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  1. Smoogylady

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    Hi all,

    After selling our Autotrail Apache 700se a few years ago we've decided to get back on the road but with a smaller vehicle this time. Seriously contemplating the Adria 640 SLX as it's just the two of us plus the dog.

    If anyone has one would be interested to hear if you've managed to fit a small grill/oven as this is the only stumbling block for an otherwise perfect van for us.

    Looking forward to getting our wheels soon as there's a big world out there waiting for us to explore.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the Fun :)

    Maybe you could start a new thread in 'Motorhome Chat' or 'Tech'Mech' with your specific question?
     
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    Thanks guys for your warm welcome. Janine, will try that now, thanks.(y)
     
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    Hi and welcome lots of help on here good luck with the van.
     
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    Hi There..................and..............

    :welcome4:

    We have just put a deposit on an older and slightly smaller Apache 634U and looking forward to some good trips out with it.

    Can't help you with the grill question but wish you well with your new MH.

    Mick
     
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    we have the exact same layout in out Globecar/possl with no oven or grill we have decided to give it a good few months before spending moeny we dont need to, so far we haven't missed the oven and Lorraine has cooked some lovely simple meals.
     
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    We have just bought a Rapido V68, which is almost the same layout as the Adria (except the bathroom does not expand into the central walkway). Although it doesn't have an oven or grill as standard, the stock vehicle we purchased had one because the dealer had specified it.

    Ironically, it was almost a deal-breaker for us - we really really didn't want one!! 'A built-in rattle box, that takes up valuable kitchen storage space'.

    It was the same with our last van (the Chausson in the avatar) - the oven was never lit in more than five years ownership, but instead used as the medicine cabinet.

    We have made the effort to light the new oven, but a remoska generally works well for us.

    Having said all of that, I'm sure it would be possible to get an oven/grill fitted into the Adria. The 640 SLX is a nice model, which was certainly on our shortlist, along with the Globecar Campscout.

    So far happy with our choice, apart from the oven. The fixed twin beds are so comfortable and practical - just have to get used to the narrower living space. On the plus side, it's a great drive, as I'm sure the Adria and Globecar are also. (y)
     
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    Hi & Welcome back to MotorHoming :) , hope you get what you are after :)
     
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    Hello and welcome from West Midlands.



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    Think this is what we'll do, try without to see if we really miss it. To be honest, I think we only really used it on odd occasions for toast which we will be able to do on hob if required.
     
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    Rattle-box is right, had to keep a tea-towel in grill pan of our prev Apache to mute the rattle! Amazed at the storage space without having an oven.
     
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    Yes, from memory, I think the kitchen storage is similar in the Rapido and the Adria - with three large wide soft-closing drawers under the cooker and sink. In our case, the middle drawer has been replaced by the oven, which then has big blanking panels on each side of it to fill in the gaps. To be honest, it detracts from the original design lines, but that's just a personal opinion.

    On the noise front, we take as much out of the oven as we can for travelling, but still there are a few rattles. It's a 'work-in-progress' to see if it can be quietened some more.

    One of the main reasons we chose the Rapido was that a comfortmatic gearbox was essential to us, and the local Adria dealer would have had to order one from the factory; whereas the van we got was in stock with the auto gearbox. Additionally, there was a significant difference in cost. If I recall, we were quoted about £52.5k for the automatic Adria, whereas the Rapido was quite a few thousand less.

    Whatever you decide to do, I hope it works out for you.

    Mike
     
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    Just noticed your post Mike and thought I would tell you that I have cured oven rattles in my Hymer by putting the metal grid on the middle rails, a bungee cord from one side to the other, over the grill,pan, and another bungee front to back. Result - total silence from the oven!

    Mike
     
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    Hey, that sounds really interesting. Hadn't thought of that, but will certainly give it a try because it I reckon you are onto something! Many thanks!

    Mike
     
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