Lunar is a company renowned for its ability to produce lightweight caravans. The upmarket Clubman range is no exception, despite its impressive specification. In the last two seasons its appeal may have been muted by comparison with new generation models from Bailey, Elddis and Swift Group, but now Lunar has joined the party with a striking new design for its Lexon, Clubman and Delta ranges.
For several years tourer sales have been dominated by fixed bed layouts, but twin and island double beds, which allow both occupants easy access, have only recently become popular. Lunar’s Clubman SI is a 5.8m-long single axle van. At £21,195, it’s the only model in its price bracket with a transverse island double bed and end washroom.
Pitching and setting up
The Al-Ko chassis comes equipped with ATC stability control, AKS stabiliser, shock-absorbers, Secure wheel lock and heavy duty corner steadies. As you’ll see in the equipment list, exterior specification continues at a high level. There’s even hidden illumination behind the grab handles, and the awning light is neatly housed in moulding which will deflect water run-off.
The electric power unit and 12-volt fuse board are combined in an easily accessed unit in a seat front, so setting up on arrival is easy. The Alde radiator heating system is acknowledged to have a longer warm-up time than blown air heating but, when up to temperature, it’s designed to give even, draught-free heat. If your Clubman is already on a pitch, you can even start the heating early with your mobile phone. Short radiators and restricted airflow in the lounge area concern us; it may cause cold spots in sub-zero temperatures but we didn’t have the opportunity to test this.
Lighting is comprehensive. In addition to the expected ceiling light and four corner spots, two large corner fittings flood the lounge with ambient light and under-locker LED strips gently illuminate the curtains. TV can be watched on the front chest or the mid-van cupboard, thanks to generous provision of aerial, satellite and power connections.
Lounge seating is luxurious for two and four can sit or dine in comfort. The upholstery specification is high, featuring elaborate armrests and two pairs of scatter cushions. In contrast the curtains look insubstantial but, with smart pleated blinds on all windows, we’d leave the curtains in their ties.
The deep, pocket-sprung mattress should ensure a comfortable night’s sleep and there are conveniently placed reading lights and shelves. There’s even a third TV point with a multi-position bracket opposite the bed and two CD/radio speakers.
The front seating converts to a double bed supported on pull-out slats. With the drawer chest in place it measures 2.11m x 1.12m, but increases to 2.11m x 1.52m with the chest in the car or awning.
Roof lockers all around the van are generous for four occupants’ clothes and effects and hanging is provided by wardrobes each side of the double bed.
The new Clubman range enjoys a comprehensive specification with lots of extra features to surprise and delight a new owner, like the many lighting details, the external shower and automatic gas bottle changeover. The SI model has a great kitchen and washroom and impressive storage throughout. The layout works very well provided you’re not too tall for the bed and it is the only one of its kind in this price range. Lunar’s new body shell is a huge improvement on the outgoing one, but it doesn’t quite have the showroom appeal of a Swift Conqueror or the construction credentials of a Bailey Unicorn. Importantly however, it is blessed with Lunar lightness, and that will put it at the top of many buyers’ shortlists.
- Big kitchen with low microwave, comprehensive kit list and MTPLM under 1500kg
- Double bed only 1.83m (6ft) long, potential cold spots in lounge and no front sunroof