Caravan review — the Adamas range

The family behind the local Adamas brand is confident their new range will become popular among the Australian caravan community.

Adamas (meaning ‘diamond’ in Greek) Caravans is owned by the Flynn family, seasoned veterans of the caravan repair industry. Their repair centre has been operating for more than 30 years and has steadily grown from a small family business to one now employing 18 staff.

“After all these years of repairing caravans we’ve finally designed our own dream van,” explained daughter Renee. “We’ve spent six months designing and manufacturing the Sapphire.”

On first glance, the six-metre Sapphire looks durable yet opulent. But it’s often the unseen details that create a solid foundation, such as the prestressed, double laminated, 15cm steel chassis. Exclusive to Adamas, this extra-durable chassis is a feature of each of their caravans. The chassis is built to handle Australia’s rough roads, restricting movement on the caravan’s frame and walls. Adding to the van’s sturdiness are heavy-duty wheel arches, a custom-built bumper, a full Meranti frame, 16-inch alloy rims with all-terrain tyres, 3.5T Simplicity suspension with off-road brakes, and plenty of ground clearance.

“You could take the Sapphire down the Gibb Road or up Cape York,” General Manager Greg Stokes said.

The Sapphire is well equipped with a Domestic CTS toilet, fibreglass shower, Suburban gas/electric hot water system and two 100-litre water tanks. The full-width rear ensuite even has a top loading washing machine. The Sapphire’s kitchen has ample space and features a Domestic RM8551 190-litre fridge/freezer, four-burner stove with fan-forced oven/grill, and a built-in rangehood. Plenty of overhead and below-sink storage cupboards are included, though the overhead positioning of the microwave may be difficult to reach for someone shorter.

An unusual design feature in each Adamas caravan is the 30mm honeycomb fibreglass floor. A structural honeycomb core is sandwiched between two solid fibreglass sheets, increasing the strength of the van and reducing its overall weight. This design also creates a barrier for dust and water.

For more information visit the Adamas website.

This is an extract from a review in Australian Caravan+RV magazine by Liss Connell.