The S650 Hymer is a rare beast on NZ roads so I was really surprised and it was a real pleasure to find one parked right behind me. Donna and Dale hail from Tauranga and were on their way home from up north.
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Dales sister used to live in the UK and had been Motorhoming around Europe for 4 years with it before deciding to return to NZ for good so they returned with it as “baggage”! Dale made it sound like she just popped it in a corner of her suitcase but I’m sure it was a little more complicated than that 🙂
Dale tells me this one is a 2002 Mercedes based machine which is just a smidge over 6 metres. It has a 2.7 litre 5 cylinder Turbo Diesel with Automatic Transmission.
Its interesting with some of the new Motorhomes coming out now with the main bed being a drop down rather than a permament bed. This means smaller vans have a huge amount of space for the living area and galley.
The Hymer group owns Dethleffs along with Burstner and several others. All the older Hymer vans have had drop down beds for years and using the extra space well so its no surprise that the new Dethleffs Travel only has a drop down bed.
It was nice to catch up with them and see them enjoying their trusty older quality Motorhome.
A lovely Motorhome and nice to see it has been reliable and in such good shape after 8 years on the road. It really says a lot about the quality of these vans.
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We drove an older version around UK and Europe for about three years starting in 2001. It was a great motorhome and such good quality.
They’re great motorhomes. I was impressed that even though it was 8 years old, it still looked in pristine condition and they had very little trouble from it over all that time.
We have a 2002 Merc with the same engine/auto in UK. Ours is an Autotrail. That Hymer looks fantastic. We’ve never looked at one but we see loads of them in France. Just a little confused though, 8 years on the road with a 2002? Good to see you yesterday and should maybe have stopped for a chat – but the dump station is never a good place for that.
I didn’t do the sums, maybe his sister had it sitting around in the UK or bought it second hand.
Yes it was nice to see you yesterday briefly. We were in a bit of a rush so sorry we couldn’t stop.
I envy you out in NZ we had a 10 days 3 years ago driving around the south island in a car and staying in hotels just loved it would have liked to do it with a motorcycle fabulous place and people !!!
That’s great 😁. I’m pleased you enjoyed it. There’s lots to see and do.
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