The Quasar launched in 2004, with the aim of providing value and spec in a lightweight van. One such example is the Lunar Quasar 560 from 2019, a comfortable tourer that is an excellent buy for first-timers.

Lunar went into administration in 2019, just short of 50 years of manufacturing, during which they gained a loyal following. The caravan brand produced 3000 or more tourers a year, so there are still plenty of models around on the used forecourts. The brand also made it onto our best used caravan guide, thanks to the Lunar Delta RI.

These types of caravan proved popular among caravanners who loved the space the designers offered, in a then-general 7ft 2in width.

Over the years, the Quasar also benefited from new profiles and a small sunroof. For the 2019 season, a new 8ft-wide family model was launched. The 2019 tourers were produced for just 10 months, but they are still turning up on forecourts.

Model history

Quasar became a best-seller for Lunar, with many being used as the basis for dealer specials. This was a major boost for the brand, because dealers added valuable extra kit and upgraded the soft furnishings, adding to their solid appeal.

Lounge of 560
Lounge seats convert easily to make up a generous double bed

This 560 was a special for a couple of dealerships, keeping the same interior in an 8ft-wide bodyshell. It is in effect the 574, but slightly shorter and wider, making it very spacious.

The 560 followed the layout of a transverse island bed caravan with end washroom, while the extra width allowed for more floor area in the kitchen than the regular Quasar range offered. With eight caravan layouts, including the much-loved Ariva, the range had a great choice of models.

Island bed
Rear bedroom with fixed transverse island bed

The excellent spec included Truma heating, microwave, oven and radio, and this 560 had an alarm fitted, too.

Storage in 560
Generous overhead locker storage and work surface add to the Quasar’s appeal

The opening roof vent helped to make up for the rather small sunroof. New soft furnishings and decals added to the appeal of the 2019 offering.

Price checker

Finding another 560 proved to be quite difficult, because many of these models remain with their happy owners. Instead, we checked out the 574 version, and we found £19,500-£20,195 seemed to be the general level for a good example.

Our 560 was on for a few bob short of £20,000, but it came with a motor mover and was still in pretty good condition.

For the rest of the range, you can expect to pay:

  •  Ariva: £15,000-£15,595
  •  462: £15,750-£15,900
  •  524: £17,495-£17,995
  •  544: £17,995-£18,495
  •  554: £17,495-£17,995
  •  574: £18,995-£19,895
  •  674: £19,595-£20,295
  •  686: £21,495-£21,995

What to look out for in a used Lunar Quasar 560

  • Cracking in back panel
  • Damp in washroom corners
  • Interior wall edging tape coming away
  • Good support in mattress
  • Damage to roof edge seams
  • Damp near ceiling/walls
  • Water damage to alloys

Take a look at our used caravan interior checks guide too, where we share more things to keep your eyes peeled for.

Alternative models to the Lunar Quasar 560

Looking elsewhere, you could check out a 2018 Sprite Major SB, with the same layout, good spec and solid build, but heavier weight, and priced at around the £18,500-£19,195 mark.

2018 Sprite Major SB
The 2018 Sprite Major SB

Another lightweight is the Elddis Explore 554 – the 2020 model also has a transverse bed and end washroom, and is narrower if you’re not keen on the 8ft width. You’re looking at £16,995-£17,195 for this one, but it’s not as well specified.

Verdict on the Lunar Quasar 560

Pre-owned Lunars remain very popular and are snapped up quickly, but the usual checks are still vital, especially if any repairs are needed, because parts may be hard to find.

The Quasar is particularly appealing as a lightweight van. This 2019 Lunar Quasar 560, offering excellent storage and living space, was in superb condition and would be a great choice for two.

Lunar Quasar 560 specifications

  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1310kg
  • Payload: 155kg
  • MTPLM: 1465kg
  • Internal length: 7.35m
  • Width: 2.46m

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