Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Renault Master Gross weight: 3,800kg Payload: N/a
Where the SB has its ablutions facilities ranged across the width of the back of the motorhome, beyond the beds, the new Roadstar EB – which is the same length, and the same price – has its bathroom in a single unit on the offside, between the lounge and the bedroom. Of course, it’s a popular floorplan with higher beds for extra external storage, though the locker here falls some way short of being a true garage for bikes or a motorbike.
The washroom, too, eschews the continental fashion for splitting the toilet area completely from the shower and placing them on opposing sides of the vehicle. Here, you still get a proper separate shower; though, albeit in the same ‘room’ as the swivel toilet.
The bedroom can be separated from the rest of the living area by deploying a concertina screen – not as good as a more solid sliding door, perhaps, but lighter and still effective at providing some privacy.
The beds are identical, rather than his ‘n’ hers of differing sizes, as often seen. Their lengths are not generous, at a claimed 1.82m (with widths of 0.73m). There are two steps up the beds, while the central area can be filled in. Overhead cupboards across the full width of the rear wall may limit sitting up in bed but large side windows and a big rooflight here make the bedroom nice and light.
The kitchen is, perhaps, the Roadstar EB’s best feature. It comes with an all-singing, all-dancing cooker with an extractor overhead. There’s plenty of worktop, though the fridge is a modest under-counter type of fitting.
There’s a small step up from the galley to the forward lounge, where you’ll find a half-dinette (with rather more shapely seating than often encountered) as well as a single inward-facing seat. A wall-mounted table and an overcab sunroof complete the picture here, while a simple plastic bracket on the wall is not the most sophisticated TV fitting.
If you’re looking for the Lunar’s USP, it’s most obviously found in the base vehicle. In a market dominated by Fiat, here’s a Renault Master. Its 130PS engine can optionally be mated to a semi-automatic gearbox (three-grand extra) but, with or without that, you’ll find the Renault’s driving characteristics are appealing, not least because of its comfortable ride.
The Master cab also comes with a high spec as standard – silver metallic paint, cab air-con, cruise control, Bluetooth, reversing camera, foglamps, ESP, alloy wheels and a four-year unlimited mileage warranty with roadside assistance are all included without recourse to any pricey options packs.