It might be uncommon to start a review with a flashback on Australian history, but I’ll carry on regardless…
The town of Adelaide was founded in 1836 – the site chosen by Colonel William Light beside the River Torrens as Australia’s first free colony. It was named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV. And it would be remiss not to mention that Aboriginal settlement was the genesis of Adelaide’s history. But, as I’m no antiquity buff, that’s enough from me on colonisation.
I discovered an ‘Adelaide’ of a different kind during a double-header review I conducted in South Australia’s lush Barossa Valley.
The 7.15m (23ft 6in) custom-built The Adelaide was accompanied by its smaller sibling – a 6.4m (21ft) Limited Edition (featured in CW547) – and it was certainly a sensational ‘sister act’. Both vans are manufactured by Hitch Hika in Melbourne and sold exclusively by Camperagent RV Centre near Adelaide. There are subtle variances, but there is also an innate lineage.
LAYOUT & DESIGN
The Adelaide is a van you can really live in. The split shower and toilet are both located near the bedroom and clients who choose this layout are probably either living in the caravan or spending extended periods away. And I have to say, I really liked the sectional room layout, comprising dedicated bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and lounge areas.
The five-seater rear club lounge is adorned with mushroom-coloured upholstery and offers fantastic lumbar support. The living room is a refined zone complete with massive storage capacity and abundant 12V three-stage LED lighting (a common theme throughout the van).
In one of the overhead cupboards is the electrical control centre with a Projecta battery charger, ProStar 30A solar controller, a water pump switch, a 240V circuit breaker, a fuse box, water level indicator and hot water service switches (gas/240V).
Dual 105Ah AGM batteries are located under the club lounge seating (for weight distribution purposes), and there is additional storage under the lounge which is accessible externally on both sides of the van.
BEDROOM & STORAGE
The Adelaide’s bedroom is certainly opulent with a 1.5x1.9m (5ft x 6ft 4in) island bed and innerspring fixed mattress, three piano-hinged overhead lockers, wardrobes either side of the bed plus bedside drawers, each with lights and a small cupboard underneath. Another neat design is the shelf above the bed for reading glasses, books, etc. Mirrors are recessed into the robe doors providing a finish full of flair. A split corner cupboard on the nearside incorporates a second 22in SatKing 12V LED TV/DVD combo and there’s a full-height corner cupboard on the offside to match.
The bedroom also includes two large Dometic double-glazed windows that feature built-in block-outs and flyscreens, numerous powerpoints, and a Ranger skylight with built-in LED lights, block-out and flyscreen. There’s also a standard padded headboard with acrylic combination bedhead, and a safe fitted under the bed where you can lock away your valuables.
The Adelaide’s kitchen is a similar configuration to that of its sister, the Limited Edition, but its extra-wide pull-out pantries and copious benchtop and cupboard space are a camping chef’s delight.
There’s a four-burner cooktop with fan-forced oven and rangehood with LED strip lighting, a raised Dometic 221L three-way fridge-freezer with water pump underneath, and a large, round deep-bowl sink with three-in-one (cold, hot and filtered) mixer tap.
I found the separate angled shower, toilet and ensuite layout to be very practical. It includes a stylish vanity with a modern mixer tap and large ceramic bowl, plus sizeable drawers and cupboards underneath. Hitch Hika has fitted a bench-style Thetford C402C cassette toilet, which has a holding tank with wheels and a convenient retractable handle.
The fully-moulded shower comprises a height-adjustable shower rose and mixer tap. For privacy, there is a recessed sliding door that closes off the bathroom and bedroom area from the rest of the van.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A purely up-to-date caravan, The Adelaide is aesthetically resplendent with its glittering black, charcoal and orange domed decals with chrome trim. And, quite frankly, I found it to be a sophisticated stunner.
At $91,990, you’ll have to dig a little deeper ($8000) for The Adelaide as opposed to the Limited Edition. But, for mine, I reckon it’s well worth it.
In all sincerity, it’s really difficult to find flaw with this van. And I’m more than happy to sing its praises.
I reckon the landed gentry and peers of the realm back in the 1830s would have also approved of this Hitch Hika.
HITS & MISSES
- Sectional room layout
- Massive storage capacity
- Raft of standard features
- Innovative interior design
- No grey water tank
- No 12V outlets in the bedroom