The latest model has arrived at DeLuxe RV Group in Blenheim – the most compact length to date within the Pilote semi-integrated range they have chosen for the New Zealand market.

On the kerb/passenger side of the vehicle we have the boot storage locker entry at the rear, service access locker forward of the wheels and freshwater filler access. New aluminium skirts in two parts – easy to reshape bodywork. Excellent if repairs are required in the future

We take a peek into the Pilote under-6m motorhome, with three-berths, French bed, good bathroom situation with separate shower and cassette toilet, 20˝ TV with Freeview and DVD with auto satellite dish and 120W solar panel already fitted ready to go.

Swivel cab seats add to the seating options from the front cab area. Lots of light with the roof vents above

This size vehicle is so compact you feel like you are driving a car, but with a 728kg payload and a rear tunnel boot enclosing 935 litres of storage you can take all sorts of compactible toys with you, and it is also accessible from under the bed.

The bathroom is good size for such a compact vehicle. Sink/vanity unit with storage to the left, mirror and storage cabinets above, cassette toilet in the middle with shelf storage behind, separate shower stall to the right with pull-out concertina door

A tow bar can be fitted to take bigger toys as you have the motor capacity to handle it with the Fiat Ducato front-wheel-drive 2.3L 97kW diesel cab chassis.

Seatbelts for two passengers, the TV is on a height-adjustable rail, overhead locker storage here and through to the bedroom area, with wardrobe between the spaces. Side and net curtains add a homely feel to the windows, though they have pull-up blinds and fly screens on all windows

Construction

Structure assembly is upon aluminium rails. Thermal–acoustic Styrofoam insulation (28mm sides and roof, 50mm floor). Polyester roof with hail protection, and impact-resistant Polyester skin under the floor.

The French or side bed is a reasonable size at 1380mm W x 2000mm L. The bed lifts to access the storage area underneath. Overhead lockers for storage. Between the dinette and the bed area is wardrobe and cabinet storage space. Good ventilation, with the window for views and roof vents for light and air

Floor and side walls are enhanced with more rigid battens manufactured from Fibroplast (polyurethane reinforced with fibreglass). Batten against batten, the side wall to floor connection is optimised providing greater water tightness, insulation and solidity.

Habitation entry is via the cell door with additional fly screen door and storage options. To the left of entry is the compact kitchen with two-burner gas cooker, under-bench gas oven. Utility drawers under the sink, and overhead locker offer more storage. A range-hood is great, and splashback keeps the area cleanable. I like the spice rack as well. Fridge past that, bathroom in the rear left corner, bed in the right rear corner. Note the lift-up spare seat at the end of the bench

With a 50mm thickness this new floor has proved to provide better insulation and rigidity, and guarantees greater cell durability by inhibiting on-the-road shock absorption.

Tech Spec

2019 Fiat Ducato Pilote P600P $129,990 this model shown

Vehicle: 2019 Fiat Ducato 97kW, 2.3L Turbo Diesel engine, WOF, front-wheel drive, ESP, ASR, single rear axle, wide-angle reversing camera, swivel cab seats

Extra-low-profile 2.85m-high Fiat chassis with wider track. Flush-fitted double-glazed windows on aluminium frame, electric entry step.

Dimensions (mm): Length 5990, width 2300, height 2750 GVM 3500kg, tare 2772kg, payload 728kg

Self-containment certified
Kitchen: on-bench 2-burner gas hob, extractor fan above, under bench a gas oven Dometic 3-way auto fridge/freezer.
Water: 130L fresh, 95L grey, 10L hot water
Truma Combi 4kW gas heater and hot water
120W solar with controller, monitors and a 100Ah house battery

Living – Entertainment
French bed 1380x2000mm
Lounge area converts to single berth
LED strip and spot lighting throughout
Bathroom: separate shower box, pedestal toilet, corner vanity, storage, window
Automatic satellite dish, 20˝ TV with Freeview and DVD, radio with Bluetooth
Lshaped lounge with two passenger seat belts, front cab seats swivel to add seating. Lounge converts to single berth