Ill­ness forces in­no­va­tion

Can­cer fails to stop pair camp­ing

The Northern Star - - NEWS - FRAN­CIS WITSENHUYSEN fran­cis.witsenhuysen@north­ern­star.com.au See Mon­day’s The North­ern Star for a wrap of the Out­door Leisure Show.

WHEN Kaine Ri­ley was di­ag­nosed with can­cer and told he could no longer go camp­ing, he found a way around it by in­vent­ing the Box Camper.

That was in 2010 and with the help of his wife Alexan­dra and years of de­vel­op­ing his de­sign, the Gold Coast cou­ple of­fi­cially launched the busi­ness full time last year.

“When I be­came ill, my im­mune sys­tem was so com­pro­mised I couldn’t sleep on the ground any­more,” Mr Ri­ley said.

“I had to ei­ther do some­thing else or give up camp­ing, and we loved camp­ing.

“We looked at camper trail­ers but we couldn’t find any­thing that was fast and sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive ... car­a­vans at the time were too big, and there was no such thing as a hy­brid car­a­van.”

Feel­ing de­feated the cou­ple be­gan to do some re­search and came across the tear-drop trailer.

“The Box Camper is based on that con­cept,” he said.

“But we needed some­thing com­fort­able, sta­ble and that would go any­where in Aus­tralia.

“So I de­signed it for of­froad use, changed the shape a bit and made it more user­friendly ... it’s light weight and com­pact and the con­ve­nience of a car­a­van, pack­aged into a camp­ing trailer.”

Mr Ri­ley said he was proud of how Box Campers had grown, since reg­is­ter­ing the busi­ness in 2014.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“We orig­i­nally built it for our­selves, but then we started trav­el­ling and peo­ple started ask­ing ‘Where does it come from?, ‘Where can I buy one?’ ... and it went from there.

“The RV mar­ket is grow­ing so we thought we’d give it a crack and turn it into a real busi­ness. It’s great.”

For the first time, the duo have brought their Box Campers to the Lis­more Out­door Leisure Show.

“Peo­ple’s re­ac­tions have been re­ally pos­i­tive, “he said.

“We are lov­ing this show. It has a more coun­try feel, the peo­ple are re­ally nice and lovely and it’s great that it’s a char­ity show.”

The Out­door Leisure Show runs un­til Sun­day at Lis­more Show­ground.

Photo: Fran­cis Witsenhuysen

HAPPY CAMPERS: Kaine and Alexan­dra Ri­ley dis­play­ing their Box Campers at Lis­more Out­door Leisure Show.

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