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Lunar Clubman SR - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2017
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.76
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.31
  • MRO (kg) : 1340
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1495
  • Max Width (m) : 2.32
  • External Height (m) : 2.65

The Verdict

Startling black fronts, an exceptionally big skylight, a through-the-caravan rear storage compartment, a big-capacity fridge, a long kitchen and a so-cosy bedroom – the new Lunar Clubman SR is a truly awesome package of layout excellence and stunning styling. And equipment? Two USB sockets, an alarm system, Alde heating, four mains sockets…Lots of boxes ticked there, too.

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AT A GLANCE

The 2017 Lunar Clubman caravan range is defined by startling black front panels and flashes of bold blue and black on the sides. And a new layout has been unveiled. This is the Lunar Clubman SR, with an island bed at the rear of the caravan.

Pros
  • The black front!
  • The clever shower-bedroom layout
  • The tall fridge-freezer
  • The through-locker under the bed
Cons
  • Some will find the microwave too high to use
  • The bed’s fine unless you’re six feet tall more more

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2017
Manufacturer
Lunar Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
Clubman
Price From (£)
23799
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.31
MRO (kg)
1340
MTPLM (kg)
1495
Max Width (m)
2.32
External Height (m)
2.65
End Washroom
No
Island Double
Yes
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

A new concept in caravan bedroom-shower room configurations has emerged. The idea of putting a bed at the back of the caravan, with the shower arrangements in the centre, is a practical arrangement seen in a handful of models including the Lunar Delta RI, which was launched last September.

The Delta RI quickly found fans among buyers looking for twin-axle length and high spec. In just a year this innovative layout had taken hold.

Now, it has moved on, with Lunar making this bedroom-shower idea available in single-axle form, with a twist, literally. Enter the Clubman SR; shorter, lighter and at £3000 less than the Delta RI, and with its bed longitudinally aligned, with the headboard against the rear wall, as distinct from the Deltas RI, which has its bed positioned across the caravan.

One way in which economy of length has been achieved to make the SR is by making the centrally-located showering area smaller than that in the RI. But even though it is smaller, it’s still a star of a washing area layout, with plenty of space. The main difference between the longer Delta version of this layout is that the Clubman SR’s ablutions area doesn’t contain a large wardrobe and cabinet, whereas the Delta version does. But then there are two wardrobes in the bedroom so a third one in the wash area is just extreme!

The really clever bit about both the Delta RI and Clubman SR is the way the washing room is divided from the bedroom. By means of two sliding doors, which disappear into the wall, integrating with the centre section on which the washbasin is mounted.

The Clubman SR is a caravan for buyers looking for home-from-home luxury, not in a grand sense of plenty of space, but in a cosy sense, with the emphasis on bedroom bliss. You walk into the bedroom and feel that you are in a room that’s totally separate from the rest of the caravan. But first you have to walk through the showering-washing area…

Showering

Lots of caravans with central shower rooms have a domestic-style proper door. But only a handful have two further wooden doors. These slide behind the washbasin, neatly and totally invisibly. And you can open one door, or both. Which means you can have privacy in the loo area, closing the offside sliding door to the bedroom, and leave the nearside door open. Or you can use the loo-side door and leave the other one closed.

Cleverly, the SR’s circular shower actually spans two areas of the caravan. Half of it is truly in the washroom sector and the other half disappears into the living room, within a casement to the rear of the fridge. The shower is quite large, almost circular, with a diameter of more than 70cm.

The washbasin sits up on top of its cabinet, in the style of a fruit-bowl, and it has a domestic-style pop-up plug; a small but significant feature that marks another step in caravans becoming closer to houses in styling.

The mirror is surrounded by LEDs, showering light onto a textured, wallpaper-style back panel. A big snake-style Alde heated towel rail is on the offside forward washroom wall alongside the toilet. A towel loop is high up directly alongside the shower in the perfect position for grabbing your towel from within the shower cubicle. Four small shelves give you enough space for shampoo, conditioner and the like. And this cubicle has a couple of stunning style points. A circle of bright light shines down from the centre of the cubicle and a panel on the offside imitates small tiles, in a grey and white pattern. The shower head is the EcoCamel air-inlet type.

Sleeping

The bedroom is every inch a miniature version of one you might find in a very modern house or bijou hotel. Glossy cream doors dominate the styling. And there’s a nice touch to make the best use of space for storage. The drawers and cabinet under each wardrobe jut out by 35cm, not just giving you more space within, but creating a surface that’s ideal for coffee mugs, phones and is even large enough for iPads.

A mechanism to retract the bed integrates with the base. This means there is space at the foot of the bed, so bed-making is easy. At full stretch the bed is 1.77m long (that’s fine unless you’re tall). And when it’s retracted there is a 38-cm corridor along the foot of the bed.

Upholstered panels alongside the windows enhance cosiness. And, because this bedroom has two windows plus a large roof light, it’s exceptionally light and bright.

And this bedroom has a bidden secret…

Storage

When you raise the bed you’re in for a surprise. The whole bed base lifts, smoothly and finger-tip effortlessly, to reveal, yes, more of the deep-pile luxurious carpet that we’d already noticed elsewhere – and a storage compartment running the whole width of the caravan, under the wardrobe units, with access hatches on each wide. Think sports kit, perhaps, or golf clubs (provided you don’t disrupt nose weight normality)… This is a brilliantly designed area for all sorts of stuff. And lights within the compartment illuminate each end.

When the bed is in its retracted daytime mode it’s 1.33m long. Picture yourself reclining here, sun streaming in through the big side windows and roof light, engrossed in your sport of passion on your TV mounted on the bracket at the foot of the bed.

Under-settee storage will get more use in a SR than in a caravan with a full double bed box. And there are full-length doors to make it easy.

Dining

There is almost 90cm of pull-out table-top length at the centre-front of the lounge, or you can get the freestanding table out from its own compartment within the the kitchen cabinet; the choice is yours.

Lounging

Lunar set the trend for long, opening skylights when the limited edition Clubman Saros appeared in 2014; the feature is of course here in the 2017 Clubmans. And there’s more. The new Clubmans get sunroofs, so almost the entire length of the lounge has a sky view. It’s utterly gorgeous; like the bedroom, it’s exceptionally light and airy. Although the front sunroof eats into the caravan’s storage capability, we don’t think central front lockers will be missed; the caravan is well endowed with hideaway opportunities. And Lunar has cleverly sculpted triangular corner lockers into the spaces alongside the sunroof.

The settees are 1.5m long; that’s enough space for four to sit comfortably. And the sunny yellow colour in the curtains and cushions certainly adds to the summer holiday image of this airy caravan.

Kitchen

The SR gets the new Dometic RML 9431 fridge-freezer, which has the option to remove the 12-litre freezer compartment. With the freezer in place, the chiller area capacity is 146 litres.

The microwave is above the fridge-freezer. The height is fine for relatively tall caravan testers like me but short-stature caravanners will say it’s a stretch too far.

The kitchen surface is 96cm long , with a 35-cm extension to hinge into position when meal prep necessitates more space. Storage arrives in the form of a double cabinet, with drawers within and triple run of top lockers, beautifully finished in gloss wood edged with white the handle sectors.

Towing

We were soon up to a smooth 60mph on joining the M6 from Lunar’s factory south of Preston en route to our review venue, Little Orchard Caravan Park in the hamlet of Weeton close to the Fylde coast, and the SR’s rock-steady performance was a joy; this is a caravan to pick for long cross-Europe journeys, we decided, and with ATC present for added peace of mind.

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Gloucester
Gloucestershire
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http://www.goldencastle.co.uk
[email protected]
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Simpsons Motorhomes


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NR31 0LN
http://simpsonsmotorhomes.co.uk
[email protected]
Simpsons Motor Caravans is one of Britain's most trusted and respected motorhome dealers. Base & habitation service, repairs & MoT.

Bicester Caravan & Leisure

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Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 6RA
http://www.bicestercaravanandleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
New and pre-owned caravans and motorhomes, finance available, part exchange welcome. Motorhome habitation service.

Brayford Leisure Caravan Centre Ltd

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http://www.brayford-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Caravan & motorhome service (habitation only for motorhome) & repair. Motor movers.

Broad Lane Leisure (Kenilworth)


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http://www.broadlane.co.uk
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Campbells Caravans and Motorhomes


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http://www.campbellscaravans.co.uk
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New and used caravans, motorhomes, awnings and accessories. Motorhome habitation service.

Catterick Caravans


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New and used caravans & motorhomes. Awnings, finance, insurance, spray clinic. Accessories. Habitation service & repairs. Caravan & motorhome storage.

Chichester Caravans (Bromsgrove)


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http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
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Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Chichester)


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Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 8RL
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Uckfield)


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Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 2EA
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Clwyd Caravan & Leisure Ltd

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Denbighshire
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http://www.clwydcaravans.com
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Buccaneer, Elddis, Coachman, Lunar & Venus. Service & repair and huge accessory shop. Disabled access and facilities. Finance.

Cookstown Caravans


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http://www.cookstowncaravans.com
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New & used caravans, awnings, accessories. Motor movers. Caravan external covers.

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http://www.cruisinmotorhomes.com.au
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2-6 berth vans for hire across Australia's east coast. Deports at Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Gold Coast & Sydney.

Davan Caravans & Motorhomes


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http://www.davan.co.uk
[email protected]
New caravans. New motorhomes. Habitation service.

Dicksons of Perth

170
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Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH1 3AA
http://www.dicksonsofperth.co.uk
[email protected]
2016 Auto-Sleepers, Globecar, Itineo, Lunar, Pilote & Roller Team new motorhomes. Used motorhomes & caravans. Base & habitation service & MoT. 2-6 berth hire. Motor movers.

Ebor Leisure World


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New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Grantham Caravans


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http://www.greenbankcaravans.co.uk
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Highbridge Caravan Centre Ltd


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Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 4EX
http://www.highbridgecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Motorhome & caravan dealer. Huge choice of tents, trailer tents, folding campers & accessories.

Kenmore Caravans Ltd


Huddersfield Road
Mirfield
West Yorkshire
WF14 9DA
http://www.kenmorecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Buccaneer, Coachman, Elddis, Lunar. awnings, accessories, service & repairs. Motorhome habitation service & repairs.

Kirkcaldy Caravans


Randolph Place
Kirkcaldy
Fife
KY1 2YX
http://www.kirkcaldycaravans.com
[email protected]
Swift, Sterling, Sprite and Lunar caravans. Awnings, accessories, motor movers. Caravan & motorhome habitation service & repair.

Leisure Sales


Brereton Green
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1SD
http://www.leisuresales.co.uk
[email protected]
Cheshire’s principal main dealer for Lunar and Bailey and Coachman caravans. Parts & accessory shop. Service centre. Caravans only.

Newport Caravans


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Newport
Gwent
NP20 2DU
http://www.newportcaravans.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation service & repairs.

Oxford Caravan Centre


Oxford Road (A418)
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Oxfordshire
OX9 2LH
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
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Reading Caravan Centre

16a
Church Lane
Reading
Berkshire
RG7 1HB
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans.

Robinsons Caravans Ltd (Chesterfield)


Ringwood Road
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Derbyshire
S43 1DG
http://www.robinsonscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Bailey, Lunar, Sterling, Swift & Ultima new caravans. Awnings from Isabella, Ventura, Apache and NR Awnings. Workshop and accessory shop.

Robinsons Caravans Ltd (Worksop)


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Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S81 7AT
http://www.robinsonscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravan sales and habitation service & minor repairs.

Sharman Caravans Ltd


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Suffolk
IP4 4RU
http://www.sharmancaravans.co.uk
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Songhurst Caravan Sales

242
London Road
West Malling
Kent
ME19 5AU
http://www.songhurstcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans, caravan servicing and repairs, and caravan accessories and spares.

Sussex Caravan Centre (Ashington)

A24
London Road
Pulborough
West Sussex
RH20 3BT
http://www.sussexcaravancentre.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used motorhomes and tourers. Habitation service & repairs.

Sussex Caravan Centre (Edenbridge)

A264 Colestock Cross
Cowden
East Grinstead
East Sussex
TN8 7EA
http://www.sussexcaravancentre.co.uk
New and used motorhomes and tourers.

Swindon Caravan Centre


Greatfield
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 8EQ
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
[email protected]
Bailey, Lunar, Sprite, Sterling and Swift caravans. Also used caravans, hire, camping and accessory superstore, workshop facilities.

Tyneside Leisure World


Portobello Trading Estate
Birtley
Co Durham
DH3 2SN
http://www.leisureworldgroup.com
[email protected]
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Wandahome South Cave Ltd


Brough Road
Brough
East Yorkshire
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http://www.wandahome.online
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Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

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SO21 1TD
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Bailey and Swift new and used. Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. Finance available.

Yorkshire Coast Caravans


Lancaster Road
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East Yorkshire
YO15 3QY
http://www.yorkshirecoastcaravans.co.uk
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