Bedford-based Stealth has made a few changes for 2012, introducing a new range, Concordia, and dropping two other ones (Valiant and Defiant). Concordia features three models: the two-berth Harmony, the four-berth Serenity and the five-berth Tranquility. Of all the layouts, the family-friendly Tranquility is the most interesting, and it's the one we’re looking at here. </p><p><br />Since launching a couple of years ago, Stealth vans have been an acquired taste for most caravanners, thanks to their distinctive but unconventional look and feel. Concordia has been designed to change all that, in an attempt to give the Stealth brand mainstream appeal. Inside you’ll find many of the same components and equipment fitted in other British caravans, with a few quirks left in for good measure. </p><p><br />Chief among these is the ‘sunken’ front chest, which pushes the traditional centre chest into the space where the gas bottles would normally reside – in the middle of the front locker. The bottles have been moved to either end of the locker and the space vacated is now taken up by a chest unit featuring a 12V, 32-litre cool box. This has been included to offer cold storage for bottles and cans, so that space in the fridge can be freed up for food. </p><p><br />This arrangement also results in a longer lounge area, which sports sofa-style seating, and the creation of a deep front shelf upon which you could plonk a whopping 40in flat panel TV and still have room to spare. According to our resident forecourt sniffer, Jenko, 'sinking' the centre chest into the caravan's front wall has been done before, many years ago. But Stealth's execution of it is particularly good, he adds. Time will tell if this catches on elsewhere in the British market, but it's one of several interesting design touches Stealth has come up with in the Concordia range.
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Stealth makes a confident bid for mainstream acceptance with the Concordia range, and Tranquility is the most interesting model. The lounge feels upmarket and the spec throughout the van is good, with sought-after items like Alde wet central heating. The layout makes perfect sense for families, as the amidships washroom means that occupants of either end won't have to creep past each other to get to the washroom in the small hours. At just under £20,000 this isn't a cheap caravan, but you do get plenty of toys for your cash. And that dedicated children's room at the rear means you've got the space for a few more.
- Lounge has showroom appeal and is backed up by a decent kitchen and very presentable washroom
- The children's room at the back of the van is a real highlight, as it offers a space that is completely discrete from the rest of the caravan
- Exterior appearance won't offend traditionalists looking for a stylish but distinctive package
- Storage may be limited for a family of five, as wardrobe hanging space is in short supply
- Beige sofa fabric is not the most practical colour for families
- Control panel situated in the lounge won't please experienced caravanners used to switching on the caravan from the entrance door
- Lack of A-frame fairing makes front of caravan look unfinished