As I’ve written elsewhere that we brought our first caravan as a reaction to the anticipated rising cost and potential difficulty of taking foreign holidays.
Following that decision we spent some time looking at caravans at dealers local to us, as well as studying the caravan publications, the more we looked the more the idea of owning one appealed to us.
The complexity of modern caravans surprised us since our experience of caravanning dated from a time when gas lighting and a kitchen sink were considered luxuries and central heating meant having another bowl of soup.
We researched layouts as best we could and decided that a Lunar Quasar 524 was probably the best match to our requirements. We liked the idea of a proper dining table in the form of the side dinette, I liked the lower towing weight of 1300 kg compared to Lunar’s much heavier competitors, and the “proper” bathroom at the rear also quickly gained the approval of my wife; as did the central heating system and complete lack of gas lighting.
Finding the particular model we required, for the price we were able to spend, in a reasonable condition proved much harder than we envisaged at the start. Many miles were travelled in all directions looking at and discarding over-hyped offerings.
We soon learnt that it was much better to telephone the advertiser and grill them as to the actual condition of the item offered for sale before travelling to view rather than rely on its advertised description. After one such telephone conversation with a dealer located about 80 miles north of us we were sufficiently reassured to make the journey to view a potential candidate.
Following a viewing the next day we convinced ourselves that this was indeed the caravan we wanted, so a deposit was paid, and a return visit to Sherwood Oaks Leisure in Mansfield arranged for a week hence to collect our van; a 2010 vintage Lunar Quasar 524. That gave them time to do the promised deep clean and for me to arrange insurance and perhaps of equal importance to attend a CMC towing course on the intervening weekend to increase the chance of getting it home in one piece. The C&CC also offer a towing course.
The sharp-eyed will have spotted the use of the plural in the title, more on that point anon.
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