Our Aussie Swag Camper
Well we've finally scraped enough cash together for a camper. After using a Kimberley Kamper for 18 months in the late 90's, we knew what features our new camper needed to have. It had to have a hard floor, stainless slide out kitchen, independent suspension, plenty of storage space and be comfortable for 2 adults and 2 kids so this narrowed it down to two which we considered the best - the Kimberley and the Aussie Swag. It was very close between the two but at the end of the day it was the Aussie Swag Camper that came out on top. Main reasons were its great build quality, more storage space, great looks and the fact that the factory is only 20 minutes from where we lived.
With the manufacturer settled on it was down to Brendale to go through the options we wanted. The Rover LX fitted the bill nicely so with only a couple of minor alterations we signed the papers. We decided to match the wheels of the camper to that of the Patrol however AL-KO would not warrant the use of alloys with their wheel studs so I had to source some Patrol ones so the hub could be set-up to suit. Genuine Nissan ones turned out to be $15 a stud which was way too much so a search on the internet revealed aftermarket ones for $4 each (bought the rear studs which are longer than the front). These were dropped off to Aussie Swag who then organised for fitment. All up construction lasted 9 weeks which seemed to take forever to go by but it was with great relief that we finally picked up our new baby on 20th August.
After much consideration on the design the 12 volt system I wanted, I have come up with what I believe is the ideal setup for our requirements. You can see what I have designed by going to my 12v System page. I have also explained in detail my Solar charging system exploits and how I worked out what we needed to be self sufficient for a week.
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Our 2004 Aussie Swag Rover LX Camper came standard with:
Some changes and additions we've made since purchase:
I have finally gotten around to taking some photo's of the inside of the camper to show the way we have it set up.
Here we have a our snug bed. Flannel sheets and a pure Wool doona mean we are never cold or hot. In case of extremely cold weather, we have 2 blankets in a side pocket. The kids sleep on bunk beds with -5° sleeping bags to keep them warm. When it is time to pack up, we lay the semi assembled bunks on the bed with the sleeping bags on top followed by our pillows and a tarp to keep all the dirt and any moisture off.
The photo's above are of our 12V DC system setup. A more detailed description of the setup can be viewed at our 12V DC system page.