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Secondhand motorhomes for sale represent great value for money, as Practical Motorhome discovered in its review of this used Hymer B544
For less than £30,000, you could be driving the pinnacle of motorhome ownership - an A-Class. How do you get into the A-Class club for this money? Simple - buy used.
This Hymer B-Class is an excellent example of the class, and as a second-hand buy it represents great value for money - it's winterised, has lots of standard equipment and its internal finish is like new. Still want that brand-new 'van?
You get a double-floor where the water tanks are housed, and they’re accessible through internal floor hatches. However, the habitation area door is on the ‘wrong’ side.
On the road
On the road, you do notice the size of the vehicle, although the Al-Ko chassis cuts out the body-roll you might find in a similarly-sized, standard chassis coachbuilt. The driving experience is generally a quiet one, too, with not too much engine noise.
A-class windscreens provide excellent views, though the distance from there to the dashboard can be off-putting at first. The lounge windows in the 544 offers good all-round visibility akin to a van conversion, but the view through the rear window is restricted by the adjustable dinette/travel seat headrests.
There are captain seats in the cab with front and rear height adjustment, and there’s plenty of room for four dinette passengers.
We would recommend taking any potential used buy to a weighbridge because specification and payloads can vary considerably (see our ten-step guide to test driving by clicking here).
Lounging & dining
All the living area is well lit, thanks to the big windscreen, large side windows and rooflights.
The 544 benefits from a light, removable table, but this does not affect the more pronounced corridor-effect from which some other, similar motorhomes suffer.
We were most impressed by the 544’s pleasant ‘entrance hall’ effect, due to the presence of the sideboard. However, the coat hooks above the sideboard and atop its chromed pole are not all that practical.
The 544 offers lots of seating space, with a no-fuss dinette for four. However, only the passenger cab seat swivels and although there are lots of seats, dinette occupants sit more upright which makes this the least social space of the four ’vans on test. It is nevertheless still a pleasant area.
The superbly supportive upholstery is still firm even after this amount of time. For watching TV, there’s a locker-height cabinet, but it’s too lofty for comfortable viewing, though it wouldn’t be too hard to fit a flatscreen TV mounting.
Storage space is good: you get a slide-out bin and wire tray in the double cupboard beneath the sink, and the sideboard cupboard can also be used by the cook.
Inside, locker storage is pretty good. There are excellent gas-strut sofa bases which are easy to raise for access to a huge space, while both of the dinette seats have hinged tops that offer yet more room.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-402 bench toilet
Big payload, low mileage, and ‘as-new’ fabrics. A classic floorplan and a true family-berth, with large lounge and six travel seats.
- Excellent dining space
- Sleeps five comfortably.
- No oven
- Small, combined washroom
- Poor TV position.