Great Australia Dream Maker
A truely off road with all the luxuries it will follow you wherever you wish to go ,also great on the black top very stable and safe sure glad it’s ours
Have an older 2010 Patriot.Wanted to get some extra bits installed inc camera,etc..Despite phone calls and being assured quotes would be sent.not a word or call from them..Very poor customer lack of communication..Had to take my Sunland Patriot to another service centre for work to be done.
The structural build appears to poorly designed in relation to the roof of the caravan. The roof sags in the middle and water pools in the middle of the roof. This has caused some of the screws holding the solar panels to the roof to corrode. I also wonder how long the sealant used on the roof area will last before the water that pools when it rains leaks through into the ceiling cavity and elsewhere. The outside wall bows outwards causing the hinges on the external door to break. The original water tank that was install was as cheap and nast...y and held on by Tek screws ended up splitting/De-laminating . i bought the issue of the door hinges and water tank to Sunland which was fixed without resistance and or protest by Sunland. The water collecting on the roof issue is something i recently discovered and will be bringing it to Sunlands attention though i suspect to correct the issue will take some expense and effort so i am expecting some Resistance from Sunland.( time will tell i guess) In general i am happy with the general fit out of the caravan but i was expecting better quality from Sunland considering the Money i paid for the caravan. I am very disappointed regarding the roof issue.
Four years on.
We were very excited about getting our first new caravan in 2012.
The first year of owning our Sunland Patriot caravan was very trying. We had issues with all the windows leaking. Water leaking in the through boot and other minor issues including wheel alignment. All were addressed by Sunland after a lot of drama at times. Sadly these leaks are starting to show damage to the walls. Other than the water leaks most issues were due to the appliance failures. We didn't even get to use the TV as it failed first up. I have just had to replace the Tr...
Cannot speak more highly for my Sunland PatriotSel Caravan
Just went back to Sunland today for my yearly service on my caravan and I was treated like one of the family, The quality of my van is of top manufacturing quality, Sunland Caravans have always been exceptional with their service to me and when I come across other Patriot owners they have nothing but rave reviews, you just need to go to their facebook page to see how much we the customers love the company and the finished product of our Caravans. I am a female travelling on my own, I have a Sunland PatriotSel Caravan 2013 20ft 6in model and I t...ow it with a BT50, I have been out to Birdsville also travelling through other areas of out back Queensland on my own, the van has performed perfectly on corrugated dirt road, even when passing road trains, the caravan is like fairy floss on the road, no sway, and when you have to drop one wheel off the black top and the other stays on the road it just follows you with out any fuss, it didn't give me an ounce of problems on my 4 month outback trip, and this is due to the quality parts such as the Cruise master independent suspension which mean's all my things in my van stay just where I leave them. My trip last year I travelled 7000klm on the black top and on 800 klm of red dirt doing 50 to 60 klm per hour, the floor provided me with dust free interior because it is all one piece and they seal it very well, and when I get into my van after travelling in 48 deg heat the van is cooler inside than it is outside because of the thickness of the floor and the thickness of the walls and ceiling sure the one piece floor gives extra strength but it isnt the only strength. The reason I settled on the PatriotSel is because it is the strongest lightest full off road quality van on the market with a company that puts there money where their mouth is with 20 years on the Chassis which is a highly engineered aluminium/steel chassis where the the steel in on the drawbar and over the wheels for strength and the bolted aluminium chassis is between this for lightness, and then to top it off with 3 years off road warranty any where in Australia on the whole structure of the van I feel comfortable to know the company backs it caravans. Wth my van I have a 2440 Tare weight on my van, but fully loaded I carry 3250kg and 325kg on the towbar, and on the last trip I took extra water, 3 jerry cans full of fuel and a generator clothes cooking etc. It has a 3500kg chassis which matches my 3500kg BT50 towing capacity so my payload is over a 1000kg. Since buying it I have been extraordinarily happy with it, its comfortable with my lazeboy recliner chairs and modern interior but is a serious off road caravan.
The chassis design is very poor. Sunland expect the floor to act as the chassis.
The fitout of our caravan is very good but the structural build is VERY poorly designed. The roof sags in the middle which forms a very expensive bird bath after rain. The outside wall bows outwards causing the hinges on the external door to break so to overcome the problem Sunland packed the top and bottom of the door frame out. The lightweight aluminium chassis combined with the fibreglass composite fibre floor cannot support the weight of the structure of the caravan causing the chassis to drop down either end and the floor bowing on the out...side edges. This causes problems within the caravan, because of the bow in the chassis and floor our kitchen bench top was out of level in both directions so Sunland had to adjust the kick rail under the cupboard. We had many other minor issues, the table came off the wall, leaking water tanks etc etc.
Questions & Answers
We have a Sunland Patriot that we have purchased second hand. We think that it is a late 2017 model as we have met other Patriot owners on the road that own early 2017 models and their vans differ slightly from ours, i.e. stickers are different, fridge is different and the ensuite layout is slightly different. We have 3 solar panels with a large inverter and 2 X 200 Ah lithium batteries (24 V). We are doubtful that the batteries are charging when traveling and wonder if it is an issue with the 12 V system of the tow car and the 24 V system of the van. Also, the inverter "hunts" - that is, it runs for a few seconds when it is not in use and then stops again. We expect this is unnecessarily using battery power. Also, the mounting system for the large inverter is quite inadequate. We have had the inverter's mounting plate become dislodged twice. On one occasion the panel holding the inverter rested on heavy power cables, causing them to short out. This caused a short and low volts to the DSC sway control unit, which in turn stopped working, causing the wheels to lock up. The problem with the inverter was discovered only after the suspension stopped forward motion. Can anyone suggest a caravan service agent in Melbourne that may be able to sort out our issues?
We own a sunland patriot selx and are having a lot of trouble losing charge in our lithium batteries even though the sun is shining and we have 3 solar panels which should be charging continually. After 3 days of free camping we find our batteries completely flat even though we have sat by the campfire with all lights off and used gas stove for cooking Does this happen to anyone else or does anyone have any idea what this frustrating problem might be. Regards Ken and Mary
Hi Ken and Mary, we also had a similar problem that you have described you have with your van. We have had our Powertech solar controller replaced for the third time. What type of solar controller do you have? Regards Robert
I forgot to mention our controller is is rated for 30 Amps. We have 3 x 200 watt, 24 volt solar panels which can on rare occasions produce 30 Amps+ on a good day so I believe the problem is that the solar controller is on its limit which causes damage to the controller. I put a multimeter over the incoming terminals on the controller from the solar panels which showed there was very low Volts which led to me believe there was a problem with my panels. I disconnected the two incoming cables from the controller and etablished that the panels where working ok so that proved there was an issue with the controller which I replaced with a new one and touch wood haven't looked back since.
Hi Ken and Mary. We have the same van as you and had the same problem. Despite being as careful as you say you are. Without going through all the detail and frustration with you, the problem was in the Solar Isolation switch which is located overhead in the en suite. It was easily assessed and identified by an auto electrician and was subsequently replaced by Sunland. Problem fixed. The function of switch, as far as I know, is to prevent solar power getting into the system when the system is being worked on, so it is not a switch that you would use during normal operation of the van. Any resistance in the switch prevents proper charging of the batteries.
Has anyone got a Truma Saphire Air conditioner in their van and are you happy with it performance??
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