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Loved it except for one thing
Love the design, the modern, sleek finish, the single beds are longer than other vans and the double bed wider without invading the space of the rest of the van, and most importantly that it is a ton lighter than your regular van. It is also well insulated so it heats well. But plug a kettle in if you have the fridge, heating, and lights on and the power trips. We have to turn everything off to run the kettle or take it outside and plug it in to the main power at caravan parks so it's not the kettle. If we run the microwaves when the heating or...tv is on same problem. Not sure if it has something to do with the way it's been wired overseas or it's just a problem with this particular van. We are trying to find out. Anyone else with the same issue?
Excellent example of a Euro caravan
The 432 PX was bought based upon 2 criteria: it must be light enough to tow behind our vehicle (GTM < 1500kg), full-time double bed and toilet shower combo. With that in mind I filtered for months on all caravans that were available and kept coming back to this van. Found a near new one for $31k and purchased.
With all the reviews that had been done on this van I knew exactly what to expect and I got exactly that. Well made van with everything well placed, ample storage and all the things I would expect in a van $10k dearer made in Australia....
Excellent van and tows very well. The BMW of caravans.
Recently purchased in July 2016 and have already taken it out for a family trip with the kids.
Everything on these vans is high quality with superb fit and finish compared to locally made vans. And the price is cheaper than the local stuff to boot due to mass manufacturing at Adria Slovenia.
Service and support from recently opened Melbourne dealership run by the importer Apollo motor home group is first rate.
Great Product. Absolutely lousy after sales service
We love this van. It is a quality product that tows really well. It's been reliable, does not leak, is comfortable etc - all the things you expect out of a van.
Probably the only fundamental thing wrong with the van itself is the fridge. It's a Dometic 189 litre. It's a sub-tropical rating but these aren't good enough for Australia and they now only use tropical rated fridges. We've done all we can to make it work more effectively, like fans, shade awning an moving the sensor. Also it struggles to keep its temperature when running on 12v. Th...e problem is the wiring in the van is too small and there's too much voltage drop between the car and the van. The biggest problem though is that the brand is let down by deplorable after sales service and warranty support. Let's deal with the service side of things first. The first thing we found that service agents come and go. One minute they're an Adria dealer, the next they're gone. Even when you find one, we haven't been happy with their service; they've been unreliable and unprofessional. On the warranty side, we were very annoyed to find that genuine warranty claims (like a plastic ensuite fitting cracked through movement) were denied. The one that was admitted took months and lots of follow up (directly with the distributor Apollo Motor Homes) to get resolved. You'll also find the parts are frightfully expensive e.g. $900 for a small ensuite window.
Purchased a 2008 model caravan a couple of years ago now, as was rated to be ok to tow with my VW TDI 2.O Golf.
Quality, clean, modern with good design. More than you could imagine packed into such a small light weight easy to tow caravan.
Travelled up & down through our wonderful WA.
Hardly a month goes by without use.
Traded up vehicle to short wheel 4x4, still tows like a dream. Hardly know it's there.
Proud owner of this little "cubby". Home away from home.
Full caravan annex
We have an Adria 403 PH caravan and we want to put a full annex on our caravan but have been told we cannot as the gas fridge will vent into the annex and this is illegal in Australia. Has anyone found a way to have the gas fridge re vented and have a full annex attached?
Leak from air con
I also had a leak but the dealer had gone out of business some months later and Adria initially refused to help. Another dealer grudgingly repaired but charged me all the same. Caravan warranties aren't worth a cracker. Unlike cars, all the internals (fridges microwaves etc) have to be dealt with the mfg of those items.
Good thing - small package
We bought an Adria Altea 390DS last November. We are loving the compactness, with seperate bathroom and toilet is is perfect for 2 people who want to tow a light van with bathroom - 12ft long. It took us a while to sort the bedding out but it is very comfy and we have a full annexe which gives us plenty of extra room. Love the finish and all the detail. Are learning a lot about vanning in a small way and will be ready to step up in a couple more years. For price and build we give it 5 stars. We did have an issue with a leak just after we bought...it and found the after sales from the dealer unpleasant - seems once he sold it he didn't really want to know about us. However, they did arrange a fix and all is perfect now. Love our van - not sure about the after sales attitude! Compact, light and very well finished considering it all has to be light weight After sales - might consider the 432 which is slightly bigger but still very happy with the size as starters.
Questions & Answers
Can anyone recommend a reliable service centre for our Adria Altea 542 Pk Caravan on the Mornington Peninsula ?
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
We have a 2018 Adria Altee 552UP. Recently there is a leak from the shower It comes from under the exterior wall of the show and runs into the interior of the van. Recently my wife has not been putting the shower screen across the mirrored cupboards and the toilet. There is a gap between the sink flap and the back of the toilet. Is it possible that water is getting through this gap and leaking into the van. There is also water falling on top of the toilet waste cartridge would this be from the same leak? Thanks Peter.
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