Andrew McPhee

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Get the definitive verdict on the Lunar Goldstar 640 from Practical Motorhome's experts

Design

The Goldstar has an unassuming look with its flat rear panel and white bumpers. Industry fashions seem to change with time when it comes to skinning sandwich construction walls; Lunar went for GRP with this model.

The 51 x 25cm access locker may well struggle to hold much of the usual camping paraphernalia, and instead of an electric step this ’van makes do with doorwell steps into the living area. It does have a user-friendly gas locker, with a tray that slides out to spare you the skinned-knuckle hassle of trying to remove a gas bottle from an enclosed space. The external water tanks have flexible pipes, with fresh- and waste-labelled drain taps held in place below the rear bumper by simple hose clips.


Inside, the carpets are removable and the front lounge area features a twin parallel dinette with swivel-seat bench. In L-shape mode, the Goldstar feels extremely spacious. At the rear, Lunar again bucks the trend. Rather than having a closed-corner washroom, it separates the sink and vanity mirrors from the washroom, so one partner can brush their teeth while the other uses the toilet or shower.

On the road

Fiat's 2.3-litre 130 MultiJet is fitted as standard, but you can plump for the more powerful 3.0-litre 160 variant for an extra £1500.

The Goldstar has three belted passenger seats with two three-point belts on its forward-facing dinette seat in the rear – it can sleep six, and has a massive 840kg payload.

In the cab, we find carpets and upholstered seats with twin armrests, and integrated blinds which are a £390 optional extra. The dashboard makes do with Fiat’s commercial-vehicle-looking fascia. Alloy wheels and driver's airbag are standard.

Lounging & dining

The Goldstar’s table has its own dedicated storage cupboard alongside the rear double bed, and at mealtimes clips to a rail between the twin dinette sofas. It will happily seat four. A freestanding table might be preferable, though, because in the very sociable L-shape mode, it’s not possible to erect a table, meaning guests will have to eat off their laps.

Kitchen

The fully-equipped kitchen is exactly what most British buyers are after, offering a full-sized grill and separate oven plus three gas hobs (but no hotplate).

The domestic-style sink and drainer comes with a glass lid that allows it to double as workspace. It gets a microwave as standard and also has an extra 32 x 32cm slide-out worksurface area beneath the sink. There’s a dedicated cutlery drawer, wire vegetable racks, and an overhead, microwave-sized tambour-doored locker.

Sleeping

A concertina blind to draws across the central aisle to create an end bedroom. The double bed mattress has a substantial corner cutaway, and its slatted base and sprung mattress are hinged along the centre for access to the storage space beneath. A gas strut securely holds the structure open.

To make up the overcab bed, a rather cumbersome hard-backed cushion fills the cutaway. The cushion is less than an inch thick, which doesn’t make for the most comfortable night’s sleep, but the maximum headroom is adequate at 65cm.

Lunar has found a way to offer an extra sleeping berth, too. That clever dinette can transform into a single or double bed – both dinette seat bases slide out laterally to make a wider double, and the table rests between the bed boxes to form the bed base, with an extra piece of plywood to complete it.

Washroom

The Goldstar separates the basin and mirrors from the shower and toilet, and has a flimsy, aluminium-framed washroom door, with a magnetic strip rather than a positive-locking door, which forms one of the shower walls. The toilet is partitioned by a hinged door at the rear of the shower, with strip lighting over both areas, plus a small air vent in the ceiling. There’s a high-level shower fixing but no storage space in the shower area itself for toiletries and so on.

Storage

Seat box flaps for the rear-facing dinette seat are accessible when the floorplan is in its L-shaped seating mode. In dinette mode, there are lids on top of both forward- and rear-facing seat bases. The Goldstar has more overhead lockers than some of its rivals, extra shelf spaces in a cupboard to the right of the habitation door, and a large wardrobe with a hanging height of 134cm and a width of 51cm.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats4
MTPLM4000kg
Payload850kg
Length6.76m22′2″
Width2.38m7′10″
Height2.95m9′8″
Waste water100L
External Options
GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Lunar has made giant strides in the motorhome business over the past few years, and the Goldstar 640 is evidence of this.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Innovative and well executed front lounge.

Cons

  • Not the most user-friendly overcab bed.
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