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Our Gentleman Jack Bancroft is an irredeemable motorcaravaning enthusiast. His family have been camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning since 1928. Jack and his wife Flora are now on their tenth motorhome, a 2003 Auto-Sleeper Pollensa on a Ford Transit base. They have toured extensively at home and abroad, including a period of full-timing. Here, Jack answers your motorcaravanning queries:
Q: I’ve just bought a used Lunar Telstar (57 reg). Have I done well? I'd like your opinion on any problems I might have. The vehicle has 7500 miles on the clock.
M Robinson (Snowy), Via email
A: The short answer is ‘Yes, you’ve done very well’. The Renault Master has few faults. A point to keep in mind if you have the automatic version (Quickshift6) is that it will sometimes default into manual mode. Those unfamiliar with the vehicle immediately think this is a gearbox problem – it usually isn’t. The sophisticated management system will put it into manual mode if there is any engine fault, even something as simple as a low fluid level.
The Telstar was a great ’van but never had the sales success it deserved. As with all coachbuilts, look for signs of water ingress.
In particular, check around the windows regularly. Lunar owners are generally pleased with their motorhomes and it's a pity the firm has suspended production to concentrate on trailer caravans.