The Lunar Company went into liquidation in 2019, after 50 years of manufacturing and gaining a loyal following.
A start-up buyout in 2020 didn’t go to plan, mainly owing to the arrival of the pandemic, and the brand now appears to be consigned to the history books.
However, Lunar produced around 3000 tourers a year, so there should be plenty on the used forecourts for now.
The Delta was the brand’s flagship for many years and loyal customers loved the spec and the choice of layouts.
The Delta range was based on the firm’s successful Clubman line-up, although by this stage, some buyers reported that build quality had begun to slip.
We found an excellent Lunar Delta TR (2019), with a rear bedroom and midships bathroom – always a popular caravan layout – priced at less than £23,000. But is this model, one of the last to come off the production line, a shrewd buy or one to avoid? We shall see.
Model history of the Lunar Delta TR
The Delta range was introduced as a single-axle line-up for 1980, but switched to twin-axles as it became clear that interest in this more upmarket offering was rapidly increasing.
The range prospered and over the years, various models were added, although Lunar decided to keep layout choices simple.
In 2018 the TR was launched, sporting a generous rear island bed, central washroom, side kitchen and front lounge.
The TR only saw two seasons before production ceased, so there won’t be many examples around. But they could be worth looking out for.
Excellent storage capacity was a key feature of the Delta, which also boasted a great spec – Alde heating, a large kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave and full oven/dual-fuel hob, and an on-board water tank, BBQ point, exterior mains socket and ATC, among others.
The three models in the Delta range were originally all priced the same, although some will have had extras added and, of course, condition also has a bearing on used prices.
Searching around, we found one for £22,000 in a private sale, and another at a dealer priced at £22,495. For the rest of the range, you can expect to pay:
- TI £21,000-£21,595
- TS £21,000-£22,000
Alternatives to the Lunar Delta TR (2019)
Another class act to consider is a 2019 Swift Elegance 635, with the same floorplan as the Delta TI. You’ll be looking at a well-specified tourer with a price tag of around £25,995 and plenty to offer buyers.
For another luxury choice, try a Buccaneer Barracuda from 2017, with a central washroom but otherwise similar in layout to the Delta. The Buccaneer can be found for around £25,995.
You can find out more about both brands in our guide to the best caravan manufacturers.
Things to check for:
- Cracking in rear panel
- Good fit for gas locker lid
- Interior wall edging tape coming away
- Loss of support in the mattress on fixed beds
- Peeling in furniture edging
- Signs of water ingress around ceiling and wall joints
If you’re looking to buy your van from a private vendor, our guide to the interior checks to carry out will also help.
The lightweight Delta TR is an excellent four berth caravan, and well priced at less than £23,000.
It is, of course, important to carry out all of the usual checks, especially if you are buying the caravan privately.
This is particularly important because of those quality issues affecting some Lunars produced during this period. However, our example was sound, with just a few minor niggles such as edging on the corner lockers coming away.
Inside, great soft furnishings offer excellent comfort in a spacious interior, while those overhead lockers provide plenty of storage. The Delta also comes with good night-time lighting.
You can get more pre-owned tourer inspiration in our round-up of the best used caravans.
- Berths: 4
- MTPLM: 1725kg
- MiRO: 1564kg
- Payload: 161kg
- Internal length: 6.34m
- Width: 2.33m
If you liked this, why not take a look at these:
- Swift Challenger 540 (2007): this four berth still provides customers with a good spec and build quality.
- Sterling Eccles Quartz (2011): this van is well worth considering for a seasonal pitch.
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