The new Lunar Zenith 5 exterior
Step inside a 2009 Lunar Zenith 5 and your first impression is of clean lines, light woodwork and modernity everywhere you look.
Look down and your next step across that delightfully herringbone pattern wood-effect flooring will take you to lounge one – that’s at the rear.
In a caravan, of not much over five metres internal length, there seems an extraordinary amount of space.
Front-end arrangements are two long settees – so either two single beds or a double.
The rear configuration of shorter settees gives you a double bed with bunk above, which hinges down from beneath the rear head lockers.
The dining area in the Zenith
It sleeps five – and dines anything up to eight, because this layout’s great plus-point is its two freestanding tables.
There’s plenty to praise in the Zenith 5. Like the hinge-down table designed for a small television. The aerial socket and power connections are here, too. So, at £11,490 you get a lot of very well designed caravan for your money.
Cooking arrangements are three burners and a combination grill/oven. The advantage of the smaller combined grill/oven is not only weight-saving, you get a capacious cupboard capable of storing cereal packets and tall fizzy drinks bottles, even the kitchen roll and the pans as well.
The kitchen in the new Lunar Zenith
Just as well, though, for this is your only kitchen storage space except the two overhead lockers which are fitted for table-wear and leave little room for other items.
The washroom is stereotypical of this classic layout, with shower and toilet in one compartment. Where it scores is in the three sizeable cupboards that form the sink-and-vanity unit base.
Another way in which this layout scores high marks is the amount of under-bed storage space it generates. There are four large areas to cram in sleeping bags and shoes, and still room to store the removable carpets.
The lounge area in the new Lunar Zenith 5
Woodwork quality is high – and pleasing to the eye. Notice the positive-click as you close the head lockers, and the chunky, chic dull-metal handles, with feature stripe of darker wood just above them.
We’ve saved the best bit of praise to last, for it’s one of Zenith’s distinguishing features that we view as really important.
It’s the carpet, rolled up in a locker during our test but, when I unfurled it to take a good look, I discovered that it is a practical dark brown colour, in a world where too-pale-to-be-practical caravan carpets predominate, this is a refreshing discovery.
For under £12,000, this is a really great value family package. The Lunar has a great layout that’s spacious for its size and offers good build-quality. It’s an excellent sleep-five family caravan.
Insurance cost: £252*
*Caravan Insurance cost based on 2009 Lunar Zenith 5 valued at £11,395, fitted with hitchlock, wheelclamp and alarm. Kept on drive behind locked gates at HX2 7RZ. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Premium includes insurance premium tax at 5%, £10 online discount and is correct as of 17.12.08.