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Practical Motorhome reviews the Adria Twin M

Design

The Adria is available in white, with fetching graphics along its sides, and looked every bit a stylish motorhome, complete with double-glazed, Seitz opening windows. An amazing amount is packed into its 5.6m length, with a dinette, fixed bed and toilet/shower room. The high top gives 1.84m and all but the tallest can stand up inside with ease. Light fabrics and wood mean the ‘van looks and feels larger inside than its dimensions would suggest.

On the road

The Twin M is based on the Ducato, which is almost due for replacement, but it’s still the van of choice for many converters, giving a good amount of space and a decent payload
This one uses the 5.6m-long Fiat Ducato 15 chassis, with 110bhp from a 2.3-litre JTD turbo-diesel engine. The five-speed gearbox gives a smooth drive, if sounding a little agricultural.
You don’t get a cab carpet but do get a light wood-effect floor, electric windows and mirrors, front swivel seats with armrests, and a fully adjustable driver’s seat that offers lumbar support and height and rake adjustment.

Lounging & dining

The Adria manages to fit rather more than expected into its 5.6m length. It features a toilet/shower room, inboard water tanks, blown air heating, and more storage than you can throw a month’s shopping at. There’s a fixed bed, as well as a separate lounge/dining area, which doubles as an extra single bed. There are two cubby holes located in the slightly raised lounge floor where you can safely hide a few bits.
The Twin has a three-seat lounge/dining area at the front, utilising a bench seat and the driver’s seat. The table can be removed for lounging, but with its fixed bed, this ‘van is compromised for space. Prospective owners must decide if the advantages of a fixed bed outweigh the disadvantages of lost space.

Kitchen

Kitchens are often restricted in ‘van conversions. The Adria’s clever solution to the cooking problem is to use half the space in front of the side door for a kitchen-cum-food preparation area. It also has an extra pop-up work surface. On summer days it means that the cooking smells waft out of the ‘van instead of dominating inside. There’s a two-burner hob, grill and sink and the dining table can be fixed outside so that everyone can eat in the fresh air. Standard equipment also includes a 77-litre Dometic fridge and hot-water boilers. There’s reasonable storage within close proximity to the kitchen – ideal for pots, pans and cutlery.

Sleeping

The fixed bed is pleasing in a ‘van of this size: few beds beat one where you don’t have to fight to assemble the cushions at night. The Adria’s lounge also converts into a single bed, making it a three-berth ‘van. However, the single is perhaps only suitable for a child. There are curtains and a blind for the cab windows.

Washroom

Still quite rare among van conversions, you get a fully equipped shower room. There’s a reasonable amount of storage within its bijou washrooms and there’s a Thetford electric flush cassette toilets. The toilet areas are isn’t huge, but we had no problems with space.

Storage

The Twin M is surprisingly roomy, with under-bed storage as well as numerous cupboards and a reasonably sized wardrobe above the fridge. The water tank is inboard and this cuts down on storage, although the Adria comes with two usable under-floor storage areas.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3300kg
Payload625kg
Length5.6m18′4″
Width2.03m6′8″
Height2.53m8′4″
Waste water75L
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Eberspacher space heater

Verdict

A fixed bed conversion of the very popular Fiat Ducato van. The interior incorporates intelligent storage space and the exterior is pleasing to the eye.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Accommodates three and has a fixed rear bed
  • Clever design with plenty of useful storage space.

Cons

  • Very little lounging space because of the position of the fixed bed.
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