There are many six-wheel drives—but only one Megatourer!
In 2016 Patriot Campers took the Australian 4X4 world by storm with the release of their LC79 Supertourer dubbed the ‘Black Truck’. The media coverage the Black Truck received far exceeded the expectations of the four year old Camper Trailer and Supertourer manufacturer based on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.
The Black Truck set a new standard for the Australian off road industry and Patriot Campers gathered the best of the best suppliers to build the ultimate touring vehicle to international acclaim. And…we’ve done it again. Introducing the Patriot Campers Megatourer.
After Patriot Camper’s Justin Montesalvo’s trip to SEMA in November 2016 he was inspired by the scale and quality of the builds that the USA was producing and decided to design a touring vehicle to match that scale and flair without compromising on touring capabilities.
The concept for a 6X6 vehicle isn’t a new one, but Patriot Campers’ industry relationships and experience building the legendary Supertourer range, Justin knew that his team could create a six wheel touring vehicle that would rise above the crowd.
The Megatourer features two Xray Vision 1200 Series quad-optic LED linear driving lights across the front of the roof platform, three slimline LED off-road lightbars integrated into the front bar work, plus additional slimline lightbars and LED worklights along the sides and back of the roof platform.
The team from Jmacx Offroad Solutions worked closely with the Patriot Campers team to develop a revised chassis to accommodate the extra axle of the Megatourer. The system weighs a mere 350kgs more than the standard 79 Series chassis and is the lightest of its kind on the market. The chassis upgrade provides a GVM upgrade of up to 6.2 tonne and a coil conversion kit keeps the Megatourer riding smooth and comfortable.
The additional braking capacity provided by the Jmacx system is complimented by the performance racing brake setup from WP Pro Brakes that features 360mm disc brakes all around and a six-pot brake caliper helps to pull the 7m Megatourer up at high speeds.
Portal Axles from Mark’s 4WD in Melbourne provide additional ground clearance and the adjustable custom air ride system from Airbag Man gives the Megatourer 8” of lift.
The Megatourer features the next generation of Supertourer styling with reworked rear toolboxes, angled sheet metal front and rear guards and integrated Rhino platform featuring LED lights from Xray Vision.
Patriot Campers engaged the design and engineering experts at TJM to help design a hoopless, slimline, body-coloured bullbar for the LC79 that adds to the distinct styling of the Megatourer but function over form prevails as the depth and strength of the bullbar adds to the Megatourer’s touring prowess.
The team at GSL took the base model Toyota LC79 and worked their magic adding more than 150kw at the wheels on 37” tyres. The expert craftsmanship of the Granville locals added lobster-back welded pipework and a massive turbo to power all six wheels. As an added touch, the exhaust is routed through twin 4” exhaust stacks.
The Megatourer’s suspension system has been completely reworked and the team from Airbag Man have developed a custom system for the 6X6 that sits airbag suspension alongside one-off TJM shocks to provide adjustable height and damping for exceptional ride height and versatility.
Bathed in concrete grey paintwork inspired by prestige European supercars, the Megatourer rides on purpose-designed 18” wheels from ROH with machined alloy accents inside 37” mud rubber from the guys at Mickey Thompson making it a menacing, yet stylish looking truck.
The entire interior has been reskinned in Nappa leather and suede from Trim Worx and behind the rear seats hides a glowing powerplant from Redarc that manages the full electronics suite of two lithium batteries and two AGM batteries, twin compressors, twin air tanks, solar panels and a full lighting system from Xray Vision. An 8” Alpine screen and custom instrument consoles round out the high-spec Megatourer interior.
Proving the Megatourer isn’t just a show truck, it features front and rear winches from TJM, twin air-outlets to manage tyre pressures, a 70L water tank and lockable mini canopy that hide a 60L fridge. An air snorkel and dual, angle-mounted spare tyre carriers mean the Megatourer is ready for cross country touring of the harshest variety.
The full build of the Megatourer is featured in episode 12 of Patriot Games and documents the fast paced team at Patriot Campers in a rush to build the 6WD truck in time for its international debut at the National 4X4 show in Melbourne. Patriot Games is an adventure-lifestyle and reality show about Patriot Campers and is available to stream for international audiences on November 1st at patriotgames.com.au