‘Murvi’ used to be a model of motorcaravan, now it is the name of the campervan converter. Founded by Robert and Janet Leighton-Boyce and originally called Nomadic Wheels, this innovative company launched a new type of motorhome, a synergy of MPV, mobile office and luxury holiday accommodation. If memory serves, MURVI originally stood for ‘Multi Use Recreational VehIcle’.
Morello favours the long-wheelbase high-top Fiat Ducato, and features a long L-shaped settee opposite the wide, unobstructed, full-height side sliding door, itself ahead of an L-shaped kitchen. A surprisingly roomy washroom with shower, basin and toilet is in the rear offside corner. The most significant attribute of the interior is that it remains true to the synergy mentioned earlier.
It looks and feels like, and functions as, a contemporary multi-use space, in sharp contrast to competitors’ dated and twee ‘country cottage’ interiors. Morello’s unobstructed side door and open-plan interior appeals to many, but particularly those with reduced mobility and/or wheelchair users. It was conceived and developed by the current sales director, Rex Kneebone (son of Janet and Robert). Morello has been in continuous production for 37 years and has (deservedly) won more industry design awards than any other British motorcaravan – by a country mile.
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Shown in the lead picture is a Murvi Morello converted in Devon, UK, 1996 – present. Usually built using LWB Fiat Ducato, but occasionally on Mercedes Sprinter/VW Crafter. From late 2015, also available on Ford Transit.
- Overall length: (Fiat) 5.51m (18’ 1”) to 6.36m (20’ 10.5”).
- Drivetrain: (Fiat) transversely mounted turbocharged diesel, front-wheel drive.
If you enjoyed finding out about the Murvi Morello, take a look at other recent entries into the Practical Motorhome Hall of Fame:
- CIM Autohome (1972-1978): this was the first UK overcab coachbuilt to achieve pan-European market penetration after it was unveiled.
- Airstream Excella 280 (1979-1989): this 8.53m long ‘van came with an impressive kitchen spec.
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