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Message posted by appleby10 on 30/8/2013 at 4:28pm
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Quote: Originally posted by sunshinetours on 30/8/2013
Quote: Originally posted by CatieB on 29/8/2013Would like just like to say I follow the thread too as I love my adria. I've only had mine since April but haven't joined in as i have the wrong model with an Astella. I've never seen another or seen anyone on here with one either. Still great though and HUGE beds. We get lots of interest and people asking to look.



Hi Catie

There is a an Astella a few down from us in our storage - lovely looking van's and if they weren't so wide we would be looking at one for our next van I think, however an Adora Seine is pretty high up the list if and when we do change.

I think if we were seasonal pitching the Astella would be an awesome choice.

You certainly don't seem to read too many negative things about Adria's in general even now they are becoming more and more popular




Hey sunshinetours, we have our DK seasonally pitched and find it to be great. As we use the showers on site we don't need to use our van's....its all in the fees....and i don't need to rush either haaahaaaaa. Our son wanted us to purchase the Unicorn as he fell in love with that one as soon as he went into it, but then who wouldn't lol, although the Astella's also would work for me, but again, same reason as to why not applies....can't pull it. There was just no way we could justify buying a brand new caravan as well as a car, and more so had only a year a half ago got my new car. However, we have been thinking about the future and next time round, you can bet we will have a van with a fixed double bed!!!!! Hopefully by the time we want that change, we will have a car that will be able to pull it LOL!

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I think all the ADRIA'S are great, i mean we all have kitchens, bathrooms and beds LOL. To me its only the faff that's not included in the Altea's so why not just add it yourself as others have shown. The way it is at the moment its our kids that get the fixed beds LOL. It's either one or the other and we would still have to make up the beds for either us or them so makes no difference.
There's always the awning as well for extra room. We are looking at seasonally siting our van and have heard that no matter what model you have, the Adria's are a good choice


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Don't get me wrong they are all great, but the Astellas are 20cm wider at nearly 2.5m wide so feel even more spacious inside, but must also feel wider when towing on UK roads

Compare them to am older traditional UK van that were around 2.16m wide on average and they feel positively cavenous!

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Quote: Originally posted by sunshinetours on 30/8/2013Don't get me wrong they are all great, but the Astellas are 20cm wider at nearly 2.5m wide so feel even more spacious inside, but must also feel wider when towing on UK roadsCompare them to am older traditional UK van that were around 2.16m wide on average and they feel positively cavenous![/QUOTE]

Yes they are a fair bit larger and would suit those who plan on staying at the same seasonal pitch for longer....basically use as a static without the price tag is what some of the dealers suggested. My hubby said he wouldn't be too happy to tow that unless he was using a suitable large van or truck lol . We didn't buy our van with the thought of staying at one site for years, i know a few people have been here a number of years, but each to their own. We like the idea that we can just hook ours up go off for a week or 2 somewhere else and then come back to our pitch, as well as the ease of changing sites too if we wish. We like where we are at the moment, due to it having an indoor pool, football pitch, tennis courts and such, so our son has things to do. I think our needs change when they get older LOL and us haahaa. I'm not too sure what our next van would be, we've only just had this one, but again depends on what we can pull at the time. If this time around we had more weight choice, we most likely could of ended up with a Unicorn or an Adora Rhine (as is the only one with a 6 berth lol) They are all great vans though. They have statics on this site, in fact most of the park is full of them lol and they did try to get us to buy one of theirs haahaaa, but no, we didn't want to be forced to stay aaaaaggghhhhhhh.

On a brighter note i could always ask you Sunshinetours or CatieB if you would mind moving the van for us....if your up for it, i'll definitly put the Astella on our list for the future then. That should dispose of any NO CHANCE's off the hubby haahaaa.

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Quote: Originally posted by appleby10 on 30/8/2013
Quote: Originally posted by sunshinetours on 30/8/2013Don't get me wrong they are all great, but the Astellas are 20cm wider at nearly 2.5m wide so feel even more spacious inside, but must also feel wider when towing on UK roadsCompare them to am older traditional UK van that were around 2.16m wide on average and they feel positively cavenous!

Yes they are a fair bit larger and would suit those who plan on staying at the same seasonal pitch for longer....basically use as a static without the price tag is what some of the dealers suggested. My hubby said he wouldn't be too happy to tow that unless he was using a suitable large van or truck lol . We didn't buy our van with the thought of staying at one site for years, i know a few people have been here a number of years, but each to their own. We like the idea that we can just hook ours up go off for a week or 2 somewhere else and then come back to our pitch, as well as the ease of changing sites too if we wish. We like where we are at the moment, due to it having an indoor pool, football pitch, tennis courts and such, so our son has things to do. I think our needs change when they get older LOL and us haahaa. I'm not too sure what our next van would be, we've only just had this one, but again depends on what we can pull at the time. If this time around we had more weight choice, we most likely could of ended up with a Unicorn or an Adora Rhine (as is the only one with a 6 berth lol) They are all great vans though. They have statics on this site, in fact most of the park is full of them lol and they did try to get us to buy one of theirs haahaaa, but no, we didn't want to be forced to stay aaaaaggghhhhhhh.

On a brighter note i could always ask you Sunshinetours or CatieB if you would mind moving the van for us....if your up for it, i'll definitly put the Astella on our list for the future then. That should dispose of any NO CHANCE's off the hubby haahaaa.

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OMG it is big, just went and had a look see. Me thinks i'd get cop stopped with that haahaaa. Why buy it as a caravan when you could just move it into it LOL. I can see why the dealers would suggest it as an alternative to a static and way cheaper too. That glam one is really an eye opener, although the glam name needs changing, as seriously exclusive would be more appropriate. Me thinks i need to save up for a humongous car unless you can add me to that moval list sunshinetours and CatieB. You'll both have to start a business. Wouldn't it be great to hire vans that are equipped to pull, have often said that!!!!

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Sorry no towing by me. We had ours delivered. I am the tower in our family but arranged for delivery for simplicity. Now looking at it I am not sure i want to tow it, I had no problems with our last van but this is so huge I've lost confidence.

As its seasonal this year I can delay the worry. And currently we have the wrong tow ball and electrics as I need an alko ball and 13 pin.

Bargaining power to tell hubby it will have to stay next year!

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Quote: Originally posted by CatieB on 31/8/2013
Sorry no towing by me. We had ours delivered. I am the tower in our family but arranged for delivery for simplicity. Now looking at it I am not sure i want to tow it, I had no problems with our last van but this is so huge I've lost confidence.

As its seasonal this year I can delay the worry. And currently we have the wrong tow ball and electrics as I need an alko ball and 13 pin.

Bargaining power to tell hubby it will have to stay next year!




awww CatieB, am sure you'd be fine. I think all you'd need to do is plan your routes more carefully. We actually rang the site we were planning siting the van on for the best route with a caravan and we drove from Northampton to pick up the van all the down to our seasonal site in West Wales. It took us 6hrs, first time towing as well LOL. If we had your van, would of mentioned the size of it as well, just in case another route was more appropriate. They were great though and we had no problems. We are total newbies to caravaning, but as you can see we've really taken to it and love it I'm impressed to hear that your the primary tower i could never do it, so its down to the hubby in our family....so really good on you CatieB If you have time and are up for it, would love to see some photo's of your van - I'm being the nosy one now haahaaa and that goes to anyone else who has an Adria, would love to see them

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Quote: Originally posted by CatieB on 31/8/2013
Sorry no towing by me. We had ours delivered. I am the tower in our family but arranged for delivery for simplicity. Now looking at it I am not sure i want to tow it, I had no problems with our last van but this is so huge I've lost confidence.

As its seasonal this year I can delay the worry. And currently we have the wrong tow ball and electrics as I need an alko ball and 13 pin.

Bargaining power to tell hubby it will have to stay next year!




Am also sure you'd be fine too catieb, i think its the initial shock of the shear size of the caravan that makes you like "OH" But as said with a little more planning and maybe hitting the roads with it at quieter times etc you'd be fine. Just make sure the site's you have in mind are aware of the size and go from there. Am also impressed you are the tower, that's great, fair-do's My wife would make a run for it if i even suggested she have a go LOL!

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Ugh, mean't to add this into last post but forgot, but some advice needed please;

Awning - how do you handle the flying insects in there? We probably have had many families moving in of all sorts, from flies to blumming daddy-long-legs I haven't really sat out there at all because of this. If i shut up the door it gets very oppressive in there and then i end up with a headache. If we open it, then the whole lot of the things think its an invitation to move in....grrrrrr. Son asked me this morning why i get so annoyed and i told him the things never asked if they could come in....they just do!!!! So he says, what would you say if they did and i replied, tell them to go next door HAAHAAA!!! But seriously peeps, once they are in the awning they are still not happy with their chosen residence as they then try to move themselves and there loved one's into our caravan Opened the door this morning to find myself being bombarded by a family of 3 daddies.......aaaaaghhh

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Quote: Originally posted by appleby10 on 31/8/2013
Ugh, mean't to add this into last post but forgot, but some advice needed please;

Awning - how do you handle the flying insects in there? We probably have had many families moving in of all sorts, from flies to blumming daddy-long-legs I haven't really sat out there at all because of this. If i shut up the door it gets very oppressive in there and then i end up with a headache. If we open it, then the whole lot of the things think its an invitation to move in....grrrrrr. Son asked me this morning why i get so annoyed and i told him the things never asked if they could come in....they just do!!!! So he says, what would you say if they did and i replied, tell them to go next door HAAHAAA!!! But seriously peeps, once they are in the awning they are still not happy with their chosen residence as they then try to move themselves and there loved one's into our caravan Opened the door this morning to find myself being bombarded by a family of 3 daddies.......aaaaaghhh



Haaahaaaa No disrespect, but i found this post of yours funny, with the way you wrote it Anyway, we don't have as yet an awning, but will hopefully be purchasing one soon. Will be interesting to see if anyone has any suggestions to this as the info could be quite useful!

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How many Adria owners have the mains heating? I notice it has blown air heating but only on gas. I think you can upgrade but not sure if this only done at the dealers. If we buy an Adria privately, is it possible to have the heating added afterwards and any ideas on cost?

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Appleby do you have fly screens on your awning? We have screens each side so can vent the awning whilst still being sealed!
We also have one if those magnetic two part fly curtains in our caravan door which the wife adapted to fit round the bin properly when the door is closed.
In two weeks in France we had maybe one or two uninvited guests inside the caravan
For the awning get one of those citronella candles to burn they do help

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has anyone ad a fly screen fitted to the door of the adria? What's the cost involved etc

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ive fitted the ultraheat electric heating kit to our van, very easy DIY job if you are that way inclined. Took me approx 2 hours and the kit was approx 220 from memory.

We've also fitted a Status aerial to the roof as I couldn't be faffed with the satellite kit. Sold the sat kit for 90 on ebay and bought the aerial for 140.

interested to hear if anyone has fitted a flyscreen to their door, or any extensions to the kitchen work surface, I'm told there isn't enough by the wife

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Quote: Originally posted by sunshinetours on 31/8/2013Appleby do you have fly screens on your awning? We have screens each side so can vent the awning whilst still being sealed!We also have one if those magnetic two part fly curtains in our caravan door which the wife adapted to fit round the bin properly when the door is closed.
In two weeks in France we had maybe one or two uninvited guests inside the caravan
For the awning get one of those citronella candles to burn they do help




Thank goodness for sunshinetours Yes we do have fly screens to the sides. but the one side backs onto woods. we chose a pitch that banks at the back up and is full of trees and grass and such, so not much breeze coming from that end. Other side isn't so bad but we have placed a small kitcheny sort of thing that we place our grill on, so probably blocks some air as well. Am thinking that this was not a good choice of pitch as maybe that's why we have so many of the damn bugs moving in. Found a dead rabbit under the van the other day to and am sure it was hopping around happy with his mates only days before! I'm all for wildlife but this is just ridiculous. Our initial thought of this pitch was that it would be good as is a little more private as no-one behind us, only to the sides and to the front, if you understand my meaning. Geesh!!! Our tent was never like this!!

Will take your idea sunshine and go buy a few of those citronella candles tomorrow, first thing, just hope i don't end up burning the awning down Can you fill me in more with regards to your fly screen sunshine as it sounds like a good plan We did try that one we mentioned on the other forum, an Adria one, so it stated, but the little dumbnuts must have put down the wrong measurements as is WAY TO WIDE TO FIT!!! So don't bother if you do come across the post with it mentioned!!!!! I do recall hubby buying a curtain with magnetic closing, but i remember him saying it was huge. We still have it, but if you can let us know what your adaptions were, that would be great as maybe we'll get to have the door open more if covered. Take some piccies too if you wouldn't mind, it does sound very good The only other alternative is calling on Venture Caravans and asking them to send us one. Was going have one put in at the time of purchase but i remember them saying that the half-way one would be better for the van due to the lip or something on the floor. Hubby and I are still not sure what that was all about and so left it at the time. Anyway, was quoted 150 at the time for the half one, so dread to think what the full one would be heehee.

*deb* With regards to the electic element on the heating, you can have it added at anytime. We had ours fitted as an extra when we purchased the van. As its a widely used Truma heater, you can probs get it done by any caravan dealer/garage. We paid 200 for this extra back in June, if that helps. If your into DIY you could add it yourself, see forum member Wizzo's post/thread on that, if interested. x

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Thanks for the comments about the heating. Annoying that it doesn't come as standard but seems reasonably easy to upgrade.

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