Andrew McPhee

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Practical Motorhome reviews the Lunar Goldstar 640, which has an unusual yet pleasing mix of British and Continental influences

Overview

This layout is an unusual mixture of Continental and British influences, understandably for a motorhome built in Preston, by a Dutch-owned company.

The fixed bed and dinette setup is very Continental and the emphasis is on sleeping, eating and driving – there’s no big, open, British lounge. The dinette is large though, and includes two, three-point seatbelts for passengers.

The exterior has a classic British look: it’s not the most shapely overcab to sit atop the 2007 Ducato, but the coachwork is tastefully styled, and rides on Fiat’s ‘special’ motorhome chassis. The 130 MultiJet engine and its six-speed gearbox, should also provide fairly effortless motoring. The payload only includes the driver and a 90 per cent full fuel tank, but there is the option to upgrade to 4000kg MTPLM.

Despite the low, slide-out gas locker, the only other external cupboard door is small (52 x 24cm) and opens onto the large, under-bed space. There’s room there for chairs and a folding table, but you will have to go inside the ‘van to get at them, where a gas strut provides room to step inside the bed box.

Couples can make use of the overcab for storage. It has a safety net and removable front section to allow cab headroom. For sleepers, there’s only 59cm of headroom in this bed, though this does extend most of the way forward. Despite a relatively thin mattress, with no slats, the bed is firm. There are LED lights at the front and a bin for books and spectacles.

The overcab and dinette beds are both good enough for guests, with sufficient room for two couples. The combination of these, the comfortable fixed bed – with its headboard, sprung mattress and 84cm of headroom – and the large dining area, make for a credible four-berth ‘van for those who occasionally want to bring youngsters with them.

The kitchen benefits from a sturdy 30 x 30cm slide-out worktop above the fridge. Without this, it would be cramped, but it allows space for a chopping board, leaving the drainer free for pots, pans or ingredients.

An attractive vanity unit in the corner of the bedroom, with a large sink, is a little spoiled by a 21cm step up– otherwise, the floor is level throughout with nearly 2m headroom, even in the shower. A pleated curtain separates the bedroom from the living area and the bed is unspoiled by low lockers or awkwardly placed windows: it’s good enough for long-term use. Though both toilet and shower room (62 x 57cm) are good, the flimsy, acrylic shower tray also acts as the toilet footwell.

The Goldstar has maintained an attractive, mid-range price for 2007 with a strong, British feel to its décor. It will suit older couples who like to tour the UK with friends and family, but it also has the potential for longer trips, perhaps overseas.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats4
MTPLM3700kg
Payload550kg
Length6.76m22′2″
Width2.38m7′10″
Height2.95m9′8″
Waste water100L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill, Microwave
Washroom
Thetford C-200 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Gas water heater

Verdict

The Goldstar's Continental layout and traditional British styling help it appeal across the age band. It's a competitively priced, comfortable tourer.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Comfortable rear bedroom; kitchen worktop extension; good washroom

Cons

  • Low headroom and thin mattress in overcab bed; flimsy shower tray
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