Check out Practical Motorhome's review of this Marquis Motorhomes dealer special – is it a great value prospect like so many special edition 'vans?

Overview

The 11-branch Marquis Motorhomes is offering a top-flight version of the Elddis Autoquest 155, which perfectly illustrates the benefits that dealer specials offer motorhome buyers.

The Marquis Majestic is the best-selling range of dealer special editions on these shores. Four years ago, Britain’s biggest motorhome dealer network teamed up with Elddis motorhomes to offer a range of Majestic dealer specials, which have gone on to strike a chord with buyers looking for extra specification and value for money.

To anyone not familiar with the concept, a dealer special is based on the standard production version of a given model – in this case the Elddis Autoquest 155, but with upgraded specification chosen by the retailer whose logo and branding they carry.

The extra kit includes desirable items that make a good product even better, and the complete package is then sold at an eye-catching price. It’s therefore the most affordable way of up-rating the specification of a ’van.

A dealer special will also go beyond a manufacturer’s options pack, offering some of these benefits, plus extra nice-to-have features. Buying a dealer special edition is also a good way to get a better-equipped ’van without having to go up a range, where there could be a weight penalty to go with the extra outlay.

So who decides what extra kit goes in a dealer special? Andy Brand, group marketing director of Marquis Motorhomes, says that customers’ views are strongly taken into consideration when Elddis and Marquis collaborate on a specification, and this is why the range is so popular.

“Not only is it good value for money, but the distinctive styling and high equipment level are key to the buying process. This is a market where value for money is very important and that is why the Majestic range sells so well. “Another major factor is that the customer can, and does, buy a Majestic from any Marquis branch and collect it and have it serviced at any of the other 10 branches. This is unique to Marquis Motorhomes.”

And the popularity of the Majestic could well increase further next season. An exclusive deal struck by Marquis with Elddis and Peugeot will lead to 2015 Majestics boasting the 150bhp engine, plus enhanced specification, as the standard offering.

Lounging & dining

In the lounge/dining area of this motorhome, Marquis opts for upholstery with a gentle pattern, in contrast to the Elddis scheme, which pairs plain biscuit-coloured seat covers with chocolate-coloured detailing. Charcoal carpeting is another extra in the Marquis version. It attaches to the floor via press studs and combines well with the cabinetwork and upholstery.

Kitchen

The kitchen is where you will find another significant addition to the Marquis Majestic version of the 155 – there is a dual-fuel hob. If the gas is running low, you’ll still be able to warm food on the electric hotplate. There is also a microwave and an extractor fan.

Sleeping

The Marquis Majestic 155 sleeps four and it has four travel seats, too. At the rear there is a fixed double bed and another can be made at the front. However, the fixed double has one corner cut off for access, which won't suit you if you're both tall.

Equipment

The Marquis Majestic 155 comes with a raft of extra kit, which impressed during the Practical Motorhome review, including a wind-out canopy awning.

It has a metallic silver Peugeot Boxer cab, with colour-coded front skirts and the ‘Majestic’ logo on the front. The sidewalls again feature the Majestic logo, plus gold, red and black stripes to set it apart from the standard Elddis Autoquest ’van.

Bluetooth connectivity is another one of the upgrades on the Majestic. It’s paired with a USB connector so you can attach portable devices. The connections can all be controlled from the steering wheel. Bluetooth set-up is taken care of via the right-hand indicator stalk.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload520kg
Length7.2m23′7″
Width2.2m7′3″
Height3m9′10″
Waste water90L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Integral awning, Awning light, Directional TV aerial
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Washroom
Dometic toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater

Verdict

You really do get more kit for your cash with the Marquis Majestic 155 dealer special low-profile coachbuilt motorhome.

Over and above the specification of the Elddis Autoquest 155, on which the special is based, the Marquis Majestic version includes a wind-out canopy awning, bespoke fabrics scheme, dual-fuel hob and microwave, an extractor fan, bespoke drop-in carpets, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB socket for portable media devices, a sunroof above the cab, the Elddis 'Winter pack' and ESP. This is a fantastic level of kit for the price.

Conclusion

Pros

  • This dealer special comes with extras you'd be hard pushed to afford normally

Cons

  • If you don't need all the extra kit, save money and buy the Elddis Autoquest 155
  • A tall couple might find the fixed double too short
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