Which got off to a good start with our new slogan
We started the new season with a modernised logo ("...mit einem Nellen-Zelt wie zu Hause" - “Feel at home in a Nellen tent“) and our renewed internet début…
The Think Tank
Nellen-Zelte – Nellen Tents
A company with more than 30 years’ experience
The married craftspeople Willi and Margarete Nellen started producing caravan awnings in 1969. The brand name Nellen-Zelte quickly became established thanks to the couple’s excellent skills and the outstanding results.
This year proved yet another year of innovations for Nellen-Zelte: we succumbed to demand and expanded our product range, adding the panorama canopy and the thermo canopy (see “Original“ catalogue).
Nellen-Zelte produces a special new awning design – “Alpenstar” – using the individual component construction system. Winter campers in particular are thrilled with this ideal awning, which is equipped with all the features the season requires: quick assembly/dismantling (approx. 3 hours), fully insulated, 100% stability and interesting design.
Nellen-Zelte revolutionised the tent trade with an almost condensation-free awning, something campers had always hoped for, using thermo material, which is fast becoming the new awning material.
In 2000, Nellen-Zelte focused its attention on developing a “winter-proof“ pavilion. Aluminium frames and PVC materials were used to create an as yet unequalled pavilion.
Nellen-Zelte became the first company in the sector to use the “thermo tent roof“ – a new development which prevents the formation of a high level of condensation. An additional side-effect is the increased sound insulation during rain showers, for example. The tarpaulin’s outer layer consists of PVC, with its underside manufactured from 4mm thick closed-pore PVC foam, approximately 1500g/m2, in beige, grey or white. See pages 11 and 45.
During this year, Nellen-Zelte used their innovative strength to the full. A caravan canopy was included in their range, to the delight of many campers, which can be transported with the camper van.
In 1994, Nellen-Zelte developed a recirculating air awning heating system, expanding the range with an integrated gutter system for the mountain refuge, forester’s house, forester’s house (individual construction) and snow hut models.
In 1993, Nellen-Zelte developed a ventilation plate for the mountain refuge, forester’s house/individual construction and snow hut tents, which guaranteed optimum awning ventilation.
During this year, overwhelming customer demand led the company to produce the “mountain refuge” awning. This was a specific, all-inclusive awning, where the customer was able to select their preferred design from a wide range of accessory parts including interior lining and even wooden panelling without having to pay any extra charge.
In 1985, Nellen -Zelte was the first ever company to present an awning with a laminated frame at the Caravan Salon in Essen.
In 1984, Nellen -Zelte expanded their product range, adding caravan canopies to the selection on offer. In the meantime, Nellen-Zelte canopies achieve some of the highest sales figures in Europe.
During this year, a componential awning was developed, this derived from the prefab house system. Prefabricated individual components were produced in accordance with the unit construction system, subsequently fully insulated and wood-panelled before being linked by means of a self-bolting aluminium framework. This allowed individual requirements in terms of size and equipment to be taken into account, saving both time and money in the process.
During this year, Willi Nellen revived the idea of the camper van. He developed an awning with a quadruple-edged, aluminium frame. The stable frame even allowed the awning to be inhabited in winter without the need for additional supporting struts. Back then, this was a revolution in the tent sector, but has now become a much-imitated matter of course.
Willi Nellen developed the first rear panel frame under the motto “The caravan may drive off, but the awning stays put.” The vision of the free-standing awning had become reality.
Nellen-Zelte: a self-generating philosophy
The early beginnings in needlework and sewing developed over the years, working to a distinct individual dynamic, complemented by metalworking and joiner’s workshops in the years that followed. The combination of all three crafts under one roof proved extremely advantageous, reducing costs and considerably improving the price-performance ratio.