The reason for using a plural in the title of this piece is simply that after a year’s use we decided to part-exchange our 2010 Lunar Quasar 524 for a 2012 Lunar Clubman SB.
I shall attempt to outline our reasons for doing so:
First I should make it clear that we have always intended to use our caravan as a two berth, twin bed caravan not having anyone who would want to share the box with us; apart from our dog that is, and he’s not allowed on our beds.
With the Quasar the single beds are only 65cm wide, which we had quickly found to be uncomfortably narrow. Also to achieve that width the seat’s backrest parts had to be moved and stored somewhere, and that turned out to be in the dinette. The beds were fine when we lay on them when viewing the van in a dealers compound, but a different matter after a few hours sleeping on them. We slept, but it was never quality sleep.
Storing unwanted seat parts overnight in the dinette meant that it was unavailable for use until we were both up and the beds converted back to day seats. The layout wasn’t really working for us!
One fine day, whilst visiting a dealer with the intention of buying a waste bin for the kitchen, we wandered around their caravan sales area and found ourselves peering through a window into what turned out to be a Lunar Clubman SB dejectedly awaiting a new owner. Out of interest we ventured in, as you do, to see how this range compared with our Quasar. Well, no dinette for a start, but a pair of large beds towards the back; complete with proper mattresses. How inviting! After laying on them for five minutes or so, and admiring their width, we had convinced ourselves that it was essential to part exchange our van for this model.
Choosing a caravan can be quite a scientific process although in our case perhaps less so!
The deal was done, including arrangements to move our motor mover from our Quasar to the Clubman; all that remained was to confess to our bank manager and beg for funds.
Was the change worth it? We think so, in addition gaining proper beds the Clubman is fitted with an Alde wet central heating system that we have found to be far superior in operation to the Trumatic blown air system fitted in the Quasar. However I must confess that I am still perplexed by the intricacies of the programmer, which remains in manual mode. We also gained LED lighting throughout, a conversion I was in the process of carrying out in the Quasar.
The Clubman is slightly wider, about 120mm, and some 600mm longer, but it all helps. Perversely there is less room in the bathroom, noticeably in front of the handbasin, which took a little getting used to.
So far the layout is working well for us and we are happy with our purchase.
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