Claudia Dowell
Features Editor

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Twin test, June 2009

Pitching and setting up

The Lunar is built on an Al-Ko chassis, which includes a hitch-head stabiliser and buttonless handbrake. In addition, the Delta comes with Al-Ko Secure wheel locks for two wheels and the ATC stability control system. The spare wheel is stored in the front locker, rather than in a chassis-mounted carrier. Drains and corner steadies are easily reached but the front steadies are very short meaning that blocks will be needed on even slightly sloping pitches in order to reach the ground.

Full height front and rear panels and privacy windows mean it looks good if a little understated. The main electrical and heating controls are mounted on the side of the wardrobe, which is not ideal as they are a long way from the main door. The alarm control panel is just inside the entry door.

Lounge

The front and rear lounges in the Delta are broadly similar. Both, for example, have centre chests fitted with two drawers and pull-out table extension above. Dining tables for both share a dedicated locker just under the end of the kitchen work surface. Neither table is large enough for six people to eat at without the addition of the centre chest extensions.

Both lounges benefit from large rooflights and four halogen spotlamps. However, the spots’ fittings are large and feel as though they come from a cheaper model. The only TV stand at either end of the van is on the centre chest.

Kitchen

The Delta’s kitchen area is pretty spacious with loads of high-gloss work surface and ample storage options. The Dometic Series 8 fridge is large and you can make it even more spacious by removing the freezer compartment. The eye-level microwave is set between two roof lockers in the centre of the kitchen.

The cooker includes a separate oven and grill, three gas burners and an electric hotplate. Three halogen lamps and a roof-mounted fluorescent make sure the kitchen is well lit. The one drawback may be the cocktail cabinet, which will not be to everyone’s taste.

Washroom

This is the only area of the Delta where it feels a bit flat. Aside from the porcelain-bowl version of the Thetford C-250 toilet, little else makes this area special.

The separate shower cubicle is a usable space, but the bi-fold door feels flimsy and there are only limited storage options. Getting to the under-sink cupboard with the washroom door closed is difficult.

Beds

The large front lounge converts into a bed that is both massive and, with the cushions arranged correctly, flat. To prevent condensation, there are spacer boards around the outside edge. Unfortunately, the kitchen worktop is the only place to rest things at night.

The bunk beds at the rear are cumbersome to arrange and the bunk guards are wobbly, so care needs to be taken when installing them. You’ll also need to be careful not to knock the halogen spotlights because they sit quite low. The top bunk mattresses are just 50mm thick, but the bottom bunks offer good support. The seats’ backrest cushions need to be stowed at night unless you opt to convert the rear dinette into a double bed.

Storage

With long seat lockers on both sides of both the front and rear lounges, there is plenty of storage space. The one shortcoming is that the water tank encroaches on the available space in the rear, offside box.

Furthermore, its location back here will force you to empty it before hitting the road to avoid reducing towing stability. There are plenty of roof lockers and the wardrobe is wide and deep.

Technical specs

Berth6
MiRO1500kg
Payload290kg
MTPLM1790kg
Interior length6.37m
Shipping length7.93m
Width2.28m
Height2.65m
Awning size1042cm

Verdict

A remarkable piece of packaging but lacking a little glamour – 8/10

Conclusion

Pros

  • Bearing in mind its size, the weight of the Delta TL is simply stunning
  • Despite this, it feels plush and upmarket inside
  • In addition it offers excellent storage options, generous levels of equipment as standard and boasts a very high build quality.

Cons

  • The only place where the Lunar’s upmarket feel is missing is in the washroom
  • The lack of usable storage for toiletries counts against it, as does the flimsy shower door
  • Also, the front corner steadies are too short unless you are on level ground.
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