For the first time, caravan maker Stealth has launched a model aimed at families.
Its previous caravans appealed to couples and had a fixed bed theme but the T58 is a six-berth, triple-bunk model.
There are three bunks in a stack and a room designed with children in mind at the rear of the caravan. This Stealth’s angular looks will turn heads on any campsite.
The Stealth version of this classic layout is utterly different from anything else. Stark angles, black front, black windows and white sides give it a dramatic exterior – and inside a T58 you’ll find the monochrome look continues. Some may find it too minimalist, as we did…but only at first.
The front windows are single-piece. While we love windows that give panoramic views, there is something about Stealth windows that will divide opinion – they’re very dark. While this serves to prevent people from staring in it doesn’t create a cosy ambience. Inside, this caravan has a cold look even on a sunny day.
There are plenty of positives about the T58 – especially in the rear family area. The most important feature here is the solid, sliding door. This really is a cohesive family room. A settee spans the width from the bunks to the nearside wall, and a seat faces you across the table. Four small children can easily sit here.
It also makes the best use of space. An example is all the top cabinets have shelves. And those at the front reach right into the caravan’s corners.
A brilliant feature of this caravan can also be found in the kitchen – an extra working surface pulls out from above the fridge
We also love the ingenious aperture for footwear under the rear-facing seat in the family area – you can take shoes off at the door and pop them into this opening.
The washroom is stylish with a fruit bowl-style washbasin that sits up on the black shiny cabinet top, and a deep mirror to the wall behind it.
The Intrepid’s standard kit includes a remote control alarm with what Stealth describe as ‘invisible radar sensors’. Buyers will get insurance discounts for this.
The six Stealth layouts each come in three specification levels: Valiant (the lowest), Intrepid (the mid-range) and Defiant (with the highest spec). Within each of these a number of extras are available.
These include AL-KO ATC stability control system, AL-KO Secure wheel lock (it comes with the receiver) both of which of course qualify the caravan for further insurance discounts. Other options include a Truma motor mover, at £1385, leather upholstery, £1,525, and a coloured nosecone instead of black.
Everything about this caravan is solid and substantial. Cupboard doors close with satisfying clunks and the rear table, which clips to the wall, has a leg with a T-shaped cross-section, like you’d find on freestanding tables. We would have liked a large rooflight in the rear family area.
Lengths: Body 5.80m, Overall 7.34m
Weight: 1443kg (MRO) 1618kg (MTPLM)
Cost to insure: £241 *
* Caravan insurance cost based on 2012 Stealth Intrepid valued at £17,800. Fitted with hitchlock, alarm (standard on this model), Al-Ko Secure wheel lock (receiver fitted as standard, lock purchased as optional extra) and Al-Ko ATC stabiliser (optional extra) and kept on drive behind 24 hour locked gates at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 07.10.11.