campers