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Hands on with the Hymer after a visit to the factory

| Updated Apr 14, 2016

I made one of my periodic visits to the Roadtrek Factory of the Erwin Hymer Group of North America factory in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada this week and did some Vloggng (video blogging) while having some work done on our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL.

Our unit is a prototype and Roadtrek does a lot of experimental tweaking of my amazing lithium ion battery system, I've written before how Roadtrek's battery innovations allows us to be pretty much energy independent out there on the road, able to do extended stints of boondocking and off the grid camping with no need for commercial campground hookups.

Yesterday, Roadtrek technicians added a couple of new gizmos to the system. My unit, along with Campskunk's, provides real world experience to the engineers from two very different users. Campskunk is a mechanical genius who could field strip a tank. Blindfolded.

I am a mechanical dunce who my wife says is an “un-handyman.” The Roadtrek engineers just shake their head at my propensity to break things. But if I can use it, Roadtrek figures anyone can. So I'm a kind of proof of concept user for a system very hard to break.

Anyway, the advances and tweaks our units get from time to time end up being improved on even more for production vehicles. So while my unit was up on the rack, I roamed around the factory and got a hands on look and a test drive of the new Hymer Activ, a brand new Class B coach about to go into production at the factory. Here's that Vlog:

Besides the Hymer review and the work on our Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL, I posted a notice on our Facebook Group that I was at the factory and asked what people wanted to see.

Several wanted me to deliver personal greetings. Others asked questions. One guy sent a photo of a part he needed for his 18-year-old Roadtrek. I took it to Scott, one of the parts and warranty guys, and without even having to consult a book, he rattled off the part numbers and said how it could be ordered. Amazing.

My favorite request came from Ken, who asked for “a glance at my RV which should be near the end of production.”

I tapped Roadtrek Engineer Yan Seiner on the shoulder and he looked up Ken's order and we went out to the production floor and found his new SS Agile. So we gave him a “glance.” That was fun. I need to note that this is NOT a service that the factory regularly does on request for customers and I hope Yan doesn't get in trouble for it but, hey, I've always believed it's easier to get forgiveness rather than permission and it was great to give Ken his “glimpse.”

Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-04-14

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

One Response to “Hands on with the Hymer after a visit to the factory”

September 07, 2016at12:24 pm, Matt said:

hi. Congratulations and thank you! Your Hymer Aktiv walk thru video is the first reference, shred of detail I’ve seen regarding the 2nd bed option, converting the bench/dinette area. Do you happen to have any more detail on it (or have the ability to inquire through your Roadtrek HQ contacts?) We are VERY interested in the Aktiv as a adventure rig for our family of four. thanks!

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