What is the Klipspringer
Like a traditional camper trailer (off-road trailer), the Klipspringer has a storage compartment mounted on a base frame. However, retractable front and back legs replace the wheels and axle of a typical trailer, making it easy to load on or off a vehicle.
The Klipspringer’s unique ‘RORO’ (ROLL ON, ROLL OFF) design uses an ingenious roller-assembly fitted to the underside of the frame. Once the Klipspringer’s rear legs are standing securely on the ground, the vehicle is driven slowly forward. As soon as the rear of the vehicle moves beyond the Klipspringer’s front leg frame, the front legs automatically fold out into standing position. They can then be turned outwards, thereby lifting the Klipspringercompletely off the vehicle.
Quality and construction
The Klipspringer was designed by Ronnie Wamback and Johan Lombard, the members of RORO CARGO EQUIPMENT CC, drawing on their extensive experience in the development and production of military equipment and many thousands of kilometres of on and off road travelling in African countries.
The Computer Aided Design ensures that all parts fit accurately. This not only contributes to the strength of the product (and its lifespan) but also to its neat workmanship and appearance.
The storage compartment is manufactured from stainless steel and the whole unit is sandblasted and then spray-painted with quality paint. The legs are manufactured from galvanised or electroplated steel, while stainless steel is used for the wear plates. Aluminium is used for the doors, roof and floor. These quality measures serve to protect against the elements as the Klipspringer‘s belly and sides are totally protected by the vehicle and are not exposed to potential damage from dislodged stones and the like.
Measurements and storage space
The Klipspringer provides a surprisingly large volume as it is the same width as most bakkies (approximately 1.6m) and has handy additional space in the rear overhang. The volume can be increased further by simply adjusting the Klipspringer’s height.
The Klipspringer is fitted with 9 doors, providing direct access to stored equipment and baggage on all four sides, even when mounted on a vehicle. This is a very handy feature as it means you can avoid the inconvenience of continuously having to first repack wolf (ammo) boxes to get to those at the bottom.
The basic Klipspringer weighs approximately 250kg (without a roof tent) and can take a load of up to 500kg (a total weight of 750kg) or even more, depending on the carrying capacity of the vehicle. Reinforcing the vehicle’s suspension is recommended, but more often than not owners usually do this anyway to enhance road-holding or to better manage difficult terrain.
Protection of equipment, baggage and supplies
As the Klipspringer benefits from the longer suspension of the vehicle (as opposed to the shorter trailer suspension), items packed inside are subjected to lower levels of shaking, bumping and vibration. Due to its protected location, the Klipspringer and its contents also escape most of the dust, gravel, mud and stones that a trailer is forced to endure.
The Klipspringer is attached to the vehicle by means of twist locks which lock into a galvanised steel frame fitted to the vehicle. The frame can either be permanent or may be removed when not in use.
The frame also converts into two very handy and spacious lockable storage chests for items essential to an off road vehicle e.g. tow-ropes, jumper cables, compressor, toolbox etc., or for storing extra water and fuel.