Of Course! We comply with all compulsory regional standards.
In Australia AS 2658 is the gas standard for portable LP Gas appliances. It's actually illegal to sell portable gas appliances without this approval - and we would never risk that! Just FYI, our approval number is GMK10121.
Joolca is an Australian company. All of our product design & development, as well as the majority of our operations, is based out of our Headquarters right here in Melbourne.
Our products are currently made in Bangladesh (our Tent range) and China for everything else. All of the manufacturing partners we deal with have been hand-selected based on their professionalism and the quality of work they produce. In many cases, we've been working together for over 7 years now and have forged a very close relationship where they produce Joolca products according to our strict guidelines and specifications.
We know that China sometimes gets a bad rap for cheap products at low prices. That is undoubtedly true in some cases, but it's not the rule. Just like anywhere else, you can make products to various price points. Take our main manufacturing partner as an example; they are a company with over a billion US dollars in revenue per year, which comes with massive financial and compliance overheads of their own. They aren't cheap. The benefit that we get from a supplier like this is an incredibly broad in-house production capability (for us this means tighter control over more of our components) as well as access to a supply chain where, within a 50km radius, nearly every sub-component required for the HOTTAP can be found or made.
The reality is that unfortunately, the combination of these benefits would probably be impossible to find in any other country. Having said that, our door is open and we're always looking for awesome manufacturing partners. So if you know of any, please feel free to make an introduction!
The Sink / Carry Tub is only compatible for the HOTTAP V2. It's been custom-designed to fit the new design of the HOTTAP V2.
The current model HOTTAP V1 has different front and rear panels. Whilst it will fit inside the sink / carry tub, the stand that comes with the sink / carry tub will not be compatible with the HOTTAP V1 (again, due to the different front and rear panels).
The HOTTAP V2 has been redesigned and has new front and rear panels. The stand (which is included with the HOTTAP Nomad) has been custom-designed to fit the HOTTAP V2. Because the HOTTAP V1 has different front and rear panels, the stand isn't compatible.
However, the feet attachment (included in the HOTTAP Essentials and the HOTTAP Outing) will be compatible with the HOTTAP V1. We'll be releasing an attachment in the near future which will allow you to use the feet with your current HOTTAP V1.
Quick Release Bracket
The same will unfortunately apply for the upcoming Quick-Release mounting bracket, which will not be backwards compatible with the HOTTAP v1 Unit.
Apart from that, all other accessories and fittings will suit the HOTTAP v1.
Does it handle rough roads and corrugations?
The HOTTAP is built to be robust and handles off-road conditions and corrugated roads with no trouble. At this stage, there are many HOTTAP units sitting on camper trailer drawbars and toolboxes travelling all over.
Are there any safety concerns?
The most important thing to remember is that the HOTTAP is not able to be permanently connected to a reticulated gas supply. What this means essentially is that it's OK for your HOTTAP to be fixed or mounted to your vehicle, but the gas connection should be made each time you set up and it must be disconnected before travelling again.
It's also important to comply with the clearance instructions listed at the back of the unit while in use.
How do other people mount theirs?
Using a TV mount allows you to conveniently store or swivel out to use when needed.
Compartmentalize your HOTTAP by bolting it to drawer slides.
Trailer door and van door mount
HOTTAP v2 stand and feet
Hanging your HOTTAP
All HOTTAPs come with a handle to conveniently hang your unit.