|Cabanons latest trailer tent is a modern
looking dome, with integrated/zipped in ground sheet which uses only 3
poles. It comes in a standard version, the L without a kitchen, or the DL
with kitchen. It comes with the option of a brake and storage box for the
trailer and also an additional sun canopy for the awning.
We collected our Cabanon Stratos trailer tent at the beginning of April
2006, after a slight hitch (forgive the pun) – none of the electrics worked
on our newly installed tow bar, they were fixed the same day but it meant
that we didn’t get the TT until a day later than planned. Casey’s Camping
near Chester gave a full demonstration of how to erect and then pack away
the trailer then ran through and gave some useful tips on how to erect the
We had the L model (without the kitchen) and without a brake – we have all
our camping equipment including stove etc from our days in a tent.
Having never towed before I was slightly anxious about how it would feel
and what difference it would make to the cars performance. But I needn’t of
worried – after a few minutes I practically forgot it was there and had a
shock a couple of times, when catching a glimpse, in the rear view mirror,
of this large green thing tail gaiting me.
The only time I have really been aware of it was when trying to do hill
starts while going over some of the passes in Snowdonia and needing to rev a
bit harder to pull away.
The trailer is stable, doesn’t bounce around much or appear to sway with the
wind or at speed.
The instructions provided by Cabanon are concise and simple to follow but
don’t include details of how to erect the Stratos awning – just the frame
style awnings. Though, after an email to Cabanon and a quick response, we
had some very good instructions including some clear photographs.
The trailer is simple to erect – first remove the tarp cover, light board
and the awning canvas (which is stored flat on top), and seat cushions. Then
level the trailer and drop and secure the four corner supports, open up the
frame with the canvas attached and then slide the frame to its full height
(at this point you can either pull the canvas down or leave it up while you
open up the beds). Adjust the leg supports on the beds, clip up the bedrooms
and roof lining and peg it all out including the two rear guys.
This takes two of us about 10 minutes to get it fully erect and pegged out
and is very straight forwards.
Now lay out the ground sheet and attach it to the trailer with the two
buttons (like on a duffel coat!) on each corner, the ground sheet then gets
pegged out starting with the corners (tip - don’t peg it to tight). Then the
two hoped poles with feet are joined together, these are linked with shock
cord, and then laid on the ground sheet – the instructions recommend that
these are laid the same way but it is easier to put them in if one hoop
faces the trailer and the other outwards.
Next lay out the awning over the ground sheet and hoops and start to zip it
to the trailer – at this point we have found it easier if you also attach
the zips to the ground sheet and zip those around a few centimetres, then
continue to zip it all the way up to the top of the trailer (may be
difficult for the vertically challenged! But you can stand in the foot well)
this is done from underneath the awning. Then zip the awning to the ground
Assemble the last hoop (but not the spiked feet) and thread it through the
sheath in the porch ensuring that the ties are either side of the pole and
then attach the spiked feet and then loosely guy it with the central webbing
Then go inside the awning and zip the two hoops (the one nearest the trailer
first) into their sheaths while walking them into position.
Back outside and peg it all out – easy! It takes us about an hour from
arriving on site to sitting down and having a cup of tea (or a beer!) and
being fully sorted.
Living in it!
The Stratos provides first class accommodation; the bedrooms have plenty
of room even with two adults in and the foam mattresses are suitably thick
and comfortable, there is plenty of headroom, there are also windows/vents
that open into the awning (or outside if you don’t erect the awning). There
are seat cushions all around the outside of the foot well of the trailer
which cover ample storage lockers and two reasonably sized draws at the back
of the trailer. While stood in the foot well there is ample head room.
At the back of the trailer there is a large vented window with fly screen
and privacy flap. It also has vents that can be pegged out on either side of
the bedrooms so plenty of ventilation if required.
The trailer and beds feel very stable and solid with no movement once put
The awning is spacious and light, thanks to its light coloured ground sheet
and three large widows. The windows all have built in fly screens and fold
down, zipped privacy flaps which tuck into pouches at the bottom when opened
– and no curtains! The front wall of the awning can also be completely
The awning has plenty of room for chairs, table, kitchen (or stove) and
still does not feel claustrophobic with four adults sat around on a wet day.
The built in ground sheet provides additional protection from the worst of
the weather. But there is plenty of opportunity to open it all up to cool
down. Next to the door flap there is a small zipped flap for EHU cable.
The porch is fantastic (we have cut a piece of ecomat to fit in here) and
use this space for cooking as it is sheltered from the wind – in fact it is
a sun trap.
We also use the under bed areas for storage, a surf board and mountain board
under one side and an under bed tent is used for clothes and bags etc. under
When packed up all our camping equipment goes into the trailer (except the
cold box and a box of food which go in the boot to be re-stocked) this
includes the stove, folding picnic table, gas cylinders the list goes on and
on – but we can get it all in, in either the foot well or the storage
As you would expect from Cabanon the quality of the fabrics and materials
used is very high and the manufacturing is first class. The cotton canvas is
very thick (and heavy) so provides some insulation against the elements, and
there were no signs of leaks, it also dried very quickly despite a good
soaking. It is very stable in the wind, we all felt very secure sleeping in
it and it was much warmer than sleeping on the ground.
The Stratos is a fantastic new concept in the trailer tent market
with its revolutionary new design and fitted ground sheet; it looks
great in the blue and beige colour scheme and provides superb
accommodation. It is straight forwards and easy to pitch, though it is a
two person job.
It is well put together and made of top quality materials and fabrics
and therefore should have a good resale value in the future. We have
also had excellent customer support from Cabanon.
The down side – we can no longer put a car in the garage as that is
where the TT lives, we had to change our ferry to France as we are too
long to go on speed ferries! And you have to think carefully if stopping
off somewhere on the way to and from a site as parking can be a problem
with a trailer.
We bought our Stratos on a spur of the moment decision after seeing it
on display and falling in love with the concept and design and have not
regretted it for a minute.
Where can I get one from?
You can find out more about the Cabanon Stratus and the available