Pull out fridge, bench & sink Pull out cooker, bench & man­age­ment sys­tem

Motorhome & Caravan Trader - - 2013 Patriot X1 -

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.

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