Nationwide RV was originally set up as a car yard by current owner/operator Bob Gordon-Stables in 1989. From that day to this, Bob has grown his RV specific dealer network nationwide. Originally with three branches called Ashburton RV, Taranaki RV and Silverdale RV, the company rebranded to Nationwide RV in 2018 highlighting countrywide presence.
In December 2019, Nationwide RV added the Drury yard to further cement their position in the market. Today, Nationwide RV is one of the largest importers of motorhomes, caravans and buses in New Zealand. The New Age Caravans are Australian built
The company’s two latest developments over the last six months include the purchase of the property site formerly known as Auckland Motorhomes at 81 Creek Street, Drury, this is now proudly a Nationwide RV Drury site and is the second dealership for Auckland with Silverdale RV at the northern end of the motorway. The second development is a new site for the head office at 686 Devon Road, New Plymouth.
A purpose-built building and site has been planned for some time, and earlier this year it was announced the office was officially moving in. It is not yet a finished project as lockdown caused some delays, but certainly is a big move on both fronts from Bob – he has a team of great people working with him around the country. All the sites handle sales of new and used RV products, offer repairs, parts, installations, advice and much more.
We dropped into Drury and picked up the Tribute Compact van from Treena. Based on a Fiat Ducato FWD cab chassis, with the latest technology 9-speed fully auto gearbox it was really easy to drive. This model had 0km on the clock, not often I am the first one to put the first clicks on the clock. The colour rear camera wasn’t set up, but I could easily see what was happening behind me with the electric (and heated) side mirrors.
Good storage in the cab and side pockets in the doors. What I love in an RV for full comfort is cruise control – so handy, radio controls on the steering wheel, USB charger port, Bluetooth phone system, GPS and rear camera are all on the list, drink holders and storage for glasses, books, food, dog leads, map books to actually – this model with its Fiat cab set up has it all, every item tick tick tick.
The Captain cab seats swivel to be part of the small dinette area, these two front facing dinette seats have seat belts fitted for guest travellers, but does not convert to a bed in this model. If you want people to sleep over you can upgrade to a rear bunk-bed model, great idea. The table is removeable. The kitchen is compact, bathroom has toilet-shower combined, manual 96L Dometic three-way fridge/freezer box and at the rear a large space with a bench lounge on each side, back doors open to the rear. In this rear area you can keep as singles if the size works for you, or simply pull out the slatted bed supports from each side, place the wall squabs down and you have a large comfy bed for two.
The beauty of a campervan is the body is the original manufactured steel body, not a composite body made separately and placed on the bare chassis, which is what a motorhome is. Fiat Ducato manufacture these cab chassis specifically for the motorhome market.
There are different heights and lengths available, this model has a specific electrical system for greater reliability and a cab designed with reinforced pillars and pre-cut roof for vents, to produce vehicles from the factory with the utmost quality on all outfits. There are different engine options and upgrade specs that can be pre-ordered by Auto-Trail customers through the Auto-Trail dealers.
The LPG bottle storage is accessed from the inside in the back rear area. Great for turning the bottle off for travelling, getting on the ferry etc. There are vents for the refrigeration and cooking units and one the roof in the rear of the van. In this model a minimum number of cuts into that bodywork has been achieved by having only one exterior locker door and that is for the toilet cassette.
I liked that there is two living space options, you can make up the rear bed area permanently, or put a small table down there and have two lounge’s, why wouldn’t you want to sit with the back doors open, feet up looking at the view. I loved the fly screen door inside the sliding entry door, so handy.
The windows throughout are great sizes, no problem seeing views from the front or back. The kitchen is compact to be sure, but a full oven with grill really is a treat in a campervan, and the fridge is a respectable size if you use it right (me back to my pack your food into containers tip).
The bathroom has a fitted curtain to use to keep water off areas, the vanity sink that pushes away into the wall is good idea, push it in and down it comes, push it up and have a flat wall.
The Auto-Trail range has a lot of options to choose from, some even smaller than this with the new 5990mm long model released this year, so if a campervan is what you are seeking take a look and see what Nationwide RV has to offer, they are in Ashburton, New Plymouth, Drury and Silverdale in Auckland.
2020 Auto-Trail Tribute Compact 680 2-berth campervan $131,750
Based on the 2020 Fiat Ducato 140 MULTI-JET2 with maximum torque of 350 Nm, Fiat 9-speed auto transmission. Cruise control, steering wheel control radio and phone, Zenec Xzent 6.5” LCD display touch screen head unit, radio-Bluetooth-integrated microphones and colour reversing camera. 16” alloy wheels, motorhome specific tyres.
Weigh and Measure
Overall in mm – height 2680 – length 6360 – width (mirrors folded) 2270
GVM 3500kg, Tare 3080kg
2 year habitation warranty (T&C’s apply)
5 year body construction integrity warranty (T&C’s apply)
5 Year cab chassis warranty
2 x 4kg gas bottles, Combi 4kW gas/230v blown air and hot water heating. 3 hob gas cook top with under-bench gas oven/grill unit. 97L Dometic manual 3-way fridge with removable freezer box. Fresh and grey water built-in tanks 68 litres each, 12v electric flush pedestal toilet with 18L rollaway cassette
Sleeps two – rear bed made up measures 1860 x 1630mm. Double glazed windows with fitted fly screens and blinds. Cushioned vinyl flooring. Internal cab insulating screens, removable bound-edged carpet mats, Tamsin upholstery with matching driver and passenger seat covers , fire retardant upholstery. 12v LED low energy lighting. Front dinette area with cab front Captain’s chairs swivelling to dinette. Seatbelts on two front facing seats. Light modern Salinas Oak wood
Electric entry step, door width fly-screen to habitation area, awning, day running lights, colour coded front bumper (5 colour options)
Purpose built FIAT chassis
Fiat Ducato produce from the factory a range of specific cab chassis’ for motorhome manufacturers, with high torsion strength, lower to facilitate access, lighter and more functional. A range of cab chassis designed to allow greater comfort on board, lower ground clearance and greater stability.
McPherson front suspension with independent wheels, standard front and rear anti-roll bar. The rear suspension is designed specifically for use on a motorhome.
The increased rear track (1980 mm, category best-in-class, 190 more than the standard track) permits greater stability and offers greater width for the living cell.
Specific new tyres also suitable for long stops and with low rolling resistance to reduce consumption. The compact front end, greatly reduced front overhang and minimal space taken up by the engine permit an excellent relationship between the length of the cab and the length of the vehicle. The new front end comprises four components that can be removed individually, permitting rapid, cost-effective maintenance. Its shape ensures the utmost protection in the event of impact.