It feels rather as though Slovenian caravan manufacturer Adria has been a strong presence on the UK caravan market for as long as any other home-grown rival, such is its remarkable success story over here. But large-scale imports actually only began in earnest in 2003, via Fleetwood Caravans. Ironically, Adria has since gone from strength to strength, while Fleetwood went into administration in January 2009.

The 612DT Rhine has been a mainstay of the Adria range for some years now, with its classic six-berth layout offering families who need much of a twin-axle’s interior space, but not the attendant manhandling issues, plus plenty of versatility by day and night. It’s a good-looking machine, too – imposing, but not intimidating – and its inherent build quality is evident the moment you open a locker door.

Its interior layout has served the model well for years. It comprises a nearside rear fixed double bed next door to an all-in-one en suite washroom, with a side dinette/bunk amidships and a large parallel lounge up front. The variations this layout offers are seemingly endless – two people can use the front as a lounge and the side dinette as a breakfast area, while families of three or four have ready-made beds for both children and adults, leaving additional sleeping up front for visiting family or friends.

Recent improvements include a new panoramic front ‘sky roof’, which really floods the lounge area with light, while key Adria characteristics such as colossal kitchen drawers and ample 12v lighting remain.