For those of you whose image of a motorhome is a Winnebago or a silver-sided Gulfstream, we present the Marchi Mobile EleMMent Palazzo, the world’s most expensive motorhome.
Favored by Arab oil sheikhs, the Marchi, which looks a bit like a spacecraft, retails for $3 million. As you would imagine, for that price, the Marchi is dripping with luxurious appointments and high-end gadgets more suited for a billionaire’s yacht than a conventional road warrior’s home.
The 39-foot long two-story home boasts a suite of large rooms, including a master bedroom, a living room complete with fireplace, and enormous television screen, a pop-up cocktail bar and a state-of-the-art kitchen. There’s also a huge extra room that slides out automatically, reminiscent of the tent canopies attached to typical motorhomes, but this one is made out of marble.
To top it all off, there’s a terrace, which can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button, that converts into a nightclub with mood-lit canopy, a high-end sound system, banquette seating and another cocktail bar.
The Marchi, which weighs 20 tons, is mounted on a Volvo truck chassis and powered by a Volvo engine up to speeds of 95 miles per hour.
Mario Marchi, owner of the Marchi Mobile manufacturing company of Switzerland, says the motorhome combines characteristics of motor sports, yachting and aviation. “You can choose your own interior design group ranging from a royal mobile home to a limousine version, which is like a private business jet on wheels,” he said.
If $3 million is a bit beyond your budget, you can always downscale to the $2.5 million Featherlite Vantare Platinum Plus, which is more conventional in shape but features a slide out garage so owners can bring along their sports car. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed with a plasma TV that lifts out of the floorboards, and the vehicle is equipped with a GPS system with real-time traffic and weather alerts.
For a mere $1.6 million, would-be motorhome owners can opt for the Prevost H3-45 VIP, which, comparatively, is a bare-bones vehicle made from molded fiber composite material.