A recent trip to Silverdale, north Auckland, saw us drop in to catch up with Ben Young, Sales Manager at Nationwide RV Silverdale. There has been a lot of work done to this site in the last couple of years with the demolition of existing older buildings, expansion of the display yard, a new office and servicing building, and fencing to enclose the space for security.

Ben Young, Sales Manager at Nationwide RV in Silverdale

Based on the wide-track Ford chassis, this is a low-line model, 3500kg model on a WOF with a rear island bed – tick, tick, tick for many purchasers

Nationwide RV proudly distribute key Roller Team models, as well as being the NZ Distributor for the UK-manufactured Tribute Motorhomes built by the Autotrail factory. Roller Team is based in Tuscany in Italy and is part of the large Trigano Group. They manufacture many of the RV brands now available here in New Zealand through various dealerships. Nationwide RV have a presence in Ashburton, New Plymouth and Silverdale.

The Nationwide RV site has been expanded, with new purpose-built servicing area and offices, and is easily visible from the main Silverdale highway

Upon entry we have the dining and front cab seating to the left, kitchen opposite, fridge on hard right, bathroom between kitchen and rear island bedroom area

Ben was busy with customers wanting a test drive, so the Rock and I took some time to look over the various makes and models on display, and took a shine to the latest Roller Team Ford Transit-based motorhome. We are both Ford fans, our RnR Rosie motorhome is an old 1998 Ford Transit-based little ripper so a Ford badge usually grabs our attention.

Simple-to-use control panel and heating unit

Full-width rear garage storage, accessible from inside as well, doors both sides of vehicle and lock-down ties

There are a number of boxes that will be ticked on many shoppers’ lists with this Zefiro model; it is a four berth motorhome with an electric drop down bed up front. There’s a separate rear bedroom featuring a fixed island bed with lift-up storage, a separate full-sized shower and en-suite bathroom with plenty of storage. There’s a classy, slick looking 140L fridge with freezer inside complete with a separate chiller drawer at the bottom. The kitchen under-bench cupboard hides utility and storage drawers inside, all with positive soft-close catches. Under bench, more drawers, and a compact oven/grill unit will meet most cooks’ needs in an RV. Overhead lockers with shelving add another storage option for the kitchen area.

Two 9kg bottle storage in exterior locker

The kitchen is mid ship and compact. Under-bench gas oven, three-burner hob with glass lid, round stainless sink, storage underneath

Heating and hot water are via the Truma i-Net system 6000W combined electric-gas heating CP Plus unit. Another technological advance for the interior is what Roller Team call the ‘Breathe’ system, a method of air distribution around the inside of wall units, in the over-cab area and in all models with fixed rear beds that essentially moves air through wall spaces to improve circulation, stabilise temperatures and avoid the formation of condensation within the vehicle. To aid air movement, the wooden panels are positioned in the dinette at a small distance from the interior side panel. All fixed beds in the rear part or over-cab are fitted with staves. Mattresses of the rear beds are a polyester fabric, quilted top and sides, with breathable technical fabric in the bottom part.

Steps on both sides of the island bed, shelf storage and wardrobes each side, overhead lockers, nice bedhead and lighting all around

Full-height shower on the left wall at entry to bedroom

The sleek Italian styling is obvious in these models, with classy exterior finishes and contemporary interior finishes. This model also comes fitted with lots of extras as standard, like the 120W solar panel, bike rack for four bikes (75kg maximum weight), fly screen on the entrance door, colour reversing camera fitted, cab and interior removable carpets and a four-metre rollout awning.

Step up to the en-suite toilet area. An opening window, overhead storage, drawers under the vanity, a 12V electric flush pedestal cassette toilet

The second bed is an electric one that sits in the front ceiling area, push a button and down it comes

Price wise it will tick the biggest box of all for those looking to buy new with a budget of $130K. This size and weight vehicle is on a Warrant of Fitness (WoF), always popular with customers. All of the Nationwide RV dealerships (Silverdale, New Plymouth and Ashburton) currently have this model in stock. If not this model, take the time to check out the website (nationwiderv.co.nz) to see other Italian- and UK-manufactured models with lots of floor plans to choose from. In the upcoming RV Express digital newsletter I also profile the Roller Team Pegaso 745 A-Class fully integrated model, with a huge rear U-shaped lounge, pull-down front bed, wood effects and sexy lighting in the bathroom, 7410mm length on a grunty 150hp Fiat chassis and priced around $173,000.

Storage and utility drawer under the sink unit

Under-bench Thetford gas oven with grill, three-burner gas hob with glass cover

Construction

The roof features a hail-damage resistant fibreglass exterior, with extruded plastic joiners, Styrofoam® insulation and fibreglass interior lining, 31mm thick in total. The walls are similar with exterior side walls in fibreglass, with no contact between exterior and interior. High-density extruded plastic joiners prevent any contact of the inner part of the walls with the water. Styrofoam® in all walls provides better soundproofing and thermal insulation of the vehicle. Fibreglass inside prevents any contact of the inner part with weathering, again 31mm thick in total. Wood-free construction methods are used for the floor which is constructed of Styrofoam® with upper and lower fibreglass coverings offering enhanced protection, thermal insulation and resistance. Floor thickness is 54mm, offering utmost resistance to potential damage according to the manufacturer. The exterior floor is fibreglass covered to help prevent water and road damage, while the internal floor is finished in PVC flooring with a wooden floor finish. Windows are double glazed and fitted with fly screens and privacy blinds.

Tech Spec Italian built Roller Team Zefiro 696 4-berth $126,900

Ford Transit 2.0 Tdi Euro 6 96kW(130bhp) 6-speed auto transmission, wide-track chassis

GVM 3500kg, tare 3150kg, payload 425kg, towable weight 1000kg

Dimensions
Length 7450mm, height 2950mm, width 2350mm, internal height 2080mm, wheelbase 3954mm
External locker storage: total size 720mm x 870mm
Sleeping: Rear bed 1900 x 1500mm, electric drop-down bed 1900 x 1280mm

Self-containment
120W solar panel, 95Ah battery with charger and monitors
Water: 100L fresh and grey
Toilet: 12V electric flush, 17L cassette
Gas oven with griller, three-burner gas hob, 2 x 9kg gas bottles
Fridge: 3-way auto 140L with freezer and separate chiller drawer
Truma i-net system 6000W combined electric-gas heating with CP Plus