Morelo Palace

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  1. TheAleMan

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    Hi all. We hope to be going full timing later on in the year once the house is sold, and we have been looking at the Morelo Marque, especially the Palace series. They certainly are beautiful looking van's, but what is the build quality like for example? Not too much info online to be fair, but did notice one of you guy's on here have one, so maybe able to offer some help. The basic van looks great, but there is a myriad of extras you can add, and to be fair, they are quite daunting as there's so many. What extra's did you go for, or if as a potential buyer, would you go for. Can't afford the lot I'm afraid. ;)

    I know the turn around is approx 1 year from order, but we do already have a large van that we could use to full time in, for the meantime. Thanks guy's.
     
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    Wow, you are certainly going right to the top of the pile, they look lovely, I have no idea what the build quality but there's a couple of owners on here at least.
     
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    Hi,

    We have a 2017 Morelo Palace 93MB with every single toy except the central locking lockers and the vacuum cleaning system. I've added lots of toys but too many to list here.

    If you'd like to come and take a good look around it, I'd be happy to put the kettle on and show you around (it saves you a trip to Yorkshire or, like we did, to the factory). We're in Maidenhead, Berks if you fancy a trip over one weekend? PM me to chat.

    Peter
     
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    The build quality looks OK but at the price point you’d expect it to be absolutely perfect. What type of full timing do you plan on doing? Whole summers here, whole winters somewhere warmer. Or would you be moving all the time? once you are spending over 150k I’d go American all day. So much more for your money.
     
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  5. TheAleMan

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    Hi Jim, thanks for reply. We plan to stay local for a bit and just carry on working till the time comes when we have had enough. We want to live in the van permanently. We will move from site to site, but it will be kept relatively local as to be not to far away from work. Trips away at weekends and annual holidays in the UK (for now) will continue as normal. Our current van will be 12 years old later this year, so just want a shiny new one to see us through to old age proper. :eek: Just want to make sure we get a good'n, as last van had loads of stuff wrong with it at first and loads of mileage put on the van going backwards and forwards to dealer.
     
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    Wow Peter, that is a really kind offer, and one that I may take you up on, seeing as you have the exact model we have been looking at. Thank you.
     
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    Jim, I tend to agree with your comment and there is much that Morelo could do to improve but you need to compare apples with apples (size and weight). With a Morelo, a non-HGV driver can access a good sized MH that handles OK and won't break the bank (or the roads). I believe, even with the issues I have written about here, it is still a really wonderful motorhome and I would struggle to know what other European models to buy if not a Morelo (don't say Concorde, please as they are too similar to compare) (y)

    And, I thought the American MH's weren't as good in the cold and damp of Europe (Eddie is going to go nuts at me for that one) as they have a lot of structural wood in them don't they? (saying that but I've never actually looked at how the Americans make them, just an urban myth maybe) :(
     
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    I have a Palace Liner (2019 Model) on order, placed last March! It is on a MB chassis with a slide out. We downsized from a 12 metre 4 slide and 8 wheels to a N+B Flair at 9 metres. We found the shorter length a great advantage but missed the space of 4 slide outs. So our goal was to find a van that was circa 9 metres but with a slide out. So we arrived at the Morelo stand at Stuttgart in January last year and placed our order in March.
    They are well built from my examination, the 2019 Palace has a number of design developments which persuaded us to buy, the remaining submarine hatches were not one of them, however the roof mounted awning and changes to front and rear caps, internal restyling were.
    There are many YouTube videos on both the factory production process and the current 2019 Palace which Google will deliver for you, and of course Peter @OurMoreloLife has offered you a great opportunity which you will never get at a showroom.
    It would also be a good idea to go out to the factory you would have an opportunity to see all the models and even pop up the road to Concorde!
    The options list is comprehensive and we all make selections based on our anticipated use and desire. For example I cancelled the Satellite TV option as we found our use was limited over the last 2 years and increasing availability of roaming cellular data has moved us in the streaming direction. So saving E6k. If you do move to a new purchase then buying in Germany is a good way to go and then you will find that many dealers have slots which can be modified to your option selection.
    Good luck.
     
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    Michael, thank you for that valuable information. I thought at some point I might have to visit Germany. Awkward for me, as I don't fly. I will certainly weigh up all the optional stuff very carefully, and only possibly order what we need. Ahem.
     
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    You can make a little trip out of the factory/showroom visit Morelo have a stellplatz with electric water/dump service point as do Concorde, inside Morelo showroom they have a nice coffee lounge with free tea and coffee and cakes as well.

    It really is worth it if you have any technical questions as all the answers are there.

    Martin
     
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    We have only flown there once, from Spain last September to finalise various option selections, so have always driven out. Not a great idea in winter unless you have winter tyres (we do) as they are compulsory in Germany. So do some research, start with mobile.de, you can make an English language choice which covers all the menus so you can navigate around. This link
    https://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/...werAsArray=PS&scopeId=MH&sfmr=false&usage=NEW
    will take you to todays factory new Morelo availability, 70 vehicles, you can get a good idea of whats in stock where and find dealers that speak English.
     
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    Some fantastic ideas and info guys, thank you. Oh well, it had to happen sometime... we'll have to get passports sorted then..haven't been abroad since 1991.
     
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    IMHO The unknown point here is the future of all the 'environmental' zones. AFAIK Daily's are still Euro5+ whereas a petrol engined yank with a gas conversion is pretty much immune .

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    My new MB Atego 1230 chassis is Euro 6 (Adblue), Jon, and I thought the new Daily's were now, but I stand to be corrected, as not much of a petrol head. When I am asked what engine I have, or how many cylinders etc I just tell them its Black!
     
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    I think the only van I could fulltime in would have to be a yank with multiple slides. Depending on your age I suppose having the need for at least a C1 license or HGV license might become difficult post 70yrs old. I would need space.
     
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    Hi Jon

    As Michael says the Daily is Euro6 now but for Dusseldorf at the end of August they will be talking about Euro6D temp which is yet another new emission standard or at least a new way of measuring the existing standard, this chassis will also include new safety features like brake assist, lane assist, distronic cruise control etc etc, all at a cost of course.

    But yes you are right it is a big unknown, are they going to ease up a bit on the latest spec diesels as at the moment they are getting a bit of a bashing.

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    I stand corrected but still seems to me that the writing is on the wall for Diesels and the electrics aren't there yet. Could LPG be a cheap easy solution? Less emission controls no particulate filter etc....
     
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    And, anybody interested in shorter Palace's I am told that the range is changing again at Dusseldorf and the shortest Palace will be the 85L so that means that the transverse bed option and the french bed will be dropped completely so the shortest van will be 8.69m.

    Martin
     
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    When you get into RVs costing upwards of 150k they are mostly diesel so will have the same city emission issues
     
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    On the slide/weight front you can get Yanks with 1 slide at 16800lbs so under 7.5 but 2 slides will take it to 18000lbs and HGV and although some importers will downplate these the payload is seriously curtailed. Morelo tried slides on a Daily chassis but you were left with 3-400kg payload and they had a lot of hassle in Germany. That's why we accepted that to get a slide on a well built Euro box we would have to dust off our HGV licences, which my wife had released when she turned 70. So she is now getting it reinstated. In my opinion if you want serious space to live in you have to have 2-4 slides and will be left with no alternative to get a C.
     
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