FOUR TIMES A CHARM
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.