Channelling an island
Wow, this has got the lot. A twin axle with the “layout of the day” rear island bed, central full-width washroom and plenty of trimmings.
And the big attraction surely has to be that proper bedroom at the back. The double bed has a slide-out facility, plus the whole mattress section hinges up for easy access to some ample underbed storage. As ever, you’ll want to check how it all sizes up for you. Lunar quotes dimensions of 1.91m long x 1.34m wide, maximum.
Also here are his and hers wardrobes, part of matching units also providing handy bedside ledges and drawers; plus, two overhead lockers (set high enough it’s still possible to sit fully upright in bed). Speakers are set into the underside of these – the only argument is going to be who’s going to get up and go into the lounge to turn off the stereo, change channels, or slot in another CD. There’s a reading light apiece, ditto handy corner ledges. And there are fittings in place for a flatscreen TV. Completing the bedroom are twin side windows and, overhead, a Midi Heki rooflight.
Access from the main bedroom to the en-suite facilities is via a choice of two sliding doors. The only qualm with the central Belfast-style basin, with illuminated mirror rooflight above, is it feels flimsy.
The generous shower cubicle is part-circular, with sliding door access and tiled panelling. To the offside, there’s a swivel-bowl toilet.
The mid-‘van kitchen’s main unit is on the offside, where there’s a Thetford Aspire 2 cooker (dual-fuel hob, separate oven and grill, pan locker to its base). Also here are a circular stainless-steel sink, with add-on drainer and flip-up worktop extension. Storage includes two large lockers under the permanent worktop, one of which is home to a cutlery drawer, shelf and table storage (left side) and a large open drawer and more shelving (right).
There’s also one of Dometic’s latest narrow fridges, with removable freezer compartment and a handsome 151-litre total capacity. It’s set above floor level, but the microwave oven’s location over this might be a concern for some.
Even in a 26ft twin axle there are going to be compromises. Sure enough, at the opposite end it’s not the biggest of lounges. There are two more sleeping berths to be had here, mainly by pulling the settee bases together for a transverse double. Only if you’ve got two small kids will you get away with using each settee as a single bed. You’ll love the seating comfort, though, especially the outsize loose cushions – in currently trendy duck egg blue –for each side. You’ll also love the way daylight really does flood in, thanks to large windows and an extra-long Skyview opening sunroof.
Nevertheless, a full complement of four shouldn’t struggle too much for seating and eating. It’s also easy enough to retrieve the free-standing table from its own storage locker in the kitchen unit.
As befits any premium tourer these day, the heating and hot water are courtesy of Alde. Al-Ko’s ATC tops a list of notable safety features, many of which will save you money on your caravan insurance premium. Deltas get two Al-Ko Secure axle wheel locks as standard. It’s just ironic that twin axle/four-wheeler tourers like this are among the most stable when out on the roads.
As ever, Lunar has performed minor miracles in keeping weights as low as possible. Don’t forget, this is a premium twin axle – that 1,580kg Mass in Running Order figure is impressive. The 160kg of payload allowance is just about acceptable – more so, if you consider this is a large luxury tourer most couples will want to keep to themselves.
2018 Deltas get a new front-end treatment, with a larger front locker as well as detail updates like the illuminated front grab handles.
Verdict: The construction is all that’s traditional about this modern take on a twin axle
Plus: Comfy beds and seating, generously equipped
Minus: A few more premium touches needed
In-a-nutshell: An island bed belter
There’s more information on the Delta range on the Lunar website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Bailey Unicorn Pamplona, Buccaneer Barracuda, Coachman VIP 650, Swift Conqueror 650
Lunar Delta TR factfile
|Model||Lunar Delta TR|
|Dimensions||7.89m L, 2.33m W, 2.66m H|
|RRP||from £29,224 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko ATC, Al-Ko AKS stabiliser, two Al-Ko Secure axle wheel locks, Phantom Tracker with 12-month subscription, remote control alarm with PIR and tilt sensors, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, CRiS, shock absorbers|
|Key options||Alternative upholstery (from £299), mattress extension (£29), solar panel (£299), Dometic extractor unit (£249), Truma iNet (£249), wraparound front seating (£149)|