Lunar Solaris is a fabulous name for a caravan range; the Latin word meaning “pertaining to the sun” seems to define all that we want from caravanning: sunny holidays. There’s much more than warm golds and sunny yellows to this exclusive package, of course; £2835-worth of extras, to be exact.
The Lunar Solaris 574 has £2835-worth of additional equipment for just £326 more than the cost of the standard Quasar 574 on which it’s based
Sunny yellows and soft greys inside; warm gold shades above the front windows and sweeping along the sides define the Lunar newcomer from Grantham Caravans. This is the 2017 Lunar Solaris, the caravan with the name of the sun and a long list of equipment that gives it a very warm appeal.
The Lunar Solaris range is made to the specification of Grantham Caravans in Lincolnshire. These seven caravans are based on Lunar’s Quasar range, with a package of extra equipment and exclusive fabrics that combine together to give Lunar Solaris a distinctive character of its own. The package is worth £2835. The price of the standard Quasar 574 plus £525 delivery charge is £18,774 so, for just £326 more than the Quasar version of this layout, the Solaris gives you a staggering £2835-worth of extra kit.
Practical extras include an alarm system, heavy-duty corner steadies, a barbecue point, pull-out storage baskets in the kitchen cabinets of some models (including the 574 we picked as an example of the range for this review), and an automatic gas cylinder changeover system.
Aesthetic features which create Solaris include refined details such as chrome front grab handles, alloy wheels, chrome furniture handles and socket surrounds that are the same style as those in Lunar’s higher-spec Clubman and Delta models.
Solaris has a feature in common with Lunar’s Lexon range, too; the cream gloss top locker door panels that characterise Lexon are here in Solaris.
There’re extra lighting, including mood lighting in the bedrooms, and stunning-design little spotlights that are the same as those in the Clubman and Delta models, with light streaming from both the top and the base. And these models have sky-view windows, with additional lighting set into the panel surrounding them.
So, Solaris has a lot in common with Lunar’s higher spec ranges. And this range has a feature which sets it apart from all other caravans: the unique fabric scheme. The sunny yellows in the cushions and curtains follow two pattern themes which combine brilliantly. These are a pattern inspired by tartan – very fashionable right now – on one side of the cushions, in a soft-texture wool-type fabric and, on the other, an exquisitely embossed leaf design in yellow and silvery grey on a white background. The very pale grey seating upholstery shines slightly in sunlight; it’s actually composed of more than one shade of grey, giving it an interesting texture. And it’s a soft, tactile fabric – really nice!
And outside? The rich gold and grey shades, in big, bold sweeping graphics not only enhance the sides but, unusually, define the front of Solaris models, too, in a black panel edged with a flash of warm gold shade. Every which way you look at Solaris, this is a stunning range of caravans of style – and value.
And the model we chose to carry the torch for the Solaris range? The 574 is the transverse-bed layout, with a full-width shower room behind it. The awesomely appealing greys and yellows and the gloss-cream locker panels give this so-popular layout a bright fresh individuality. We love it!