When you think of a six-berth caravan on a single axle you might automatically assume it’s somewhat cramped, crowded with furniture and short of storage space for the needs of six. Especially one with a double bed. But this one is different. It’s 7.98 metres long (from hitch to tail lights). Can a single-axle caravan really be a true six-berth with enough storage for all six people? With the Adora Rhine the answer is simply ‘Yes’.
Having tested a number of small six-berth caravans I was, at first, skeptical but Adria has pulled it off. There is enough space for everyone to have their own lockers and shelves, sleeping areas that make sense and are comfortable and interior styling that is crisply styled and superb. The centre rooflight for example, is infinitely adjustable thanks to a rotating lever which varies the lift of the rooflight, not just wide open, half closed, or closed. Next to this is another superb feature. It’s a touch-responsive LED light mounted on the roof. This has four settings, bright, medium, low and night-time. The night-time setting allows enough light to illuminate the floor (and the way to the washroom) without being obtrusive. Close your eyes and you won’t notice the light on at all. Everything about the Rhine has been carefully thought out. If you’ve never thought Adrias are for you, then think again and read on...
The shower room in the Adora Rhine is small. It is a toilet/shower combi but it does look lovely and is plenty spacious enough. In shower mode, the shower space is actually bigger than some full-shower models and likewise when made into ‘loo’ mode. Not the most rock-and roll feature, but very important.
As you enter the shower room the large mirrors in front of you lead your eyes to a flip-down washbasin and cupboards. The shower rose is to your left and a towel rail borders the edge of the showering area. LED lights set into the roof complete the style. The fold-down sink is slick in its design and fits flush, if you’ll pardon the pun, to the back wall. It’s a far cry from the clunky fold-down plastic sinks of old. Or to put it another way, an old idea renovated and improved for the 21st century.
The fixed double bed is located on the nearside of the Adora with plenty of space for pairs of glasses, phones and watches on the shelf above the pillow end of the bed. A plug socket on the side of the bed base is also available for hairdryer use or overnight phone charging.
The dining area opposite the kitchen can be converted to two bunks, the table making up the centre part of the lower bed base. The top bunk base folds upwards from alongside the walls. It does have to be said, however, that in ‘bed mode’ the mattresses halve in thickness as they fold out to cover the middle section. Still comfy for children but less so than the front and rear beds. A privacy curtain runs the length of the bunk area.
The two settees at the front are easily large enough for two children to sleep. The settees can be made into a double bed by pulling out the solid slat frame from each side. A point to be made is that the under-sofa storage is ideal for sleeping bags and pillows but reaching in for smaller items may well prove to be difficult as you are reaching over the bed frame whilst holding the solid wooden top up with your other hand. There are no self-supporting hinges, making it a task for the adults rather than the kids (unless your children are worryingly strong!)
The Adora Rhine certainly doesn’t lack when it comes to storage. Two huge overhead locker are in the lounge area along with the under-settee space for bulkier items. Another two long top lockers are stationed above the dining area (twin bunks) opposite the kitchen
In the bedroom there is a large locker above the head of the bed, two more on the nearside and on the offside is the wardrobe, with hidden shelving within it. The beauty of this is that there are so many shelves (14 in total) that every member of the family can have their own dedicated shelf, or two or more, rather than the rummage-through-locker malarkey we are all used to.
The wardrobe is big enough for two people’s holiday hangings so the kids will have to make do with folding clothing but again there is plenty of overhead storage and of course under-bed and under-settee space.
In the kitchen is where the Rhine especially shines on storage. The two large drawers beneath the hob and sink are big enough to fit a Christmas feast in, with a bottom-hinged cupboard of the same dimensions. The top drawer is for cutlery and tableware whilst the lower one has more than enough space for anything from a blender to a crate of baked beans. To be honest, this Adria rivals the cupboard space I have in my kitchen at home. In A Rhine, there’s no need to debate what to take and what to leave, if you want to fill these units you’ll end up buying enough food to feed a medium-sized army! (Just watch the payload, though.) Or if military catering isn’t what you bought your caravan for, it does mean that storage will never be a problem no matter how infrequently you shop.
The metal basket drawer is ideal for drinks of all sizes (including two-litre bottles), juice cartons and any other tins or small items you would like to hand.
The Adora Rhine has two dining areas, the small table/breakfast bar opposite the kitchen and of course, with the aid of the freestanding folding dining table, the lounge area also. This means that it can truly feed six people in one go, albeit in two separate areas. In the lounge area, the fold-up small front table attached to the front wall can be used as a drinks platform so as not to take up space on your main table and is nicely raised for said purpose. By this I mean it is a good design feature rather than an after-thought.
The front of the Rhine is a wonderfully bright place to be. The large front windows ensure the caravan is light and bright no matter what the usual British summer may throw at us. The opening sky roof window is the largest you will find on the market and ensures that if you need the blinds or curtains on the windows drawn for privacy, the caravan is still bright and well lit.
The offside lounge/kitchen divider dresser has a swing-arm television mount so your TV can be viewed in the lounge or turn it around for viewing from the kitchen, bunks and even the bedroom if you have good eyesight! Beneath this is the dining table storage area.
The upholstery is a cream and chocolate combo, very much in vogue, and is well matched by the curtains for which I may well have invented a new colour: brushed shiny chocolate.
Add this to Adria’s wood and chrome finish to cupboards and lockers and the styling is both modern and refined, suiting the caravan’s modernistic design down to a T.
The fold-down drinks table at the front of the lounge gives you the option of creating extra seating when it’s folded flat to the wall, although there may well be a drawing of straws over who has to sit there. Four people can comfortable fit on the twin settees and as long as you don’t mind getting cosy, all six can sit over dinner. As previously mentioned the lounge settees are not long enough for an adult to lie full length but you can definitely get your feet up and chill if you want to.
The kitchen surface in the Rhine isn’t enormous considering its six-appetite task; it is exceedingly well designed in terms of usability of space. With the sink cover in place the surface space is ample to prepare your dishes and the three-burner lengthways hob (unique to Adria) makes pan work easy. Personally I prefer the lengthways design of hob. On the four-burner square versions, when you’re using three burners, there simply isn’t enough space to squeeze another pan and handle in.
As previously mentioned, storage is never an issue in this caravan. Aside from the drawers and cupboard there is a locker above the kitchen with plenty of space for condiments, plates or anything else you want to store.
The sink has two distinct depths to it. Whilst looking stylish it also serves a practical purpose; you can wash large dishes or pans. A robust plastic drainer fits atop the hob cover next to the sink meaning washing up is not an ergonomic problem. As caravans go this kitchen will ensure that cooking is neither a challenge nor a chore, unless you are short in stature, in which case the high position of the grill would be a problem.
I had to delegate the tow test to the editor. As a pre-B+E tower (I passed my test after 1997), my licence doesn't permit me to drive the 1620kg Rhine-Sorento combination. So I was in the passenger seat with my laptop to key in her comments: “Every caravan of this length made in Britain is on two axles. I’ve got to remember to adjust cornering line to take account of the length, the overhang aft of the wheels and the difference; single axles turn tighter than twins. That said (we’re now on the open road), it feels fine. For my money, for a single-axle of this length, I’d definitely be wanting the extra stability of ATC, though