Roma Elegance: Video Review
Experience some old-school charm in the aptly named Roma Elegance.
Lavishly appointed – and appropriately badged – the Elegance is available in several layouts. But who is it targeted at? Well, the answer harks back to the late 1920s. Roma Caravans, one of the oldest established caravan manufacturers in Australia, has earned a reputation for innovation and customisation, with an emphasis on the quality and durability of its fleet. So it comes as no surprise that the new Roma Elegance will appeal to those wanting a luxurious home-away-from-home.
The chassis is constructed with heavy-duty box DuraGal steel, and the A-frame, which extends to the wheelbase, holds two 9kg gas cylinders and has a wire mesh rack for water/sullage hoses and the like. It also has a mains water inlet and tap, and the front of the van has stone chip coating. The Elegance rides on 235x15 eight-ply light truck tyres and 15in alloy wheels, and is fitted with an Asteem breakaway system and 10in electric brakes. It was tow-friendly, courtesy of the roller rocker suspension, with four shock absorbers and greaseable nipples, and was definitely equipped to handle semi-offroading. With a 2500kg Tare, 3100kg ATM and 250kg ball weight, the LandCruiser was on easy street as we circumnavigated the outskirts of Maryborough.
Outside, a fold-out table and 12V outlet allow you to prepare and enjoy culinary camping delights. And with a 12V TV socket plus aerial inlet, you can watch your favourite show at the same time. There is also an external gas bayonet, which is ideal for a sausage sizzle.
The Roma’s roof is one-piece, front and back, resulting in only two joins and minimal chance of leakage. It is also home to two 150W solar panels, digital TV roof antenna and reverse-cycle Aircommand Ibis 3 air-conditioner.
The electrical suite is vast, including a 12V/30Ah Oz Charge battery charger/power supply, dual 110Ah AGM batteries and 50Ah Anderson plug connection to the tow vehicle. On the back of the van is a reversing camera with integrated high-mount stop lights. And a rear looped bumper, with spare wheel, allows you to carry additional items such as a generator and extra fuel.
Three 95L water tanks (one for filtered drinking water only) with checkerplate protection means you should never run dry, and there is an option to fit grey water tanks for free camping. There are also water tank inlets and a water regulator. Some like it hot and the Elegance turns up the heat with a gas/electric hot water service and Truma gas heater.
HITS & MISSES
- Modern yet classy interior
- Clever furniture handles
- Practical curved kitchen
- No stoneguard
ROMA ELEGANCE SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.23m (27ft)
- External body length 6.71m (22ft)
- External body width 2.34m (7ft 8in)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.91m (6ft 3in)
- Tare 2500kg
- ATM 3100kg
- Ball weight 250kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding White composite
- Chassis DuraGal (Road Runner)
- Suspension Leaf spring and shocks
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy with LT235/15
- Battery 2x110Ah AGM
- Water 3x95L
- Solar 2x150W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control No
- Cooking Swift four-burner combo with fan-forced oven
- Fridge AES Dometic 186L
- Microwave 80W LG
- Toilet Dometic ceramic
- Shower Fibreglass capsule
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Gas/electric
- Reversing camera; gas heater; pull-out step; generator storage locker; batteries mounted on chassis; fibreglass front and rear; one-piece fibreglass roof; external speakers
Price as shown
- $82,000 (ex-factory, Vic)
The full test appears in Caravan World #542 October 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!