Fancy an extended tour? These highly sought-after Hymer motorhomes will fit the bill perfectly.
All were built on a Fiat Ducato chassis-cowl with Al-Ko Kober galvanised chassis extensions, featuring independently sprung tandem rear axles – so six wheels in total. They take more weight, offer better roadholding and more assured braking than most motorhomes. In addition, the Al-Ko torsion bar suspension doesn’t go soft over time. You can read more about the Fiat Ducato here and watch a video as Practical Motorhome goes behind the scenes at Al-Ko.
Hymer’s E-Class is a high-end range on a par with the flagship Hymer S-Class motorhome, which is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
Tandem-axle layouts include the Hymer B 694 with low-level fixed transverse bed at the rear, B 694G with a high-level fixed transverse bed above a rear garage and the B 774 with twin high-level single beds above a narrower garage.
The tandem-axle E-class consisted of just one model, the E 690 with a low-level European-style French bed at the rear, with the washroom alongside.
- Hymer B-class and E-class tandem-axle models were built on Fiat Ducato base vehicles with Al-Ko Kober chassis
- Built 1995-2006 in Germany.
- Integral coachbuilt
- Overall length: most were 7.71m (25’3.5”) long
Tips to help you buy better
What to look out for
Look for a full service history to check the intervals between servicing rather than the mileage – especially important on low-milers. Early Fiat Ducato models had a habit of dropping the fifth gear, but it’s a cheap and easy repair and doesn’t require the gearbox to be removed. It’s a bluff front for the engine to push along so be prepared to spend a lot of time in fourth gear.
Early left-hand-drive examples lacked a gas oven and a microwave, so we recommend that you budget to buy a freestanding 230V halogen/microwave combi-unit and look for one that will fit in a kitchen cupboard.
Hymer has a good reputation for build quality, but there have been cases of water ingress and deterioration in the dimpled aluminium exterior wall cladding. However, in 2000 Hymer revised construction methods by introducing PUAL. It is a great insulator against temperature extremes and it also added tremendous rigidity to the build.
- Rock steady on the road
- Excellent build quality of cabinet work
- Generous payloads
- Layouts suitable for extended occupation
- Large turning circle
- Automatic transmission is not available in a right-hand-drive version of this motorhome
Our expert’s pick
- Older examples: Hymer E 690.
- Later examples: Hymer B 754 or Hymer B 774.
- We’d opt for left-hand drive if most of our driving was going to be done abroad
What to pay
1995 Hymer B 694s from just shy of £20,000 (typical dealer forecourt price).
Or you could try…
If you are looking for more motorhomes for sale, read our Practical Motorhome guides to buying used motorhomes. Our expert guides you in buying a secondhand Swift Kon-Tiki, made from 2007 onwards, a used Mobilvetta Euroyacht A-class, made from 1996 to 2002, and a used Chausson Flash motorhome, built on a Ford Transit base vehicle.
Or if you fancy something more modest, why not consider buying a used 1996-2006 Hymer B544, or a Compass Drifter motorhome built from 1987 to 1995? Or a go-anywhere campervan, the Romahome R30/Dimension. As well as our used ‘van buyer’s guides, we also have reviews of motorhomes tested by the Practical Motorhome team, including these Hymer motorhome reviews, many with video reviews of motorhomes.
Hymer motorhomes are sold all over the UK and you can find your nearest Hymer motorhome stockist here.
In 2000 Hymer revised construction methods by introducing PUAL