As we stepped inside the Palermo, the children’s first impressions were “This caravan is amazing”, “I really like this caravan” and “can we have it?”, so positive first impressions all round.
For me, I was very excited by the under bench storage in the side of the front seat. Perfect for stowing away everyone’s shoes and no need to have a great pile of shoes by the front door. I was also excited that for the first time in our caravanning experience we had a bin in the door (it’s the little things!). No more dirty bin bags hanging on the caravan door, yey!
Time to unpack. Having looked around we realised there were no overhead lockers at the rear of the caravan due to the bunk beds and bathroom running along either side of the rear. Would this pose a problem when storing the clothing needed for three children, for one week?
After considering the space that was available, the children’s clothes were comfortably stored in the cupboards above the dinette and there was also a shelf to spare, ample room for all the girl’s crafting activities.
With Father Christmas having arrived only the day before, there was a lot craft to store! Our clothes and bedding easily fitted into the storage space under the seats and in the overhead lockers at the front of the Palermo.
The bathroom had a vast amount of storage space too. In fact, as a family of 5 we were unable to fill it. The cupboard space in the kitchen was more than adequate to store all of our equipment, including food and drink for a week.
The 145-litre Dometic tower refrigerator offered plenty of space and the freezer compartment is much larger than the icebox in our own caravan. The food that went in chilled would come out frozen! Something that doesn’t happen in our own caravan.
The 8ft lounge was a real winner that along with the dinette made the caravan feel extremely open and spacious.