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.
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.
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.
Lovely light van with a few niggly problems
This is a well finished van it has what we wanted onboard toilet, shower, good size double bed, air conditioning with heaps of storage space.
It’s easy to tow lightweight we tow with a Hyundia ix35 and it has no problems doing it.
I have done some modifications like shortened the dining table by 300mm to give is some more space then added a fold down work bench extension.
Like it has been mentioned before we are having power issues which we have started to manage by not having the hot water heater on all the time and if we are on a site wh...
Great van but beware of after sales support or lack thereof
Love my 402PH Sport - it is well built, has great space and plenty of storage, perfect for a couple with separate shower and toilet. Light weight and easy to tow with a small SUV without electric brakes.
Plenty of storage and very light and airy. The build quality and finish is excellent so on all fronts a great caravan at a reasonable price.
The Adria comes with a 24 month Warranty for the van, 7 years Water Ingress Warranty provided it is serviced by an Adria agent every 12 months and manufacturer warranty in fittings such as stove, fr...idge, air conditioning etc. Now the bad news !! My van is only 2 months old and I have some warranty issues, not major problems but annoying enough to warrant correction. On contacting Apollo in Brisbane (the Australian Importers and Agents) where I purchased the van, I was surprised to be referred to third parties to undertake the warranty work required. This was the start of a frustrating ordeal.
Two years with this van and it's now gone...
So, it's now two years since I bought this van and did the initial review, and I've just said goodbye to it as it was towed away to be sold at auction. I still think they are great vans, very well made and cleverly designed. However the Achilles heel is the cost and availability of parts as they have to come from Europe. I had an accident in mine a year ago and I've been waiting since then for the repair to be done and all the time the cost was escalating! Eventually I got fed up waiting and the insurance company declared it an economic write-o...ff. I've reduced my rating of the van to three stars accordingly. The rest of the review still stands, so I've left it below... I must say the best thing about this van is it's compact size and low weight. It has all the features of a larger van, but is small enough to fit in the tightest sites, tows easily and economically with a medium sized SUV, and stores under my car port. I tow it with a 2.2 litre diesel Landrover Discovery Sport and at gross weight of 1600kgs I can cruise effortlessly at 100km/h for hours on end and get an average of 12 L/100kms fuel consumption. I've used it both at caravan parks where I'm plugged into power and water, and also 'free' camping relying on gas/battery and the built-in water tank. The Altea performs well in both situations, although it's small size and limited water capacity means that showering, cooking, and doing the washing up is a bit of a compromise when free camping - but still heaps better than a tent/camper trailer! It comes with all the essentials already included, and good European and Australian brands too such as Truma, Dometic, Camec, and Thetford, and is still about 10K cheaper than similar locally made vans where lots of things cost extra. This is definitely not an off-road van though, no matter what the salesman may tell you about being "semi-offroad" and being "designed for Australia". It's a touring caravan with a few mods for Australia, consisting of a slightly heavier gauge chassis, larger wheels to give it a bit more clearance, and slap on a bit of checker plate down the sides. However, many Oz built vans that claim to be off-road are no better, and the Altea seems to be built very well and so should handle our roads and the occasional gravel track as well or better than a lot of them! Things I particularly like - well built and well insulated; quality branded equipment; the under bed reverse cycle aircon instead of a roof mounted one; clever fold-away wash basin in the toilet; dinette converts to full size bed; large three way fridge; Alko hitch with built in stabiliser and override brakes instead of electric ones, so don't need an electric brake controller; clever use of space and lots of storage in such a small van; simple but elegant interior design. In fact - if Ikea made caravans this is what it'd be like! Things not so good - no range hood coupled to cheap smoke alarm means lots of false alarms; awning and window blinds a bit flimsy; stereo speakers small and tinny; no water tank gauge or internal USB outlets (though strangely there are two on the outside); door catch doesn't hold it open in strong winds, no pre-wiring for solar. [Update: I've now solved most of the above issues by making modifications myself, but it would have been nice not to have to!]
3rd caravan and easily the best
Easy to tow
Has all the features of a much larger caravan . Plenty of storage and excellent fridge. 130 litre fresh water tank and 80 litre grey tank makes good for freedom camping
Questions & Answers
Does anyone know how to adjust the fly screen? Ours repeatedly comes off the runners. That's the fly screen at the main door, not those on the windows. Thanks
Why inside lights suddenly stop working
Can you supply a wiring diagram
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