Tough As Nails: Australian Overland Trailer Hits U.S. Market

Tighten the lug nuts and fill the jerry cans, ’cause the Aussies’ favorite camping trailer is now available in ‘Murica.

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If your idea of a camping vacation involves an engine snorkel, or if you think near-vertical rock faces look like parking spaces, this, my unhinged friend, is the trailer for you.

Voted Camper Trailer Australia Magazine’s camper trailer of the year four years running, Patriot Campers made its U.S. launch last week. And that’s good news for overlanders.

patriot camper trailer x1 overland

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With the launch, U.S. customers can order two of the brand’s trailers, the X1 and smaller X2. Sadly, Patriot’s overland trucks (see above) are still an ocean away.

Patriot Campers X1

The flagship trailer in the Patriot stable, the X1 offers the most space and standard features within the brand.

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For living: A pop-up awning and tent contain a lofted king-size fold-out mattress. Integrated tent poles pitch the bug screen and canvas tent walls. Plus, the awning and walls that encase the kitchen and storage area feature LED lighting for moving around at night.

There’s no bathroom, but the X1 does have an outboard hot-water shower. And the hidewaway kitchen is comprehensive: Pull out trays reveal a 5.7ft.³ fridge, two-burner gas stove, kitchen sink, stainless steel workspace, cutlery drawers, and wet storage.

patriot camper trailer x1 overland

There’s also a front-box “man cave” that includes gas bottle holders, fire extinguisher, high-lift jack, utility shelf, and a swing-out gas barbeque. And, scattered around the sides and rear of the trailer, Patriot touts 2,000 liters of storage space.

For driving: Independent dual coil shocks, a 40-degree departure angle, and nearly 19 inches of ground clearance mean this trailer can go over—or through—serious off-road.

Plus, it can carry up to 1,200 pounds of gear and equipment—two-thirds its own weight. Despite being rugged, a full monocoque aluminum body keeps the total weight under a ton.

patriot camper trailer x1 overland

Once parked, the adjustable air suspension lowers the X1 from drive (crush) mode to camp mode. And the whole shebang draws power off of two 120-Ah batteries with solar-compatible charging.

The X1 starts at $32,490.

Patriot Campers X2

For thriftier overlanders, the X2 offers a smaller, scaled-down version of the X1. It’s designed more for weekend excursions, hauling gear instead of housing a family, and being less of a burden on the budget.

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For living: Unlike the X1, there’s no awning standard. Instead, the deck fits various aftermarket roof-top tents, or it can be used to carry watercrafts, bikes, and/or tents.

The gas stove is standard, but hot water and shower are optional add-ons.

As a result, the X2 weighs 1,500 pounds, almost 400 pounds less than the X1. So it’s a better fit for a Jeep Wrangler than it is a Humvee.

patriot camper trailer x1 overland

For driving: The X2 remains capable despite its smaller stature. It sports 18 inches of ground clearance, a 35-degree departure angle, and independent coil suspension.

Exploration Outfitters has the X2 starting just under $21,000.

Patriot Campers offer a lot of versatility and capability in a relatively lightweight, compact package. Its reputation translates to a hefty price tag. But if you can afford it these make for a stout off-road camping companion.

Especially since it’s no longer a world away.

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Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie - from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.

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