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Comparison of E Class Value with AOR Aurora off road Caravan

Comparison is with a competitive off-road caravan with very similar internal length, width and height.

Choice does involve personal taste and Kimberley makes no judgement on this with competitors products.
We do not criticize others.
Our goal is to get more people off road. Having new models at more affordable prices achieves this.
We are able to leverage the scalable investment Kimberley has made in the Kruiser series to give best value.

Single Axle is superior to a tandem axle Off Road have more flexibility to go anywhere.

Some National Parks like Bungle-Bungles do not allow Tandem vans.

Make
Off Road Caravan by AOR
Kimberley
Model
Price and Spec taken from published Spec by Manufacturer in April 2017.
Kimberley Kruiser E Class
Price matching
with options added and deducted for comparison
Benefits
Year
2017
2017
Drive away Price in Qld
$142,900
$79,940

 $96,760

$46,140+
Lower in Price!

With options to match

List below
Caravan
Caravan
Body Length Internal
5.67m
5.6m
Similar Internal Body length for comparison
Number of Berths
2
2 to 6
Plus 4 capable
Unladen Ball Weight - kg
175kg
150-200kg
Tare - kg
2,500 kg
 1,900 kg 
 Tare with Options 
500kgs lighter
ATM - kg
3,400 kg
 2,500 kg 
Doesn’t have the need to carry 110Kgs Black Water
Brakes
Al-Ko 12in disc brakes with electric/hydraulic iQ7 actuator with 1,000 PSI Max
Power Assisted electric/hydraulic actuator Disc Brakes with 1,200 PSI Max
1,200 PSI power assist gives 20%+ stopping power.
Parking Brake
??
Power assisted one touch
Frame
Fibreglass composite walls
Vacuum infused fibreglass with alloy frame and 15mm insulation
Cladding
Faceted lightweight fibreglass, insulated body with 15mm GRP
Wheels

17x8in offroad
Tyre and Rim Credit $1850

Choice
Tyre and Rim Credit $1005
 $845
Suspension
Springs
Air Suspension

Air Suspension gives superior ride over corrugations and rutted roads
Air springs give quick levelling in camp

Suspension Type
independent trailing arm with twin "twin tube" offroad shock absorbers
independent with 66mm Monotube Shocks (equivalent to 4 twin tube shocks per side)
Chassis
High tensile steel, laminated and powder-coated
Hot dipped galvanized
5 Year transferrable warranty
Hot Dipped Galvanized
Travel Length 
7.40m
6.4m
1.15m shorter
Travel Height
2.82m
2.9m
Interior Height
1.98m
1.96m
Overall Width Incl Awning
2.13m
2.23m
Heating and Cooling
Diesel Heating
Diesel Heating
$2,240
Air Conditioning
Dometic Saphire
Truma 3.1kW
 $3,600
Other Appliances
Can have 2000W induction cooker which can operate off 2000W inverter power
Battery System
2x100Ah Lithium
3x100Ah AGM
Upgrade to
200Ah Bluetooth Lithium
 $2500
Inverter
2000W
2000W
$1660
2000W has auto-cutover
Dc to Dc Charger
40A Redarc
25A Intervolt
$500
High Capacity Battery Charger
30A
50A
 $365
Solar Panels
4x120W
420W
 $2,820
Television
None Listed
Option $1265
24inch LED with integrated DVD
-$1,265
Lighting
LED
LED
Toilet
Seperate Tank 110L
Waterless no tank
 $1,260
Waterless Option is less weight and cleaner
Shower
Internal And External
Internal And External
 $960
Hot Water Service
14L Truma Gas
Diesel Hot water no tank
Faster, cheaper and safer than gas
Fresh Water Capacity - lt
1 x 140L plus 30L of second one.
190L+70L reclaimed
 $940
Water Capacity reserved
for Maceration toilet- lt
110L reserved for toilet
None needed
Option if grey
Grey Water Capacity - lt
If added, fresh water capacity reduces by 60L
70L additional Grey without impact to fresh water capacity
Significant water reduction if grey water chosen as fresh water capacity that is NOT reserved for toilet will be 220L -110L = 110L
Inside Benchtop
Laminated wood
Solid Surface (Corian equivalent)
 
Solid Surface is easier to maintain
Cooktop
Three-burner Thetford cooktop
Diesel or Indiuction inside
 $2,200
Cooktop Outside
2 Burner and Griller
Microwave
No
Yes
Microwave Addition
Fridge
146L 12V compressor

133L 12V Compressor
12L Freezer

$690 for Freezer
Washing Machine
None
2.5kg Standard
can be deducted
$-1,295
Washing machine gives complete independence.
Gas Cylinders
2x4.5kg
1 x 9kg
Internal Roof Hatch Fans
1
4
$-1,200
Possibly more power hatches
Additional Accomodation
None Listed
can add Double Bed plus bunks
Double plus bunks = 6
Aerodynamic and weight impact on travel range
Heavier and less aerodynamic
25%+ more range from standard vehicle tanks

Some important notes:

Suspension

With such a big range in payload (900kgs) because of the need to carry 100kgs of black water, the coil suspension system will be sub optimized.

The value of hot dipped galvanized steel for the chassis often poorly understood:

  • Hot dip galvanizing protects steel from corrosion by providing a thick, tough, metallurgically bonded zinc envelope, which completely covers the steel surface and seals it from the corrosive action of its environment.
  • Galvanizing’s cathodic protection for steel ensures that small areas of the base steel exposed through severe impacts or abrasion, are protected from corrosion by the surrounding galvanized coating.
  • During galvanizing the work is completely immersed in molten zinc and the entire surface is coated, even recesses and returns which often cannot be coated using other processes. Because of access holes in some of the RHS, internal surfaces are also coated simultaneously.

The value of air suspension:

  • The advantage of the air suspension is very significant on 2 ways: When travelling, you can glide accross the corrugations and rutted roads with more comfort and at a better speed. When camping, with the optional paddle air valves, you can adjust the height with uneven ground and get a perfectly level caravan in seconds. So easy!