Beautifully designed and a good all-year ‘van, but others (such as the TEC Freetec 708Ti) have better layouts.
Wonderful interior fit and finish
High level of winterisation.
Forward-opening washroom door
No option of an oven in the kitchen.
There’s a front-end half dinette and a front-end kitchen. Although easy access to the kitchen from the dinette will suit some people, entry to the cab area (and the two swivel dining seats) would be restricted while a cook is at work – more so when the table is extended. The area is all lit by a large, panoramic vent. Headroom is around two metres.
The lounge is a comfortable, relaxing place to be. Swathes of quality fabrics curtain the windows, and the cupboards above feel sturdy although they are fairly low over the dinette bench so anyone over 5ft 10ins tall would struggle to sit comfortably by the window; even if you’re shorter, it’s still a little claustrophobic.
There’s room (and sockets) for a flatscreen TV and the lounge has directional reading lamps that handily slide along a rail.
The kitchen is at the front of the ‘van, opposite the dinette – handy for serving food, but less so for allowing diners access to the cab while a meal is being prepared. Many competitors have their kitchens at the midway point.
A downside of the stylish kitchen – particularly so for the British market – is that there is no option of an oven. It’s fairly well equipped, though – you get an extractor fan above the worktop, as well as a Heki roof lights for natural illumination.
We were not sure why the designers chose to fit a forward-facing door on this model: when the door is open, there’s a mere 33cm of space to squeeze through. Once you are inside, though, it’s a pleasant place to be and two large mirrors increase the sense of space. There’s plenty of room to move around and the shower is fairly big, although the large, plastic seat within it eats up some of the room. The shower also has a high, 22cm lip to prevent water spillage but this lip might prove impractical for older people. There’s little storage space: just a plastic-fronted cupboard, one cubby hole and a plastic soap dish. The sink is a bit on the small side, too – just 31cm in diameter.
There are two single beds arranged longitudinally at the rear (the gap can be filled to create a spacious double) and a curtain at the end of the bed separates the primary sleeping area from the rest of the ‘van.
The Hymer has a particularly comfortable mattress (sprung, as opposed to some rivals’ foam versions) and an ingenious double-bed conversion: pull forward the board from between the two singles, extend the cleverly concealed ladder and insert the remaining cushions. Also, the steps up to the singles have lights to one side to help you find your way in the dark. However, there’s no aerial or 240V socket in the bed area for those who might want to install a small TV.
Unlike many rival motorhomes, the Hymer doesn’t have large lockers under the beds, but there are deep storage bins under its bed steps.
The high, twin-single beds – a £1161 cost option – allow for a large garage. Hymer leaves the garage’s weight limit to the owner’s discretion, up to the maximum weight allowed on the rear axle – however, we would advise future owners against loading the garage with kit weighing much over 200kg, as it could affect the vehicle’s stability.
Internally, you get a half-length wardrobe, while the fresh water tank occupies the area under the dinette bench.