All-British… including the French bed!
Six-berth. Twin axle. 8ft wide. Roomy. Supremely comfortable. New-for-2019 and the flagship model of the seven-strong Quasar caravan range, the Lunar Quasar promises to be a bit special. It doesn’t disappoint.
It also tucked a nice little early win under its belt, picking up the “Best tourer for large families” in the 2019 Tourer of the Year Awards from Practical Caravan magazine.
So, it’s a big caravan – and it needs a hefty towcar (make that a 4×4). There’s even the option to upgrade the maximum weight to 1,800kg, should your vehicle be able to cope. You’ll certainly benefit from the extra on-road stability associated with a twin axle (and perhaps rightly, Al-Ko’s ATC is only an optional extra).
Shiny alloy wheels apart, exterior looks are typically low-key Lunar.
It’s a three-front window design, with a fixed window above, while a tilt-open Skyview sunroof runs the length of the lounge, and beyond, to give loads of day light to the interior. Note also, the easy access to the full-width front locker.
The extra-wide body of course means greater interior space. Lunar makes the most of this, with an extended centre dinette while, at the back, it’s a generous enough French double bed (1.89m x 1.43m) alongside a washroom that’s also all the better for being just that bit wider. And longer.
Up front, the parallel seating is some 1.79m long, making it feasible as two instant single beds for smaller children, or you can make it a transverse double. All-sprung upholstery gives a nice bounce to the settees/beds. If you are considering full family use, £349 for the stain resistant alternative might be money well spent!
There’s further seating/bedding thanks to that offside dinette converting to a slightly cosier 1.90m x 1.29m double bed, with a curtain to offer some privacy.
The main double bed (French, because of its cutaway shaping, allowing easier access to the washroom) is always going to be the most comfortable, thanks to its one-piece mattress). Flanked by lockers and ledges, there’s also handy corner shelving here.
Across from the dinette, the kitchen includes a Thetford K-series full cooker, with circular sink to its right. The flip-up worktop extension here is bigger than most.
It’s topped off by a Dometic narrow-bodied fridge with removable freezer, plus a Sharp microwave oven set at shoulder (for most) height. Two large lockers under the kitchen include shelving and a cutlery drawer.
The washroom is spacious enough for a shower cubicle with white plastic lining and Ecocamel showerhead.
Also here is a countertop basin and swivel-bowl toilet. There’s a mirror over the basin, but a slight surprise is the lack of a window for the extra ventilation it can provide.
As elsewhere, though, lighting is good. For example, there are flush-fit ceiling lights, with a blue night-time setting. Reading lamps all have USB outlets, too.
Other details to watch out for range from front upper corner panels that are actually push-to-open lockers (good for a bit of security), to seating on slats with metal frames. Surprisingly, the windows only get sprung roller blinds (rather than concertina versions). And, you might want to check out the location of the flatscreen TV holder – fixed to the side of the wardrobe, under which are three drawers and a floor locker. It means two can watch the box in the dinette… or you can view from afar in the lounge.
Verdict: Great space… and not as heavy as you might expect
Plus: Roomy feel, good kitchen, dinette makes a double bed
Minus: Just the occasional downmarket detail, TV holder location
In-a-nutshell: Six sells
There’s more information on the Quasar range on the Lunar website . To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance discounts page
Alternatives: Bailey Pegasus Grande Turin, Compass Casita 840/Elddis Avante 840
Lunar Quasar 686 factfile
|Model||Lunar Quasar 686|
|External dimensions||7.89m L, 2.45m W, 2.66m H|
|RRP||from £24,424 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko AKS stabiliser, Al-Ko Secure receiver, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, CRiS.|
|Key options||Alternative upholstery (from £299), Al-Ko ATC (£349), Al-Ko Secure wheel locks (£249 each), 80Watt solar panel (£299), Dometic extractor unit (£249), chassis upgrade (£49)|