FOUR TIMES A CHARM

Camper Trailer Australia - - FEATURE -

IN 2014, THE PA­TRIOT X1 CTOTY WINS THE $15-30K (MID-RANGE RIGS)

“As a go-any­where trailer that can take a cou­ple or a small fam­ily deep into the bush, this is very good for the price – David Cook, CTOTY judge, 2014

“Of­froad­abil­ity is bet­ter than [in] any other camper at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. It’s light­weight with great sus­pen­sion, ex­cel­lent clear­ance, good de­par­ture an­gles and rear re­cov­ery points, plus lots of tie-down points for your cargo. This is the of­froader’s camper trailer,” – Stu­art Jones, CTOTY judge, 2014

THE AC­CO­LADES CON­TINUE IN 2015, WHEN OUR JUDGES DEEMED THE X1 VIC­TO­RI­OUS IN THE $20-35K CLASS

“Whether I wanted to drag it along a re­mote beach, up a moun­tain trail or across some big desert dunes on an un­tracked ex­pe­di­tion, then I know this rig [the X1] would be the one to do it! – Ron Moon, CTOTY judge, 2015

“This is a high-qual­ity camper with a metic­u­lous fin­ish and such thought and ef­fort has been put into the build qual­ity…The strong in­ter­lock­ing chas­sis is very ad­vanced,” Philip Lord, CTOTY judge 2015

THE X1 TAKES POLE PO­SI­TION IN THE UP TO $50K IN 2016

“For a tough, blokey unit, it’s well-ap­pointed in the com­fort stakes, too! It brains it in bush-abil­ity and self-suf­fi­ciency is also what you’d ex­pect,” – Stu­art Jones, CTOTY judge, 2016

“Justin just doesn’t know when to stop! A widened track width, low­ered cen­tre of grav­ity, vac­uum seal, 30A BMS, swing-out We­ber and the hon­ey­comb al­loy bed base... the list goes on – John Wil­lis, CTOTY judge, 2016

AND, HOT OFF THE PRESS, THE X1 GRAND TOURER DOM­I­NATES IN THE 2017 SOFT­FLOOR CLASS

“[The X1 GT] is in­cred­i­bly sta­ble in off-cam­ber sit­u­a­tions avoid­ing a pen­du­lum ef­fect in dif­fi­cult ter­rain. Put sim­ply, there’s nowhere you’d take a towrig and not be con­fi­dent tak­ing a trailer like this with you,” – Dan Everett, CTOTY judge, 2017

“What im­presses me is the X1 hasn’t changed for change’s sake. Pa­triot has se­ri­ously thought out how to best make the trailer bet­ter. The pick for me was the new lad­der... a bril­liant piece of de­sign,” – Stu­art Jones, CTOTY judge, 2017

CTA: I’ve gotta ask, you’re both rou­tinely seen on the show cir­cuit. Who has more suc­cess when you’re clos­ing out the till at the end of the day?

JM: Sarah. One hun­dred per cent, with­out a doubt. I’m not a sales­per­son, I never have been. It’s not what I get out of bed for. I think with all the pro­mo­tions we do and all the mar­ket­ing. I’m so pas­sion­ate about the prod­uct that it’s easy for me to come across like that. But as far as sales go, Sarah is and al­ways has been our se­cret weapon. Sarah is one of the best sales­peo­ple I’ve ever come across. She un­der­stands peo­ple and ev­ery­one re­lates to her. She knows the prod­uct so in­ti­mately, any ques­tion any­one ever has she knows [the an­swer] first­hand. There’s no bull­shit with it.

CTA: You’ve been com­pet­ing in CTOTY since day dot for Pa­triot, what is it that sees you com­ing back year af­ter year with a fresh camper?

JM: Prob­a­bly, self­ishly, it’s the self-sat­is­fac­tion of be­ing named the best in our cat­e­gory in this in­dus­try. That’s the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind it, the mo­ti­va­tion for us com­ing back to CTOTY and rais­ing the bar four years in a row. It’d be dif­fi­cult for me to come back with the same model the next year.

top left: Justin and Sarah Mon­te­salvo are a win­ning team. ABoVe: In 2016, Pa­triot in­tro­duced a ro­tat­ing arm for a We­ber Baby Q cooker for fuss-free din­ing on tour.

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