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Read the Practical Motorhome review of the Hymer Van 522 for the definitive verdict
It does have a sensible, sliding wooden bathroom door to avoid clashing with the fridge across the corridor. The Van also boasts a near-level living-area floor, which is rare for a compact motorhome. There is a slight step up into the cab but it is negligible and covered in hard-wearing checkerplate. Headroom is adequate throughout.
All in all, the Van 522 is perfectly functional and so is likely to appeal to its original market – sporty motorcaravanners who want to use their ’van as a base for their chosen activity. It has great storage capacity and is practical, but it lacks comfort and the interior feels a bit ‘cold’.
On the road
It does not have a rear window or reversing camera, and the armrests on the outside of the seats do not swivel around as they are actually built into the cab doors.
Lounging & dining
There is a swivelling flatscreen TV bracket, and a three-point 240V socket in the base of the bench seat.
There is enough storage space for food and kit to feed two or three people, including a cutlery drawer and overhead lockers. One of the two lower cupboards is largely taken up by the sink, however.
Storage around the bed is stylishly achieved by three lockers and extra storage space in the steps, which slide out neatly from under the bed – itself a better solution than a wobbly ladder.
Unusually, the extra single bed runs lengthwise. It uses the swivelled cab seat to make up its base, with a rather ill-fitting infill cushion laid on top.
Cramming extra storage capacity into every available space is a theme in this Hymer. Wherever you look there are storage nets and pockets, making it a practical ’van.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet, Bi-fold shower door
The Van retains its appeal but its practical interior feels less homely than some compact motorhomes.
- Good headroom in double bed, with clever step system in base.
- No offside single seat; lack of cupboard space in kitchen.