High class living in the Roller Team Pegaso 740
Author: Malcolm Street Date Posted: 1 November 2018
Roller Team motorhomes are popular members of the RV Super Centre stable. All Roller Teams are either C- or B-class, with the exception of the Roller Team Pegaso 740, which is an A-class motorhome. There are plenty of A-class motorhomes circulating around New Zealand but, the Pegaso 740, with its external length of 7.38m (24ft 3in), has advantages in both its layout and manoeuvrability over many of its rivals.
The Pegaso 740 is built on the popular Fiat Ducato Multijet 130 cab chassis, which has a GVM of 3500kg and a 96kW/320Nm Ducato turbo-diesel engine. The motorhome’s body is a fibreglass composite with styrofoam insulation in the roof, side walls and floor. It has Seitz awning-style, acrylic, double-glazed windows throughout (except for the sliding window behind the passenger cab door) and two entry doors (due to its European origins).
One thing that really sets the Pegaso 740 apart is the large storage area in the rear. It’s a real point of interest and will appeal to those who like to carry things such as golf clubs, folding bikes or even a barbecue with them when they travel. Accessible from both sides, this space will take a fair bit of gear, especially as the bed above can be raised to allow for taller items. This garage area also houses the spare wheel and a Truma Combi 6E water/space heater.
The interior layout is fairly standard of a European motorhome, with a front lounge and dining area, a central kitchen, split-bathroom, and an island bed in the rear. To allow the Pegaso 740 to accommodate four people, there’s a drop-down bed above the driver’s cab. The colour scheme is light, modern hues and it comes together to create a very practical and livable arrangement.
One of the great benefits of A-class motorhomes is the view from the front cab. Both the cab seats swivel around to meet with the seat behind the driver and the sideways-facing seat on the opposite side. The table in this area measures 1x0.58m (3ft 3in x 1ft 11in), which should be large enough to seat four or five people at meal time without any problems. The flatscreen TV sits in a compartment above the fridge, so the best place to view it will be from the swivelled cab seats. Above the cab, the drop-down 1.9x1.38m (6ft 3in x 4ft 6in) bed can be easily lowered by hand. It operates with a simple cantilever system with no electrics or complicated mechanical arrangements. Both cab seats have to be folded down and curtains come down with the bed and an aluminium ladder simply clips on the side for easy access.
The L -shaped kitchen bench comprises a three-burner cooktop, a round stainless steel sink, and a preparation area. Storage is handled by three drawers and a cupboard (complete with two more drawers) plus overhead lockers which offer a decent amount of space. Opposite the bench is a 150L Thetford three-way fridge with a Dometic grill/oven above. There is no microwave oven, which is a common exclusion from European motorhomes.
Between the kitchen and bedroom, the bathroom is split across both sides of the motorhome, in a walk-through style. The shower cubicle is on the offside, there’s a cassette toilet on the nearside, and a vanity cabinet sits centre stage on the partition between the bed and bathroom. It’s a space-saving setup that allow the bathroom to be used as a walkway, however, with sliding doors on either side, it can be totally closed off for privacy.
Because of the partition, the bedroom feels a little on the small side but it fits a 1.89x1.4m (6ft 2in x 4ft 7in) bed and overhead cupboards. And the bedside shelves are a decent size, due to the garage storage underneath. There’s a powerpoint and antenna connection (for a TV) in the partition at the end of the bed.
BEHIND THE WHEEL
Like many European motorhomes, the Pegaso 740 is an easy driver. Drivers who are used to B- and C-class motorhomes sometimes find the A-class layout a bit disconcerting. However, the standard Fiat dashboard certainly makes you feel at home and I really like the bus mirrors, which offer excellent rear vision. The 2.3L engine, in tandem with the six-speed AMT gearbox, moves the motorhome along well enough but anyone contemplating very steep hills with a full load might need to adjust their speed requirements down a bit.
THE BOTTOM LIKE
RV Super Centre’s arrangement with its British affiliate, Just Go, means this Pegaso 740 already has just under 20,000km on the clock, so it’s just about run in. The motorhome has few signs of use and, for those who want to get behind the wheel of an A-class motorhome at a very reasonable price, this Pegaso 740 is an option well worth considering.
PROS AND CONS
- Well priced A-class motorhome
- Low kilometres
- Great views from front seats
- Large garage storage
- Easy driving
- Few rattles and squeaks that might need to be sorted
- Square cushions on rear passenger seat
- Lower powered Fiat engine
- Manufacturer Roller Team
- Model Pegaso 740
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
- External length 7.38m (24ft 3in)
- External width 2.32m (7ft 7in)
- External height 3.0m (9ft 10in)
- Internal height 2.0m (6ft 7in)
- GVM 3500kg
- Base Vehicle Fiat Ducato Multijet 130
- Engine 2.3L turbodiesel
- Max Power 96kW @ 3600 rpm
- Max Torque 320 Nm @ 1800 rpm
- Gearbox Six-speed AMT
- Brakes ABS disc
- Fresh Water 120L
- Grey water 110L
- Battery 1x100Ah
- Solar panels None
- Air conditioner None
- Gas cylinders 2 x 9kg
- Cooking Three-burner cooktop
- Fridge Thetford N3150 150L
- Microwave None
- Bathroom Thetford cassette toilet and separate shower
- Hot water Truma Combi 6E