A significant aspect of this caravan is that it has two single beds which can be pushed together to make a double to the left, or the right side of the caravan. It’s the only caravan that does this and more about it later.
The shower has a separate cubicle in the corner of the bedroom, so you’d step out onto the bedroom floor to dry yourself rather than remaining in a separate shower room. It has the feel of an ensuite, with frosted doors.
The loo and washbasin are next door, which means you leave the bedroom and walk through the kitchen part of the caravan to brush your teeth. The loo compartment is quite small but the toilet is angled to allow plenty of knee room.
For sleeping you have those two single beds, each 1.86m x 80cm each, with a wide aisle between them, and both pull out sideways so you can push them together. Push them against either side of the caravan; it makes sense to push them against the shower side because there’s room there for one person to climb out of the bottom of the bed, while the other uses the side.
The L-shaped lounge converts to a double bed too. In true continental style, the dining table cantilevers down into coffee table height and serves as the bed base. It’s a neat solution and beautifully designed; much quicker to make up than a conventional bed with pull-out slats.
The best bit of storage in this Adora, though, is in the kitchen. Under the L-shaped worktop there’s a beautifully fitted-out corner cupboard, which could teach domestic kitchens a thing or two. We submitted the kitchen to our usual cornflakes packet test, and frankly, it would have stored enough cornflakes for six months.
There are a lot of great things about lounging in this Adora, and a couple of bad things too. It’s a terrific design with an L-shaped lounge bang next to an L-shaped kitchen. It feels like a truly sociable area.
We don’t like the upholstery, which is busy looking. The alternative upholstery is swirly in the same colours – it seems a shame that there’s no plain option.
When it comes to heating and electrical equipment, heating is blown air Truma, and wiring is preinstalled to take air conditioning.
There is a problem in the dining room and it’s this: the table! When you’re sitting up to dinner it’s great – it’s large, square, and much sturdier than many. It can be a coffee table too, on a lower setting. But it is always in the way. There’s nowhere to store the thing.
The kitchen is a stunner. It’s light and airy despite being opposite the loo, and that’s largely thanks to an enormous rooflight here rather than over the lounge. The tower fridge is huge, with a separate freezer and a large cupboard underneath. There’s also a conventional oven and separate grill under the three-burner hob – continental caravans don’t always have ovens.
We think this Slovenian import has the best caravan bed arrangement you can buy for a couple. The caravan has a stunning interior. However, there is a lack of standard fit security devices on this caravan given its price tag. We would advise potential owners to invest in additional caravan security for added peace of mind and to lower caravan insurance costs.
Cost to insure: £363*
- Weight MTPLM 1700kg / MIRO 1465kg
- Length: Body 6.98m / Overall 8.35m
- Width: 2.30m
- Headroom 1.95m
* Caravan insurance cost based on 2012 Adria Adora 642UP £16,490. Fitted with hitchlock, wheelclamp, and alarm and kept on drive at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 20.01.12.