Hitch Hika The Adelaide: Review
Innovative and well laid-out, Hitch Hika’s The Adelaide is your home away from home.
The Adelaide shares a symbolism with its urban namesake – elegance, lifestyle and sophistication – and, quite aptly, it is fit for a queen! The Adelaide is an upper-crust tandem-axle caravan; it looks and feels like a blueblood with more than a whiff of nobility. This van reigns supreme in many ways, and I’m happy to declare it an exemplary high-end on-road tourer – a quintessential home-away-from-home.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Adelaide rides on a Road Runner DuraGal 6in chassis and A-frame with 2in chassis riser, 2t axles, roller rocker leaf-spring suspension, 15in wheels with 235/75R15 LT tyres and 12in electric brakes. The A-frame holds two 9kg gas cylinders, a Breakaway switch, a 12-pin trailer plug with separate Anderson plug, a double clamp on the jockey wheel and welded hooks for chains. And its mesh tray could hold sullage hoses, wheel chocks, etc.
Externally, The Adelaide also mirrors its striking smaller sibling, including an outer shell constructed of silver aluminium with black checkerplate at the front and rear, and high checkerplate sides.
A raft of standard features include a full-length tunnel boot comprising a 1500mm-long RV Trade and Fleet slide-out drawer (carpet-lined and galvanised) on metal rollers, a 120W solar panel, a Bullfinch external shower outlet above the tunnel boot, and an external TV compartment complete with bracket, double 240V powerpoints, 12V powerpoint, antenna outlet and RCA outlet.
There are two separate water fillers with the mains pressure outlet conveniently located, a Ranger fold-out picnic table with LED strip lighting, two RV Media marine-grade speakers with lights, a Dometic 8300 roll-out awning with centre support cup/bracket and black awning arms, matching spare wheel, and an annexe light on the offside. The heavy-duty, three-pronged galvanised-looped rear bumper would be ideal for carrying a second spare wheel, bike rack or jerry can holders.
The Adelaide carries two 95L fresh water tanks but, unlike the Limited Edition, it doesn’t have any grey water storage. The Adelaide also lacks a slide-out barbecue and reversing camera, which would be great additions for long-term tourers.
Above the bench are the microwave and three lockers, a Fusion Bluetooth entertainment system along with USB input and two convenient 12V switches, allowing isolation of the outside speakers. And you can bring the outdoors inside with the large window positioned above the post-formed, rolled-edge Laminex benchtops.
Opposite the kitchen is additional bench space plus three drawers, a drop-down compartment and a cupboard concealing a Dometic 3kg front-loading washing machine. There is also a 22in TV mounted above the bench here for viewing from the club lounge.
I also thought a dishwasher would have simplified chores in the kitchen. Okay, I may be going a little over the top on the wish list with that but, after all, it’s spruiked as ideal for extended travel.
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
HITCH HIKA THE ADELAIDE SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 8.9m (29ft 2in)
- External body length 7.15m (23ft 6in)
- External body width 2.35m (7ft 9in)
- Travel height 2.9m (9ft 6in)
- Internal height 1.98m (6ft 6in)
- Tare 2620kg
- ATM 3120kg
- Ball weight 240kg
- Frame Meranti
- Cladding Aluminium/checkerplate
- Chassis Road Runner DuraGal 6in with 2in riser
- Suspension 2t axles, leaf-spring rocker
- Brakes 12in
- Wheels 15in alloy, 235/75R15 tyres
- Water 2x95L
- Battery 2x105Ah AGM with Projecta charger
- Solar 1x120W with Prostar 30A solar controller
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Ibis 3
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Optional
- Cooking Swift 500 combo four-burner with grill and oven
- Fridge Dometic RM 4805 221L three-way
- Microwave Sphere 900W 25L
- Toilet Thetford C402C
- Shower NBC corner fibreglass
- Lighting LED
- Hot water Suburban 22.6L gas/electric
Price as shown
- $91,990 (on-road, SA)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #549 May 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!