for the kimberley kamper
In June this year we upgraded our existing Kimberley Kamper to a
newer model with a few extras. One of these extras was a boat loader
to enable us to easily take our kayaks camping. The kids and I also
enjoy Mountain Bike riding which lead me to design and build a bike
carrier for those times when we don’t take the kayaks.
I started off
by removing the boat loader. Once this was off I was able to plan
the build. This design is suited to those KK's that have or can have
a boat loader. It using the existing locating pin on the rack along
with an over centre catch on one side and the loader cradle bolt
hole on the other.
The bike rack
is made up from a length of 50x50x3 RHS, a few off cuts of 65x65x5
angle, an M8 bolt, a couple of nuts and pin, an over centre hook and
a few Thule through axle mount and I was away.
I started off
cutting the RHS to length followed by tacking on three pieces of
angle which were to become the mounting plates for the Thule
holders. Next was to cap the ends with angle which kept a similar
profile to the removed boat loader. One end required an M8 bolt
which would be used with two nuts and a small hitch pin to secure it
to one side of the kamper. The other side was capped and an over
centre hook was welded on to use the existing catch on the kamper.
There was also a hole drilled through the bottom to enable the
locating pin on the kamper to be utilised.
Next was to
drill the holes on the angle to accept the Thule holders, then a
coat of Silver Gal in keeping with the kamper’s rack.
steel rivets were used to secure the Thule holders to the rack. I’ll
keep an eye on these for signs of fatigue and may change one or two
on each over to bolts if required.
The test fit –
the far side is bolted and the near side uses the existing over
centre catch which is used to lock the boat loader down when fitted.
A closed up of the Thule holder – very secure and effective but I’ll
use a strap on the rear to hold the rear wheel or frame to stop
‘rear bounce’. Two bikes fitted – room for one in the middle for a
total of three MTB bikes.
thanks to Tim
Marshall for sharing this idea