Now, Kimbo Campers is one of those crews that doesn't belong to any conglomerate of brands, so this means that they're able to work outside preset industry standards. As a result, each owner of a Kimbo will receive a one-of-a-kind unit. After all, doing things by hand reflects in the final product.
For starters, let me point out that the manufacturer's website states that a 6 ft Kimbo camper starts off with a price tag of $23,000 (€21,500 at current exchange rates), and once you're done adding everything you need, you can very well be looking at a unit priced at $41K. This, of course, depends on just how raw you'd like your off-grid experience to be.
All this raw goodness starts off with a frameless aluminum shell that's been welded, riveted, and sealed to prevent the elements from tampering with your turtle shell. A brushed finish is also in place, and so is R5 insulation. Interior panels are brushed fabric and have that soft-touch feel.
Now, $23K only gets your hands on a rather bare unit, with just basics in place, such as dual-pane windows, MaxxAir 4500, and bamboo entrance/mudroom. Some dimmable LEDs, jack lifts, and tie-downs. A side ladder for access to your roof and solar outdoor lights are also included in your purchase.
Inside, on the other hand, two cushioned benches and a loft bed with a full-size mattress are in place. One feature I was surprised to see was the EcoFlow River Pro battery, offering 110 V outlets and USB ports for charging. But did you know that EcoFlow products rely on the power of the sun to recharge, among other means?
Also, be sure to dive deeper into the size of trucks that can fit a Kimbo. Why? The base unit is fit for 6 ft (1.8 m) beds or greater, so full-size trucks are on the list too. You will, however, need to modify your bed, as is true for most campers of this nature.
From here, there are two ways you can go about things: you either bring the gear you already own and find ways to make it all fit, or you can sit back and let Kimbo handle the entire process. All you have to do is tell them what you want, maybe even where you want it, pay for everything, sign the receipt, and watch the magic happen.
As you do, you'll see a galley module come to life, a solar-powered system and fridge, too, and a bathroom setup inside and away from the elements. To maximize space, you ask for a folding bed setup, floor storage, and roof tracks and mounts for the gear that can take a beating.
For the next few moments or so, I want you to try a little exercise in imagination. Picture yourself in the middle of a Kimbo mounted on the back of your favorite truck. You may see yourself at the base of some mountains, on the edge of a forest treeline, or on a beach.
As you do, you look around and realize that a life worth living isn't based on square footage and luxury; it's based on pushing your boundaries, tested by the world that made you in the first place. Can you resist? Of course, you can!
You'll even end up smiling through the whole process, with a hard drive full of photos of where you've been, texts on how the world made you feel, and where you might be going from here. What are you doing with $23K?