1.) Bookshelves / TV & Laptop Shelf in the Rear
2.) Cup Shelf in the Rear
3.) Pop up worktop in the Kitchen Area
4.) Shower holder
5.) Towel Rail
6.) Kitchen Storage
7.) Stealth / Insulating Curtains
8.) Improved LED Lighting
9.) Improved Underbed Organisation
10.) Increased battery capacity
11.) Full length mirror in wardrobe
12.) Improved waste tank drain

1.) Bookshelves / TV & Laptop Shelf in the Rear

For us the main reason for buying the Twin was the fixed rear bed, our main use of the van is to drive and sleep so the fixed bed makes the task of "making up a bed" non-existent. However, we felt that the space at the bottom could be better ultilised and we wanted to be able to watch TV or more likely place a laptop at the end of the bed to watch. We also seem to carry with us in inordinate supply of travel books (did someone say Amazon Kindle?) so needed somewhere to store them.

B&Q must have supplied Adria to start with, because their contiboard is the same colour as our twins interior! With the addition of a brushed aluminium dowel it made a perfect bookshelf with space for both our 10" Avtex and 13" Laptop. The wood is contoured to the shape of the rear wall and screwed together and from above and is very solid.
We added 1x 240v and 1x 12v sockets underneath for power and couldn't help put add a strip of remote controlled colour changing LED lights for a bit of fun!



2.) Cup Shelf in the Rear

There is nowhere to put your brew in the bed of the Twin we found, so this little shelf is a perfect addition. Simply screwed and braced from inside the wardrobe it fits two cups with room for a couple of biscuits or a glass of water and mobile phones on a night (probably not the best combination!).

Underneath is stores the LED light remote control and the remote for the Avtex TV.



3.) Pop up worktop in the Kitchen Area

 The newer Twins come equipt with a pull out worktop which when retracted is stored on top of the grill. This wasn't really an option for us and even so would probably not extend as far as we wanted it to.

With a bit of help from Rowley on the MHF forums we managed to find a suitable bracket rated upto 40KG. While eyewateringly expensive at £20 delivered for the pair there really wasn't any alterantive so we went ahead and purchased a pair of these brackets.

The brackets are fixed to the interior but also braced heavily from behind, we will make sure not to put undue weight towards the end of the shelf but it is a handy length for placing a wine glass in an evening!

While it does obscure the cubby holes its no hardship having to raise the table in order to access them.











4 & 5.) Shower Holder & Towel Rail

Nice easy one, for reasons I've not yet fathomed the Twin doesn't come with a shower head holder, so we fitted on here. Part was £5 from Towsure @ the NEC.

The towel rail was just some brushed aluminium rail from B&Q and two wall mounted ends - total cost a couple of quid and allows for extra storage and privacy as it also doubles as a screen for the window.

In addition we also added a trigger shower head from Caravan Components in Hull which was just £5 and allows you to set the temperature and 'pause' the water while maintaining the same temperature on resume.


















6.) Kitchen Storage

Nice and easy, couple of spice racks off eBay for £10 delivered, great for throwing bits and pieces in to save getting lost in cupboards and drawers









7.) Stealth / Insulating Curtains


The perfect way to keep in warmth when wildcamping on a night - fleece lined curtains which Velcro across the whole cab entrance. Also allows the cab seats to remain forward facing and thus the van appears empty or at least less obvious then silver / remis blinds pulled across. We've also found they improve the efficiency of the cab air con since it is cooling a smaller space. Big thanks to Sophie's Mum for sewing them for us! We used a smaller piece of the same material under the bed instead of the wooden divide. You'll also notice we've recovered our seats - click here to see the article about the covers.



8.)  Improved LED Lighting
We've already wrote a post about LED lighting in our van, which cab new viewed by clicking this link. The only addition to which is a new home for our previously "too bright" 5050 LED strip - that is behind the curtain strip above the table. These are so bright that they light the whole van and use next to no power - meaning the roof mounted lights are now almost redundant!







9.) Improved Under-bed Organisation

To me the use of the under bed area makes or breaks the twin. We tried many combinations before arriving at this one. 4 large stacking boxes are accessible from the rear, while 4 further smaller stacking boxes are accessible from inside the van meaning nearly all of the available area is used. A small divide allows for leveling blocks, fiamma screens and folding chairs to be stacked without impeding the removal of the boxes which slide out with ease.

10.) Increased Battery Capacity
We managed to fit 2x 86AH batteries into the compartment with no problems at all, increasing our capacity to 172AH. Coupled with our 2x 11kg Gaslow kit we shouldn't have any issues with heating or lighting!


11.) Full length mirror in wardrobe
Sophie wanted a full length mirror, so we purchased 2x A3 perspex mirror sheets off eBay for under £10. Slight 'house of mirrors' effect where they join but for its use and the price I certainly won't be complaining!
















12.) Improved waste tank drain
Bought from CAK tanks and will be fitted shortly, check back for an update!













And here she is fitted. The cable ties are a temporary measure while I fabricate an L shaped bracket to support the front part of the drain, which is now flush with the valance and makes for much easier access and lining up of the van over a grate. The wooden support blocks, which are fixed to the chassis, will be painted black. Despite how it looks from the photo the pipe is totally level and drains effectively, the 40mm pipe fits into the existing waste tank attachment.

The parts were from CAK tanks:

RW40UNTH1Q (40mm Union) - £5.35
MDT040 (40mm megadrain tap) - £12.98
NIFELB040 (40mm elbow hose) - £5.45

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  1. Fantastic site, stumbled across you today surfing on my phone at work.
    Some excellent mods to your twin which if you don't mind I will be stealing and adding to ours.

    Thanks

    Mike

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  2. Lovely site! Doing some curtains across front of our cab ...have you put velcro across top aswell as the sides? Fleece is good idea -
    jane

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  3. Hi Jane,

    Yes we've put Velcro across the top. It needs to be an airtight seal to keep the cold air in the cab on a night! We fold them back and put a bulldog clip on the top - until we find a better solution! :)

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  4. Hi Adam & Sophie,

    Great to see you doing well on the trip around europe how was the Van running?

    Cheers,

    KTL boys!

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  5. Thinking of buying one of these as our first van to tour Europe next year. Some great ideas that look very well executed, thanks for sharing them.

    Nick

    Cambridge.

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  6. Hi, I am danish, ling in the UK. Nice to you visit my country. So lovely to see a young couple enjoying each others company and to use it to explore the world. If you need any info on Denmark, let me know!

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  7. Fantastic info on here, many thanks for that. We'll be nicking some ideas, especially the storage as downsizing from coachbuilt. We are just about to buy a 2009 Adria 4 twin based on the 2.3 fiat ducato. Can I ask you if you had any juddergate on yours as we are a bit concerned and can't find any firm evidence on Adria twins or 4 twins? We have test driven it but there are no hills nearby to test the reverse properly! Thanks. Pete

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  8. Hi Pete Had our Adria twin since 2009 2,3 engine no problems up mountains in Switerland drives like a dream . Having its 1st MOT Weds hope nothing major needs doing 20k miles has been wonderful Taken it to Greece and back to Devon no problem Looking forward to our next trip to Holland I definitely recommend the ADRIA TWIN Happy camping Bob

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  9. What a great site, very informative and full of great information. How did you manage to fit a 2100w Invertor?

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    1. Check out the Hairdryer post in Essential Guide for more information about the inverter. :-)

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  10. hi this is the best site i've come across,very good information and factual. best wishes.david and sue formby

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  11. will be using your tips soon. planning 6 months RV trip w the wife and 7 yo daughter through Europe. Thank you! 8o) J

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  12. Hello, I see your conversion allows you to sleep across the van. I am about to purchase the same model of van to convert. Would you mind telling me your height as I thought it would be too short width ways?
    Thanks in advance - Great site by the way!
    Steve

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    1. Hi Steve - Adam is 5"11 and had no problems stretching out. The Fiat Ducato / Citroen Relay is one of the few vans you can sleep across. The Sprinter / Crafter is too narrow. I think the new Renault Master is wide enough though!

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  13. Thanks for the quick reply. Being only short we shouldnt have any problems sleeping across then!

    Thanks again for all the upto date info on here, happy travels!

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  14. hello I have a 2.2 model, found your ideas inspiring!!. You say you fitted two batteries where did you purchase them from and what make where they and do you have a roof solar panel to top them up,
    I have a portable one. I am looking into having a roof solar panel fitted.
    thanks in advance

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