We just sold our 2018 Patriot X1GT camper trailer. As much as we love this incredible off-road machine we just couldn’t justify letting it sit in storage for the next five or so years patiently awaiting our return from travel abroad. Plus… freeing up cash could definitely help when it comes to shipping and travel expenses.
These trailers are arguably the best you can buy in this segment. But we’re going skip talking about the stuff you may have seen in the promotional materials, various reviews, and maybe even the Australian “camper of the year” videos. Instead of laying out why we chose a Patriot over other options, we’ll dig right into the details of this specific X1GT trailer.
X1GT Factory Options and Details
|Year & Model||2018 Patriot X1GT|
|Water Tank Capacity||150 Liters / 39.6 Gallons|
|Batteries||120 Amp Hour AGM (x2)|
|Battery & Systems Management||Redarc TVMS / Manager 30|
|Heater||Webasto Diesel Hot Water and Tent Heater|
Exploration Outfitters Installed Equipment and Extras
|Fridge||ARB 63 Quart Fridge / Freezer *|
|Grill||Weber Q1000 Propane Grill|
|Camp Stove||Primus Kinja|
|Propane Cylinder (x2)||Flame King YSN011 - 11 Pound|
|Wheels (x3)||Fuel Vector 17x8.5"|
|Tires (x3)||Falken Wildpeak LT285/70R17|
|Rock Lights (x2)||KC Cyclone LED - Amber|
2021 X1 Configuration Example
We're not experts on the differences between model years, but we are aware that Patriot changes things from one model year to the next. For example 2018 (our year) was the first to offer the Redarc TVMS, an Australian-made tent, a different ladder, and a redesigned kids room. It's also important to note that the GT package included things that in 2021 are now options - like the air suspension. So, we thought it would be beneficial to price out a new X1 using the PDF Brochure on Exploration Outfitter's website. Which could clarify any discrepancies in configuration between the 2021 X1 and our 2018 X1GT. In other words, if you want to best approximate our '18 with a 2021 here's how you'd order it...
|2021 X1 Base Price||$37,990|
|Tech Pack (Air Suspension, TVMS, and Inverter)||2,790|
|Lifestyle Pack (Kids room, awning sails, etc.)||2,490|
|Color Change to Graphite||395|
|Swing Away BBQ||695|
|Land Cruiser 5x150 Bolt Pattern Change||339|
|Utility Slide Out (RH)||299|
|Diesel Hot Water and Tent Heat||5,190|
|Fusion Stereo Active Bluetooth Speaker||229|
So for just under $51,000 you can order a pretty similar trailer to ours. That obviously doesn't include the extras (fridge, rock lights, etc.) but it provides a good starting point for comparison. Our trailer obviously isn't new, but we'll get into the wear and tear, condition, etc. in a moment. For the purpose of this comparison our trailer has pretty much every available option that you'd find in a fully loaded 2021 - and you don't have to wait until 2022 to take it camping.
It is a pre-owned off road camp trailer...
We bought our X1GT knowing that we would use it (not abuse though) as intended. Ours has traversed numerous backcountry discovery routes, spent weeks in remote parts of Death Valley, easily completed the standard bucket list routes (like the Mojave trail), and followed our trucks through some of Moab's and Sedona's more mild trials. You can tell that it's not a brand new trailer but you'd never know that it has been to the places its taken our family.
For example - the tent's canvas proudly refuses to let go of every last bit of red dust from its time in Utah and Arizona. It's not bad by any means but the canvas is not factory fresh. if you look in the stitched seams you'll find traces of Sedona colored dirt. There's also just a little bit of the silt from the dry lakebed in the Alvord Desert in some of the hard to reach cracks and crevices. We've cleaned it a few times, but don't want to get too aggressive and compromise the waterproofing of the canvas.
Its graphite and black powder coat still looks great, but on closer inspection there are a few surface scratches caused by branches and brush. Heres a photo of some of the scratches...
On the rear corner (curb side) there are some chips in the powder coat from the awning pole. But, the good news it that the trailer body is aluminum - so you don't need to worry about rust. The following image shows the damage on the rear corner.
Another blemish on our trailer, and basically every other Patriot that has seen a gravel road, is the lower front corner reflectors are broken. They probably cost a few dollars to replace... but we wouldn't recommend it as they will most likely break on your next stretch of gravel road. It's like they're made from a proprietary Australian material whose sole purpose is to unsuccessfully catch flying rocks. And, if you take a quick look at the following image you might notice that we simply removed our broken reflectors. The two empty holes below the light are where the reflector originally attached.
Our black tent cover is without zipper. It's technically broken, but at this point we would run it without a zipper even if we had everything replaced. There are a few Patriots out there that have also gone zipper-free and the downsides are pretty minimal - a little dust will get under the cover in very dusty environments, but that's about it. We've had it out on the interstate in a downpour with no water ingress whatsoever. The next photo shows the aluminum channel where the lower zipper originally lived.
Please direct any questions to PatriotX1@tsavofamily.com - or feel free to send a DM to our Instagram account.
*Some links on this page point to the latest version of a product because the equipped version has been updated or discontinued.