Base vehicle: Iveco Daily Price from: €314,137 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 5 Length: 9.19m Width: 2.40m Height: 3.57m Gross weight: 7,490kg Payload: 1,990kg (standard model, before options)
To celebrate its 10th birthday, Morelo launched special versions of its Palace in three layouts, each boasting an increased spec at a special price. This Palace 90 M saves €31,131 (all prices are quoted in euros) compared with a standard model with the same options.
That sounds a lot (and it is!), but this is still a motorhome costing well over €300k.
Some of the highlights of the anniversary model’s spec are a 210bhp engine, eight-speed auto’ gearbox, rear air suspension, a 200-litre fuel tank, hydraulic levelling jacks, Driver Safety Package, double-glazed cab windows, electric 6m awning, mineral worktops, Nespresso machine, faux leather ceiling, roof air-con, two 130W solar panels, Electrical Package with lithium battery and 3,000W inverter, and a bed with ‘Watergel’ mattress topper.
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There is also a multimedia system with sat-nav and twin-lens reversing camera, plus leather upholstery and a satellite dish, 32in TV in the lounge and a 24in TV in the bedroom.
Of course, any Palace is a special motorhome, starting with its 7.5-tonne Iveco Daily base with galvanised ladder-frame chassis. The raised cab boasts a level floor from the lounge, full insulation and Morelo’s own dashboard, as well as a removable steering wheel (for security and to ease swivelling the driver’s seat).
The bodywork uses corrosion-resistant aluminium alloy for the exterior walls and 38mm XPS rigid foam insulation, while a GRP underbody protects the underside of the vehicle.
Bus-style heated mirrors reach out in front of the windscreen to give the best vision, while also giving the look of an insect’s antenna. Wipers are mounted at the extreme sides of the windscreen to eliminate blindspots.
All the electrics are contained in one exterior locker for accessibility, while the recessed awning avoids a ‘stuck on afterwards’ appearance. Vast double floor storage (420mm deep) and a huge garage can be taken as read.
To enter the vehicle, you don’t use a key, or even a remote control, but instead punch in a PIN. Then you’ll discover the 90 M’s bar-style lounge with a third captain’s chair and fixed table providing the perfect dining arrangement for two and a long L-shaped settee giving space for feet-up sprawling. It would be hard to imagine a better lounge for a couple on tour.
The kitchen includes seamlessly integrated double sinks, served by a hose-type extending tap, and this example even had the optional dishwasher. There’s a 177-litre fridge/freezer, too, but we’d have hoped for something better than the high Tec-Tower oven.
Naturally, the en suite bathroom is as palatial as you’d expect of a motorhome called Palace. The shower is hotel-sized and the ceramic toilet has its own 250-litre holding tank. That’s in addition to 360 litres of fresh water and another 250 litres of grey.
The rear bedroom here offers an island bed and its 2.00m by 1.63m size is another no-compromise feature. There’s a drop-down bed in the cab (2.00m by 1.30m), too, if you have guests. When your friends see this on your drive, you’re bound to have visitors…