Practical Motorhome reviews the stylish Roller Team T-Line 740 to see if this Italian-designed French four-berth could be the motorhome for you!

Overview

Italian marque Roller Team enjoys a loyal following among British buyers, and understandably so. Part of the French giant Trigano Group, Roller Team motorhomes offer an attractive combination of Italian design flair with a quality build, at affordable prices. 

T-Line is Roller Team’s premium line-up, comprising three low-profile models. One layout that should do well in the 2014 season is the 740, sporting the popular rear French bed with two extra berths in the lounge, courtesy of a drop-down bed. Prices start on the right side of £50,000, and prospective buyers will be further tempted by the attractive Lux Pack of options (as fitted to our test ’van) being offered for no extra cost until 23 February, 2014 – a saving of £1195.

Design

The exterior has an uncluttered look, with grey skirting picking up the graphite cab colour. The rear garage can be accessed on both sides of the vehicle. It’ll be ideal for a couple of push-bikes or even a small scooter.

The 740’s interior has a classy look, with glossy white locker facings contrasting with the dark cabinet work. The floor is a mid-tone brown. Everything feels reassuringly high-quality.

On the road

The 740 is a mid-profile ’van based on the Fiat Ducato chassis, powered by a 130bhp 2.3-litre engine (an upgrade to a 150bhp is a cost option).

Although the vehicle is right-hand drive, the habitation door is on the UK offside; it’s fine if you tour in Europe, but in the UK, you’ll have to take care when using it at the side of the road.

Lounging & dining

The lounge sits on the other axis of the kitchen’s L-shape; it offers two belted travel seats around the table, with another place setting available at the foot of the table, on the offside. The chocolate-and-biscuit seats combine well with the white tabletop. Further refinement comes from the nets fitted to the nearside window. The window and the skylight over the cab permit plenty of natural light into the lounge.

Kitchen

The kitchen, on the nearside, follows the familiar L-shape, with three corner-mounted gas burners and a square sink with mixer tap. When the cooker lid is lowered, there’s a decent amount of work surface; the L-configuration provides space for others to pass when you’re at work in the galley. Opposite, there’s a fridge with separate freezer and, above that, a grill.

Sleeping

The rear double bed is centrally located, with steps up on either side, each leading to a wardrobe. It is also flanked by a pair of large side windows, while a small skylight in the middle of the roof helps flood the area with natural light. For bedtime reading, directional spotlights are fitted above the headboard.

Two further berths are available in a drop-down bed above the lounge. This is deployed via a switch above the fridge, which is key operated for safety. This double bed measures 2.11m by 1.16m (tapering to 1.13m) making it longer than the 1.87m x 1.39m fixed bed.

Although the cab is well integrated into the vehicle, a separation curtain is available as an option. Standard cab specification includes a radio/CD player and cruise control. Remis concertina blinds pull into the middle of the dashboard and from the rear edge of the side windows at night.

Washroom

The split washroom at the foot of the bed features a shower on the nearside, opposite the toilet and vanity unit. A grey tambour door closes this space off. Inside there’s plenty of storage, thanks to an overhead locker above the swivel toilet and a cupboard unit under the sink.

Storage

There's a payload of 425kg in the T-Line 740. You can store bicycles, a scooter, barbecue, picnic chairs and other kit in the excellent rear garage that you can get into from both sides of the motorhome. There are even little cubby holes built into the steps leading up to the fixed island bed and the wardrobe. In the washroom there's a handy vanity unit and in the lounge there are some overhead lockers.

Equipment

The Lux Pack (£1195, but free of charge until 23 February, 2014) adds a package of goodies worth £2495, such as cab air conditioning, electronically adjustable door mirrors, door flyscreen, 100W solar panel, 100A leisure battery, reversing camera and s four-bike cycle rack.

Technical specs

LayoutRear island bed
Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload425kg
Length7.43m24′5″
Width2.31m7′7″
Height2.8m9′2″
Engine (capacity)2300
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water100L / 108L
Leisure battery100 Ah
Gas bottle size15kg
Number of gas bottles2
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

This well-specified mid-profile four-berth from Roller Team offers sharp Italian design with good fit and finish. It’s competitively priced, too, and the Lux Pack is good value. The habitation door is on the offside of the T-Line 740, though, which may not suit all buyers. 

But don't take our word for it, arrange to see the T-Line range of motorhomes for yourself, in Grimsby, Lincolnshire or one of the other Roller Team motorhome dealerships in the UK.  

Conclusion

Pros

  • Two double beds
  • Luxurious washroom with separate shower
  • Stylish interior design
  • Excellent garage storage

Cons

  • Best for Continental touring – the habitation door is on the UK offside
  • Quite big for country roads in the UK
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