Hi there Steph. I'm one of the fools--I mean I'm one of the owners of a Hymer Touring GT on the forum. I believe the trailer you are referring to is the Hymer Touring GT. It is aesthetically similar to the Eriba Troll/Triton, but they are not the same build quality, manufacturer, or type of trailer.
The Eribas are built in Germany with an aluminum skin over a tubular steel frame. They have a long history, loyal community, and reputable quality. The Hymers were built in Canada with a fiberglass shell, and I'm not sure if there even is a frame. It had a short (250-ish units) history, pissed off community, and quality to rival a KZ.
If I had a do-over I would not have made the same purchase. Although my repair costs have only been in the low hundreds, it has taken too much time and labor to get this to a level of function I can live with. For the same money (a shade over $15k USD) I could have gotten an early 2000s Bigfoot
17, or a late-model Casita
. All with reputable build quality and all (with possible exception of the Bigfoot) with factory support.
I recommend joining our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427850547980510/
. We've detailed numerous issues and their fixes, as well as sourced many parts. This is a private group so you'll need to request access.
Also be sure to check out the thread on this forum: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ead-88819.html
. BTW the first post in that thread has a nice photo of a Touring GT to see if that's what you're looking at.
, I enjoy this trailer. It ventilates well, the permanent bed is very comfortable, it has ample space to store our bulky gear, and there are views on all sides--even from the bathroom if you choose! You have a lot of flexibility in what tow vehicle you use, as it sits unloaded well under 3,000 lbs. It is short, allowing use of shorter RV sites which let us squeak into crowded state parks on last minute reservations. I've also recently learned that you may be able to park these shorter trailers in tent sites, which opens up even more options for privacy.
For a longer stay, I would get tired real quick of the cramped bathroom and having to empty the cassette toilet every few days. The fridge
is only suitable for a few days' worth of food, though you could augment that with a cooler box. Report from our Southern and Southwestern members are that the AC simply can't keep up once it hits 90 in the sun. I don't think I'd want to experience anything much below freezing for more than a few days in it either.
But as I said, the reason I wouldn't buy brand new again is the build quality. On this brand new trailer, I have had to replace fittings in the PEX water lines, reseal a window, seal an exterior storage hatch, repair and reinforce the mounts for both the fridge
and the microwave
, replace the storage drawer slide rails, and replace the stock tongue jack.
I've chosen to lengthen the tongue to accommodate a spare tire mount, although another owner fabricated a custom mount that he fit on the standard tongue. I've got to get it in to have the A/C serviced because it hasn't blown cold air since the dealer demo in July. In addition to the service, there are DIY tweaks to conduct on the AC.
With no factory warranty support, and hit-or-miss support from individual component manufacturers, this is one for DIYers. Ye faint of heart, give a wide berth!
Jon mentioned another company planning production. That company is L'air Camper: L'air Camper Company - Lightweight Luxurious Camping
. They built the original molds for the Hymer Touring, and we suspect they brought on some of the ex-employees to work the rest of the design. They've made some considerate design choices. No release date, but I'd expect it to come in around the Hymer Touring's original MSRP of $32,000 USD.