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Old 04-23-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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Looks like the Hymer GT owners club is going to be a pretty small group. Hymer NA's bankruptcy has halted production. And even if the Rapido SAS takeover bid goes through, there's no telling if they'll resume production or offer anything in the way of support. We're on our own.

I'm hoping we can use this thread to share info and resources. Also meet each other and maybe plan a get together or two. I'll edit this first post to add relevant links as needed.

If you're a Hymer owner, current/former employee or anyone with info and resources, please share. (Euro built Eriba folks welcome too.)

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Nice looking trailer, do you have any interior photos?
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OCJohn,my friend just purchased a year old Hymer van. He also is suffering the loss of company support as well as loss of warranty. He has told me that there is a forum for Hymer owners that has provided him with much needed help. I assume they also have the TT section, although that may not be. I looked at your trailer last Fall at the Pomona, Ca RV show. Quite interesting!
Too bad about the bankruptcy.
Good luck with your unit and Happy Camping!

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Thanks Mark. Please post a link or the name of the group if possible. I’ve seen a few of them on Facebook, but they appear to be mostly UK or Euro owners.
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Thanks Mark. Please post a link or the name of the group if possible. I’ve seen a few of them on Facebook, but they appear to be mostly UK or Euro owners.
here is the only site I found. It is a Facebook group and I don't use FB by choice but my friend Andrew swears br the forum/group and how helpful they are.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/aktivowners/

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OCJohn, sorry that you and your fellow owners have to go through this.

Hymer has a good reputation in both motorhomes and towed vehicles in Europe. I'm sure it didn't occur to many that the Hymer NA entity would be in jeopardy of going bankrupt.

We've been fortunate enough to have traveled within Europe many times. We often wondered why the high quality lightweight trailers we saw there were not available in the U.S. I thought the decision to produce the Touring GT in the U.S. was the beginning of having more of those choices available to us here.

Reading the Rapido SAS press release, it sounds like possible positive news for owners of Roadtrek Class B vans. It also sounds to me as not holding out much hope of support for Touring GT owners.

Wish you and other Touring GT owners all the best.
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Hymer Europe bought Roadtrek in Canada 3 years ago. Roadtrek became a Hymer North America. Added some Hymer Europe product to the North American production and was ready to introduce the trailers. Hymer Europe bought by Thor and just before closing found financial irregularities at Hymer NA. Hymer NA excluded from the deal. The Hymer Europe product lines were only licensed to Hymer NA and were excluded from the spin out of Hymer NA. It is likely now up to Thor if they want to reintroduce Hymer European brands including the trailer to North America through one year of their brands. Airstream producing the Nest but out sourcing the Fiberglass work.
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Reading the Rapido SAS press release, it sounds like possible positive news for owners of Roadtrek Class B vans. It also sounds to me as not holding out much hope of support for Touring GT owners.
I read it the same way and don't hold much hope for the trailers going back into production. That said, I assume there's a fair amount of trailer parts inventory left over. If Rapido SAS has no use for it (as I expect) they will likely sell it as a lot to someone else. Hopefully an RV parts/salvage outfit.

If anyone reading this is a former Hymer NA employee, it would be great to hear from you. Please send me an IM if you don't feel like posting publicly.
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Hi,

Now that you have had your Hymer for a while, can you provide a short list of your likes and dislikes? We are very interested in the Hymer (yes, realize that they are out of production).

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Now that you have had your Hymer for a while, can you provide a short list of your likes and dislikes?
Unfortunately we have not been able to take it out again since towing it home (1500miles) from the dealer. So I'm not yet truly familiar with it. On first impression, build quality isn't as tight as I'd hoped. It's still better than what much of the RV industry considers passable. I've done enough woodworking, race car fabrication and upholstery to know what good craftsmanship is, but maybe it's unrealistic to expect that from the RV industry in general. Still, I had high hopes... One of the overhead cabinets will not stay latched. Another cannot be opened with the top down because of interference with the a top latch. The TV fell off it's mount (thankfully onto the bed) while towing. And the toilet lever jammed the first time I used it. (Possible I just didn't know what I was doing, but I have yet to investigate fixing it...) I assume all of the above can be sorted out with adjustment or slight modification. I just haven't gotten to it. There are obvious gaps in the weatherstripping on the fiberglass top. It's nothing catastrophic since the design generally discourages leaks, but still something I'd like to "make right." Etc.

A couple of people thinking about buying a Hymer have messaged me looking for info to support their instincts or their optimism. To them I would say, Know Thyself. Are you the type who would own an old British car because you love it and you're willing to deal with its "issues"? Or do you take your own pillow to every hotel and frequently send restaurant food back to the kitchen because it's not the way you ordered or expected?

In general, I'd say most people might be better off with something tried and true like a Casita or Escape. But my wife and I fell in love with the Hymer the moment we saw it. (Especially the KING bed!) When we learned they were ending production, that there were deals to be had, but that we'd be on our own without factory support – we went for it. We were up for the challenge to have something different. But I cannot say that would be a good decision for everyone. Hopefully it will be for us.

I'll have a better feel for it by winter.

PS: Looking at RV Trader just now, six of the seven GTs listed are a little below what we paid (with AC/microwave/TV options). Pretty good value for us fix-it/DIY types.
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I did take our Hymer to the scale a couple weeks ago.
2760lbs – empty trailer w/ dry tanks
240lbs – tongue weight.


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A couple of people thinking about buying a Hymer have messaged me looking for info to support their instincts or their optimism. To them I would say, Know Thyself. Are you the type who would own an old British car because you love it and you're willing to deal with its "issues"? Or do you take your own pillow to every hotel and frequently send restaurant food back to the kitchen because it's not the way you ordered or expected?

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I'll have a better feel for it by winter.

PS: Looking at RV Trader just now, six of the seven GTs listed are a little below what we paid (with AC/microwave/TV options). Pretty good value for us fix-it/DIY types.
John, I think I like the way you are thinking! Good luck on this project, I hope to see more posts from you. But, please, please, don't tell my wife that I still pine for a pop-top trailer. We've attained a certain harmony here, and I don't want to disturb the firmament.
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But, please, please, don't tell my wife that I still pine for a pop-top trailer. We've attained a certain harmony here, and I don't want to disturb the firmament.

If by pop-top you mean a tent trailer, it occurs to me that I never did have to wash and wax that thing.
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