Detailed ReviewSINGLE-AXLE six-berth caravans are everywhere.
Most of them sleep three in a stack and give the parents the task of creating a bed in the lounge each night. The new Lexon 570, though, gives parents the luxury of a fixed bed – and still keeps its length down to two-wheel proportions.
The Lexon 570 is a hybrid. Pure Lexon pedigree has been crossed with Clubman – and the result is the first of a new breed of Lunar.
This Lexon is taller than the others in its range; it has the 1.95m headroom of the Clubman and has Clubman-style locker doors. The back panel is identical to Clubman models and it has a total of five mains power sockets, too – four inside the caravan and a fifth in an exterior locker.
And there’s more. This Lexon has a “super-pitch” water connection point – something you’d normally associate with top-spec, flagship caravans; it’s another feature the 570 shares with the Clubman and Delta ranges.
Its layout is pure genius… Fixed double bed with a shower-toilet alongside, an offside two-seater table making into two bunk beds and a front lounge that will sleep two more in a double bed. Minimal floor-level furniture but maximum seating and beds.
But what about that amazing bed feature we mentioned? This, above all, defines the 570. The permanent bed’s base has a cut-away section where it meets with the corridor leading to the washroom. Result: more floorspace – and somewhere to put shoes.
We’d towed the fresh-from-factory, first-ever 570 to the point where Cumbria meets Morecambe Bay and Lancashire. A farm campsite near the shores of the four-cottage ancient hamlet of Far Arnside, it’s an alluringly pretty setting for concentrating on the exacting task of evaluating a new model of caravan.
This Lexon is bristling with equipment and luxuries: intruder alarm system, external gas barbecue connection, electronic flush toilet, sprung mattress, radio/CD are all standard.
Lunar’s designers have achieved so many beds in such as short length by keeping the lounge short (it’s not long enough to make single beds) and by putting the offside two-seater dining area so far forward that only a wooden panel divides it from the lounge.
The result is that this central dining area is directly opposite the door. Ingenuity is everywhere in the 570. The neatest caravan television bracket we’ve yet seen is hidden behind the panel that separates bedroom from kitchen; the sockets for plug and aerial are underneath the bracket. Impressively, this is one of four television-watching options in the 570.
More ingenuity appears beside the bed. It’s part-cupboard, part shelf; a narrow structure that gives you somewhere to put books and magazines.
Showering space is adequate. The star piece of equipment in the little room is the smallest. It’s a rail, at roof level, for towels or to hang garments to dry. And for families who prefer to use site showers, this rail gives you an extra wardrobe.
The new hybrid Lexon goes head-to-head with the Elddis Avanté 526, launched just a few months ago, in layout terms. The difference, apart from equipment level, styling and the Lexon’s unique cut-away under the bed, is that in the Avanté the end of the kitchen forms a greater separation for the bedroom.
Conversely, the Lexon is a more open-plan layout. In putting beds for six including that all-important permanent bed, in a single-axle length and weighing under 1500kg if you load it to its maximum, these two manufacturers have established a new concept in caravan layout. The latest Lexon, though, sets an entirely new trend with its under-bed cut-away.