Waterless toilet seals Ballina business's record export deal

IF you're out in the desert, the last place you want to see water disappear to is down the toilet.

Hence a water-less toilet in an off-road camper trailer built in Ballina, and the water-saving features of a luxury off-road caravan, were the oasis for which an Abu Dhabi buyer was looking.

SAVING WATER IN THE DESERT: Federal member for Page, Kevin Hogan (left) with managing director of Ballina’s Kimberley Kampers, Bruce Loxton, explaining some of the water-saving features in the Kimberley Kruiser, one of two products bound for a customer at Abu Dhabi.
SAVING WATER IN THE DESERT: Federal member for Page, Kevin Hogan (left) with managing director of Ballina’s Kimberley Kampers, Bruce Loxton, explaining some of the water-saving features in the Kimberley Kruiser, one of two products bound for a customer at Abu Dhabi. Graham Broadhead

And the purchase of the Kimberley Kamper products, valued at a total of $250,000, is now a record one-off export for the Ballina company established by managing director Bruce Loxton 10 years ago and employing 100 people.

He last Friday proudly showed Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, the insides and out of the Kimberley Kamper and the Kimberley Kruiser.

Mr Hogan was impressed, not just with the business deal the Ballina company has made, but he said he was a bit envious the Kimberley products left his own caravan looking very ordinary.

Mr Loxton said the Abu Dhabi buyer had Googled water-saving features in his search for an off-road camper trailer and caravan.

The Kimberley Kamper has the chemical-free, water-less, composting toilet which uses peat and circulating air to break down solids aerobically.

Meanwhile, the luxurious Kimberley Kruiser has a 200-litre general-use water tank, a 120-litre drinking water tank and a 70-litre grey water tank which is then used in the washing machine and to flush the toilet. The Kruiser also has a water converter that transforms salt water into fresh water.

Add to that windows designed to provide a panoramic view, plush seating, flat-screen televisions, a fridge and freezer, and the desert suddenly doesn't seem like a harsh place at all.

Kimberley Kampers currently also exports to the United States, Europe, Canada and Alaska.



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