Hymers old or new ?

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  1. canalboatjohn

    canalboatjohn Read Only Funster

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    Good day to you all. While looking for a Hymer A class for full-timing ,would I be right in observing the quality of the interior of the older Hymers is better than the newer vans? I've been looking at the b564 1993 ish. I do prefer the classic looks. The only thing that concerns me, are the spares still around? I was reading an article in the MMM [april 2013] about Dave the Hymer by Jay and Julie they paid 1,400 euros for replacing the clutch and clutch fork in France [sounds a lot for a clutch ] Have you had problems with spares inside or outside your hymer. Does any of you have a Hymer 564 and if so how cheap is it to run? Look forward to your comments .
     
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    I have a Hymer B 534 1995 , quality of the interior fittings far better that some modern vans that we looked at . as for spares mine is on a fiat ducato 2.5 TDi , and spare parts are not a problem . at the moment getting round about 28 mpg . The build quality on older Hymers is suberb if looked after they will run for years and give you so much enjoyment Have fun and when you have one Enjoy .
     
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    I have to agree, the older models are IMO better built, and longer lasting.

    Our is a Staarline 700 on a Merc chassis, 2003, and in the last three years:

    One kitchen sink tap has been replaced, and one shower head tap.

    The Electrobloc was blown up by a "spike" in Spain, ours wasn't the only one!
    a replacement exchange was no problem once we were back in UK. Our choice to wait until we returned, we could have exchanged it in Spain. We also had a circuit protector fitted to avoid any reoccurrence.

    The rear suspension springs were replaced after a piece of one spring leaf broke away.
    These had to be Merc. brand, no factors stocked the same type "two leaf" cost around £800 parts and labour.

    The last two were covered by insurance warrenty, thankfully, but overall economic to run and maintain.

    Hope this helps.



     
  4. cbrookson

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    Or get an old one on a Mercedes base - spares are not much of a problem as Mercedes will have most of them in stock! Ours is serviced in the Mercedes Truck garage and spares for a 410D of 1992 vintage seem to be no problem at all.

    Except for those strange bits, like the wiper motors (off a 1992 Renault Traffic!!).

    Cheers
     
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    All parts are easily obtainable for our 1991 Globetrotter (same as Hymer), on Fiat 2.5td.
    Friends with 1991 Hymer needed a new starter-motor last week - supplied and fitted in 2 days including ordering.
    New wiper motors available on ebay.de ...
    Don't often need parts though ... :Wink:

    (over last 3+ years, replaced one drive-shaft gaiter (£2.90) and one regulator gubbins on the alternator (£15) ... oh, fitted a new engine battery last week to replace the 6 year old one...)

    :thumb:
     
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    hymers

    weve never owned a new one (and probably never will!) so cant compare .
    It seems to us that the older it is the more endearing and cheaper it will always be.:RollEyes::Smile:
     
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