Does this sound familiar?

A caravan on the small side but with a distinctive modern profile, designed to appeal to a younger generation of sporty types?

Given its recent launch and promotion, you’d think we’re talking about the Swift Basecamp, the winner of the Specialist Tourer category in our Tourer of the Year Awards this year.

But this is something produced in Slovenia, not Hull.

This season, the only completely new caravan to be unveiled by Adria in the UK is this, the Action 361 LT.

Relatively short – it has a shipping length of just 5.19m and an internal length that’s a very cosy 3.61m – and with a MiRO of just 966kg (the MTPLM is 1100kg), this van has a slanting profile, and bold blue and grey external panelling that is bound to appeal to the sportier caravan buyer.

But this is no copy of the Swift Basecamp because the Adria Action was originally launched in 2005, to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday.

Ten years down the line, does it still add up? We took the new van to the Colchester Holiday Park in Essex to find out.

Design wise, the Action looks very much how you might expect a slightly zany cartoonist to draw a caravan, with a front that slopes sharply backwards and a sinuously beautiful rear that comes in towards the bottom and then flares out again.

Such a shape wouldn’t look out of place in TV’s Wacky Races cartoon.

It is unlike more conventional caravans in having dark blue ABS spoilers at the front and back, and thinner ones along the bottom corner of the ABS sides, that make a striking contrast with the off-white of the main body – the colour compliments the dark tint of the windows.

For those reasons alone it is hardly surprising that some will compare the Action to the Basecamp.

But there are important differences that don’t take you long to spot.

For a start, while both caravans are clearly aimed at outdoor sporty types, the Basecamp has been marketed specifically at keen cyclists – it has a door that allows you to slot your bicycles in easily, while you could lift up the parallel facing settees to find holds for the bungee cords you might use to tie down the bikes.

Those hoping for something similar with the Adria Action might be in for a disappointment.

There’s no door at the back: it’s on the nearside (so good for UK buyers), towards the back, but anyone wanting to store a bicycle in here would have to lever it down through the L-shaped aisle, and in our experience that makes life difficult if your bike is more than an average size.

The settees don’t fold up in the way they do in the Swift either, so you would need to be careful not to damage them. Nor will you find any holds.

So forget the bike for a moment and focus on what you get for your money instead.

At the front there’s one large window stretching from the roof to about halfway down the front panel, and a much smaller window underneath it.

This certainly aids privacy, but you still get a huge amount of daylight flooding in.

Such a design possibly adds to the caravan’s necessary ruggedness too, providing a more stable skeletal frame to the vehicle.

However, both of these windows only open a relatively short way – and the large one is surprisingly heavy to move.

They are some way from the large window you get to open in the Basecamp, which really does bring the outside in.

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