Dear Joan and Norm,
Now that our BWANA has had two camping trips away, we thought it would be timely to let you know just how well it performed.
Our first trip departed Sydney some six weeks ago quite heavily loaded with the usual camping gear as well as large quantity of model aeroplane equipment (more about that later) and we travelled across the Hay Plains to Mungo National park. After 250 km of corrugated dirt roads the dust exclusion was quite impressive. From here it was on to Adelaide and The Great Ocean Road to Melbourne before returning home.
The points that stand out in my mind after 3787 km (in ten days with 2 small children) can be summarised as follows:
Towing- effortless, tows like a dream at all speeds. Sat on the speed limit all day.
Towing economy- Fantastic, careful calculations revealed $20 added to the fuel bill.
Setting up- easy, tent erects quickly on my own while Kathy entertains the children.
Weather proofing- Did not get wet once (only encounter moderate rain for 2 days)
Security- With trailer packed up, like fort Knox, say no more. With camper set up, excellent since nose cone is fully lockable.
The totally awesome carrying capacity of the BWANA had not only us amazed but fellow campers and friends in the modelling fraternity.
Trip number two was to Fraser Island, another 3640km, which is where we really put the BWANA to the test. Our tow vehicle is a new V6 Toyota Prado so I figured the soft sands of Fraser would give both a workout. With car tyres at 28psi and trailer at 20psi "we just ate it"
Since the trailer wheelbase is slightly wider than the Prado we are leaving two tracks in the sand but even in the softest sand getting on and off the beach we had no problems at all and the trailer behaved itself throughout.
Some of the inland tracks of Fraser, although not difficult, are quite rutted and undulating however the Bwana's long travel full independent suspension handled it with ease.
The fully galvanised trailer and the robust construction gives me great confidence that this is one piece of camping equipment that will last a very long time.
...the bwana also converts in under one minute from a camper trailer to a fully lockable goods trailer by simply lifting the lid and removing the camper dish.
Dear Joan and norm,
...just had to write and tell you how happy we are with our Kudu Trek On Road Trailer. We towed it behind a Rav 4 through floods at sandstone and Meekatharra, over the corrugations and 'jump-ups' of the infamous Gibb river road through the Pentecost River at El.Questro Station, and it was still in one piece after a night of gale force winds from the Southern Ocean at Cape LeGrand.
WHAT A TRAILER!!!!!!
A few excellent points we could mention:
- Easy and light to tow
- Sturdy enough to handle 3,000 klms of dirt tracks
- Great visibility
- 7 minutes to erect fully and have the 'cuppa' on
- Bed stays made up
- Water tight / Dust tight
Trip one: Yenda to Dubbo, Bourke, Longreach, Mt Isa, Tennant Creek,
Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra, El. Questro station, down the Gibb River Road, Derby, Broome, then Halls Creek, Daly waters, Alice Springs, Pt.Augusta, Broken hill, Mildura, Bendigo, Yenda.
Trip two: Yenda, Mildura, Pt. Augusta, Pt. Lincoln, Nullabor to Kalgoorlie, Sandstone, Meekatharra, Newman, Mt.Tom Price, Port Headland then down West Coast to Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Cape LeGrand, then cross country to Balladonia on Nullabor, Pt Augusta, Murray Bridge, Mildura, Yenda.
We towed the KUDU over 30,000 klms and not one problem.
Trip three: In July we plan to travel Cape York and across to Thursday Island. We are looking forward to this experience as we continue to travel through this unique and wonderful country of ours AUSTRALIA
Dear Norm & Joan
Just a few quick words about our Bwana, Firstly on the road it is a dream and you could easily forget it was there.
One trip in particular was to the Freshwater Camp ground near Double Island Point, Cooloola. We took the inland route from the Rainbow Beach road and believe me it was rough as guts and very narrow. To make matters worse it absolutely poured as we got in there making visibility etc pretty bad, although it probably improved traction in some of the steep soft sand sections.
Towing the trailer caused no problems and we certainly enjoyed the comforts when arrived at the campground.