Andy Jenkinson

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Bizarre and brilliant all in one, the Stellar has a unique position and an enduring appeal – here's what to look for if buying one of these Lunar caravans

The Lunar Stellar is a bit of an oddball.

It’s a single model, so isn’t part of a range, but neither does it stand on its own.

That’s partly because it is based on the Lexon line-up of Lunar caravans.

No matter how you look at it, though, there’s no denying that the two-berth Stellar offers plenty in its own niche market sector.

A curiosity from Lunar caravans

Inside you’ll find a superb, L-shaped end kitchen, which for many couples is the deal-clincher: it offers acres of work surface and cupboard storage space.

The Stellar also features plenty of room for two occupants and, being a Lunar, it’s light in weight, too.

It’s based on an Al-Ko chassis, and the Stellar comes with the same spec and interior as its sister Lexon range.

Exterior kit includes an AKS hitch, a barbecue point, alloy wheels, a spare wheel and a Status TV aerial.

You’ll come across various dealer specials based on the Stellar – one of the most popular was the Ultima from Robinsons Caravans.

Model history

The Stellar emerged from the Lexon range of Lunar caravans in 2001, and it’s still on sale now – indeed, it’s included in the 2018-season range. So it’s certainly carved a real niche for itself over the years.

During that time it was also upgraded in numerous ways, in line with changes to the Lexon.

The layout of the 2010 model, featured here, had a front lounge with a central chest of drawers, a rear-corner washroom (on the nearside of the van), and a central wardrobe with a dresser opposite.

The kitchen was designed in an L-shape and located at the offside-rear corner of the caravan.

New kit for 2010

The 2010 Lunar Stellar featured a revamped interior furniture finish, in Walnut, and new soft furnishings were also added for this year.

The mid-market tourer was fitted with a low-level microwave and an updated Thetford oven, too – new interior wallboard, plus upgraded worktops, were also the order of the day.

Heating was via a blown-air Truma gas/electric system. A Thetford fridge was also standard, as well as an alarm.

Alongside the Stellar, the Lunar Lexon line-up for 2010 included various fixed-bed vans and a twin-axle six-berth family caravan.

Buyer’s checklist

So if you are looking at these used Lunar caravans for sale, what should you check for?

  • Inspect the rear panel for repaired cracks or signs of any replacement
  • Check the Thetford fridge is in working order
  • Look for delaminating floor in the kitchen
  • Ensure the wall edge/ceiling trim isn’t loose
  • Watch for damp over the entrance door and the front windows
  • Check that the microwave still works – there were faults with these Daewoo models
      

What to pay?

‘Our’ Stellar was up for £8995.

When checking other dealers’ forecourts, we came across window stickers ranging from £8850 to £9495. Privately, you could bag one for as little as £8450.

The sister Lexon range of Lunar caravans can be found priced from £10,995 for an SI, to just under £14,000 for a top TL.

Alternatives

The Stellar is unique, but buyers may consider other two-berth, end-washroom vans.

We found a 2011 Bailey Unicorn Seville for £10,982, or you could go for the more modern interior of a 2010 Sterling Eccles Topaz, coming in at £9995.

Verdict

The Lunar Stellar offers a layout that gives couples a very spacious caravan with an excellent kitchen and a decent specification.

The only real downside is the compact washroom, located in the nearside corner, but it’s still practical and works well.

The Stellar that we found had been kept in very good order, and a wash of the exterior would bring back that showroom finish.

Factfile

Some details on the featured 2010 Lunar Stellar:

  • Price: £8995
  • Berths: 2
  • MiRO: 1035kg
  • Payload: 155kg
  • MTPLM: 1190kg
  • Internal length: 4.2m
  • Width: 2.28m
  • Seen at: Callender Caravans, Scotland Road, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9RF (call 01524 732 224 or go online)
      
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