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Date Registered: 02-2011
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X-Trail and a Kimberley Kamper?


My Brother in law has moved overseas for a year or two and leant us hi Kinberley Kamper (lucky us!)

Has anyone had any experience in towing a Kimberley Kamper with an x-trail? I'm worried about the ball weight mainly.

He has also encouranged us to fit electric brakes to the x-trial. Anyone have any good tips for someone to fit them in Melbourne for me?

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If you are concerned about the towball weight, load the camper with all your stuff towards the rear, that way there will less towball weight.
I would still install electric brakes if the camper has them.

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Re: X-Trail and a Kimberley Kamper?


You can move SOME weight to the rear - but not all of it to the point of no weight on the ball.

Remember to have at least 7 to 10% of the weight of the trailer on the ball otherwise your trailer will be unstable and unsafe (it will tend to get the "sways" at speed).

Also - to have heavy items at the rear can cause a "Pendulum" effect (imagine a rod with heavy end weights compared to the weights being in the centre of the rod); heavy items are best over the trailer axle. Medium weight items a little away from centre.

There is a thread here somewhere discussing all of this, how to calculate and what the exy can handle.

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quote:

Translucidus wrote:
There is a thread here somewhere discussing all of this, how to calculate and what the exy can handle.



Yep, I believe ]THIS is the thread you're referring to.

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JoBloggs wrote:

Has anyone had any experience in towing a Kimberley Kamper with an x-trail?



G'day Paddy

We towed something similar 8,000 kms around central Australia in July 2009 without any hassles or concerns what-so-ever. Most of the trip was on the black stuff, but we did venture onto some very rough corrugated roads heading into Kings Canyon, NT.

Here are a couple of pics that show the Odyssey Camper Trailer hitched to our exy (fully loaded, complete with water, fuel & gas bottles).

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We didn't need to fit electric brakes as the trailer had its own 10" electric brakes (plus handbrake). I'd be checking with Kimberley Kampers first, but it would be a good idea to have them fitted to your car for added safety.

Good luck with the conversion and we look forward to seeing some exciting trip reports & pics from you emoticon


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JoBloggs wrote:

We didn't need to fit electric brakes as the trailer had its own 10" electric brakes (plus handbrake). I'd be checking with Kimberley Kampers first, but it would be a good idea to have them fitted to your car for added safety.

Good luck with the conversion . . . .



If you're suggesting fitting Electric Brakes to the car I think there is a missunderstanding.

When the trailer has Electric Brakes you need to fit an Electric Brake Controller to your car to enable the Trailers electric brakes - the controller in the car is part of the electric braking system and the trailer brakes won't work without it.

You don't modify the car to have electric brakes.

Hey loafer I hope I didn't missunderstand what you meant.

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Check the compliance plate of the Kimberly Kamper if the towball weight and ATM are less than your cars rated towing capacity then you are ok. An electric brake controller is a legal requirement because the the Kamper has electric brakes and has an ATM of more than 750kg, you will be very glad you have it if you want to stop quickly.

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How was your experience towing the KK

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