IT’S A FIRST: Kimberley Kampers staff Kevin Clarke (rear), Jamie Butts (left) and Mathew Broad will export their first campervan to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
IT’S A FIRST: Kimberley Kampers staff Kevin Clarke (rear), Jamie Butts (left) and Mathew Broad will export their first campervan to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Doug Eaton

Kimberley Kamper sold to Saudi Arabia

WHEN a Saudi Arabian businessman next takes his family, and servants, on their annual camping holiday, there will be a bit of Ballina amongst the Bedouin tents.

Kimberly Kampers boss Bruce Loxton said the Saudi sale was a first for the company, which also exported its innovative range to the US, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Indonesia.

The recent Telstra Business Awards winner, manufactures a range of modern off-road camping gear, including an annex for its camper van called the 'Bedouin Awning'.

It seems this Saudi businessman was trawling the 'net for a new Bedouin tent for his family when he stumbled upon Kimberly Kampers.

After several on-line conversations with Mr Loxton the man bought a top of the line camper, sight unseen, for $58,000.

Among the many extras he ordered was a separate canvas annex for his servants, who cook and clean for the extended family on their camping trips.

“Ordinarily a traditional Bedouin tent takes about an hour to erect, but this man's Kimberly Kamper will be up and ready to use in less than 10 minutes,” said Mr Loxton.

Evidently Saudi Arabia is not all sand, with much mountainous country to the north of Riyadh, somewhat similar to the Flinders Range of South Australia.

So the off-road camper from Ballina will feel right at home.

Featured in the unit is a patented tropical roof, featuring two layers of canvas to insulate occupants from the blazing sun. There is also a heater to give comfort on cold desert nights.

Other options available to Kimberly Kamper customers include an array of eco-innovative products, like methanol-powered electricity generators, diesel hot water heaters, unbreakable LED lights, and teflon-coated vacuum toilets.

Those products are now available separately from the actual campers.

Mr Loxton said business was proving buoyant, despite threats from Chinese manufacturers.

“The Chinese are not campers,” Mr Loxton said. “They don't appreciate the details required



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