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Review Of The Sunncamp Elan 200 For 365 Camping Caravanning

 

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Sunncamp Elan 200
(Sleeping Capacity 2 persons)

 

 

 

 

 

The Tent
 

Part of the Sunnflair Sunncamp ‘Platinum’ range of tents for 2010 the new Elan 200 is heralded as “perfect for couples looking for a 2 berth tent with loads of livings space and loads of light”. Having only seen pictures of the tent I was a little unsure about purchasing one but it looked, on paper, just what I was looking for so I took the plunge and generally wasn’t disappointed. Easy to pitch (as one), seems solid as a rock (especially with all the pegging points and guylines), standing room throughout, large light living area, excellent quality for the price and lots of features. On first seeing the Elan 200 erected it speaks quality and deserves it’s place in Sunnflairs Sunncamp ‘Platinum’ range of tents. But how can Sunnflair produce such quality at a low price?, well closer inspection is required. The roof poles are fibreglass and not steel like the support legs, both entrance doors have mesh omitted hence you do not have the option of allowing the required extra ventilation through the doors on a hot summers day whilst keeping the annoying flying insects out of the tent. The living area clear windows are fixed so no option to unzip these for extra ventilation. The rear ‘gusseted’ door can be pegged down at each corner on the outside but is held at the centre base by just a small Velcro tab which allowed a cold draught to billow into the tent, I added a long strip of self adhesive Velcro to the inside of the door and a couple of ‘Clingons’ (tm) to the outside to keep the draught out. The Elan 200 does not have an optional canopy as yet which is a shame, the Sunncamp universal ‘Verano’ canopy may be an option but as it’s 210cm in height and the Elan 200 is 200cm then I doubt it’ll be a perfect fit ...... but with a bit of searching I found a perfect match:- the Khyam Sun Awning (see pics above), an excellent addition which complements the Elan 200 nicely.

 

Features

 

Side door with eyebrow porch
Canopy door with gussets to opposite side
Porch poles included
Large front picture windows with internal curtain
Two side windows with internal curtain
Two vents with stiffened cover to both living and bedroom areas
Zipped rear vent to bedroom
Single two berth bedroom area
Access to bedroom via ‘D' doors with secondary mesh
Integral organiser to bedroom wall

Storage pockets to bedroom area
Cable entry point
Cable tidy
‘O' ring hanging point in living area
Double seamed zips on doors
Additional valance/mudwall for extra protection
Pitching: Flysheet first (as one)
Hydrostatic Head: 3000mm
Poles: Steel and fibreglass
Inner Tent: Breathable Polyester
Groundsheet: Sewn into flysheet
Oversized Carry Bag


Size and Weight
Length: 420cm
Width: 240
Height: 200cm
Weight: 25.9kg
 

Pros and Cons

 

Pros

Cons

Excellent quality
Quick pitch
Spacious living area
Sturdy
Adjustable pegging straps
Panoramic windows
2 entrances

No mesh option on entrance doors
Windows do not open
Rear ‘gusseted’ door held with small Velcro attachment at base
A couple of extra pegging point at the base of the bedroom area of the tent would be nice but this can be overcome by utilising a couple of ‘Clingons’ (tm)

 

The Cost
Around £180


Verdict

All in all an excellent tent for the price, I bought the Elan 200 as a quick pitch weekend tent but I could easily utilise it (and be happy in it) for longer.
 

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Reviewed by Camper Pete  (04/2010)


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