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New Class B Aktiv by Hymer makes North American debut

| Updated Mar 25, 2016

Less than a month after Roadtrek Motorhomes was sold to the Erwin Hymer Group North America Inc, the company is debuting an all-new Class B motorhome called the Aktiv, on display this weekend at the New York International Auto Show,

With production to start in mid-April at the company's Kitchener Ontario, Canada factory, the Aktiv is on the Ram Promaster 2500 regular van chassis and is 19 feet seven inches long. Inside, it boasts an open aisle floor plan and comes equipped with a full galley, entertainment system, lots of interior storage and a spacious full bathroom with shower.

The queen bed at the rear of the Aktiv has a premium mattress
The queen bed at the rear of the Aktiv has a premium mattress

A key feature is the option of having a permanent queen-sized bed in the rear with a premium mattress that flips up for travel and day to day living, but then quickly folds down for sleeping. There is storage under the bed.

The bathroom of the Activ showing the folding sink and the composite toilet
The bathroom of the Activ showing the folding sink and the composite toilet

Also new to the Class B market here is the eco-friendly and very convenient cassette toilet system, meaning there is no need for a black water tank. he primary advantage of a cassette toilet is that it can be dumped into any residential toilet.  You can also use a RV dump station with a cassette toilet, but you don’t need one.

The bathroom also has some innovative space-saving features. The sink flips up and can be stored  in the upright position to allow more room for using the bathroom and showering. The toilet is an ergonomic toilet that swivels for just the right fit.  

“The Hymer Aktiv will rewrite the book for Class B motorhomes in North America,” said Jim Hammill, President and CEO of Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc.. “The Hymer Aktiv combines unprecedented performance and unrivaled fit and finish with the versatility of a motorhome in a smaller package. The Hymer Aktiv is designed to meet the needs of the outdoor adventurist, the weekend explorer and so much more.”

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A view looking towards the rear of the Aktiv from the from passenger's side

Hammill notes that the Aktiv was designed after extensive market research on the needs of the North American consumer, while retaining Hymer brand innovations from Europe, “which are more advanced than what was previously available in the North American RV market.”

The name Aktiv is German for active.

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The kitchen area of the Aktiv

It will be sold through a new network of dealers across North America that the company hopes to announce in a few weeks. Suggested retail for the base model is $105,000 U.S., but options like solar (250 watts), the VoltStart auto-start battery technology and the EcoTrek 200 or 400 lithium power module pioneered by Roadtrek, a screen package for the passenger side door and rear cargo door and other extras will add to the price depending on the customer's wishes.

Base model – Ram Promaster 2500 regular van
Seating capacity – Four
Sleeping capacity – Up to four
Fuel type – Gas
Exterior length – 19’ 7”
Exterior width (excluding mirrors) – 6’ 11” Wheelbase – 159”
Fresh water capacity – 30 U.S. gal.
Gray water capacity – 29 U.S. gal.
Furnace – Truma Combi air and water heater – 14,300 BTU

Generator – underhood 280 AMP, 12V
Mattress – single folding option
Microwave oven – 110 V, 20 L/0.7 cu. ft., 700 W
Monitor panel – water, propane and battery charge levels
Power inverter/converter/transfer switch – 12/110 V, 2,000 W
Propane tank – 22 L/5.9 U.S. gal.
Refrigerator – 12 V/110 V, 3.1 cu. ft.

Safety – Five point safety harness with child seat anchors in second row seating
Screen package – passenger side door, rear cargo door option
Solar charging system – 250W with charge controller option
Stove–propane;two burner recessed with flush cover
TV – 24” HD flat screen on rotating bracket with remote and DVD player w/HDMI hookup
VoltStart – auto-start battery protection technology option
Detectors – smoke, propane and CO
EcoTrek 200 or 400 lithium power module option
External power connection – w/Coax and RTA plugs
Cassette toilet system
Airbag – driver and passenger Alternator – 220 AMP
Axle – rear – 3.86 ratio Battery – 800 AMP
Brakes – anti-lock (ABS), four wheel disc Camera – rearview backup
Climate control
Continental spare tire carrier & spare tire option
Cruise control
Engine – 3.6 L gas V6, 24 valve
External quick connect propane
Interior LED lighting
Power – 209 kW/280 HP
Power mirrors
Power front door step – Driver/Passenger option
Power side entry door step
Radio – Uconnect 5.0 – Sirius/USB/Steering wheel controls Bluetooth, AM/FM/CD/Aux/Voice command/GPS/NAV
Receiver hitch – Class 5 with 4 and 7 pin connectors
Stability program – including wind assist, sway assist, drift compensation, trailer sway, engine drag control, rollover mitigation, electronic stability control, hillstart assist.
Telescopic steering
Tires – LT225/75R16E black wall
Torque – 352 Nm/260 lb.-ft.
Transmission – automatic 6-speed 6S TE
Wheels – 16” aluminum polished
Window operation – power; front doors

Chassis Warranty
5-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty covering the cost of repairs on all covered powertrain components – engine, transmission and drive system for most new Ram vehicles. 3-year/36,000 mile Limited Warranty, provides bumper-to-bumper coverage of your vehicle from the body to the electrical system.

RV Limited Warranty
6-year unlimited mileage/km, covering the manufacture of the motorhome, appliances, electronics, plumbing and EcoTrek batteries. Original manufacturer’s warranty on all appliances will be applied first. Warranty excludes the complete chassis and AGM batteries. AGM batteries have a normal one year manufacturer’s warranty.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2016-03-25

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.

4 Responses to “New Class B Aktiv by Hymer makes North American debut”

July 03, 2016at8:09 pm, Topaz Jewel said:

How does the four sleeper capacity work? That front seat turns into a bed, but I would like to know how, any chance I could get a picture?

June 28, 2016at3:18 pm, Guy Dudebreaux said:

An 11 ft van? You sure about that?

March 30, 2016at9:14 pm, TDHIll said:

Intriguing RV design, particularly with the cassette toilet. Having exchanged RV’s with an Irish Family, and having used their Hymer RV with cassette toilet, I have long wondered why we don’t have that very convenient option available in the U.S. Further, I have several friends who have shipped their RVs to Europe via RORO containers and a cassette toilet would be so much more useful for that purpose! Very intriguing… thanks for sharing!

May 31, 2016at9:41 pm, Jaswars said:

I love the cassette toilet set-up as it is really efficient and easy to use.

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