Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)


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Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby cal3san » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:06 pm



As previously reported, my GF gave a “two thumb up” on the new Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC). But, then too, she loved the Aspen Sentry that the MMC replaced.

I took off from NC on Friday, 22 June, bound for Fort Dix, NJ. With its small width staying inside the breadth of my trike’s rear wheels I had no noticeable wind drag. In fact, about the only time I noticed it was behind me was in turns and curve---that’s when I would see it in the rearview mirror. I normally get 35-36 MPG with the trike but the 400 pound trailer (115 pounds was my gear) only knocked 2 to 2.5 MPG off the norm.

The first night out on this trip (which also included stops in Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, a trip the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, mountains around Deals Gap and back home to coastal NC) the 2-minute set-up guarantee was put to the test.

It was 2100 when I arrived at the FAMCamp at Dover AFB, DE under dark skies forecasting of coming winds and rain. I had no sooner unhitched the MMC when 20-30 MPH wind gusts started whipping with the first signs of rain. :( Inside of 5 minutes I had the MMC set up, the trike covered (that was the hardest part) and was sitting inside the MMC with a cold soda and a can of vienna sausages listening to the rain coming down. :D AND, the bed was made for nighty-night time. Re-stowing the MMC is as easy and fast as setting it up.

Before this trip I made a couple of Cal’s “creature comforts”. :idea: Glued a dowel paper towel holder inside the left wheel well and a piece of PVC inside the right wheel well to hold a can of bug spray. I always seem to need these the most so I made the readily available. I also rigged a two-pocket net mesh that hangs from the rear “A” frame. It’s good for things I may need during the night – cell phone, flashlight, pen, wallet and any other stuff you don’t want to roll over on in the middle of the night.

:idea: While I mostly charge my cell phone, GPS and laptop/net book on the trike while on the road, I think I’m going to add a permanently mounted a two-outlet junction box for use during those times I’m at a campground that has 110 available. It is also good for the GF’s curling iron or the electric blanket if she camps during the winter.

Speaking of 110 juice at campgrounds! A lot of campgrounds have only 30 or 50 amp outlets so it would be wise to invest in a 110 volt-30 amp conversion plug. A couple $$$ invested now will save you grief later.

Word of caution about laundry and dirty clothes: I was spoiled by the Aspen Sentry in that I would wad up dirty clothes in a Wally World bag and toss it under the bed and forget about it. With the MMC the dirty laundry is directly under you so in the future I’ll pack an extra airtight bag for dirty laundry, pack a can of Glade air freshener or do the wash every day. NOT!

During the past 8 days I towed the MMC over 2K miles, up and down hills and mountains, dirty roads, highways, and Interstates with equal ease. It handled quite well in the hills and curves of the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 15 CF of storage is plenty room an extended trip.

The only real downside to owning the MMC is that at every rest stop I’d have to answer questions about the “cute trailer” and give tours at all the campsites.

I’m very happy with the MMC. :D


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Re: Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby charliektm400exc » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:27 am

So I'm curious. Why did you change models, and how does this one compare to your old camper?

Charlie

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1982 GL 1100 Interstate
w/1999 Lehman Trike Kit (sold 12/12)
1996 GL-1500A with 2009 Champion Trike Kit (sold 7/15)
2003 GL-1800 with 2113 Champion Trike Kit
2007 Aspen Sentry Camper (sold 5/12)
2012 Mini-Mate Kompac Kamper
2014 TO Slipstream Camper

Re: Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby cal3san » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:19 am

I had the Sentry for about 6 years and decided, with the state of the economy and cost of petro, that I wanted something a bit lighter to save on petro costs for the long distance trips I have planned for this year The MMC empty weight is 285 pounds whereas the Sentry is in the 320-350 pound range.

And, with family downsizing (now only me and GF) I found 15 CF of stowage to be plenty for any trip. Less cargo weight equals less petro costs equals more $$$$ for road entertainment.
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Re: Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby charliektm400exc » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:11 pm

So what are the comparisons in use like for the new v old?
I'm thinking things like comfort, space to move around in, bed space, waterproofing, heat, wind etc.

Charlie

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Location: Whortonsville, NC
Motorcycle: 2009 Honda Shadow Aero 750 with MT Trike Kit (sold 9/13)
1982 GL 1100 Interstate
w/1999 Lehman Trike Kit (sold 12/12)
1996 GL-1500A with 2009 Champion Trike Kit (sold 7/15)
2003 GL-1800 with 2113 Champion Trike Kit
2007 Aspen Sentry Camper (sold 5/12)
2012 Mini-Mate Kompac Kamper
2014 TO Slipstream Camper

Re: Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby cal3san » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:47 pm

Bed: Almost the same with the Sentry being a wider queen but the MMC still has plenty of room for me, GF and niece. Both are about 2 inches of cushion with Sentry being covered in vinyl and MMC in water resistant fabric.
Wind: Put the MMC up in 20-30 MPH winds two Fridays ago without a hitch. Did put Sentry up in similiar winds once but a little harder to do since the den wanted to flap around until I could get the main frame up and then anchor the corners of the den.
Waterproofing: Good vinyl top with canvas sides. Did treat sides with waterproofing while sealing the seams. Sentry had a lighweight synthetic material.
Space: The way the MMC is set up one can convert the front half of the bed into cushioned bench and back rest. May need to move something underfoot to on top of the remainding portion of the bed. Additionaly a portion of the bed can be removed to allow plenty of room for a 74 inch person to easily get ready for bed or dress in the AM.
Heat: I can't really answer that now that we'e in the middle of a heatwave. 85 to 100 F (28 to 38 C). But I'm going to surmise that with the waterproofing and GF-heat it'll be plenty warm in the colder months. If not, then I'll just toss one of the chemical foot/toe warmers (used for hunting, etc.) in the sleeping bag to warm it up.

The one aspect of the Sentry I miss, but not much, is the zippered reach-thru to the tongue where the cooler as mounted. Great for a late night drink. But I just put it outside the door of the MMC.
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Re: Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby charliektm400exc » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:54 pm

Thanks for that. Exactly the sort of information I was looking for.

Charlie

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Joined: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Location: Whortonsville, NC
Motorcycle: 2009 Honda Shadow Aero 750 with MT Trike Kit (sold 9/13)
1982 GL 1100 Interstate
w/1999 Lehman Trike Kit (sold 12/12)
1996 GL-1500A with 2009 Champion Trike Kit (sold 7/15)
2003 GL-1800 with 2113 Champion Trike Kit
2007 Aspen Sentry Camper (sold 5/12)
2012 Mini-Mate Kompac Kamper
2014 TO Slipstream Camper

Re: Kompact Kamp Mini-Mate Camper (MMC)

Postby cal3san » Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:09 am

Received the awning for the MMC this week and it only takes one person and less than 5 minutes to install. It's a matter of two zippers, 3 very nice extendable poles and the pegs and tension lines.

While taking a photo of the awning I decided should also include the following photos:

1. Awning installed
2. Inside view with full bed
3. Inside view with front portion of bed lifted out to make dressing area.
4. Inside view with front of bed redeployed as a sitting bed.
5. MMC at Lake Jordan (Raleigh, NC)
6. Re-purposed net stowage bag.
7. Homemade towel hold
8. Bug spray holder
Attachments
Awning installed
Awning installed
View of full bed
View of full bed
Front portion of bed removed to make dressing area
Front portion of bed removed to make dressing area
Front bed area redeployed to make bench seat
Front bed area redeployed to make bench seat
MMC in use at Lake Jordan, Raleigh, NC
MMC in use at Lake Jordan, Raleigh, NC
Removeable net stowage bag
Removeable net stowage bag
Homemade paper towel holder
Homemade paper towel holder
Bug spray holder
Bug spray holder


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