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Old 10-11-2018, 09:41 PM   #1
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Hymer FG, new kid on the block?

Got a chance to visit the RV show this past week in Pomona Ca. Largest show in Kali. My friend , Andrew was looking at a class B made by Hymer, Canadian.
On the lot were 2 of their travel trailers. Looked like fiberglass exterior. I started talking with a company rep. Asked what the exterior bottom material was? Fully wrapped FG underneath. I looked, yep. The only part of the trailer I don't like is the pop up material. I asked about the leakage factor of the pop- up.

So anyway does this German trailer built in Canada deserve to be listed as a FG trailer?

https://www.gohymer.com/touring-gt-overview/

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Old 10-12-2018, 05:15 AM   #2
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Looks nice, but personally wouldn't buy a trailer that popups, or has a slide-out, I like the solid feeling of the fiberglass egg style. Didn't see a price, but probably in the $30,000 and up range.

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I like the interior and exterior finishes, windows and door. Don't care for cassette toilet, small fridge and gray tank. Overall, looks like a nice addition to the FGRV family.
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The modern styling is most similar to The Nest... Definitely like the styling.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:57 AM   #5
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This trailer is the North American version of the iconic Eriba trailers, made by Hymer in Germany. Eribas in Europe have a cult status, just like Airstreams over here, they have been around for decades, and they are very sought after in the used market.
A couple years back, Hymer bought Roadtrek, a Canadian class B manufacturer, and announced they will introduce the Eriba trailers to the NA market.

Not sure about the NA version, but the original Eribas are aluminium-skinned over a tube framing.

I was glad a euro manufacturer was coming to NA. The built quality and the interior finish of most euro RVs/trailers is light-years ahead of most of what is built here, including Airstream (never saw an Oliver trailer in person but they look to me like the only one that approaches euro products in term of quality and look).

So I was expecting that maybe this new player would make NA manufacturers improve their offer and built quality, but now I'm not so sure. A few weeks ago Hymer was bought by... THOR.
No good news IMO. It will be interesting to see if the renown product quality from THOR's Hymer division will improve the crap that comes out of most THOR factories, or if it will be other way around...
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I was thrilled to see a new entrant into the FG business until I saw this:

"A few weeks ago Hymer was bought by... THOR."
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Bummer....
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I have been following this for a few years as they have built the factory and sought North American approvals and certifications for some of their components. There were several listed for sale earlier this year, though now I only see one.

I like it. Although I anticipate that we are going to remain committed to the Escape 21, I always remain interested in finding something a little lighter and simpler.

I had a pop-top on a 1965 VW Kombi and it worked well. I like the pop-top designs for increasing available headroom while reducing the wind resistance when towing. You can even drop them at night to conserve heat or keep wind-driven rain out, so long as you remember to mind your head.
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So anyway does this German trailer built in Canada deserve to be listed as a FG trailer?


It does if it's all-molded fiberglass. I don't know there have ever been issues about something being international.

Though one idiot had a bad spectrum moment and opined that all-molded fiberglass 5th wheels didn't deserve to be listed as FG trailers. (Not that they are "trailers" the same way some trailers are.) The fool was thoroughly chastised and recanted.


It's interesting. Weight & tongue weight? Cost? Size? What else did I miss?


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The NA model seems different from the EU offering, no direct match.
The NA model looks like it's made from molded FG, at least the upper part. The EU Eriba has a joint at the roof line that the NA model doesn't have, and I know for sure that the EU Eriba is made out of steel tubing with an aluminium sheet, no FG. Watch:
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Following the Hymer link in the OP post, you'll see all the details (exterior and interior dimensions, GVWR, dry weight, dry tongue weight, USD and CAD retail prices, etc).

On reading through all of the details, the body is apparently all molded fiberglass. So if you can actually order it and take delivery (in 6 to 12 months), it appears to be a FGRV contender.
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The OP link (if you read every page and read the downloadable brochure) indicates that the exterior is molded fiberglass.
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So it's very different from its EU cousins. Even if they the steel lattice and aluminium construction they would have made very nice units to own.

Some of their EU floor plans have features and design that didn't make it in the NA version. It's interesting to look at the EU website and compare.

The size and weight of this Hymer puts it in the same category as an Escape 17. It is only a bit smaller and lighter than my T5500. But the E17 (and my 5500) has a larger fridge, black water tank (no cassette toilet), hard roof all over. My 5500 even has an oven. EU models also offers some of these features (and more) depending on the model.
Nonetheless it's a beautiful trailer, certainly well made, but a bit of disappointment for me as it looks to me like the NA floor plan is a crippled version of the EU ones. (Not that I was going to buy one anyway! I'll keep my old 5500!)
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I bet quality will be maintained for the most part, depends on the target market. Thor has some high quality brands. Besides, it is many times not the trailer itself that has quality issues but the appliances that cause the problems. However, having said that, the NEST FG trailer seems to be having quality problems that hopefully will be worked out.

It will be interesting to track how many Hymer FG units are sold. Seems like a small niche market.
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