We introduced readers to the Melbourne-built Royal Flair caravan brand back in RV78, showcasing the most innovative caravan design feature seen in recent times with the Royal Flair Piazza Sky-Deck model and its electric drop-down bed over the rear lounge: the nose cone lifted up, a deck floor dropped over the towing frame and sides folded out to create a fantastic fully enclosed and fly-screen curtained 4.5sq metre deck.

The dining slide-out is centred over the twin-axles and has an integrated weather blind

Royal Flair Piazza Sky-Deck with slide-out

At that time, in July 2019, Brian and Varee Anderson were one year into owning what was then the Gypsy RV Centre. They had a lot going on with a complete rebranding to become the Levin RV Centre, following a nationwide trend to identify with the RV identity and the town location. They had received their first shipments of a new brand sourced by themselves, and had landed the distributorship for New Zealand from the Australian manufacturers of the Royal Flair brand of caravan.

Love the slide-out BBQ in one of the rear storage lockers

The Piazza has a really useful, strong, good-looking deck that drops down from the nose of the caravan over the drawbar; you simply unclip the aerodynamic nose front and lift it up, dropping the deck down. Brilliant for pets and kids, and so quick and easy to set up and put away

Royal Flair are manufactured in Melbourne. The Deralas family established the caravan manufacturing business in 1975, and Billy Deralas owns and runs the business today. Some readers may have met Mr Deralas at the NZMCA Motorhome and Caravan show at Mystery Creek in September last year, when he came over to work with Brian on their stand, introducing visitors to his company’s luxury caravans.

From Sky-Deck to rear bed area, light bright and airy

Bedroom area is wired and fitted with TV mounting, ready to add the 24” Flat screen TV supplied

Brian began working in the caravan sales industry over 30 years ago, and despite leaving and coming back to it some years later, he has a strong knowledge and insight about what his customers are looking for. This knowledge sent him offshore to source a limited number of models that he felt would suit parts of the New Zealand market, and it would appear from sales and public interest that he has picked a winner with this brand.

Battery controller system, the BMPRO

Decent kitchen bench size, lots of under bench storage, pull-out pantry, drawers and cupboards. Round stainless-steel sink with small drainer, the full oven with separate grill, three gas and one electric hob – comes with a nice cover to expand bench space

It is well established in the manufacturing realm in Aussie, has great backup and warranty service systems in place, and has some innovative design features that are titivating discerning buyers right here in NZ.

Now there is a new arrival to check out, this time the Piazza Sky-Deck model with a dining slide-out area designed to increase the living space, and a separate rear bedroom area instead of the electric ceiling bed over the rear lounge option of the shorter model previously reviewed.

Decent kitchen bench size, lots of under bench storage, pull-out pantry, drawers and cupboards. Round stainless-steel sink with small drainer, the full oven with separate grill, three gas and one electric hob – comes with a nice cover to expand bench space

A decent 184L fridge with separate freezer unit, microwave above

This model Piazza is just one of the size and models available from Royal Flair, and price brackets to suit a variety of purchasers as well. The unique features of this model brings it to the top of the range, and a tow vehicle with over a 3500kg towing capacity will be required.
The smaller, lighter weight models in the range pop with great features, fixtures and finishes, but these Sky-Deck models are just so fantastic with the extra living space on offer, and especially this model with the dining slide-out expansion situated nicely over the twin-axle area of the chassis.

The rear bedroom offers multiple overhead, bedside and under-bed storage options, as well as the wardrobes on each side. Great sized windows with fitted screens and blinds

Air conditioning roof unit – nice for these 33-degree days

These models must be on the list for those looking for a caravan for two, with luxury finishes and all the extras you might want. A tiny home option is another strong possibility – with the Sky-Deck and slide-out this design offers expanded living features that are unique when compared with other caravan designs and layouts.

On the left opposite the en suite is the full-size shower – moulded composite shower box has no joins so no potential for leaks in the future

Washing machine – such a handy little unit, storage above and beside it, space on top – such a luxury

Get along to Levin RV to check out this model or the other Royal Flair models on site. They have family options for five, off-road options for two, and the Vanroyce ultimate luxury home on wheels if these Piazza Sky-Deck models don’t fill the bill. Brian and Sales Manager Billy are ready to show you through and talk about all the features within. Levin RV is also a sub-agent for the Pilote and Bailey brands in motorhomes and caravans – both new vehicles and a range of pre-loved RV vehicles are available – and they will have something to tick the boxes on most customers’ RV shopping list.

Tech Specs

2020 Royal Flair Piazza 2-berth caravan with Sky-Deck and slide-out – $160,000 this model.

Dimensions:
Body length 6400mm, body + drawbar 8300mm + spare wheel and carrier = total overall length to park up 8900mm. Width 2350mm, external height 3150mm, internal 2000mm. GVM 3500kg, tare 2924kg, payload 576kg, 189kg tow ball weight.

Chassis:
Tandem axle trailer – Supagal box section galvanised chassis which has 100mm (4in) RHS rails and 150mm (6in) RHS drawbar. Leaf spring suspension is fitted to the tandem axle wheels and there’s a ball coupling up front. Also fitted with stability control, electric brakes, Torflex 2700 GTM 12˝ brakes and 245×16˝ Hawks Silver rims. A pre-coated one-piece floor goes down, the body built on top of that.

Body Construction:
Body frame is built from Meranti timber with aluminium cladding on the sides, 350mm Alucobond composite panels for the front wall, roof and rear wall. CNC cut solid walls made of structural ply for the interior, fully insulated and bonded to the Alucobond system. A looped bumper with spare wheel fitted, grab handles front and rear, hydraulic jack, galvanised wheel arches. Double-glazed acrylic windows, three roof hatches for airflow, security door triple lock for security and Vista Door Keyless entry. Interior Laminex kitchen bench and laminated cupboards.

Freedom camping features:
BP35 battery management system with Trek, 2 x 160W solar panels, 2 x 105Ah batteries, gas/240V hot water cylinder, 2 x 95L fresh water, 2 x 95L grey water fitted tanks, 2 x 4.5kg gas bottles. 12V electric flush cassette toilet, separate shower.

Living:
184L Thetford fridge with separate freezer, Thetford full gas oven with separate grill, three-burner gas hob plus one electric. 240V microwave, Truma Gas/240V hot water cylinder, diesel heating system. Entertainment – 24˝ TV with built-in Freeview and DVD player with auto satellite dish, 6-speaker Bluetooth CD/MP3 player, AUX and USB inputs and a 240V air conditioning, and a compact top-loader washing machine.

Rear bedroom with north-south queen island slatted bed frame 1900 x 1500mm with inner-sprung mattress.

Dining area expands with the electric slide-out 1800mm high by 2000mm length x 560mm depth, offering much more living space, and houses the three-piece adjustable dining table set up. The kitchen can still be used with the slide-out in – the caravan functions well in both positions.

The unique Sky-Deck offers 4.5 sq metre covered, enclosed outdoor deck area, with fly-screen security entry door, fly-screen curtains all round, power and TV outlets.

Other Great Features

Roll-out awning
Slide-out BBQ drawer fitted with Weber ‘Baby Q’ BBQ
External drop-down table