by Liz and Dave King
Lunar’s 2012 caravans are revealed and we take a look at a brand new model, the Lexon 520.
This is a 4 berth caravan with a flexible use area in the mid section, making it ideal for families. By night it can be an upper and lower bunk; by day just fold away the top bunk, push back the lower bed slats, pop the bedding under the lower bed, put the table in place and you have a great area for the kids to call their own, complete with a TV socket! Opposite is a “dresser” with open shelves and a mirror.
Dirty linen bin in the shower room
Good quality shower and shelves
Lunar has completely re-designed washrooms for 2012 models and this model has a small laundry basket, a decent sized shower cubicle with a domestic style pivot door and water saving shower head.
Well illuminated mirror in the shower room
The kitchen sports an anthracite coloured fridge door, and a glossy black lid to the cooker top. Black doesn’t stop there as the 700w microwave has a black door and the round sink is black; just what you see in domestic kitchen design centres and, all very modern. We liked the Perspex infill in the top locker doors and the interior lighting in the cupboards.
Well equipped kitchen
Large round kitchen sink
The front end has a chest of drawers but the option of wrap around seating will give a bigger double bed. The upholstery is neutral and non-dating and will appeal to the company’s core market; it’s called Pamplona and is soft browns with fashionable stripes, again a “high street” look.
It’s a flexible layout with good space in the washroom and the MTPLM of 1420kgs make it a well specified model in the lightweight category. We liked the energy-friendly LED lights throughout, the neat trim to cupboard openings and the good storage in the kitchen for family fare.
LED lighting above the kitchen and shower room mirror
This was a prototype and it is possible that some changes will be made in the production models – for example in the children’s area it was suggested that a minor change to the dresser area by adding doors under the shelf and another TV point would make it a more “child-friendly” area.
Sharper and crisper graphics and a new back panel, more automotive in style and designed in-house show the exterior in a good light.
With an alarm system fitted as standard and the Al-Ko Secure wheel lock receiver in place, you can benefit for some great caravan insurance discounts too!
Recommended Retail Price £16,995.00
Price is ex-works and includes VAT @20% but excludes a recommended retailer delivery charge of £495 including VAT which includes delivery and preparing your caravan for collection by you.
Cost to insure this caravan: £259 *
AL-KO Secure receiver
Security Alarm with remote control fob to alarm and awning light.
Shipping length 7.1m (23ft)
Overall width 2.280m (7ft 6in)
Maximum headroom 1.958 (6ft 5in)
Overall height 2.652 (8ft 8in)
Front double bed size; 1.28m x 2.30 (4ft 2in x 7ft 6in to chest of drawers)
Bunks; lower bunk 1.66m x 0.76m (5ft 5in x 2ft 8in)
Six year body shell warranty
For more information: www.lunarcaravans.com
* Caravan insurance cost based on 2012 Lunar Lexon 520 valued at £16,995. Fitted with hitchlock, alarm (standard on this model), Al-Ko Secure wheel lock (receiver fitted as standard, lock purchased as optional extra) and kept on drive behind 24 hour locked gates at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 15.07.11.