Adventure Kings Camper Trailer Modifications You Need To See

Apparently Adventure Kings does a camper trailer. Did you know that?

Check out this video where we did some modifications on the Adventure Kings camper trailer.

The Camper Trailer

A customer named Lee rang us and said that he had Adventure Kings camper trailer. So we asked, “Adventure Kings, is this the same guys who do the awnings and the swags and the rooftop tents and all that sort of stuff? Kayaks, stand up paddle boards?” And he went, “Yeah, same company.” We said, “Really? We didn’t know that.”

Anyway, he’s brought this Adventure Kings camper trailer down to our workshop. He wanted to take out some of the pain points. It looked like a pretty good unit. They’ve done a massive test on it. There’s a lot of great videos online if you want to check them out. They’ve towed them for 9-10 hours a day through the shrubs and trying it all out and all that stuff. So they’re very good to modify to suit your needs with a couple of different options and stuff.

The Modifications Already Done

Now Lee’s a bit of a pro at modifying. He’s modified a lot of camper trailers and motorhomes. We were speaking to him about it. A couple of modifications he’s done were pretty fantastic. He’s done the lithium upgrade to lithium batteries. He’s switched a lot of the switches. You can see some of the switches were kill switches for different things on his trailer. He’s moved the location as well because that side was where you’re working most of the time. He’s got a Topargee flow meter and the Renogy battery monitor. It’s all done so neatly.

As for the gas side of things, he has put a shelf at the front. The main reason for that was he’s got one of these Bush company rooftop tents. We’ve still got a rooftop tent, and at night or when it’s cold and you got to climb down the aluminium ladder, it kills your feet big time. So he thought he could use the shelf to step up to get to the rooftop tent. So it’s a lot safer to climb up. That’s a great idea.

He’s also put a 4kg gas bottle in there which fits everything. He wanted a regulator in there and then a couple bayonets on the side so he can hook up his Dometic stove.

The Kitchen

Check out the kitchen. We thought this was how it came. You got the big fridge drawer. It comes all the way out. Lee showed me this. He said, “You push this handle down and you pull this out.” We said, “Lee, this is amazing, mate. This is really good quality stuff.” And he said, “Oh no, it didn’t come like this. I just come with a plastic bucket here, and you can put your stove here.” And we said, “Oh, so you’ve cut it in.” He’s done a really nice job. This looks like it’s pulled out of the factory like that. So he used good quality sink here, and he’s got a great quality two burner Dometic cooker with flame failure device and all the rest of the stuff.

The Modifications to Do

What he wanted to do on his Adventure Kings camper trailer was to hook up the gas easily, because w’ve got a lot of videos on the Robson trailers where you can just clip stuff in to make it as easy as possible for people to hook up gas stoves and stuff, tool-less as well so your nine year old kids can hook them up and do it safely. We’ve got a drawer underneath that we had to try and avoid hitting, and so we were struggling with a bit of space. We’re just going to put one bayonet on one side, gas regulator in the storage box near the gas bottle, and two bayonets on the other side. One of them will be for the Dometic stove and the other one will be for his Marine grade barbecue, which has a flame failure device.

Flame Failure Device

We don’t know if you’re aware of this, but back in April 2021, new gas regulations came out that said that anything that you plug into a bayonet has to have a flame failure device. So Joolcas have flame failure device. A lot of these upper barbecues and stuff, they have it too. Now you can tell if it has a flame failure device if it’s got a little, let’s call it a thermocouple, that sticks in the flame. Now what that does is when the wind blows out, it shuts the gas off. So that’s one of the regulations they brought in, so don’t plug your Weber barbecue. We think Weber is trying to sort that out with retrofitting it or something. We’ve seen on forums where they’re talking about it.

So just to be clear, right, if you’ve got a Weber barbecue to cook some steak, if you take the hose and plug it into your bayonet, that’s illegal now. Because if the wind comes in and blows the Weber out, the gas is just going to keep flowing out. But if you take that out and plug it straight into your bottle, then that’s not illegal because if the wind comes out and blows it out, then you’re going to empty your bottle. See the difference? Yep. We don’t know.

The Results

The Adventure Kings MT1 camper trailer now has its gas points all installed and the pain points have magically disappeared. It’s been a good build. It did take a bit of time, because you’ve got to speak to the customer, get the brief, see where they want their bayonets, where it’s going to work, if they want a Joolca and all that sort of stuff. And then you got to figure out, can you put the bayonets where they’ve asked for? Because the last thing you want to do is punch a hole through the side of the camper and go, oh, bother, I can’t use that anymore because it’s hitting a brake line or something. And then you got to look underneath and see the best route for the gas pipe to go to, where we can clip it and where we can protect it.

Welded Joints

Now on this one, we always welded on the tees because if you’re going over rough stuff, once you welded the tee, that’s there forever, right? You can’t use stuff like B Press fittings that we normally use on standard houses. That’s what it says in the standards. The only other option you have is the flared fittings. We’ve got another video about the flared fitting and why we don’t rate them that much. For road vans and stuff you’d be all right, but not many people use the welded stuff. The reasons that the welded stuff is better are it’s a bit smaller and lasts forever. And all you need to do is measure up the whole length. Sometimes you have to fit some angles or go round chassis bars. So if you know how to use a benders, which a plumber should know how, you can draw up all the measurements. Just grab a bit of cardboard, draw out the measurement, bend up the whole pipe.

The Sleeve

Then the good thing about it is you can sleeve it all. Now the sleeve that we’re talking about is a solid core. It’s all the way protected. It’s really strong, really flexible. And you can just slide that over the copper before you weld it. And then the other stuff you use is the split corrugation. So that will push over a tee nicely. There’s no way of falling off or anything. That’s why we like using it.

But there is a hard thing that you’ve got to weld that tee in position sometimes. So most times you can take out that whole section, weld it all up in the vice, and then put it back. And you’ve only got maybe one or two joints to weld up at the end. Now it’s a lot harder because you’ve got to protect the camper trailer from the heat. So sometimes, you got to figure that out because the last thing you want to do is burn something or singe some paint off or something like that. So it is a bit more difficult, but if you weld it, it’s sort of future proof, especially if you’re pulling it over rough stuff.

Welded vs. Flared

If we were to do this job using flared fittings, we’d need 11 flared fittings. But because we’ve welded everything, it’s brought it down to 2. So only those two joints that you got to worry about that may leak. If you don’t believe me, where do we get 11 from? Well, there are 3 bayonets/ Then you’ve got two tees, which is another 3 for each one of those, so up to 9 now. Then there’s 1 on the hot plate. You need to have one on the hot plate because you got to remove it in the future for servicing or something like that. And there’s 1 under the gas regulators. So that brings us up to 11.

Now we’ve got rid of all the tees, the flares, and all that stuff for the bayonet. So the only 2 left are one for the hot plate, which you’ve got to remove anyway, and one for the gas regulator. Now the good thing about that is they’re both accessible, especially the gas regulator. You can see it when you turn the bottles on and you can smell it. It’s right there. You’re going to pick it up pretty quickly if something’s happened under there. You can spray it with soapy water right there, easy to do so.

But if you are going underneath checking these things, you’re not going to smell it. LPG leaks down. It’s heavier than air, and it just goes down like that.

Set Up

We’ll just show you the set up for this Adventure Kings MT1, just the hot plate because everyone knows how the bayonet and the Joolcas hook up. We’ve got other videos about that. What we like about these setups is it got stacks of room, so you can actually store the gas hose in here. It’s not taking up anymore room in your camper, keeps it nice and dust free. So once the kitchen is pulled out, all you got to do is take the dust cap off. And then on the other side, you can see the male fitting that’s for the quick release. Now it’s quite difficult to get it in there because we had 20 ml gap at the back of the drawer. And there was probably about another 30-40 on top of the drill. So we had to try to get it on this angle. It was important that when it slid back, it didn’t hit anything.

So setting it up, testing it a couple times, making sure that’s all right took a bit of time, but now it’s in there. It’s rock solid, not going to move. And easy to set up. You just need to plug the gas hose to the bayonet. Then connect the other end to your cooker and it is all connected, ready to go. So super easy to do. And then you can light it up, make sure your gas bottle’s on. And to take it out, you can unplug from either end. It doesn’t matter because no gas is going to leak. That’s why we love it when the kids can hook it up for their mum. And then you can just roll up the hose and stick it back in the hot plate.

The Bayonets and Gas Pipes

We show you in the video a closeup of the bayonets as well as what it looks like underneath. See how neat that all looks. So that’s all welded tees and everything. And then see how we folded it around. We couldn’t go through the chassis, so we had to duck it under there, but there’s going to be something that will protect from the rocks. We brought it all the way up over. And then you can see on the other side, all important gas certificate saying it’s all legit. The other bayonet is for the Joolca water system. The reason we stuck it there instead of on the side is because you’re walking past this all the time. Now he’s thinking about maybe putting one of the Joolca brackets up there. Then the gas hose can sort of come out and then come up next to the box, and it won’t be sort of sticking out. So it’s good to think about that sort of stuff.

The Joints

You can see there’s the welded joint there. It’s all gone over, all good. Also, we show you inside the gas box too. It’s got the all important reflective sticker for the firemen, so they know that there’s something dangerous in there if they do come across it on the side of the road. It’s also got the badge and the new regulator. So there’s really the only one joint that you got to worry about, easy to spray and also you can smell it. It’s got all the vents in the bottom of the box, and he’s made this wood surround that goes over and locks it in place. Also, you really need this label here, that tells people not to put batteries in there. Because you could easily fit a battery powered chainsaw or something in there, but you have to keep any of that stuff out. Put your toilet chemicals in there or something.

Anyway, that’s the build. If you’ve got one of these Adventure Kings and you’re in WA, give us a call if you want us to do it. If you’re in the other states, show the guys a video and say, “I just want exactly what this guy has done,” if that’s what you’re after.