So, can you long term tour in an Adria caravan, absolutely yes, in fact its an ideal long term touring caravan.
The main reason most people look to purchase a caravan, or motorhome, is to enjoy time with family and friends. This was certainly the case for us, we wanted to have the freedom to be able to hitch up and head off when we wanted to. When we looked at how much we were spending on holidays abroad we were quite astounded, and Jules was becoming less keen on flying after several long delays on recent trips. That, combined with cramped leg room and a few bad experiences, had compounded the fact we needed to consider a new approach to holidaying.
When we decided to purchase our Adria Adora Isonzo we knew we would be holidaying regularly and also taking longer trips in the UK and abroad. When we ordered the Isonzo in October 2017 we had no idea how our lives would change in the coming months. By April 2018, when the Isonzo arrived, we had decided to retire early from work and spend time touring in the new caravan. We headed straight off to Shrewsbury for ten nights to settle in to our Adria. From there we went home for a few weeks, finished work and then ventured off again to Banbury. My Mum also joined us on this trip and we spent five nights away, barbecuing and exploring the area, before Mum ventured home. From Banbury we hitched up and towed down to Dorset. We had decided to see what it was like as a Warden on a private site. We started there in June, staying on a lovely pitch in our Adria.
Sadly, by September my Mum had deteriorated due to her Cancer and we returned home to Yorkshire to look after her, leaving our Warden role behind. Our Adria was left in storage whilst we were home and Mum passed away in November. By December we were ready to get back on the road and enjoy a Christmas break in the caravan. We collected the Adria from storage and off we set. It was so nice to be back in our Isonzo, like a home from home. Even in December the Isonzo was homely and warm, it was cosy and snug on a night and winter caravanning was lovely. We enjoyed a certified location site in Bridport where we had the site to ourselves.
After our Christmas trip we returned the Adria to storage and went home again, soon as we were home we immediately missed our caravan and just wanted to be away again. A few weeks later, at the start of February we hitched up again and headed off with the Isonzo, this time we headed to Brighton on the South Coast. The weather was a mix of wild freezing wind followed by unusually warm weather which saw us sat out in the sun with the Cadac out.
We spent ten nights at Brighton then packed up and towed to Chapel Lane caravan and motorhome club site for twelve nights. We visited the Caravan and Motorhome Show at the NEC and enjoyed a lovely spacious pitch on the site. We loved visiting the Show in February, it was bustling with excited show goers all keen so get a deal, just like we had been when we ordered ours.
We then moved on to Oxfordshire and spent a week on a small private site with a serviced pitch, again we had gale force winds but the Adria was not bothered by the windy battering. We ventured home again for a brief visit to check the house was still where we left it and then we were off again. This time we landed back at Longleat Caravan and Motorhome Club site, one of our favourites. We were treated to some amazing weather again and enjoyed sitting outside our Adria listening to the lions roaring from the safari park next door. We spent two weeks at Longleat and were sad to leave but new locations awaited us. We ventured further north to a private site in Cheltenham, sadly the site was not as we had hoped and we cut short our stay and hit the road again.
The great thing about a caravan or motorhome is the ability to pack up and move on. We managed to find a small site in Bedfordshire that had availability, despite it being the busy Easter period. We couldn’t believe our luck when we arrived, what a find, I think the pictures tell the story for themselves. We set up and prepared for the Easter heatwave.
So that is where we are at now, our next plan is another trip home before we tow down to Bognor Regis to meet up with some caravanning friends. From Bognor Regis it will be back for a big meet up at Longleat.
Other plans booked in for the summer are Cornwall, Devon and then a six week trip to Sweden by ferry to Holland.
We love that we can explore wherever we like with our Adria, it gives us the freedom to go, and we have our clothes and possessions with us. We always have a TV, kettle, toilet, shower and central heating with us. Fudge, our dog, loves that he isn’t left behind anymore, he comes everywhere with us now, he looking forward to Sweden too.
So, can you long term tour in an Adria caravan, absolutely yes, in fact its an ideal long term touring caravan. Its sheer size means you never lack space or feel claustrophobic. It has everything we need for touring, plenty of space in the wardrobe and a huge tower fridge and freezer. We use our shower and bathroom when the site facilities are not available and in winter it saves venturing out in the cold. The Adria tows very well, we have covered thousands of miles with it now, towing is enjoyable with it. What has impressed us is that we have had not faults with the Adria, it is very well built. We have probably used our Isonzo more in one year than some may use theirs in five years, and there is no sign of wear or tear on any part of the Isonzo.
If you are looking at long term touring then an Adria is certainly up for that task.
Other considerations of long term touring are site fees, we have had a mixture of experiences on caravan sites. Club sites offer a standard that you can expect across the country, the pitches are often generous and the facilities are to a certain standard. Fees do go up at weekends and peak season though and this can make it costly for a couple.
Certified locations can offer fantastic value and a degree of seclusion with only five pitches. We enjoy certified site but security can be much less compared to a larger commercial site and thats worth considering. They don’t all offer facilities but this will usually be reflected in the price.
Private sites can vary from absolutely five star, sometimes with a price to match, to being very crowded as they cram pitches together to increase profit. There are many excellent private sites to visit and they offer a range of facilities for everyone.
Why do we enjoy touring so much, the freedom of it, the fun, we don’t seem to tire of finding new places.