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Read Practical Motorhome's review of the Hymer T 674SL, a 'van that is ideal for year round touring
Those who travel year-round will appreciate the high levels of winterisation in Hymer. The Hymer's waste tank is insulated and heatable, whereas it's either an option or not available at all on many rivals.
The Hymer's door feels very sturdy: it has a triple-locking system and concealed hinges, but doesn't lock centrally from the cab doors. It also has no electric step - instead, it has a deep doorwell, 38cm off the ground, which doubles as a step.
On the road
The view out is pretty good, but there's no rear window or reversing camera as standard. 'Split' door mirrors that allow you to see the kerbside help make rearward vision better, though.
The two forward-facing, belted rear seats give plenty of legroom. Tall people may struggle to sit comfortably on the nearside seat under the overhead cupboards, but at least the two speakers below the cupboards will help entertain them while on the road.
Lounging & dining
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Extractor fan
Thetford C-250 toilet
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.