Andy Jenkinson

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If you're looking for a plush, luxurious caravan for two, read our expert's advice on buying a used 2004 Lunar Clubman, with specs, prices and any issues

The Lunar Clubman is one of the most popular luxury ranges in the pre-owned market. They are well-equipped, lightweight and available in a variety of layouts. Even older models are keenly sought-after, and that certainly holds true for tourers from 2004.

How do they fare 12 years down the line? The answer is very well – we walked miles through used caravan dealers' forecourts and came across very few Lunar Clubmans in poor condition.

The long list of standard specification starts with an Al-Ko chassis, AKS stabiliser, spacious gas locker, full-height GRP front panel, alloy wheels, plus barbecue and exterior mains points.

The first-rate soft furnishings still provide ample support, while artificial illumination includes mains lights in the front corners, four 12V spotlamps and ceiling units.

A radio/CD player, a separate oven and grill, a four-burner gas hob, a fridge/freezer and a microwave are all provided. The excellent storage options range from deep overhead lockers to a large nearside dresser.

The end washroom is spacious and comes with a circular shower cubicle and a Thetford electric-flush, swivel-seat toilet.

Model history

Lunar’s luxury single-axle Clubman range was unveiled for 1975. It soon built a loyal following and went on to influence the design of the twin-axle Lunar Delta line-up. The Clubman 475 CK has been around since 1989, featuring a full-width end washroom, a large offside kitchen and a front lounge.

In 2004, the three models – a brace of two-berths (Lunar Clubman 470/2 and Lunar Clubman 475/2) and a four-berth (Lunar Clubman 530/4) – got extra living space in the now 2.28m-wide bodyshell. A year later, they received a distinctive front panel and, in 2008, the small cast started expanding.

Prices have come within reach of more caravanners; the sample we found, for example, had been reduced from £5500 elsewhere to a fiver short of £4000. The interior was in excellent order except for floor delamination in the kitchen, a common malady that is easily remedied. The two-part rear panel can be a source of water ingress.

Lunar Clubman buyer's checklist

When you go to see used Lunar Clubman caravans for sale, there are several things to check. Starting with the exterior, first look closely for fading graphics. Now identify the place where the two moulded end panels meet and memorise this for when you get inside.

Now step inside. Press with your foot on the floor, especially around the kitchen, to test for delamination. Find the place inside that corresponds to the seam between the two sections of the rear panel and check carefully for signs of damp or repairs.

Take a look at the fixed carpet, because this is prone to stains. 

Check for water ingress in the front corners. Now check that the window rubbers are sound, because this is a place that damp could potentially get in.

Test the standard-fit microwave oven above the hob to make sure it works properly.

What to pay

The excellent 2004 Lunar Clubman 475/2 CK that we inspected had been marked down from £5500 to £3995. The price drop should move it quickly. We spotted plenty of other used Clubmans for sale at caravan dealerships with prices ranging from £5495 (for a Lunar Clubman 470/2) to £6495 (for a Lunar Clubman 530/4). A private seller was asking £4995 for a Lunar Clubman 475/2 CK. Browse through our classified section for more used Lunar caravans for sale and have a chat with people who own both new and used Lunar caravans on our forum.

Verdict

Any used Lunar Clubman is a desirable find, given the aspirational kit list, splendid design and high standard of cabinet work and upholstery. Clubmans of this vintage are all the more sought-after, given the promise of fuss-free caravanning at a low price. Find one in good condition and you can't go far wrong – especially when you can have a luxurious end washroom for just £3995!

What you need to know

The 2004 Lunar Clubman 475/2 CK featured here has two berths. We viewed it at Wandahome, South Cave, East Yorkshire. Here are some quick at-a-glance figures for it.

  • Price £3995
  • Berths 2
  • MiRO 1040kg
  • Payload 230kg
  • MTPLM 1270kg
  • Internal length 4.80m
  • Width 2.28m

Alternatives

The Buccaneer Élan offers a desirable end washroom, which is joined by lots of living space and great spec. A good one costs £5200.

The Sterling Eccles Diamond caravans break with traditional décors, but are just as plush. You can find one for £5395.

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