A luxury motorhome in a compact package, the Hymer Exsis-t 588 offers much to the downsizing motorcaravanner, as the Practical Motorhome review reveals
As motorcaravanners seek to downsize, Hymer provides another compelling reason to do so.
In 2014 Exsis-t continues Hymer’s push into the compact market, tapping into growing demand for smaller, lighter and more economical motorhomes.
This new three-strong range was an unexpected addition to the Hymer portfolio at the 2013 Düsseldorf show, and are the first low-profiles to carry the Exsis badge (‘Exsis’ was previously synonymous with Hymer’s compact A-class offering).
In the last few seasons, motorhome manufacturers have considered altering classifications as customers looked to downsize. So why not take the most desirable characteristics of an A-class motorhome and repackage them in a new, more affordable, low-profile line-up?
On the road
Four travel seats are provided, but not the berths to match, though a cost-option infill cushion will make one berth between the rotated passenger seat and the lounge sofa.
Unladen, the 588 weighs just 2860kg, so you can travel with two extra people, use the full 250kg capacity of the rear garage and still have spare payload to play with before getting close to 3500kg, the threshold below which you can drive a motorhome with an ordinary car licence.
Lounging & dining
this join on the 588, with overhead storage lockers that run from the front lounge into the cab, above upholstered B-pillars that feature reading lights.
The medium-tone cabinet work contrasts well with the cream-coloured fabrics and worktops to create a pleasant ambience. Our test ’van had the optional L-shaped lounge that seats three people, with five able to sit around the table when the front seats are rotated.
A large nearside window and optional skylight above the cab provide plenty
At the other end of the kitchen, the fridge with a separate freezer compartment sits under the combination oven/grill.
The galley is compact, so everything is close to hand.
Each of the twin beds measures 1.94m x 0.8m (6'4" x 2'8"). You can specify the beds at an extra-low height.
If you wish, you can turn the twin beds into a large double bed. Just drop down the wooden flap and fill the gap with a cushion (ordering this extra cushion will cost you £170).
Ample natural light floods in from two side windows and a rooflight.
With onboard tanks holding 100 litres of fresh water and 100 litres of waste water, you'll get a good shower when you're wild camping. With a 95Ah leisure battery and two 11kg gas bottles onboard, you'll be able to run the lights, heater, water heater and cooker and be self-sufficient off-grid.
Inside, the 588 has myriad storage options, from overhead lockers to drawers. The latter are preferable to cupboards because they free you from having to fish around in the furthest recesses under the galley for something that’s been pushed to the rear.
There’s a clever wardrobe at the foot of the offside bed that can be loaded from the top, and the spacious rear garage can be accessed from both sides of the van.
The payload is 640kg.
3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-402 bench toilet
Well-designed, beautifully built and weighing 2860kg unladen, the twin-bed Exsis-t 588 is a very desirable motorhome. If you fancy A-class comfort without the price premium, then the 588 is worth a close look.
- The Hymer Exsis-t 588 is an excellent low-profile coachbuilt motorhome for couples who like a little luxury
- The rear garage is another big 'plus'
- Onboard facilities are good enough for full-timing
- At almost 7m (22'9
- At £55,890 OTR (£65,195 as tested), it's not a budget van, but you get what you pay for.