A tried and tested classic, the Coleman Chalet 9 CV tent has been used on family camping trips for years and continues to be one of our best selling tents.
Three rooms with zippered dividers and privacy screens, front and rear double mesh/nylon entry doors and an extendable front awning provide comfortable living space for the whole family. Adequately ventilated through two windows and numerous inner mesh panels, along with zippered roof vents that open up to reveal skylights in the central room.
Colour coded poles enable easy set-up of the geodesic frame and pre-tied guy ropes keep the tent steady in the wind. Finished off with an internal gear organizer and a wheeled carry bag the Coleman Chalet 9 CV is a complete camping package.
We have only set this tent up twice, but so far so good! It is quite easy to set up, even with little kids running around 'helping'. Plenty of room for the size.
There has been a strange staining on some parts that got wet. We let it dry before packing up, not sure what this would be?
But very happy with our choice. Great service from Snowy's too!
This is our first family tent and we're so happy with our choice. The first time we put it up the instructions confused us so we called Snowy's. The lovely woman in the office happened to have the same tent and talked us through it which we really appreciated. It's a decent size for 2 adults and 3 kids. Looking forward to many years of use out of this.
Bought this tent for first time family camping trip on Snowy’s recommended. Fits our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 kids (7) and (5) years no problem. Bedroom either end and middle room provides adequate storage. Power lead access from either side of the middle room allowed our camp fridge, fan etc and bedrooms fit 2 x stretcher beds and a queen air bed comfortably. First night the tent stood up to 98 k wind gusts, thunder and lightning where other dome tents did not. Several gazebo’s twisted and buckled but the Coleman Chalet 9 took a beating and held with no leaks. The Oztrail ultramesh tarp protected the underside of the tent well and setup from a trial run for 2 people was good as was the take down. 6 poles, clips on, fly over the top and peg it all down and the tent is good to go. You can hang/tie a light to several roof points inside and the storage pockets on the internal tent walls are great to hold your personal items. Overall this is a good quality family tent that meets our needs and surpasses our expectations. Good bang for buck on the price from Snowys. I’m not surprised, it has been a Coleman flagship seller for several years.
Fantastic review Jimbo! Thanks for sharing. Laine
The tent was great on our maiden trip together as a family of four. The 'check assembly' on the front lawn went well when we first got it, to make sure everything was included and we knew what we were doing. When we just went up the coast for a week of camping during the school holidays, we had to get the tent up quickly in a good weather window but since we already knew what we were doing it all went smoothly. The tent survived quite a downpour the first night - without a leak - and strong winds for most of the rest of the stay. In fact several other tents in the campground were collapsed and broken by the strong winds but the Chalet 9 CV stood strong through it all. Very roomy, which was important for 'inside time' considering the weather. The central room is wide enough for one of the large fold out tables from Bunnings, with a mat underneath to protect the floor. Perfect! So much space, did I mention that already..?
Great tent and easy to set up with just one adult and two kids. Heaps of room and plenty of ventilation but warm and snug at night.
Really great tent for the price, excellent quality with lots of space for sleeping mats but also a general area in the middle. Pretty quick to go up once you're used to assembling - goes down easily too.
Recommend both the tent but also the fantastic Snowy's customer service/quick shipping.
Unfortunately my tent has torn first use which is very disappointing. I haven't tried to return it yet, but since I was asked for a review....
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that Rich. When you have a sec, please shoot us an email ([email protected]) with a few more details and a couple of photos of the tear and we'll get back to you right away with the best gameplan for your return. Laine :)
We have two young children, of which this tent is perfect for. The additional room for storage and changing is awesome!
We had rain one night, of which we stayed dry and warm....can't recommend this tent highly enough.
First time family camping - 2 adults, 2 kids. Away for three week, but moving all the time - some places we only stayed 1 night. We fell in love with the tent on our holiday - heaps of room, solid, easy to put up and down, love the wheely bag.
Had 10 days camping in Robe, one of these days was a massive downpour with decent winds and the tent held up great.
I would like a ground sheet that covers not only the base of this tent but also allows for a table & chairs on the outside. What ground sheet would you recommend?
I often recommend the Oztrail Ultramesh Tarp for people looking for a groundsheet for larger tents. Although with the size of the tent and the fact that you're wanting to have some tarped area for a table & chairs, none of them will be quite big enough. It might be worth your while looking at grabbing a couple that you can put together to create a larger area.
Hi there, wondering how easily the Oztrail Delux Double Bunk will fit in one side of the Chalet 9 seeing as it is more of a dome tent rather than easy-up with straight walls?
Great question. It is possible to fit the Oztrail Bunk Bed, but as you mention, it's certainly a bit tight for space. It really depends on how you want to configure your layout. With the Chalet 9 CV, some squeeze it in on the sides of the room, while I've heard others place through the middle of the room and work around it.
Hi team, I purchased this tent from you guys and have used it a few times - it's great for our 2a 2c family, but want to be able to fit a third child if a we have an extra child join us on a camping trip. Just wondering if you could recommend a couple of options for fitting 3 kids (4-6 years old) in one end section?? I use the middle section for storage and stuff and not having one kid sleeping in the middle section by themselves. Thanks in advance.
The end section of the Coleman Chalet 9 CV Family Dome Tent is 200cm x 280cm which gives you two options to consider.
You can either look to fit 3x narrow sleeping mats (for instance, the Zempire Bomber Pad available here is only 76cm wide). However, this doesn't leave you much spare floor space.
Alternatively, you can look to add an Oztrail Bunk Bed which are available here or here. These allow you to double up the sleeping arrangements in a vertical sense, and as a result, then gives you additional floor space.
I am comparing the Coleman Chalet vs Coleman instant up gold 10p I see the waterproof rating is the same with these 2 tents. I prefer the traditional tent vs the instant up tents. I feel the Chalet would be more equipped to manage high winds than the instant tents range. Which of these 2 tents have higher water rating for the floor materials? thank you for answering my question.
Unfortunately, there is no waterhead rating provided for either these polyoxford or polyethylene floors. However, feedback has told us that both provide an incredible barrier against water. In all honesty, I don't think you could go wrong with either on floor materials with these two tents.
You're spot on in terms of wind, in that the Chalet 9 CV will provide greater structural support due to its design, however again, the Instant Up range has proven (when set up with guy ropes) to be a very durable tent through weather conditions. The obvious upside to the Instant Up is the setup time and the time you save.
Hi, I was wondering if you also sell the added on vestibule? As in the Chalet 9 CV Plus. If so how much is it? Thank you.
The Chalet 9 CV Plus model was discontinued a while ago, and as far as I can find out from the supplier, the vestibule is not available as a separate item to purchase.
Hi, I also had a look at the colemans site at this tent and they list a permanently attached led light on the chalet tent. I was wondering where this is and how it is permanently attached? Or do you have a version of this tent that doesn't have one, as my friend has this tent and it doesn't have a light. Thanks
Hi Liz. Thanks for your question. The Chalet 9 CV Family Dome Tent has a small LED light on a lanyard which is placed just inside the door with the function to allow you to find your way inside the tent when it is dark. It isn't really designed as a light that will illuminate your tent at night time, however there are tent lights on the market that can do this for you, or you could simply use a lantern to do the same thing. Companion LED Utility Tent Light would be a good option or the Companion Tent Fan with LED Light for the warmer months of the year.
Hi Robbie, with both models just keep in mind that the recommended amount of people is more of a guide. While a tent may be able to fit 10 people, it’s likely to be more comfortable with a few less than that. The layout of the Chalet 9 will probably feel more spacious and livable inside as it has three areas that can be sectioned off, whereas there is only one divider inside the Instant Up 10. Keep in mind that the setup of these tents are vastly different - so while space and comfort is important, the Instant Up tent will be a quick set up while the Chalet 9 will take you a longer amount of time.
G’day Robbie, the Coleman Chalet 9 CV Family Dome Tent is not an instant pop up tent, it’s got a fairly traditional frame so you will need to spend more time on pitching this tent in comparison to the Instant Up range. But the Chalet 9 will perform slightly better in windy conditions so it’s a trade-off between speed of set up and performance in windier weather.
So that all windows, and ventilation areas can be sealed in windy weather. Also, the picture suggests the inner doors are solid at the bottom and mesh at the top, is this correct, or is privacy between rooms possible?
Hi Susie, the tent has waterproof polyester flaps that go over the mesh windows. The skylights can also be zipped up to prevent wind and rain coming in. Privacy is indeed possible as the mesh panel at the top of the doors can be zipped up.
I have small children who nap and are sensitive to light (wake up as soon as they see sunlight). I'm wondering how dark the tent is or if there is an accessorie I can purchase that we can drape etc to make the children's room darker?
Is it a great deal harder than the easy up range? I'm wanting best value for money and not to complicated for set up
Hello! Just wondering about buying this tent. We are in Melbourne. In the hopefully unlikely event that something breaks how do we go with replacement parts or warranty issues? Also - just wondering how easy it is to get the tent back into the bag?
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