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CAMPER TEST – PATRIOT X1-H

WORDS & PHOTOS RON MOON

PATRIOT’S IMPRESSIVE AND HIGHLY CAPABLE X1-H COULD BE A GAME CHANGER.



SINCE THE first Patriot Camper was introduced to the public in July 2013, the Queensland-based trailer manufacturer has built an enviable reputation for groundbreaking design, quality and near unbelievable off-road capability.

There are essentially three models in the line-up: the entry-level X1-N starting off at $39,990; the X1 which adds six grand to the bottom line; and the X1-H which is the top-of-the-line model. We’ve also heard whispers that something else is brewing at Patriot’s manufacturing plant. Maybe it will be an ever grander version of the X1 … or maybe something entirely different.

This isn’t my first exposure to the Patriot brand - I first saw the range in 2015, again in 2016 at the Overland Expo in the USA, and then had the opportunity to travel with the then brand-new X1-H for a week or so in 2018.

Picking up this unit from Camping Adventures in Carrum Downs, I was delighted to see that it was in a sparkling blue colour instead of the more traditional black or white they normally come in. With the camper behind a Hilux we headed bush in the mountains around Walhalla.

The X1-H is compact and light - overall length is 3.3m and it weighs 1000kg less dry. With a payload of more than 600kg you can cram a lot of gear into the 2000 litres of available storage space, but our test unit was lightly loaded for this run into the hills. With a rated ATM of 1600kg you can tow this camper behind just about any 4WD, and hitched up to an off-road capable vehicle like a Land Cruiser or a Wrangler, you’d have an almost unstoppable remote-area touring combination.

The X1-H’s galvanised interlocking Rigilite Hybrid chassis is unique in that it uses aluminium in non-supporting and stress-free places to help keep the overall weight of the camper down. The