With its canvas sides and orange and green colour cues, the Holtkamper Cocoon S wouldn’t look out of place on an African safari camp. You can just imagine enjoying a nice cream tea in it, before climbing into the rear of a Land Rover, binoculars at the ready to spot some big cats on the move before sundown.
A product that redefines the meaning of the word ‘clever’, this Dutch-made folding trailer tent knocked us sideways when we first saw it at the NEC show in autumn 2011. Holtkamper is a family-owned firm that has been manufacturing high-quality tents for more than 80 years. And it shows: the concept, design and finish of the Cocoon S is top drawer.
It defies belief that such an unassuming object transforms into a thing of beauty, but the clue is in the name. In a matter of minutes, this checkerplate-sided trailer becomes a handsome tent that will sleep two or more occupants in considerable comfort.
Pitching and setting up
Once on site, you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Position the trailer where you want it, drop the heavy-duty steadies and unzip the top cover. The front canopy is permanently attached to the rest of the tent, the groundsheet is already zipped in and, with only three external poles plus guy ropes to contend with, assembly is straightforward.
And we’re not just saying that. Because it’s easier to show rather than tell, click on the 'Video' tab at the top of the page to see how easily the Cocoon S goes up.
An optional 'Adventure Tent' can be used to provide additional sleeping space for children. This can be attached to the main tent, or used as a stand-alone tent if little ones want their own space. It’s accessed via a zipped door in the living area and has its own groundsheet.
The 'BaseKitchen' comes with storage, too. Plastic containers clip onto the bottom of the fold-down flap in the kitchen unit's lid, and provide handy storage for everyday foodstuffs and utensils.
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5/5: An elegant, expansive living space that packs neatly away into a 3m x 1.5m trailer. It's clever and good-looking, too.
- Ingenious design that works brilliantly
- Once you've mastered the setup procedure, you can convert your trailer tent into plush living quarters in just 20 minutes
- The Cocoon S has looks to die for, too
- It may seem expensive, but you get what you pay for, and with the Holtkamper Cocoon S you get plenty for your cash
- Lacks washroom so you'll have to use sites with facilities
- No heater supplied so only suitable for two-season touring