“Sally” is an Adria Coral Plus 670 SL which is a 7.5 metre long coachbuilt motorhome ideally suited to living in long-term.
Our previous van, Wilma, was a panel van conversion (or PVC) where the converter (Globecar, in our case) simply received a bog-standard van from Fiat (similar to what the much-maligned White Van Man might career around in) and set about squeezing the constituent parts that make up a campervan into the existing steel bodyshell.
The downside of this is that the converter is limited by the physical dimensions of the van body, the existing structural elements of the van can limit the position of some internal elements and, being steel-bodied, the weight of the base vehicle can cause payload issues.
With a coachbuilt motorhome though, the manufacturer can build a separate bodyshell to sit on the base vehicle’s chassis (supplied to them as a chassis, cab and engine/gearbox) This has the advantage that the finished motorhome can be longer, wider and higher than a standard van. The other advantage is that the bodyshell material is inherently lighter than steel which gives a larger payload – a very important factor in motorhome design!
The Coral has has a number of major features that we love:
Firstly, a FLAT FLOOR along the length of the vehicle (The majority of vans have a stepped floor which can cause problems when carrying drinks etc – for me anyway) The flat floor has an added advantage of 3 large underfloor storage areas which are easily accessible when required.
Secondly, a fantastic “sky-roof” (as Adria call it) which is basically just a couple of massive skylights – but what a difference this makes to the light and airy feel inside the van, even on a dull or rainy day. Both skylights can be opened separately and each has an integrated concertina blind and flyscreen.
Shown above is the front lounge area which features an L-shaped dinette, additional seat to the right and a table which is infinitely adjustable. With the two cab seats swivelled round this makes a wonderfully comfortable area to relax in. When necessary, five people could easily dine in comfort. Ten in agony,
At the rear is the bedroom. In our van this can be configured as two full-size single beds or, by means of an infill, a massive king-size double bed. Needless to say, we have the latter arrangement and Jack is regularly hinting that it’s big enough for him to join us too.
In his dreams!
Under the foot of each bed are “his & hers” wardrobes. Hers – a spacious area with chrome-plated slide-out system for clothes storage and three deep shelves; His – a cupboard with a wooden rail. At least both feature a “hide-away” door and internal light to make finding your socks easy.
Inbetween the lounge area and the bedroom are the galley (kitchen) and washroom. Adria calls the kitchen a “V” shape but I’m not sure what the marketing people have been drinking (or smoking) but I can’t see it myself. anyway, it’s superb having a 3-ring gas hob, oven and grill, 142 litre fridge with separate freezer compartment, large sink, illuminated splashback (to really make those water droplets shine) and even an extractor fan! Fan in a van, whatever next?
Behind the galley is the washroom which is split across the aisle; toilet and washbasin one side and a separate shower compartment on the other. The whole area can be screened off from the rest of the van by the toilet door which swings round through 90 degrees to provide a combined washroom / shower room / dressing room area.
Finally, the benefit of having the fixed bed at the rear is that it gives a massive “garage” area underneath. Large enough to take a motorbike (up to 150kg) it easily swallows all of our stuff – including our 2 electric bikes!
So this is our new home for the foreseeable future. Beautifully designed and superbly built by people who really understand what’s actually required of a motorhome.
Every year since January 2013 Adria have sponsored the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team by supplying a fleet of motorhomes, straight off the production line, for the infamous Dakar Rally. Every year the motorhomes return with no reported problems having completed one of the most gruelling 8,000 km journeys on earth.
Should be good enough for us to tootle around in then.