Practical Caravan's reviewers give their expert verdict on the 2012 Lunar Lexon 420, a two-berth with luxurious end-washroom, all in a 13ft long caravan
End-washroom two-berth tourers are tradtionally seen as the luxury option for couples who don't want a fixed-bed.
In order to deliver such luxury however, over recent seasons, they have grown significantly. Intially, 14ft was enough, then 15ft and recent end-washroom models have crept over the 16ft mark. Extra length means extra weight and tougher storage so Lunar decided to go the other way, squeezing the new Lexon 420 into a 13ft shell.
Pitching and setting up
All the services are easy to reach and despite the meagre weight and size, there's a Al-Ko hitch head stabiliser to ensure good on-road behaviour. The access for the chemical toilet is on the offside, so it doesn't need emptyiing through the awning either.
If you were looking to pick holes, the provision for a television is pretty limited, with only the centre chest available. Something we've noticed on Lexon models before is the large amount of 'wall' visible between the top of the windows and the bottom of the front lockers. Not an issue, but it does restrict the view a little.
The side-opening kitchen roof lockers are new for 2012 look nice and make stowing your crockery easier. All told, it works well but we wish that microwave was a little lower down as it is still a bit of a stretch.
We really like the compact end-washroom. The shower feels bigger than you expect, the storage is fine and the wash basin and sink feel pretty plush for a relatively compact compartment. All told, this is a very successful space.
There are lights in each corner for reading and the centre chest is a good side table for glasses, reading books and other night time paraphernalia.
Elsewhere, the water heater occupies space under the offside seat, and the battery locker eats into the available space on the nearside. For a couple on tour however, storage should not be an issue, aside from in the kitchen area.
The Lexon 420 brings end-washroom caravans back into a compact bodyshell – and not before time. If you want comfort and class, but in a compact, easy-to-tow package, this has a lot of commend it.
- End-washroom comfort in a short, wide body
- Much improved interiors compared to 2011 Lexons
- Wardrobe in the living area makes it claustrophobic
- Smaller washroom won't suit everyone