Andy Jenkinson

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Andrew Jenkinson takes a look at the latest, 2019 version of Lunar's Clubman ES, a spacious three-berth layout with a great-sized washroom across the rear.

Overview

The end-washroom family tourer with side dinette proved popular from its introduction in the late 1980s.

Lunar's ES model, launched in 2008, uses this well-proven layout, which has featured in the Clubman range since 1985. This 2019 version is a three-berth, although there is a £499 option to add a bunk bed if needed. That said, the ES is a good choice for couples, too.

The new Clubmans keep to the tried and tested formula, providing a modern interior and high spec. And with some end-of-season deals around, the range is even better value.

The ES is a spacious tourer - Lunar's designers seem to make interiors that look far bigger than you might expect. Very little changed over the 2018 version, but the design tweaks made the ES just that bit better.

We like the bold graphics, and of course, the Clubman has full-height front and rear ABS panels, a sunroof and a Skyview opening rooflight.

Pitching and setting up

The ES is on an Al-Ko chassis and comes with alloy wheels, Al-Ko receiver, heavy-duty corner steadies, AKS hitch stabiliser and ATC.

It is also fitted with an exterior barbecue point and mains socket, and the latest Status TV digital aerial. The large front gas locker has been redesigned for easier use.

Other useful features include an awning light on the offside, sturdy grab handles - which light up - and an external shower, also on the offside. LED lights on the drawbar allow easy night-time access to the front gas locker.

The Lunar looks smart, with its brilliant white paint finish, and the profile remains modern and distinctive. The one-piece entrance door is glazed.

Lounge

The ES has a large lounge, with parallel settees and a central chest of drawers. The seating is very comfortable, offering plenty of support, with thick bolster cushions and scatter cushions to add to the comfort factor. You'll find a well-placed mains socket with USB points here, too. The lighting is up to the usual Lunar standards.

Overhead lockers offer good storage capacity, with handy corner units for smaller items. The access flaps on the seat bases mean you won't have to lift the cushions to get to your bedding. Large windows at the front and sides provide a great view from the lounge and fill this area with daylight.

Overall, a great lounge; but if you do want to sit elsewhere, the side single dinette opposite the kitchen offers more seating.

Kitchen

The ES scores here with a really excellent kitchen unit. It offers a generous worktop, with a flap extension. Cupboard storage in this area is plentiful and there are also overhead lockers if you need more space.

Across from the kitchen is a small dresser, ideal for a TV, and here you'll also find the microwave, which is positioned at a sensible height.

There is a locker above the microwave, plus a cupboard below, adding yet more to the kitchen storage capacity.

As you'd expect, the kitchen is well-equipped, with the latest Thetford oven and dual-fuel hob, and a Dometic fridge. The sizeable sink is finished in stainless steel.

Night-time lighting is well catered for and there are mains sockets fitted here, too. The kitchen is well-designed and user-friendly, and the floor area between both the kitchen and the dinette means nobody will need to squeeze through here.

Washroom

If you like an end-washroom, you will love the one in the ES. It really is spacious and there's a cracking shower cubicle, almost domestic in size. The ambience is one of luxury, with a large handbasin and a mirror with LED lighting.

There's a Thetford toilet, and the chrome radiator, run from the Alde heating, means you can dry towels very quickly.

A window is fitted here, plus a mini Heki roof vent; so in the daytime the washroom will be bright, and at night, the LED lighting keeps it equally well lit, too. There are two wardrobes in the ES, one fitted with drawers and the other, a corner full-height unit. Underneath the handbasin is a large cupboard, so there is plenty of storage to be had throughout.

Beds

The lounge seating can be made up into two single beds quickly and easily, simply by taking off the back rests.

But if your preference is for a double bed, this can also be set up with little effort.

All you need to do is slide out the aluminium frames from under the two front settees; these form your bed base, so no messing around with slats.

The side dinette makes up a single bed, and that optional bunk could always be ordered if needed. To make the single bed from the dinette, you just use the clip-on table to bridge the gap between the seats.

Storage

If a couple were touring in the ES, they would probably find that it has more storage than they need, with those sizeable overhead lockers, the wardrobes and the excellent kitchen.

With a third person on board, the ES would still do the job in terms of storage, offering plenty of space for clothes and kit.

The washroom cupboard is also a generous size, with lots of room for toiletries.

Although the dresser isn't particularly large, it is certainly big enough to accommodate less bulky items. Finally, with the front gas locker being large enough to hold other kit as well as gas bottles, the ES will take some beating in this area.

Technical specs

Berth3
MiRO1257kg
Payload143kg
MTPLM1500kg
Interior length5.51m
Shipping length7.06m
Width2.32m
Awning size1010cm

Verdict

The ES has much to commend it, and Lunar's designers know how to make the best of the available space. Add to that a good spec and updated décor, and this is a class act. The kitchen is great, as is the washroom. The ES is also light enough to be towed by many cars.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Great lighting
  • Fine washroom
  • Comfy lounge

Cons

  • No solar panel
  • No stable door
  • Costly bunk bed option