Saturday, October 19

Patriot X1-N First Look

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Overnight, Gold Coast-based camper trailer builder, Patriot Campers has unveiled the newest edition to its hallmark X1 range. The X1-N (N=no tent) is a pared back version of the go-anywhere camper, which owner Justin Montesalvo says harks back to the ideals they offered in the very first Patriot. Interestingly, it shares a price-point with the second-tier X2, which is a shorter, lighter Patriot Camper that’s also offered without a tent.

The X1-N can be optioned with a wide variety of tents straight from Patriot Campers, but the real versatility comes because the racking system has been redesigned so that almost anything can be fitted or stored up there. It can accomodate traditional roof-top tents, pop-up fibreglass tents like the James Baroud or even for a couple of Oztents and surfboards; the choice is yours.

In this mode, the campers weighs 830kg, which is about as heavy as the X2 fitted with a tent, and around 110kg lighter than the standard X1. It’s got less features, though – there’s less organisation of the front box and no tech pack available, so the Patriot X1-N doesn’t come with Redarc RedVision or diesel heating. Mind you, airbag suspension is standard, while the normal X1 only has coils.

Even so, the trailer is quite sophisticated. It’s fitted with a Redarc Manager30 and switch panel, a new X-Rack mounting system for the roof, rear drawers, the normal Patriot campers kitchen and front-mounted fridge box, plus the 270° awning. You can carry 155-litres of water and there are two 135Ah gel batteries, which can be expanded to two 100ah lithium’s for a measly $4189.

Options include a swing-away barbecue in the front box, LandCruiser or Jeep wheels, extended draw bar and a front shelf in the utility box. There are also 20 Desert Ops units available, a limited edition version with 35in mud terrains and retro pin stripes.

With the X1-N at $39,990, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the X2, which if purchased without a tent is still around $38,000, but is shorter, lighter and has less storage space. Some have suggested it might be dropped from the line-up, but I’m more inclined to think it’ll be pared back into a more basic product, similar to what it was when it launched in 2016. Time will tell. ROAM magazine reviewed the Patriot Campers X2 in issue 40 of its magazine, which you can read by downloading the app and subscribing too.

Read our review of the Patriot Campers X1-GT here.

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