Pull out fridge, bench & sink Pull out cooker, bench & management system
In fitting with the other quality componentry, a Redarc Battery Management System incorporates 15amp DC-DC and 240V chargers, a MPPT solar regulator, a vehicle battery isolator and an LCD monitor that acts as a fuel gauge, to show how many days are left at the current discharge rate. A 120Ah Fullriver AGM battery stores the charge and LED lighting is offered throughout the camper.
In terms of self-sufficiency, it might not be as great as some top-of-the-range campers, but it’s still more than adequate. The one 120Ah battery might struggle with the fridge in a tropical area; however, the DC-DC charger will help to make the most of it. A solar panel or second battery would really nail it, though.
The 70L water storage is backed up by six jerries across the front storage box, which you may well need if you plan on any extended stays.
THE BOTTOM LINE
This camper nails the brief: a manageable unit suitable for either one bloke out hunting with his mates or a family camping adventure far from civilisation. And it’s hard not to be drawn into what the Patriot X1 offers its owners.
Beyond its tough demeanour and purposeful design, it still manages to integrate ease-of-use features such as the quick deploy awning, folddown benchtops and easy-access storage from all angles. The integrated kitchen, hot water service and dedicated Porta Potti storage only serve to strengthen the appeal. Priced from $24,990, as new in 2013, that’s a lot of adventure for a limited outlay.