Rory WhiteSee other caravan reviews written by Rory White
Modest in price but generous in space, the Lunar Zenith is a lightweight six-berth entry-level caravan that sets its sights on smaller families who want plenty of space without paying a high price. Competition in this market is keen, so the Lunar really needs to impress.
Pitching and setting up
There's a spacious, full-width front locker that'll take more than just a couple of gas bottles, and the waste pipe is sensibly sited on the side.
Lighting provision is good and varied for an entry-level van, Lunar providing a Heki rooflight, a mains ceiling light, two adjustable spots and two fixed corner lights. Specification is relatively modest, as you'd expect at this price, so no radio/CD player or speakers, but there is a power point and an aerial socket.
A Thetford swivel toilet helps make the most of what space you have, and there are a couple of shelved, if narrow, cupboards under the basin. It's all accessed via a domestic-style door.
The front lounge can be converted easily into a large, comfortable, lengthy double using slats pulled from the centre chest. The lounge seats can also be used as twin beds.
In the middle of the van, the nearside dinette converts into a single and a fold-down top bunk, and the table becomes the base for the lower bed. The cushions for the dinette become the mattress, although these are a poor fit when the top bunk is also set up.
That top bunk folds out from the wall easily once the dinette cushions have been removed. Separate guard rails aren't quite as easy as integrated ones, and wooden ladders rather than metal ones would have been nice. Still, these are minor quibbles. For the most part, this design works well. The rear bunk, extending the full length of the back wall, can be separated off by means of a curtain.
Capacious overhead lockers run through most of the Zenith, broken up by the cubby holes sited at the front corners.
Essentially, this is an affordable, functional family caravan. The seating space and beds give a family of four plenty of room to move around, and it can easily accommodate six at meal times and overnight. The kitchen, although short on worktop space, offers good spec for a van in this price range, and the washroom should be adequate for families.
Crucial to the Zenith's appeal, however, is that it doesn't feel like a budget van, thanks in no small measure to the nicely finished interior. Compromises have been made to keep prices low, but it's all been thoughtfully done.
- Overall finish
- Front access to lounge storage
- Lights in rear bunks.
- Non-extending chest table in the lounge
- Combined oven and grill
- Shortage of kitchen work surfaces.