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Quasar 524 (2011)

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Lu­nar Quasar 524 from 2011

Look­ing for a light­weight two-berth with an end wash­room and a good spec? This might be just right, says Andy Jenk­in­son

END WASH­ROOM FAM­ILY tourers from all the main brands are eas­ily found on deal­ers’ fore­courts. When it comes to light­weight ver­sions, the Lu­nar Quasar range, along with Bailey’s Ranger GT60S and Avon­dale’s Darts, are some of the light­est on the mar­ket.

The Quasar – aimed at this sec­tor, but with a higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion – has carved a slice of the mar­ket for it­self over the past 15 years.

Cov­er­ing a good range of lay­outs, it has also been a firm favourite for fam­ily buy­ers, while its two-berth model, the 462, has proved a con­stant best­seller. The Quasar is so ver­sa­tile, it’s a range that Lu­nar deal­ers pick as a good base for a dealer spe­cial.

For 2011 the seven-model line-up of­fered two six-berth lay­outs, ideal for fam­i­lies, and two fixed-double-bed lay­outs.

The range was on an Al-ko chas­sis and fit­ted with an AKS hitch, with al­loy wheels and a spare. Truma gas/elec­tric blown-air heat­ing, Sta­tus TV aerial, mi­crowave, CD/ ra­dio and dual-fuel hob were all stan­dard.

The 524 was a par­tic­u­larly good seller, with its well-ap­pointed and spacious end wash­room – hence its success.

MODEL HIS­TORY

Quasars were launched for the 2004 sea­son with five mod­els in the line-up, in­clud­ing the 524 re­viewed here.

Aimed at the buyer want­ing a good spec for the money, but a lighter weight, the range was a top choice for many as it ex­panded. Quasars con­tin­ued to sell well and by 2014, the new pro­file was added, al­though the 2o11 mod­els had smooth alu­minium sides with a slight rib­bing. Eight lay­outs were avail­able.

The 2011 mod­els had new soft fur­nish­ings, up to five mains sock­ets, and alu­minium lift-up front bed tops. A new mi­crowave was fit­ted, plus the then-lat­est Thet­ford As­pire oven with dual-fuel hob.

The line-up in­cluded two side-fixed-bed mod­els, the 534 and 544. Two six-berths, the 546 (fixed side bunks) and the 556 (double dinette lay­out) catered for the large fam­ily.

As far as their weight was con­cerned, the 2011 range had it cov­ered, with

MTPLMS of less than 1500kg.

FACT­FILE 2011 Lu­nar Quasar 524 Price £10,495 reduced to £9495 Berths 4 MIRO 1204kg Pay­load 160kg MTPLM 1364kg In­ter­nal length 5.33m Width 2.16m Seen at Camp­bell’s Car­a­vans, Watkin Lane, Lo­s­tock Hall, Pre­ston PR5 5RD Web www.camp­bells car­a­vans.co.uk Tel 01772 627 627

2011 LU­NAR QUASAR LAY­OUTS

KEY Seats/beds Kitchen Wash­room Fixed bed Ta­ble/cup­board Bunk bed

HITCH UP Al-ko chas­sis is used, plus AKS hitch sta­biliser 464 – 4-berth TAKE A SEAT Front lounge of­fers plenty of space for a fam­ily of four, and seat­ing is com­fort­able and high qual­ity PANEL POINTS Rear panel is full height and looks neat; check for...

LIGHTEN UP LED spot­lights, ceil­ing lights and cor­ner-mounted over­head locker lights all con­trib­ute to the ex­cel­lent light­ing lev­els

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