Delta is Lunar’s long-established, twin-axle flagship range. Priced at £24,395, it’s pitched against the top-end offerings from all the major manufacturers. Until recently it has looked dated compared to new styling from Swift Group, Coachman and Bailey. But a radical re-design for 2013 has changed all that, and the Delta TI took top honours in <i>Practical Caravan</i>’s March 2013 Triple Test against Bailey’s new Unicorn Cartegena and Swift’s Conqueror 645.
Here we take a look at the other half of the two-model range: the Delta RS with a side fixed bed and end washroom. This type of layout has dominated the twin-axle market for a few years. The RS’s floorplan is 6.34m long, but Lunar’s renowned lightweight construction technique keeps the MTPLM down to an impressive 1735kg.
Pitching and setting up
The Delta’s Al-Ko chassis comes equipped with ATC stability control, AKS stabiliser, shock-absorbers, two Secure wheel locks and Stabilform corner steadies. As you’ll see in the equipment list, exterior specification continues at a high level and the Delta trumps its fellow Clubman’s spec with an underslung 40-litre water tank and an Al-Ko jack (to help fit two wheel locks).
The heart of the electric system is in a seat front, convenient for set-up. The dual-fuel Alde radiator heating system takes longer to warm up than blown air heating but its renowned comfort comes from its even, draught-free heat. If your Delta is already on a pitch, you can even start the heating early using your mobile phone.
In our <a href="/reviews/caravan/28155-lunar-clubman-si">Lunar Clubman SI review</a> we voice concern (albeit unverified by testing) about shortish lounge radiators. This van has the same radiators but longer seats, so again we fear for cold spots in sub-zero outside temperatures.
Pleated blinds are smarter and easier to operate than the sprung roller type, so it’s a shame that some makes just use them on side windows. So congratulations to Lunar for fitting pleated ones all round. In our opinion the best night-time look is with the curtains left in their ties, especially with the under-locker LED strips enhancing the mood.
The comprehensive lighting is all with power-saving LEDs. In addition to the under-locker strips, there’s a ceiling light and four corner spots and two large flush corner fittings flood the lounge with ambient light. The TV can go on the front chest or the mid-van cupboard, thanks to generous provision of aerial, satellite and power connections.
Above, two solid and three translucent doors give access to three separate cupboards for crockery and taller, light items. Light comes from a ceiling fitting and LED strips under and inside the lockers. Being spoilt by the Clubman SI’s excellent microwave oven position gives rise to our only gripe – with all the space in the Delta, it would be good to see it sited low down instead of above the fridge.
The front seating makes two single beds measuring 1.84m x 0.73m or it will convert to a double bed supported on pull-out slats. Even with the drawer chest in place it’s a generous 2.11m x 1.44m.
The battery of four drawers in the wardrobe base is impressive. And there’s lots of room for small items throughout the van, thanks to mid-shelves in all the roof lockers.
For the Delta RS, Lunar has used a proven and popular floorplan, executed it well and endowed it with an impressive kit list. The twin-axle van’s extra length is noticed in the long front seats, the big fridge/freezer and lengthy kitchen unit. At 6.34m internally, it’s one of the longest vans on the market but still only weighs 1735kg fully laden, making it suitable for a wider range of towing vehicles. So, with its striking new styling, it’s going to claim a place on most buyers’ shortlists.
- Good sized beds for four, comprehensive kit list and an MTPLM of just 1735kg
- Needs bigger luggage door, there are potential cold spots in the lounge and no front sunroof option