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Ferrari-stashing expandable motorhome may be swankiest land yacht yet

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Dembell aims to shake up the world of "land yachting"
Dembell aims to shake up the world of "land yachting"
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Dembell's motorhome is built on a Mercedes-Benz Actros chassis with three axles
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Dembell's motorhome is built on a Mercedes-Benz Actros chassis with three axles
Dembell floor plan
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Dembell floor plan
The Dembell motorhome features motorsport-inspired styling, yacht-inspired interior appointments, and amenities to support voyagers on long trips
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The Dembell motorhome features motorsport-inspired styling, yacht-inspired interior appointments, and amenities to support voyagers on long trips
A castle on wheels gets dwarfed by a castle on land
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A castle on wheels gets dwarfed by a castle on land
Dembell motorhome with passenger-side slide-out and awning deployed
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Dembell motorhome with passenger-side slide-out and awning deployed
Dembell will be showing its motorhome at the 2021 Caravan Salon next week
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Dembell will be showing its motorhome at the 2021 Caravan Salon next week
Dembell aims to shake up the world of "land yachting"
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Dembell aims to shake up the world of "land yachting"
With its roof-mounted solar array, generator and 1,000 liters of fresh water, the Dembell motorhome is ready to travel long distances
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With its roof-mounted solar array, generator and 1,000 liters of fresh water, the Dembell motorhome is ready to travel long distances
Not quite as stealthy as a big cat as it prowls the savanna
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Not quite as stealthy as a big cat as it prowls the savanna
Depending upon the garage option selected, the Dembell motorhome can carry a motorbike, a Smart car or a compact sports coupe
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Depending upon the garage option selected, the Dembell motorhome can carry a motorbike, a Smart car or a compact sports coupe
The yacht-inspired dry bathroom includes a ceramic toilet, vessel sink and glass-doored shower
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The yacht-inspired dry bathroom includes a ceramic toilet, vessel sink and glass-doored shower
Kitchen and living area
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Kitchen and living area
Master suite at the rear
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Master suite at the rear
The rear two passenger seats swivel around to join the living area
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The rear two passenger seats swivel around to join the living area
The living area includes a queen-size bed over the driver-cab seats
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The living area includes a queen-size bed over the driver-cab seats
Inside the master bedroom
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Inside the master bedroom
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Poised to draw envy from owners of "yesterday's" supercar-carrier land yachts, new European marque Dembell aspires to create the most luxurious land yacht the world has seen. With its stretched, three-axle Mercedes base, triple-expanding, yacht-appointed interior, motorsport-inspired exterior and impressive self-sufficiency suite, Dembell may even lay claim to the world's first "land superyacht" lineup.

Not satisfied to merely use the "land yacht" moniker as a marketing term, Dembell's management team pursues a purer definition, leaving its interior appointments in the hands of an Italian design firm with experience bringing to life the interior spaces of Azimut yachts. The initial results appear impressive, even for the "money is no object" end of the motorhome market.

Dembell's individual rooms spread out behind semi-transparent glass doors, hardwood floors blending cleanly into matching walls. The master suite, which extends beyond "full-beam" width with the help of a slide-out expansion module, should make slumberers in the 79 x 79-in (200 x 200-cm) beyond-king bed forget that blowing leaves, not lapping waves, await outside the heated window panes. Attractive furniture and decor choices include director-style folding dining chairs, wall sconces, a ceramic toilet and vessel sink, ambient lighting, stone bathroom trim and leather sofa upholstery.

Master suite at the rear
Master suite at the rear

The Dembell floor runs flat and step-less from front to back, providing just over 6.6 feet (2 m) of standing height throughout the floor plan. Up front, the motorhome accommodates the driver and three passengers in air conditioned captain's seats with spring suspension and massage function. Above, the 63 x 79-in (160 x 200-cm) lift-away queen bed provides space for children or guests to join the owners for an overnight stay.

Strolling back, Dembell offers two or three expansion slide-outs for increasing interior floor space. The slide-outs expand the living area (salon?) just aft of the driver's cab, the kitchen across the aisle and the rear master suite.

The living area includes a queen-size bed over the driver-cab seats
The living area includes a queen-size bed over the driver-cab seats

Miele supplies the induction cooktop, oven, 224-L refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave for the kitchen, while Bose handles surround sound in the living area. A washer/dryer combo is also included, and 50- to 55-in TVs come neatly mounted to the living area and master bedroom walls.

Of course, a proper tender garage is also included. Three available garage options cover the spectrum from bicycles and scooters to sports coupes up to 177 in (450 cm) long, including the Ferrari California that serves as Dembell's example coupe. That's not quite as impressive a choice as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Volkner decided to carry amidships its Performance S motorhome a few years back, but it's not exactly a shabby way of disembarking and exploring the narrow, twisting mountain roads around base camp.

We'd like to think the optional helipad is on its way, but no official word on that.

Depending upon the garage option selected, the Dembell motorhome can carry a motorbike, a Smart car or a compact sports coupe
Depending upon the garage option selected, the Dembell motorhome can carry a motorbike, a Smart car or a compact sports coupe

The Dembell motorhome supports residents during long jaunts with a roof-mounted solar array, onboard generator and 1,000-L fresh water tank. A combination of under-floor and radiator heat keeps things warm in crisp weather. Outside, the 20.7 x 11.5-ft (6.3 x 3.5-m) awning with wind sensor supplies shade for al fresco dining.

Dembell was inspired by race-day motorhomes, and those roots shine through in the exterior styling. "Sporty" might be an overstatement when it comes to any broadsided RV box, but Dembell enhances the monotone look of its Mercedes Actros-planted motorhome body with a red racing stripe underlining the full-length tinted window line.

With its roof-mounted solar array, generator and 1,000 liters of fresh water, the Dembell motorhome is ready to travel long distances
With its roof-mounted solar array, generator and 1,000 liters of fresh water, the Dembell motorhome is ready to travel long distances

Dembell showed its motorhome at a small VIP-style gathering earlier this year and plans a larger public showing at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. We'll look to get more details, including pricing, after the show opens up on August 27. Dembell appears quite nicely positioned for "most expensive motorhome of the show" recognition.

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10 comments
10 comments
RJB
Ha ha ha. Good luck with this in Europe or anywhere other than a highway.
Daishi
All that and still no home office for people working remotely.
michael_dowling
Looks easy to tip over with a high CG.
MeToo
Message it sends to commoners...I'm rich, come rob me while camping in remote location.
ArdisLille
Its unfortunate name kinda works, though. Dontcha think?
DougNelson
No walk around bed? No office? I'll keep my Country Coach.
BlueOak
Apologies if I missed it - I’m on a mobile phone - but “Ferrari stashing” in the headline with no photos showing how it is accomplished?

And hopefully there is a meaty rear suspension lift function to prevent getting hung up on the slightest driveway bump/ramp? (That massive rear overhang)

Wanna take bets on how frequently that huge tail swings into obstacles when turning? This is a real issue even on more modestly hung motorhomes.
Username
If that was my house I wouldn't be in the market for an RV
Demosthenes
With this ground clearance, the first bumper is the end of the line.
Grunchy
I don't care about the Ferrari but I am interested in a double-decker style of motorhome. I heard that's the kind they run around in Europe etc. maybe there's a trick to getting around in traffic.
I have a theory that you can probably take an RV just about anywhere they can take a bus, am I mistaken? Sorry if that sounds like a foolish assumption.