Beautifully built. Superbly finished. Don’t underestimate Hymer’s very strong links with Mercedes, either. Start from the right base and build this ‘van to your own specifications for a very special motorhome.
Did you expect it to come cheap? It doesn’t, but it’s still fantastic value for money.
Mercedes Sprinter base vehicle
Bench toilet in washroom
Lack of seated headroom in bed
Limited space in lounge
Now if you thought that motorhome pricing was all over the place, brace yourself for more of the same. With MC standing for ‘Modern Comfort’, this latest Hymer series was introduced just last year.
The 600 is a new addition to this range of low-profiles and coachbuilts, with eight models in total, all based on Mercedes’ latest – dare I say, best? – Sprinter.
Officially, they start on the 3500kg Sprinter 314, coupled to Hymer’s SLC chassis extension. However, one of your first moves is likely to be to up to the 414 base, as here, and its 3880kg rating – driving licence permitting, of course.
That gives you a distinct payload advantage – up from a healthy enough 555kg to a positively generous 935kg – and chances are, you’ll need it. This is a Hymer, which means the usual vast array of optional extras. But start with the main Packs.
The most noticeable aspect of the drive is how quiet it all is - testament to Hymer's conversion work
Up front, nobody would call the lounge large, but it’s a typical Continental formula – settee, inward-facing single seat and both cab seats swivel – all set around a fully adjustable, fixed pedestal-leg table.
The central kitchen (and washroom) make the most of the space. The kitchen squeezes in a full Spinflo cooker (an option), but still offers lots of storage, with lower-level drawers, and hooks. The sink cover acts as splashback and chopping board. You’ll also get a 142-litre Thetford fridge with freezer compartment.
The washroom is clever. The bench toilet makes perfect sense: they’re a lot easier to clean around. Facing it, the shower cubicle might seem an odd shape, but it’s merely making the most of the space – the duckboards are an essential extra. Similarly, the fixed basin is shaped to help with the overall ergonomics.
The single beds have superior cold-foam mattresses on loose membranes, for support and ventilation. Other details include a plastic tray between the beds, two-stage reading lamps, a rooflight and a privacy curtain. But you’ll struggle to sit upright in bed. There’s storage space in the foot of each bed, with a wardrobe on the nearside and a cupboard offside.