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Lunar Roadstar 800

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 4250
  • Layout : Island Bed
  • Engine Size : 3.0TD
  • Berths : 6

The Verdict

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Lunar
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
Roadstar
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Height (m)
2.95
Maximum weight (kg)
4250
Main Layout
Island Bed
Payload (kg)
750
Belted Seats
2
Engine Size
3.0TD
Width (m)
2.38
Price from (€)
Length (m)
7.97
Price from (£)
48285
Berths
6

DETAILED REVIEW

KEENLY priced and lacking the extra axle of some rivals on its Al-Ko chassis, the 800 is also more modest in length – an eight-metre-long parking space will see it snugly accommodated.

Ahead of the Al-Ko rear frame, Fiat’s latest-and-greatest Ducato propels, although the standard 130bhp motor will probably only enjoy using the gearbox’s sixth ratio downhill, with the wind behind.

No matter, just over £1,700 will see a far more appropriate 157 horses under the bonnet and still keep the price under £50k. Surprisingly – in these days of ever increasing safety standards – this is a six-berth motorhome with only two belted seats.

Although there’s plenty of scope for visitors to stay over I would prefer to see a more practical set-up and, indeed, the soon-to-be-introduced HD version will add a couple of belts (on a half-dinette) in the rear.

Raison d’être here is the rear-located island double bed, snug in its own room and with en-suite facilities on-hand.

motorhome bed - Lunar Roadstar 800
The Roadstar's double  bed
Separate shower cubicle and toilet/washbasin room are all enclosed as the toilet door swings across into the aisle.

The bed’s longer than some and very comfy – the same, however, cannot be said about the headroom.

I’m only 5ft 10in tall but I found my pate interfering with the light fittings and Heki rooflight as soon as I ascended the step into the bedroom.

The other four berths are born thanks to a generous luton double and the lounge, where modestly-sized twin sofas pull together to make another transverse two-person bed.

Lounging – thanks to swivelling cab seats –is good for six motorhomers, while mealtimes see a free-standing table provide a dining surface in the same place.

The kitchen’s linear character includes full cooker and deep sensible sink/drainer, although the small fridge, limited storage and lack of worktop do it few favours.

Kit levels are good, with flatscreen TV locker and convector heating with blown-air and mains electric operation stand-out conveniences. General storage matches the three-quarter-tonne payload – externally-accessed through-locker, under-bed and under-sofa space should swallow plenty of bulky kit.

Summary:

Seemingly well-priced and well-equipped, the 800 will suit shorter motorhomers, while the forthcoming rear-seatbelt equipped HD version will make far more sense.


Fact-file:

Make: Lunar
Model: Roadstar 800
Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Al-Ko, 130bhp
Price from: £48,285 on-the-road
Length: 7.97m (26ft 2in)
Width: 2.38m (7ft 9.5in)
Height: 2.95m (9ft 8in)
Gross vehicle weight: 4,250kg
Payload: 750kg
Berths: 6
Travel seats: 2, including driver


•    This article was first published in the April 2007 issue of Which Motorcaravan.

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