The Adora 542 four-berth caravan offers large fixed twin single beds and an end-washroom, as Practical Caravan's expert reviewers discovered
The Adora 542’s layout will fit the bill for friends who tour together and couples who prefer single beds.
It provides two fixed single beds, which are larger and more comfortable than using the lounge as twin singles. Behind the beds is an end-washroom and the front of the van is home to a side-kitchen and lounge. All this is packed into a single-axle van with an MTPLM of 1500kg.
The van we took away was a 2009 model, but aside from tweaks to the external graphics, little has changed for 2010. Priced at £13,000 at launch, the Adora is marketed as a mid-level van. However, some of the equipment you would expect to be standard in a van of this price, including carpets and a microwave, are missing.
Pitching and setting up
The front locker is spacious and the van also has a wet locker and barbecue point.
Inside, it is easy to get set up as the controls are just inside the door.
The living area is separated from the sleeping quarters by a folding door. Although it is not substantial, it provides some privacy. The U-shaped front lounge may be small but the seating is comfortable. There are good lighting options, too.
The opposite sideboard has a good amount of work surface, but it is too low for chopping vegetables.
Storage is better, as there are three overhead lockers and three drawers in the main kitchen, as well as a cocktail cabinet and another drawer at the opposite sideboard.
The washroom is small but it works well. There’s plenty of storage around the central basin and in the separate shower, but there is nowhere to hang a towel.
The twin beds are comfortable and long enough even for caravanners over six feet tall. There is a wardrobe at the end of each bed and plenty of storage beneath them with external access on the nearside.
Couples who like fixed single beds and plan to eat out or cook outside on a barbecue some of the time, might find the smaller lounge and kitchen perfectly acceptable. For those planning exclusively UK holidays, our variable weather may mean you'd rather have a bigger lounge. Despite this caveat, we're impressed by the comfortable adult-sized twin fixed single beds, which are big selling points in favour of this caravan.
- This caravan has excellent beds: two adult singles and a double
- The washbasin has plenty of storage options around it
- Kitchen storage and equipment are good
- The lounge is too compromised for most people’s tastes
- The kitchen has limited worktop space
- No carpets
- No microwave