In early 2012 Lunar Caravans released a new budget brand called Venus, this is a video review from Practical Caravan on one of that range the 500/4. The range featured four vans with a price point between £10,400 and £12,400. In terms of their appearance they are obviously fairly plain compared to other brands and the parent Lunar brand but it could be seen as a sleek minimalist look. There is also a large single front window and a lot of space within the gas locker. The bottom of the range van the 320/2 is very compact with a rear kitchen/side washroom layout.
The seats and furnishings with the Venus 500/4 appear a good standard as the reviewer states. The roof lights provide a good amount of natural light. Unfortunately the van uses the old/cheaper halogen lights, but you can actually easily swap these to LED if you wish to save your battery life. The layout of the 500/4 is a twin single bed rear washroom layout that has become very popular over recent years. In terms of sleeping in the lounge the sofa can be made into a double bed with an acceptable width of just over 6ft.
In terms of the kitchen savings have been made on the size of sink, a three burner hob instead of the more common four and the grill/oven is a smaller cheaper unit. However there is a Dometic fridge/freezer which is nice to see at this price point. The twin single beds will be suitable for most under 6ft. There is a good storage under the beds and the self supporting nature of the bed frame is plus point. There is a sliding partition to keep the spaces separate and a TV point and bracket.
The end washroom makes a good use of the space and looks very practical and to quite a high standard considering the low price of the Venus 500/4. It will be interesting to see over time if the Venus range can compete with established budge caravans such as the Bailey Orion.