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           Lunar Lex
           530      on
           £16,995




   Lunar Lexon 530
   There is far more to Lunar’s terrific new Lexon than first
   meets the eye. Andrew Ditton does a double-take


     Price £16,995
                                         eXterIOr
     Berths 4                            Aesthetically, little has changed
     MIRO 1300kg (now includes           about the Lexon, although
     gas bottles, battery, fluids etc)   beneath the new graphics and
     MTPLM 1460kg                        familiar bodyshell lies Grade 3
     Length 5.79m                        insulation, smart chrome grab
                                         handles and reinforced steadies
     Width 2.28m
                                         elevate the spec levels. All mod
     Contact Lunar Caravans
                                         cons from an AKS hitch to an
      t 01772 337628                     external socket and gas point
      w lunarcaravans.com                are included, although we
                                         remain disappointed at the
                                         flimsy base and easily-broken
                                         vents to the gas locker.

                                         InterIOr
                                                                                                                 Space, the final frontier? No, it’s
                                         How delightful it is to step into a                                     the spaciously brilliant Lexon 530
                                         caravan and be wowed by the
                                         feeling of openness and space.
                                         Instead of cramming every last
                                         inch of the interior with furniture,   Light floods in to the caravan   read by for long periods.
                                         the designers have left some           by means of various Heki roof    Another small gripe with the
                                         space to enhance the Lexon’s           lights dotted throughout,        lounge is that our heads hit
                                         practicality. As an orderly queue      although by day the rather       the blind cassettes when
                                         of interested caravanners              cramped area by the              snuggling into the front
                                         formed at Kingsbury Water              washbasin is a little gloomy.    corners. At least both sofas
                                         Park, we ended up with seven           We also missed a window by       are a full 6ft 1in long.
                                         of us milling around inside and        the sideboard area but this      Now to the galley, and in an
                                         at no point did we feel cramped.       should at least make             unusual move, Lunar has
                                            At the foot of the bed, a           positioning a porch awning       dropped the all-in-one sink
                                         sizeable gap makes life easier         easier. Come nightfall, a        and drainer unit in favour of a
                                         for the person sleeping on the         combination of mains,            smart round sink that has a
                                         ‘inside’ of the bed to climb out,      halogen, and LED lighting        separate drainer. Some
                                         and doubles as a useful space          makes for versatile              caravanners will turn their
Mattress is on the soft side,
                                         to stand the fishing gear. A           illumination, although we        nose up at this change, while
so lie and try before you buy!
                                         cutaway underneath is a useful         found the lounge spotlights a    others will relish in the
                                         storage space.                         little too dim to comfortably    versatility that this

   caravanmagazine.co.uk                                                                               December 2010/January 2011              39
neW CaRavans

                                                 Ideal for
                                                                                                                     Our t
                                                                                                                     verdic
                                                  Couples who enjoy
                                                  rallying and
                                                  entertaining, or
                                                   families with one or
                                                   two teenagers



                                                                                                                     eXterIOr                 8/10
                                                                                                                     Boasts Grade 3 insulation, but
                                                                                                                     retains those fragile vents in
                                                                                                                     the front gas locker.8/10

                                                                                                                     LOungIng                 8/10
                                                                                                                     Great to see a full-sized
                                                                                                                     lounge in a fixed bed van.
                                                                                                                     Choice of TV positions, but
                                                                                                                     my head hit a blind in corner.

                                                                                                                     DInIng                   8/10
                                                                                                                     A great choice for social
                                                                                                                     ralliers as the table lines up
                                                                                                                     neatly to allow six to dine. The
                                                                                                                     party’s in the Lexon!

                                                                                                                     sLeepIng                 8/10
                                                                                                                     Front beds measure 6ft 1in,
                                                                                                                     making the 530 an credible
                                                                                                                     alternative for big children
Room for six in the
spacious lounge
                                                                                                                     KItchen                  9/10
                                                                                                                     Useful unit opposite the
                                                                                                                     kitchen offers additional
                                                                by                                                   storage and dishing-up space.
                              Brilliant kitchen is supplemented
                                                                e opposite
                              additional storage and workspac                                                        Extremely user-friendly galley

                                                                                                                     stOrage                  8/10
                                                                                                                     Removable shelves to the roof
                                                                                                                     lockers makes for a far better
                                                                                                                     use of storage space

                                                                                                                     WashrOOm                 7/10
                                                                                                                     We love the hanging rail and
                                                                                                                     mini-Heki in the wet room, but
                                                                                                                     sink area is cramped and
                                                                                                                     storage is poor
                                                                                  A place to stand the
                                                                                  birdcage, tea-making area,
                                                                                  crafts area… terrific              BuILD quaLIty            8/10
                                                                                  sideboard is truly versatile
                                                                                                                     Overall extremely good,
                                                                                                                     although there were a few
                                                                                                                     minor faults, such as: the
       arrangement brings. Another                                             Thanks to the helpful site managers   washroom door did not fit
       great improvement is the new                                            and assistants at the C&CC’s          flush, and some curtain track
                                                                               beautiful Kingsbury Water Park site   stops were missing.
       cooker featuring a mains
       hotplate. Opposite the kitchen,        We like
       there’s a useful sideboard.            Brilliantly practical interior                                         practIcaLIty             9/10
          I love the attention to detail      design, light weight for its                                           Look closely and you will see
       and the thought that has gone          size and spec, gap at foot                                             that this caravan has been
       into this. The bedroom light and       of bed, good lighting,                                                 designed with great care and
       socket are in exactly the right        terrific storage for a               INSURANCE QUOTE                   thought to make for a
       place for somebody sitting on          couple, large front lounge           Lunar Lexon 530 £16,995           practical and versatile tourer
       the edge of the bed drying their                                               from only £225.65
       hair with a hairdryer. Useful
       gaps and recesses are left just
                                               We dislike                                ‘New for Old’ cover.
                                                                                  Wide range of premium discounts
                                                                                                                     vaLue fOr mOney 7/10
       where you need them.                    Flimsy base to gas                      available – up to 60%!        Price is high when you look at
                                               locker, microwave too                                                 similar vans on the market
       Removable shelves make the
       most of the roof lockers. It may        high, cramped basin
                                               area, shower base
                                                                                      from only      £49
       not have hit the headlines in the
       same way as other 2011                   needs drying before              0844 847 4499                                         80/100
       launches, but Lunar’s Lexon is           you can use the WC               shieldcaravaninsurance.co.uk        our rating
       worth serious consideration.

       40             December 2010/January 2011                                                                            caravanmagazine.co.uk

				
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