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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 153

Relaunched in May 2017, and specialising in the world of campers and adventure trips, CAMPER magazine is for those who ‘have a penchant for good banter around the campfire and beer tasting in five-million star locations’. With a bold new design and revitalised content line-up, CAMPER will showcase the best in campers, feature characters, hero destinations, gear and technology, DIY hints and techniques and a celebration of an adventurous lifestyle through Aussie eyes.

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in this issue

2 min
back to the future

Pull off the dust sheet and fire up the ‘76 Holden HJ Kingswood, it looks like we’re going back in time, back to when those fondly-remembered family driving holidays of old ruled the roost. There’s a strange comfort knowing that this is our fallback. For the moment we can’t board an A380 and jet off overseas. Does it really matter? Not being able to see friends and family living overseas is, of course, terrible, but in pure travel opportunity terms, we have all we need right here in Australia. As well, things have moved on greatly from the basic facilities on offer back in the 1970s and ‘80s. Caravan parks these days are a different proposition altogether. Many of them are set in locations money can’t buy. In fact, Australian caravan and…

9 min
wire-free airbags from the airbag man

A few months ago, I explained why and how I installed a set of rear airbags to assist the suspension of my 4WD. These supplementary airbags from Airbag Man were primarily to assist levelling the vehicle when either heavily loaded or towing a trailer. They’re not designed to increase the vehicle’s height as such, but to ensure the ride, handling, comfort and safety of my 4WD is retained. There are, however, other options available — including from Airbag Man — that replace suspension components to allow adjustments to a vehicle’s height, but that’s a product that may suit others. While it’s been a relatively short time with the Airbag Man airbags, I’ve found them to be working a treat and they’ve survived unscathed after taking on some serious offroad conditions. With the…

7 min
the future of adventure travel

Up until the arrival of nationwide pandemic-busting lockdowns, Australians were making more international trips than ever before. In 2018–2019, Australians embarked on 11.2 million trips overseas. Incredibly, this is more than double the number taken 10 years ago, according to figures posted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The international travel industry was booming. Massive competition and travel-industry incentives had crunched airline tickets back to the cheapest they had ever been. New budget airlines were popping up all over the place and the Aussie dollar was muscling its way up the international buying-power charts. All this meant travelling overseas was a lot more affordable than it was a generation ago. In the 1980s, the price for an economy fare, Australia to Europe, cost in the region of $2000, about a quarter of…

10 min
beyond the gibb

The Kimberley remains one of Australia’s last bastions of true wild: remote, raw and the stuff of dreams for adventurous offroaders keen to get far, far away. But unless you are lucky enough to call Western Australia home, it’s also tantalising out of reach — for now. Just when Premier Mark McGowan will open the border to our favourite red rock playground remains a hotly debated secret, but a trip to enjoy the Kimberley’s coveted rock art, big crocs and indulgent palm-fringed waterfalls could still be on the cards for 2020. When borders reopen, many travellers will set out to tackle the Gibb River Road, which is currently open to Western Australians, and is the standard adventure route into the north-west. But the Gibb’s careful grooming leads some offroaders to consider…

11 min
the next step

When Patriot Campers arrived at CTOTY 2020 on the Gold Coast, they came to wrestle back their mantle as the premium camper trailer in the Australian market. We now know that the team from Patriot achieved what they set out to accomplish with a slight change in direction from the company. After being on the drawing board for around four years, the X3 was released. IT'S GOT GOOD BONES “FOR THOSE WHO WILL CALL THIS TRAILER HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY, THEY WILL DO IT IN A LITTLE MORE STYLE” The X3 has a lot to thank the X1 models that have come before it for. Continually refined, the design of the X3 heralds a shift in not only how the crew from Patriot have changed the way they go about camping,…

1 min
cta specs patriot campers x3

TRAILER Tare 1120kg ATM1600kg SuspensionX-Cruise Dual Shock Airbag Suspension by Cruisemaster Brakes 10in HD Electric Drum Brakes CouplingHitchmaster DO35 Chassis3mm Galvanised steel Drawbar3mm Galvanised steel Body Powder coated aluminium Wheel/tyre285/75R16 Federal Couragia MT on 16in PCOR Alloy Rims Style Camper Trailer DIMENSIONS Box size 2.8m x 1.85m Length (hitch to tail lights) 3.75m STANDARD ACCESSORIES Water130L (between two tanks) Kitchen Twin burner gas stove and grill Battery2 x 150Ah (300Ah) Gel batteries Webasto Diesel Heater and Hot Water System EXORACK roof mounting system 1500W inverter OPTIONS FITTED Waeco CFX7375DZW fridge/freezer Extended drawbar Redarc solar panel Weber Baby Q BBQ Swing away Utility slide out RHS PCOR awning walls kit Pop-up coffee machine assembly PRICE AS TESTED $75 653 RRP (base price $69 990) ENQUIRIES PATRIOT CAMPERS 1 Activity Crescent Molendinar QLD 4214 Phone: (07) 5597 0638 Email: sales@patriotcampers.com.au Web: https://www.patriotcampers.com.au camper.hemax.com More pictures Specs to compare…