2010 Four Winds Serrano 31Z
November 1, 2009
Filed under Motorhome Reviews
The all-new Four Winds Serrano is in a perfect place. At an inch longer than 32 feet, it’s a good size for RVers who are looking to venture out for their first Class A experience, and with a long list of standard equipment, they can do it without spending thousands of dollars on options. It’s also a perfect size for those who are downsizing from a larger coach but are not ready to surrender the appointments of a Class A.
Built on Workhorse’s W20, front-diesel chassis, Four Winds has created two floorplans – the 31V and 31Z – that offer roomy and welcoming, as well as very upscale, environments. We reviewed the 31Z model, which incorporates a single 12-foot streetside slide that holds the Infiniss leather upholstered sofa bed, with integral air mattress, and the contemporary lounge-style dinette, creating very comfortable seating for seven or eight. Armrest-equipped captain’s chairs in matching upholstery can be swiveled to add more seating when needed and are augmented by the free-standing swivel lounge chair and ottoman.
Optional ($350) European-style cherry cabinetry with hidden hinges and brushed-nickel hardware provide generous storage around the soft-touch vinyl ceiling of the cabin and continues through the curbside galley, which is highlighted by the large single-basin Euro-sink and single-lever faucet. Significant drawer and open storage space in the galley is available alongside a separate pull-out pantry rack capable of holding enough menu items for an extended trip. The 8-cubic-foot two-door blacked-out refrigerator and matching convection oven complete the appliance list, creating a very chef-friendly galley. A spacious countertop is always appreciated and this one is broken only by the radius sink and three-burner recessed cooktop. It’s bordered by a glass mosaic tile backsplash, creating an upscale residential appearance to the galley that’s enhanced by the halogen lighting embedded in the soffit above.
The amidships bath is split across the hall, but the bath can be isolated for privacy. A marbled gray shower enclosure with skylight is provided with an enclosed toilet room directly opposite. The lav, with storage and upper linen cherry cabinetry, matching countertop and a standard china-bowl toilet combine with the residential-style wall coverings to suggest appointments from a high-end coach.
The master bedroom offers walk-around bed access and a headboard surround of matching cherry wardrobe cabinetry. The tall carpeted “step” on either side of the bed can double as a TV snack tray or maybe a pet’s bed and helps to create the oversize exterior trunk storage. An optional ($805) 19-inch recessed flat-panel TV is located in the bedroom wall shared by the shower.
Outside, the optional ($1,813) exterior entertainment center mounted in a sealed compartment door backs up to the galley cooktop base cabinet, and is a luxurious option for this generously equipped coach. Twin-ducted 13,500-btu roof A/C units are standard, keeping the Serrano cool, and can run off the also-standard equipped Onan 6 kW generator. Exterior storage is another strong suit for the Serrano. The entire curbside storage compartment row can hold smaller items, leaving the tall, full-width trunk to handle large or bulky items. The streetside compartment row holds all the coach systems, which are laid out neatly and clearly for easy access and maintenance. Four Winds even provides a picnic table and rack in the trunk to use with your lawn chairs. Three oversize doors make loading and unloading very convenient and will help protect the handsome full-body paint from cargo-loading scratches.
The coach, which features curved side wall aerodynamic body lines and a fuel-efficient International MaxxForce 7 front-diesel with Allison six-speed transmission, was tested by an independent third party at the Bosch proving grounds outside of South Bend, Ind., where it delivered 13.2 mpg at 55 mph (loaded to its maximum gross vehicle weight rating of 20,500 pounds).
With its long list of standard equipment that encompasses many of the features and benefits of larger, high-end coaches, this smaller fuel-friendly rig does it all with style in just 32 feet. Our thanks to the crew at McMahon’s RV in Colton, Calif., for providing the Serrano 31Z for our review.
Chassis: Workhorse W20
Engine: International MaxxForce 7 6.4-L V-8 Diesel
Fuel: 40 gal
GVWR: 20,500 lbs
Length: 32′ 1″
Height with A/C: 11′ 5″ (11′ 9″ w/Dome Sat Dish)
Interior Height: 6′ 8″
Freshwater Cap: 50 gal
Gray-water Cap: 46 gal
Black-water Cap: 39 gal
LP-Gas Cap: 22 gal
Base Price: $137,900
Price as Tested: $145,992, nearly fully optioned
Four Winds International, (574) 266-1111, fourwinds-rv.com.