Roma Razorback: Review
A well thought-out layout and great offroad capability makes the Razorback a long-awaited, but welcome addition to the Roma stable.
The new offroad Roma Razorback curiously shares the same name as its predecessor that was discontinued in 2006. I say ‘curiously’, because that earlier model was so-named because of its steep rear cut-away bodywork.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Instead, the 2016 Razorback is effectively a custom-built offroad variant of the range-topping, square-backed Roma Elegance and is, hence, available in a similar range of sizes, from a single-axle 5.33m (17ft 6in) to tandem-axle 7m (23ft) models.
Like the Elegance, it also comes standard with smooth, hail-resistant and insulated composite wall cladding, a fibreglass roof and injection-moulded resin reinforced front and rear panels, adding to its body strength and long-term endurance. But that’s where the similarity between the new Razorback and Elegance models ends because, from the ground up, the Razorback is a true offroader.
It’s hard to put a finger on what made the Razorback’s interior instantly appealing, as there is nothing radical about its layout, with its front island bed, central galley kitchen opposite a dinette, and separate shower and toilet in its rear bathroom. However, photographer Stuart Grant and I both agreed it had an ‘X’ factor.
Perhaps it was the measured distribution of space for each area, with enough room to get around the caravan-queen-size bed, space for two people to access the roomy kitchen and lounge at the same time, and plentiful elbow room in the spacious bathroom, with its optional 900mm super-sized shower.
Or maybe it was the stylish overhead cupboards with their double-sided high gloss finish and high-rising hinges. Possibly it was the colour scheme of the review van, with its grey flooring, grey lower and contrasting silver high-gloss upper cabinetry. Or perhaps it was the obvious quality of the cupboard hardware or the carefully-rounded edges on everything that might otherwise stick in your ribs or scalp. Regardless, the overall impression was of tasteful quality.
Checkerplate extends halfway up the windowless front panel and to just below window height along its flanks and on its (windowless) rear panel. However, if you want the checkerplate on your Razorback either higher or lower, just ask. Ditto the floor, if you want it raised above the height of the wheel arches to achieve a completely flat interior. As Roma insists, this is a true custom-built caravan.
In keeping with its purposeful exterior, the Razorback is elegant and functional inside, with the sort of detailed thought in its fittings and layout that you would expect from a highly-experienced caravan builder.
THE WRAP UP
Our review van came in at $79,900 as tested and, based on my knowledge of what else is in the marketplace, I think the Razorback embodies good value for a stylish, true offroad, custom-built caravan from one of Australia’s most enduring and trusted manufacturers.
- True offroad spec
- Well thought-out layout
- Great indoor/outdoor storage
- Custom-built flexibility
- Limited solar capacity (although a second panel can be fitted as an option)
ROMA RAZORBACK SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.1m (26ft 7in)
- External body length 5.9m (19ft 4in)
- External body width 2.5m (8ft 2in)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.93m (6ft 4in)
- Tare 2650kg
- ATM 3250kg
- Ball weight 220kg
- Frame Timber
- Cladding Composite walls with fibreglass roof and injection-moulded resin reinforced front and rear panels
- Chassis G&S 150x50mm galvanised steel
- Suspension G&S TS Control Rider 4t trailing arm coil spring with twin telescopic shock absorbers per wheel
- Brakes 12in electric drums
- Wheels 16in alloy with 245/75/R16 tyres
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 2x110Ah deep-cycle
- Solar 1x120W
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis Mk3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Dexter
- Cooking Swift 500 Series combo four-burner with grill
- Fridge 175L Dometic three-way
- Microwave Panasonic
- Toilet Dometic cassette
- Shower Separate 900mm-wide fibreglass cubicle
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Swift Ecotherm gas/electric hot water service and combined space heater
Price as shown
The full test appears in Caravan World #554 October 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!