Paul Brogan of Kampacons was very pleased to send us off on a daytrip with his latest creation, the Vamoose! Designed for a quick getaway, the Vamoose was ready to go. Paul has been in the RV industry for over 12 years now and runs this family business from his premises at Moorebank in Sydney.
Paul says that the company believes the customers' needs are of the utmost importance. The entire team is committed to meeting those needs. This has led many customers to send their friends and family to see Paul for their conversions.
Paul is happy to convert the customer's vehicle, or to supply a complete new one. This gives the customer complete flexibility in the type of vehicle they drive. The Vamoose is based on a Renault Master long wheelbase. Renault has an excellent reputation and this vehicle is a pleasure to drive.
We drove the camper to a quiet spot so we could investigate the features and enjoy a relaxing day by the water. Our drivers found the Renault excellent to drive with good vision, large mirrors, large windows and smooth gear changes. The driver's seat is very comfortable, with good armrests. The steering is not too light and there is plenty of pick-up and good fuel economy (10.5L/100km according to Paul). A reversing camera is an option that we would recommend for safety.
The gas bottles are stored in a storage locker under the bed at the rear of the camper. The gas box is a sealed unit with a drain/vent in the bottom and is kept closed by the back door and a key lock. When you close the back door, it closes the gas door so that it can't be left open. I like the attention to detail shown here.
The Fiamma F65 awning on the side is very easy to operate. A simple turn of the winder and it rolls out. Support legs drop down to attach to the camper or become freestanding.
The pinstriping on the camper is not very striking, as it seems to be more concerned with advertising than being eye-catching. This is only a minor point and in no way affects the quality of the unit. When I spoke about this to Paul, he stated that the website information will be removed as it is only on the display unit, and Paul wants to keep the look simple instead of bold and fl ashy like every other RV on the market.
The layout of the Vamoose is simple, uncluttered and effective. The driver and passenger's seats are comfortable to sit on and swivel towards the rear when relaxing. The passenger's seat swivels a full 360 degrees.
There is a front shower and centre kitchen along with a separate dinette. The double bed runs across the rear of the camper. All in all, it's a good use of space.
Paul recently launched the Vamoose publicly and he was delighted with the response. Pauls says, "Customer comments on the van were extremely positive. The two main things commented on were the amount of extra space in the rear of the van and the fact the bed can be made up permanently. This extra space is made available by the shower being up front and having the dinette at the rear of the van.
With the bed set up permanently and the separate dinette seats available all the time, there is no need to clutter the rear of the van with the shower right next to the bed. The fact that the bed can be set up all the time and still use the dinette sets our design apart from the rest." The rear bed is a full-time double bed and the dinette can convert to a single bed and two additional seatbelts can be added to the camper. Paul says the layout can also be built as two singles, making more lounge area during the day if customers prefer.
The whole camper has a light and airy feeling, with its light colour toning and large windows. There is good headroom and the addition of a large skylight over the bed opens the camper even more.
The shower and toilet compartment is large enough to be usable and is easy to keep clean. The inclusion of a roof air-conditioner is invaluable for summer, and being reverse cycle it holds its own in winter, making the camper more usable all year round.
The kitchen is small, but for a quick and easy camper, this is acceptable. That also means there is not a lot of storage space, but again it is adequate for the task.
All the furniture is made from lightweight laminated plywood and shows no sign of splinters anywhere.
There is an LCD TV/DVD located near the entry door and swivels towards the rear, external area or the front, depending on where you are relaxing.
The Kampacons Vamoose proves to represent value for money, is quick and easy to use, compact and ready for adventure.
Cost: $95,000 - 96,000 AUD (At time of review.)
WORDS BY PAUL HUTCHINSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRETT SHEARER