Slovenian manufacturer Adria is the only caravan maker on the Continent that produces tourers for the British high volume market. Its network of dealers is growing and the main Adria Concessionaires office is in Long Melford in Suffolk. 

Wide-bodied tourers have been legal in the UK since 2010. But with the exception of the Adria Astella, no 2.5m-wide models have been built for the UK volume market. (We classify Bailey’s Retreat vans as semi-statics, not tourers.) 

That all changed for 2013, when the upmarket Astella was joined by the mid-market Adora Thames, also from Slovenian manufacturer Adria. Sporting Britain’s most popular layout, end-washroom and fixed-bed, the Thames has no rival among UK tourers, which haven’t entered the 2.5m-wide market. 

Competition for the Adora Thames therefore has come from Germany: the Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB makes a worthy rival. It features the same layout in reverse, and a comprehensive specification. It even has the same MTPLM: 1800kg. We review the Dethleffs Nomad separately, so if you’re looking for a roomy caravan to leave on a seasonal pitch, these are both hot contenders. 

The Adora is not a new brand – Adria has been building them for 47 years – and part of Adria’s success is down to the fact that the firm isn’t slow to meet a challenge. The following year it gave the 2014 Adora Thames facelifts inside and out, including a huge new opening panoramic sunroof over the front lounge and triple front windows curving over the roofline. 

But was there anything much wrong with the original 2013 version of the Adora Thames? Sometimes the model before a revamp can represent fantastic value on the second-hand market. Here our expert takes a close look at the 2013 model, which has a front lounge, midships kitchen, nearside fixed double bed and an end washroom.