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Caravan review: Adria Alpina Colorado

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : Twin Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 6.93
  • Shipping Length (m) : 8.32
  • MRO (kg) : 1838
  • MTPLM (kg) : 2000
  • Max Width (m) : 2.46
  • External Height (m) : 2.75

The Verdict

Alpinas are very much all-season caravans and the Colorado is up there with the best in terms of spaciousness and storage capacity. It costs a lot less than many in its size bracket, too. Any downsides? Well, there is one. ATC stability control doesn’t come as standard.


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AT A GLANCE

Price: £31,775 including delivery Berths: 4 Length – Body: 6.93m; Overall: 8.32m Width: 2.46m Headroom: 1.95m Heating system: Alde Weight – MIRO 1,838kg; MTPLM 2,000kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Adria Caravans
Class
Twin Axle
Range
Alpina
Price From (£)
31775
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
8.32
MRO (kg)
1838
MTPLM (kg)
2000
Max Width (m)
2.46
External Height (m)
2.75
End Washroom
Yes
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
Yes
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

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Words: Val Chapman Photography: Richard Chapman

 

There’s an outstanding elegance about Adria’s two Alpina models. Concave gloss-white lockers with rims of light around them, headrests, and zone lighting controls are among the features that distinguish Adria’s flagship models.

Adria made subtle changes to the Colorado to distinguish the 2021 model year. Chrome badging was introduced, together with two mauve-grey side decals that shimmer in the light and run the entire length of the caravan. This is a caravan of a sleek, striking exterior appearance.

There’s an Alpina for buyers seeking a transverse island bed; that’s the Mississippi, which is on a single axle, and one for those who prefer twin beds; that’s the Colorado, which was elevated to twin-axle status in 2019.

Gargantuan space is guaranteed in a caravan that is more than eight metres in total length and is 2.46m wide.

As we stepped inside the Colorado, displayed in Barnsdale Leisure’s new indoor showroom, heat from the Alde system enveloped us like a warm hug, even though the showroom is heated.

Instantly, we knew we were in for a treat of a winter review day.

Viewing the Colorado inside a showroom, it’s the stunning lighting design that is first to visually impress us. Bright white light strips run in channels under the lockers, and also along the front line, as the lockers curve to frame the enormous sunroof.

The effect is that the lockers look as if they are floating amid a rim of light.

The lounge feels – and is – enormous. Put your feet up and rest your head on one of the headrests in the corners. And, when mealtimes come around, it is an easy task to get your table out of its own cabinet on the fore end of the kitchen.

Alpina lounges are both wrap-around and parallel sofas; that is to say, you can have your lounge as a two-settee arrangement, with a coffee table centre-front, or you can hinge down the coffee table (it lies flat against the front wall) and have a full U-shaped seating configuration.

We think that’s brilliant flexibility. Five or even six can sit around the lounge with the coffee table hinged out of the way.

Ultra-bright light clusters are mounted on flexible stalks in the front corners of the lounge and also above each bed. Everything about this caravan is bright. The high-gloss finish upper locker doors, stylishly concave-curved, are brilliant white, as are the walls, serving to accentuate the bright white IKEA look that characterises Alpinas.

Three bright lights are set into the frames of the huge rooflight – Adria has the biggest rooflights in the industry and, although we can’t appreciate the effect in the showroom, we know, from many months of Adria Adora Isonzo long-term-test experience not too long ago, that the effect is almost atrium-like.

A small, neat, brushed-steel panel sits at the edge of one of the lounge top lockers. This is the controller for the sound system to which you can connect your phone or any other media device, to play music through the caravan’s speakers that are mounted under the top lockers.

Alpinas have three other ingenious control panels, one above the door and one beside each of the beds. These control the lighting, in zones – and incorporate a pre-set facility.

Kitchen storage comprises two drawers and a cupboard, each 82cm wide and 28cm deep (the top drawer contains a large cutlery tray), plus an upper locker fitted for plates and mugs.

In addition, there’s a 40cm-wide cabinet opposite the kitchen, beside the door, containing three shelf spaces. There are small lockers above and below the Thetford slimline, 133-litre capacity fridge/freezer.

So, in total, kitchen storage space is, like the rest of the caravan, large. That goes for the kitchen surface, too; it stretches 1.61m. Three burners, of varying sizes, are in a line, with surface space in front of the hob as well as to the side. We know this arrangement works well; our time with an Isonzo, which has the same hob configuration as the Colorado, demonstrated this. A plastic drainer is provided to fit over the hob. And there’s a chopping board-style cover for the sink.

The microwave is hidden away behind one of the two top locker doors. The oven and grill unit sits beside the drawers.

A two-part sliding door divides off the bedroom area; that’s 100% better than a concertina divider! The Colorado really can be used as a caravan of two rooms.

The concave locker style of the lounge continues in the bedroom, framed with concealed lighting like those in the lounge.

The beds are 2m long and 80cm wide. (The double bed which can be made from the lounge is 2.1m by 1.55m.)

The designers of the Colorado have economised on space by positioning the wardrobes over the lower ends of the beds; each offers 54cm of hanging width and a depth of 80cm.

As our review progressed down the caravan, we opened the sliding door to the shower room. Warmth from the super-efficient Alde panel radiator in the shower cubicle wafts towards us; another Colorado welcoming warm hug, then!

A rim of light surrounds the radiator panel and extends around the panel above it, on which the shower control is mounted. More concealed lighting backs the mirror in the shower and the identical one in the toilet area.

Cosmetics and toiletries are accommodated in a cabinet below the washbasin plus three pull-out shelves in a slim unit to the right of the mirror above the basin. Below, incorporated into this slim unit, is a pull-out towel rail, in just the right place as you step out of the shower.

There’s also a towel bar at ceiling level in the cubicle and another on the wall in the toilet sector. That adds up to excellent towel provision.

 

  

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