The Lunar’s gas locker is above its side skirts, which is a bit awkward, as is its waste tap. It’s positioned quite a long way inboard at the back of the ’van, which makes access tricky, but note that the tank is heated for year-round touring.
On the road
Renault has taken a certain amount of risk by choosing the Renault Master as its base vehicle, at a time when the proven, if ageing, Fiat Ducato is cheap for motorhome manufacturers. It’s a risk that has paid off, at least for the buyer, because it’s a fine base. It boast a six-speed dash-mounted gearstick and a modern, appealing cabin with excellent ergonomics and plenty of places to stow touring bits and pieces.
Lunar has opted for the 2.5-litre Nissan-sourced Renault engine, which is smoother and quieter than any of the Fiat Ducato engines and a good match for the vehicle. You can upgrade to a smooth 3.0-litre diesel for £1260.
You get the standard Renault CD-radio unit, but we were pleased to see steering wheel-mounted controls to help the driver keep their eyes on the road while retuning.
Lounging & dining
The red carpets in the Lunar give a slightly hemmed-in feel, although the splendid glass roof over the cab in the latter means that end is brighter than you’d expect. The light, patterned, fabric is detailed with the suede-like Alcantara, which gives the dinette a lovely tactile quality. A very pale wood finish and light coloured surfaces brightens the interior, too. Its two-tone cupboard doors add a touch of class, too. Three-point seatbelts in the dinette make for safe travelling for up to four people.
Lunar offers a half dinette that, in combination with the swivelling cab seats, can accommodate four or five diners. The dining table slides out to extend its length, so that a sixth person seated in the side bench can join in the feast. The Renault cab seats are endlessly adjustable and more supportive than the equivalent in Fiat-based motorhomes. In all, it’s a comfortable place to spend an evening. The side-facing seats have a short backrest, but the seat base is long and offers good support.
The Lunar’s L-shaped kitchen provides a three-burner hob and full-sized oven. The Cramer oven is very small and also placed high up, at the top of the Domitec fridge/freezer, which could present problems for smaller operators. The corner void between hob and sink offers a limited amount of worktop space.
Lunar uses a ‘split’ mattresses to ease access to the under-bed storage area, but it’s firm and pocket-sprung and the split does not affect your comfort. The Lunar offers a set of shelves inset into the wall for books and glasses and so on, and there are reading lights to help you see.
The dinette is simple to sort out and makes a flat, comfortable bed.
The washroom fixtures are set into smart wooden enclosures and all feel smartly made. Access to the washroom is pretty tight, however, although it’s pleasant enough once you’re in and the provision of a rooflight and window makes it feel spacious and light.
When looking at fixed-bed low-profile ’vans, you know that storage is unlikely to be a major issue. Having a fixed bed running down the ’van guarantees a certain amount of space will be available and so it proves here. However, the split-folding mattress makes access a little harder than in motorhomes with a single-piece mattress, but the advantage is that it’s easier to lift.
Other useful storage features include a television cabinet, coat hooks inside the door and elasticated net pockets near the living area door.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven
Thetford C-250 toilet
Come the end of the Practical Motorhome Lunar Premier 622 review, our expert test team think that this is a strong product. It is a stylish build on a great base vehicle, with a well thought-out specification.