There seems to have been something of an explosion in the market for eight-foot-wide caravans of late. The sector is gaining momentum rapidly and, for the likes of manufacturers such as Lunar, that’s a blessing.

The Preston-based company is no stranger to this arena. With an eight-foot Quasar – the 686 – already in its repertoire, Lunar now has a second eight-footer; the new 696 twin-axle six-berth, launched at the last NEC show. The 696 has been well received and, now that we’ve had a close look at it, we can see why.

This Lunar has a rear room with fixed side bunks and a side dinette – ideal for children. The washroom and kitchen are both midships and there’s a nicely appointed L-shaped front lounge.

This is one big chunk of well equipped tourer for less than £24k, yet it’s also lightweight. It’s stable and well behaved on the road, too; sure, you need to be aware of its width, but it tows beautifully.