Kimberley Karavan Future Classic: Review
Get back to basics with the no frills entry-level Kimberley Karavan that offers everything you could need in the great outdoors.
The Kimberley Classic retains many of the previous Karavan’s popular design features, notably the lightweight laser-cut and inter-locked galvanised steel chassis. However, some things have changed. The centre of gravity on all Karavans is now lower than on the first models for better offroad performance.
The dust and insect sealing around the slide-out bed module has progressively improved with innovations like the standard scupper hatch at the front end of the roof, which pressurises the interior when you’re on the move.
Setting up the camper remains an uncomplicated affair. Release the latches securing the upper body for travelling, open the door, pop down the sturdy tri-fold step and open the rear hatch. A button engages the electric motor to raise the roof, and from there you step in and push out the bed until it locks into its hard-shell sides and roof. It’s that simple.
The standard 2200x3000mm Kwik Awning that erects without ground poles provides shelter for the outside kitchen area and doorway on those warmer days.
No one pretends the Karavan’s ensuite is roomy, but it does its job well enough, keeping the camper’s interior dry if you shower intelligently with the curtain screen in place and refrain from using the "telephone" showerhead as a microphone.
Despite its compact interior, the Karavan cools down quite quickly on a stinking hot day, with twin front and central rear roof hatches and sliding windows all-round, providing plenty of flow-through air.
Hits & Misses
- Timeless, cutting-edge design
- High-quality construction and finish
- Lower-tech than other Karavan models
- Suitability for remote area living — in comfort
- Much keener price!
I would have liked…
- A single-piece door
Kimberley Karavan Future Classic Specs
- Tare 1680kg
- ATM 2200kg
- Ball weight 120kg+
- Suspension Trailing arm independent with coil springs and twin-tube shock absorbers
- Brakes Electronic disc brakes
- Coupling Treg offroad
- Chassis Laser-cut interlocked, hot-dipped galvanised steel
- Body Monocoque fibreglass composite
- Wheels/tyres 15in offroad steel wheels
- Box size 4950x1910x2190mm
- Length (hitch to tail lights) 5190mm
- Awning 2200x3000mm
- Gas cylinders 2 x 4kg
- Water 1 x 120L and 1 x 70L
- Cooktop Two-burner diesel cooktop/griller inside and two-burner gas cooktop/griller outside
- Kitchen External slide-out with stainless steel sink and preparation area
- Fridge 133L upright compressor fridge/freezer
- Entertainment system Optional
- Lighting LED
- Battery Combined 200Ah AGM batteries
- Hot water Diesel instantaneous
- Shower Toilet/shower combo internal; external optional
- Solar 220W roof-mounted panels
Price as Shown
The full test appears in CamperTrailer Australia #86 March 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!