Easy to tow
Functional, comfortable layout
Suitable for all temperatures
Fridge sometimes doesn't stay cold
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Excellent Van for us
We bought an Adria Althea 552 up Sport in 2015. We have done around 45,000K’s in it including some long trips but only limited off road. When we have been off road it’s performed as well as friends Australian Vans. It’s put up with temperatures of 40 deg and torrential rain, without any issues. It’s great to tow and the lightweight of the van means we can tow with our Land Rover Freelander 2, giving excellent fuel economy. There is plenty of storage space, comfortable double bed and a second double when we take our grandson. We would have liked...more kitchen space and the shower facility is limited but useful when needed. All in all, for our requirements, it’s ideal. We have not had any service issues so far, other than the need for a new element for the water tank.
Purchased in July 2015.
Good van with problems
Great van to tow behind our old Challenger. It's a speed limit traveller albeit at the cost of some fuel. Our first major trip of 3 weeks through western Qld and the coast resulted in the following faults:
1. The water pressure pump does not retain pressure and runs non stop until the pump is switched off. I returned to Mackay to a caravan park and drained the water from the tank to access the pump and discovered that the pump moves on its mount. I was able to stop this from happening but as soon as we travelled to the next stop the problem...
Purchased in September 2019 for $40,000.00.
Great Caravan - Excellent Service
We purchased our 402PH from Apollo in Brisbane last June. We have completed a 3500km trip from Brisbane to Charters Towers and back. The caravan was very well behaved on the road. It was light enough to be towed comfortably behind a 3 litre sedan.
We did not experience any severe weather on the road. We had no adverse behaviour at any of our numerous encounters with the road trains that travel the central Queensland roads.
We have had a couple of warranty issues. They were addressed quickly and effectively by Apollo in Brisbane (no referral t...o external agents). We found that the large (180litre) fridge worked very well. We had no problems running the fridge on 12 volts while being towed (on 12 volts for up to 6 hours at a time). I placed fridge temperature gauges in both the freezer and the fridge area. The freezer always remained well below zero, sometimes reaching the deep freeze temperatures below -20. The fridge area was generally between 4 and 6 degrees. Never rising above 10 degrees. (note that we were travelling in Queensland during August and early September, external temperatures were not particularly high)
Purchased in June 2020.
Great Quality Finish- like a luxury launch.
Purchased 2nd hand in 2020.
Permanent double bed conversion
Good gas stove & easy clean
Large fridge freezer
Hot water is fast gas and electric
Twin gas bottle (4.5kg) means we can run them dry before changing.
Water tank is too small - we carry extra 20L plastic Jerry cans in the car.
Fitted a 65L grey water tank to allow access to National Parks
So light that I can move the van up and down the street on my own.
Only complaint would be the radio / CD player is difficult to use.
Purchased for a bargain $20K
Purchased in February 2020 at Private for $28,000.00.
Weight, towing and convenience is good. Keeping weight legal is a problem if you want water. Weather proofing is good.
I installed a range-hood and a bathroom exhaust fan. Rear view and backing camera with microphone make life easier - no shouting or hand signals needed. Recommend 30 degree rear-view otherwise traffic looks too-far away, but 30 degrees is hard to get.
Also installed a convection microwave instead of microwave only, but lined space with aluminium sheet to handle extra heat safely - and NEVER anything cooking alone.
Fridge is ...big and reasonable but 12 V operation is very iffy. Didn't even work on 12V to start with due to wiring fault, Solar didn't work either, reversing light didn't work - but the dealer went out of business before we found out. So check EVERYTHING without delay. First cold night on a 5-month trip was a disaster - reverse cycle air con is useless at low temperatures (2 or 3 degree) because it ices up. So we bought a compact 1500 watt ceramic heater. Also bought and installed a 5 kW diesel air heater, but that is gross overkill as 2kW is ample for a small van.
Purchased in February 2015.
Adria 432PX weight issue
In most respects the Adria 432PX is a great van. Compact layout, lightweight and very easy to tow. Very comfortable for 2. Very well insulated and waterproof; excellent in all weather conditions. However, the van has a major flaw. The tare weight of 1030kg on the compliance plate is the weight at the end of the production line and does not include all the base items on a new Australian 432PX. The actual tare weight is more like 1180kg. With an ATM of 1300kg, this leaves 120kg before the van is overloaded and unroadworthy. Maximum fluids in the ...water tanks, toilet and hot water system weighs 110kg plus full gas bottles already exceeds the ATM and the maximum axle loading. No upgraded axle is available. This is such a shame for an otherwise excellent van. It is important to be aware of this problem as it also affects other caravans.
Such a great van to travel with, easy, comfortable stylish!
Just love our 432PX Adria Altea. Large ensuite, plenty of storage.
Very comfortable bed.
Quiet, very efficient 3 way fridge
Bonus outdoor gas port.
Very well constructed, sturdy yet lightweight.
Tows so well, so easy even for a novice
10 out of 10 from us!
Has a few problems.
The caravan wiring is not up to spec. There should be heavy gauge wiring for the fridge with 10mm2 to ensure proper operation. This is lacking on our model and consequently the fridge does not stay cold on long trips. Works OK on gas and 240v, but not on 12v power. Is it too hard to get this correct from the start? We are now back to our dealer to get remedial work done, both on the van and the tow vehicle.
Purchased in June 2016.
I just recently purchased the Altea 552PK from these guys at Patto's RV Center in Geelong, and I can say they are the best... serious! Between Patto and David, there seems to be a wealth of camping and caravan knowledge. Very happy with after sales service. Often times I will be uncertain about something, and all I have to do is call them, and they sort it all out no matter how long it takes. I am 68 years old, and in all my years I never struck such a fantastic after sales service from these guys. The van suits me perfectly as I only have 250...0 TC and a ball weight of 160kg with this 17 year old BA falcon I tow it with. So far, except for a few niggley faults that were fixed during warranty, I can hardly fault it. Tows well and has all the mod cons we need. The only extra I would like to see included is an exhaust fan near the cooking area... otherwise all good.
Purchased in April 2019 for $48,000.00.
No Spare Parts
Warning do not buy and overseas import as parts are not available, not even a rim for a tyre. Adria has a shocking reputation for supplying parts. Apollo who are the dealers in Brisbane are totally useless. If you buy one of these brands such as Adria be prepared to have no backup at all.
Purchased in May 2008.
Excellent value for money
Light weight but with loads of features. Some fittings and parts look like are not too sturdy, but seem to cope with regular use. The layout is very functional and comfortable.
More the Hyundai of caravans
Too many things falling off and breaking....bathroom basin hinge failure, compartment locks at front broke, draws sticking all after 12 months and 6000kms of bitumen only travelling . Parts need to come from Europe which is not good when you are on the move
Very pleased with our little 402PH!
Great use of space. Everything works well. Love the large 3 way fridge. Very easy to tow. Although positioned above the fridge, the microwave is really useful.
The awning could be a bit longer, but winds out and in easily. The struts can be attached in clips on the side of the van, or anchored vertically to the ground.
Very happy so far.
Love our Adria Altea 552 UP Sport
We have had a Adria for just over 12 months and find it excellent. We tow it with a Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. It now has about 10,000Km on the clock. Initially we took it on a number of shorter trips from home in Canberra to Queensland, through NSW and Eastern Victoria. We are currenty 8 weeks into a trip through the top end and the west coast. So far, so good - not a problem. While we mainly stick to sealed roads we have driven a number of gravel roads and taken it through some shallow (~50cm) water crossings. When going off the hard...stuff, we do drop the tyre pressures. Being a lightweight, it is easy to tow and we find sitting on 100km/h we are getting 13 to 14 litres per 100km. Encountering roads trains has not been an issue as we find no wind effect when overtaking or being passed. We have only had one instance of needing to stop quickly and on that occasion it stopped in a straight line with no sway. If we do have a criticism, it is that the window struts often jam.
Off Road Company Claim
I have just taken my new Atria 552UP Sport onto a gravel road recommended by local tourism advisers to view wildflowers in WA. I purchased the van on the suppliers assurance the Sport was suitable for gravel roads. The actual experience was shattered glass doors in bathroom, toilet door coming off hinges, drawers jumping security catchers, toilet cassette trying to force its way through side door, failed window blind and catches.
Questions & Answers
Just bought a 402. Went to connect an extension power cord to the 230 v inlet but have found non of my conventional cords will fit onto the plug in point.
Most caravans including the 402 need a 15amp power cord. It has a larger earth pin that prevents connection to a 10amp circuit.
Buy a 15 amp cable from a hardware store. This allows connection to caravan park power.
To plug the 402 into your home 10amp power you need a 10amp to 15amp adaptor. Bunnings have these. They include a 10amp circuit breaker that prevents the caravan from drawing more than 10 amps over the 15 amp cable.
I have found that using the 402 air conditioner when connected using this adaptor causes the circuit breaker to trip occasionally. Beware that this can turn your 240 volt fridge off.
How do you get to side lights to replace a bulb in an Adria 402 PH
I have a failed bulb in my 402ph. The bulb cannot be replaced. The light is glued to the van and the whole light must be replaced.
Apollo did not have any when I asked them to fix it. I will raise this again before warranty expires.
The external tv connection.is it just to connect a tv externally or is it for a satellite connection? And the internal connection? Never seen anything like this. Thanks
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- The Adria Altea caravan can be modified to have a range of layouts and sleeping accommodation arrangements (sleeping between 4 to 7 people) to suit families and travelling groups of all sizes.
- The total length of the caravan (including the drawbar) can be made to be between 6078mm to 7610mm, while it has a total width of 2356mm and a tare weight of between 1230 to 1460kg.
- Kitchen features include a 3 burner cooker with a cover and sink, as well as a choice of fridge capacities between 90 to 190L.
- It also has double glazed, tinted windows, helping keep you warm as well as protecting your privacy.
- A Truma heating system can reliably provide you with a toasty feel and hot water when you need it.
- The caravan also has a combination of ambiental, directional, and LED lights, so you can create the mood you want.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that this caravan was easy to tow, and that its lightweightedness still allowed their vehicles to have excellent fuel efficiency.
- They also appreciated how functional and comfortable the layout of the caravan was.
- According to reviewers, the caravan holds its own in all kinds of temperatures - from torrential rain to heatwaves - and remains working.
A point of pain:
- For some reviewers, the fridge didn’t stay cold on long trips, and they said that it struggled to keep its temperature when running on 12V.
|Sleeping Capacity||4 people||6 people||4 people|
|Number of Axles||1||1||1|
|Tare Weight||1,230 kg||1,440 kg||1,460 kg|
|Travel Length||6.078 m||7.61 m||7.61 m|
|Dimensions||2647 x 2356 x 4770 mm||2640 x 2356 x 6312 mm||2640 x 2356 x 6312 mm|
|Main Bed Size||King||King||King|
|Bathroom / Laundry Inclusions||Shower, Toilet and Vanity||Shower, Sink, Toilet and Vanity||Shower, Sink, Toilet and Vanity|
|Exterior Features||240V Power Point and Awning||240V Power Point and Awning||240V Power Point and Awning|
|Interior Features||Air Conditioning and TV||Air Conditioning and TV||Air Conditioning and TV|
|Kitchen Inclusions||Cooktop, Freezer, Fridge, Microwave and Sink||Cooktop, Freezer, Fridge, Microwave and Sink||Cooktop, Freezer, Fridge, Microwave and Sink|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Release date||June 2013||June 2013||June 2013|
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