The Lunar Ariva two-berth caravan has an end kitchen and is well-specified for its size and light in weight. It’s fitted with the Truma gas and electric heater for hot water and heating and two blown air heating ducts.
The kitchen has an oven and a grill, a dual fuel four burner hob with three gas burners and one electric plate; the black glass lid looks quite the business and there is a safety cut-off for the electric plate. There’s certainly plenty of storage space for two people with a generously sized cupboard under the sink and eye level lockers too. With a microwave to boot, the user is well-equipped to whip up a quick meal.
You could entertain friends easily as the front seats are 6ft 1ins long so room for four to socialise or eat a meal. The length of the seats makes them ideal to be used as single beds, albeit only 2ft 3ins wide; conversely the seats can make up into a double bed 6ft 1ins x 6ft 1ins.
There’s a lot of duvet to store under the seats and there is more space on the nearside compared with the offside.
The shower room is compact but useable. However, on the model we saw there wasn’t a blown air heating duct which surprised us given that the caravan has a Grade III thermal insulation and heating which suggests Lunar is targeting this model at caravan buyers who may want to caravan in cooler weather.
All interior lighting is LED and the caravan is wired for satellite and TV.
The Ariva is built on an AL-KO chassis with alloy wheels as standard, the spare wheel is located in the gas locker but there’s still room for gas cylinders. You’ll find an AL-KO Secure receiver and AL-KO AKS stabiliser fitted as standard for security.
Verdict: It’s a traditional look well-specified caravan, which doesn’t feel small, with a good level of practicality and a list of dealer fit options, at a cost, to personalise your own caravan. We suggest that you add optional security features such as the locking mechanism for the standard fit AL-KO Secure wheel lock which will be reflected in the insurance cost of this caravan.
Cost to insure: £190*
- Berths; 2
- Length including towbar; 5.18m
- Internal length; 3.66m
- Overall width; 2.03m (6ft 8ins)
- Headroom; 1.908m
- MRO; 877kgs
- MTPLM; 990 kgs
- Overall height; 2.600m
- Awning size; 7.77m
- Recommended Retail Price, ex-works: £13.995.00**
Visit the Lunar website for more information on the Ariva.
*Caravan insurance cost based on 2013 Lunar Ariva 2013 retailing for £13.995. Fitted with hitchlock, wheel clamp, plus optional Al-Ko secure wheel lock and Al-Ko ATC safety device. Kept on drive at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. £100 excess. 180 days European cover and up to £75 per day for up to 15 days emergency accommodation cover included. Legal expenses cover, extended European cover and increased emergency accommodation expenses cover options are available at extra cost. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 02/08/13
**Price is ex-works and includes VAT @ 20% but excludes a recommended retailer delivery charge of £495 including VAT which includes delivery to your retailer and preparing your caravan for collection by you. However, it’s the end of the 2013 season and dealers will be open to negotiation, in order to have forecourt space for 2014 models. You might get lucky and see one with a price tag around £12.000.00