Originally Posted by Janimal
Wondering about Hymer trailer. A local RV company in Ontario has acquired Hymer Gt from
Bankruptcy. we are considering purchasing one but concerned about quality longevity. Windows
replacement. Etc. Spares. They are selling them for $19.9k also offering extended warranty covers most components except cabinetry. Price is good but again quality workmanship etc.is a concern. Anyone purchased one?
The quick answer is it's a great design, but for that price you'll have to deal with some flaws. For those apt to do modifications and refinements anyway, it's a great platform. For those looking for perfection and full factory support, this is not the droid you're looking for.
As Justus mentioned, there's a growing group
of us on Facebook who are buying, using and detailing our issues/solutions with them. The cabinetry fit and finish on mine does need some tweaking. But that's hardly unusual in the RV industry. And I think the Hymer's honeycomb panel and aluminum cabinets are still a step up from the more common plywood and staple construction.
We just got back from our first Family trip with our adult daughter and 80lb dog. It was a great weekend, but just two nights of dealing with the fold-down dinette bed already has our daughter asking about taking a tent for her next time. The dinette bed blocks the door in use and needs to be setup/taken down every morning to get in an out reasonably. The Hymer’s best suited as a two person rig. Henceforth, our dinette bed will be used only for rain outs.
There's a growing community of Touring GT and Aktiv van owners sharing info and helping each other. The Aktiv owners are a little ahead of us and just had a 30-35 van meetup in Floyd, Virginia this weekend. To me, $19,000(CAD)/$15,000(USD) is a great value. But that assumes you're comparing it to options in used condition, or without factory support.
Also worth mentioning is that the Ontario dealer has been doing electric brake conversions at no additional cost. The original surge brakes
work great. But they do prevent use of the higher-end puck locks. More importantly (to me) the surge brake prohibits using an Andersen Hitch
– which I feel is by far the cleanest WDH/anti-sway solution for the Hymer's straight tongue design. We've already got a brake controller, so that would have been a no-brainer for me.