Base vehicle: Iveco Daily Price from: €263,100 Berths: 2 Travel seats: 4 Length: 8.99m Width: 2.40m Height: 3.49m Gross weight: 7,490kg Payload: 1,950kg
Words & photos: Peter Vaughan
How big or expensive does an A-class have to be to become a liner? That’s a good question, because we reckon even the smallest Morelo Home (7.81m long, 3.32m tall) looks pretty liner-like, even if it’s not granted the Liner suffix by its maker.
Step up from the Home, past the Loft, and you get to the regal-sounding Palace – now, surely, we’re in liner territory? After all, loaded with tasty options for the Caravan Salon, it weighed in with a €340,590 price tag! But Morelo announced the new 88 G layout, describing it as “decidedly compact.” All things are relative when your range-topper is 12m long, sits on an 18-tonne chassis, and costs north of €700,000!
The reason for Morelo’s seemingly inappropriate classification of the new Palace 88 G becomes more understandable in context. It is over half a metre shorter than the existing 90 G, resulting in an extra 180kg of payload. More significantly, it is the smallest Morelo to offer a garage for a car, with room for a petrol-engined Smart (but not the electric version) under the rear bedroom. Crucially, it is less than 9m in length, which the company says allows it to fit on more standard-sized campsite pitches – it’s a similar length to a tag-axle Kon-Tiki or Auto-Trail Frontier.
You can drive it on a C1 licence, as it has a 7,490kg gross weight. The chassis is the usual staple of an Iveco Daily, up-spec’d to 210PS with the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The maximum gross train weight is 10,700kg, giving you plenty of capacity for towing.
So, this is a more manageable Morelo, but it is still every bit as luxurious. It has the same 38mm RTM insulation and 420mm-deep double floor (containing super-sized water tanks – 360 litres fresh and 250 litres each for grey and black). There’s the same wide entrance door with PIN code lock and the 5.5kW Alde central heating includes a heated floor.
Where this Palace differs from its larger sister models is in having cupboards around the cab roof (so no drop-down bed) and a shorter lounge without the bar layout option. Still, with the high-backed captain’s chairs swivelled and the table in its unextended form, there’s plenty of room for two people to relax – and, as the Morelo is so high, you look out over the top of most neighbouring units.
The kitchen is a tad more modest, too, but it includes a 177-litre fridge/freezer, Corian-style worktops with an integral sink, a microwave with grill and the sort of premium finish that goes with the price tag. Of course, there’s an optional shelf for your Nespresso machine.
At the rear, the 88 G is completely redesigned. Here, there’s a central washstand backing onto (and hiding from view) the raised island bed (a whopping 2.08m by 1.63m). You can reach the multi-zone mattress and its adjustable bed head sections via steps on either side of the basin, while the full-width washroom also includes a domestic-sized shower with real glass doors and a ceramic marine-style toilet. On the reverse side of the washstand wall, the Palace 88 G is the first model to offer a 40in TV in the bedroom!
So, you won’t be roughing it if you go for this, ahem, ‘compact’ Palace, while it allows you to get a car conveniently on board without the hassle of a trailer.
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