Classy motorhomes are a speciality for Zion Motorhomes, who operate from their equally classy sales centre in Pōkeno south of Auckland. If you attend motorhome shows you will know what we mean about classy. Jonas Ng at Zion is the authorised distributor in New Zealand for some of the best quality German-built RV brands on the world market – Dethleffs motorhomes and caravans, Frankia, Niesmann+Bischoff and MORELO motorhomes.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 414 CDI Euro VI D engine (105kW/141bhp) 7G-Tronic Plus auto transmission. Mercedes ladder-frame chassis

The luxury liners from MORELO and Niesmann+Bischoff have all the bells and whistles imaginable, while the Frankia and Dethleffs range of motorhomes boast entry-level prices and spec’d options from the ex-rental McRent stock, all with low kilometres and a price point under $125K. Brand new models across the brands cover a wide range right through to those with luxury top-of-the-line options.

Rear garage: two garage doors, drop chassis extension (150kg loading capacity), heated, with fixing loops, illuminated, 1x230V power outlet. High and illuminated rear garage with great capacity and accessible from both sides, Garage door size 950x1200mm

Zion have grown significantly since 2012 and the Pōkeno showroom is a reflection of this, as are the diggers on the land next door scraping out the start of the expansion to the sales yard. With up to 150 motorhomes per year projected to be coming in, the business needs all the space it can get.

Gas and toilet service lockers on the kerb side of the vehicle

Today we take a look at a Dethleffs Globeline D motorhome that sits just under the seven-metre length mark. This model has two single beds in the rear but, with a pull-out extension, can also be a large double – so multifunctional. There is a second spare bed in the overhead ceiling of the dining/entry area.

A compact bathroom, but it has it all with electric 12V flush pedestal cassette toilet, nifty vanity sink and storage, with mirror above. Separate shower box with concertina fold-back doors, adjustable showerhead, wooden tray for shower base

Upon entry through the habitation door on the driver’s (right) side of the vehicle, we notice straightaway this doorway is wider, 700mm to be exact. The kitchen is directly to the left, an extra bench shelf lifts up on this end. The front cab seats swivel to the rear for added seating around the removable, fully adjustable table. The dinette seats are fitted with seat belts.

Electric drop-down bed over the dinette area, a single berth but good size at 2000 x 900mm. Open area above the cab in the luton, with storage pods and overhead roof vent

Compact kitchen unit, good-sized tower fridge unit next to it. Bathroom is opposite, pedestal 12V electric flush cassette toilet, storage options and mirrored cabinet available, separate shower to the left. Step up into the rear bedroom area to the elevated bed space offering two single beds, or large double.

A compact kitchen, a good-sized tower fridge with freezer box. Under-bench gas oven with storage drawers above and below. Covers over the stainless sink and gas hob increase the useable space, and a bench extension is on the end. Splashback, and opening window behind, with more storage overhead. Lots of ambience strip-lighting here as well as LED spotlights

Plenty of storage underneath this area – the large storage boot area is below, the reason for the height. LED mood lighting is nice, with plenty of individual lights for personal use.

A great vehicle for two people, maybe the occasional stay-over visitor. Big storage in that rear boot, quality German build in an easy drive size, based on the top-of-the-line chassis in RV terms, the Mercedez-Benz, which has all sorts of smart technology to aid the driver.

Designed for those who want two single beds, but providing the option to pull out the extension and realign the area to a large double. Storage underneath, and overhead with lockers and shelving options

Want a bit more? Want to see the island bed option, or keen for a bigger kitchen? Head to Zion Motorhomes in Pōkeno or call into UCC Motorhomes in Christchurch. You will be able to see a great variety of models and find one that ticks all your boxes.

Tech Specs

Dethleff Globeline T6613EB 3-berth
This model $175,000 includes accessories

Dimensions
Length 6960mm, width 2330mm, height external 3000mm, internal 2050mm
Weight GVM 4100kg requires COF – tare 3265kg, payload 835kg
Tow rating 2000kg braked

Cab Chassis
Mercedez Sprinter 414 CDI Euro VI D engine (105kW/141bhp) 7G-Tronic Plus auto transmission. Mercedes ladder-frame chassis.
Rear-wheel drive with all the safety systems including ESP, electronic brake force distribution, active brake assist, headlamp assist, lane departure warning system and crosswind assist are just some of the vehicle’s smart features.
And there is the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system, a high tech unit with a two-year warranty.

Freedom Camping
Pedestal 12V electric flush cassette toilet, separate full shower
Gas oven/grill/3-burner hob
Heating and hot water – Combi 6E gas electric
Fridge – 90L with 15L freezer
Water – fresh including boiler 130L, grey 100L
200W solar with controller and charger, 2 x 95Ah batteries

Beds
Rear single beds 1850 x 800mm and 1950 x 800mm or make large 2100 x 1950/1500mm. Over-cab/dining pull down 2000 x 950mm
‘SleepWell’ fixed beds with 7-zone mattresses and ergonomic wooden bed frames

Other included
Reversing camera 7” display with GPS, Stereo, 19” LED TV, auto sat dish, manual 4m awning
Upgrades/extras available, tow bar, bike rack, upgrade to 22” LED TV, external BBQ gas fitting, external shower
Warranty – body by Dethleffs 5 years, engine by Mercedes 2 years.

Construction
The roof and floor are protected by GRP panels; floor thickness: 49mm; sidewall thickness 34mm; roof thickness 35mm. Wood-free and rot-free Lifetime Smart floor construction with insulated and heated water tank. and with GRP covered underfloor
The highly compressed, water-resistant XPS insulation keeps heat and cold at bay. Well protected against hail with the durable GRP roof.
Winterproofing: heated double floor with frost-protected water installation and additional storage space
The AirPlus system avoids any condensation on the interior by moving air through the furniture and walls