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Hymer B564 A Class 1990 LHD 2.5 l diesel
Below is an independant and unbiased review of a Hymer B564 A Class 1990 LHD 2.5 l diesel
We chose the Hymer after looking around hundreds of coachbuilt motorhomes, at first refusing to look at Hymers, because I think theyíre ugly, although its beginning to grow on me now.
After being shown round various Hymers, we could see the benefits of the pull down bed at the front which can be left ready made up in its closed position, with that and the fact that Hymer is supposed to be one of the best, or so Iíve been led to believe, we purchased the second hand 564.
Driving the 564 is a pleasure, the left hand drive is no problem but the width of the van can be if you donít have your wits about you. Based on a Peugeot/Talbot van, all you have to remind you of that is the plastic dashboard, everything else is purpose built for the van. The 2.5L diesel engine could really do with a turbo, but if you donít mind using your gears you can get by, some hills in Derbyshire require first gear. Visibility is great, the huge windscreen reminds you of how a goldfish feels. Rear visibility is good with two mirrors each side, the lower mirrors angled to the road to keep your eye on the white lines and kerb. The cab mirror looks through the small rear window. Driving at low speed is great, as is high speed in a straight line, however, roundabouts do require some attention due to van roll.
The inside of the 564 is a little cramped when relaxing. The four place dinette is adequate for meal times, but when the kids have their toys out, youíre better off outside under the awning. The toilet and shower are what sold us the van - that and the price. The bathroom boasts a separate screened shower, away from the toilet, and although not huge, a 6 foot man like myself has no problems showering. The passenger seat is on a swivel which expands the seating area.
The pull down bed over the cab is double bed sized, Iíve measured it, it is very comfortable and comes with a cargo net to stop you rolling out. The headroom is sufficient as not to feel closed in. The 4 place dinette converts into a double bed, not quite as comfy as the pull down bed, but o.k. Moving around the van when the dinette is in bed mode can be a little tight, with only approx 12 inches between the kitchen and the side of the bed.
The cupboards inside the van have adequate storage for every day items i.e. food and utensils. We are a family of four and a weeks holiday nowhere near uses the storage space available. The wardrobe is very generous and is a good place for the kids toys as well as clothes. The rear of the van boasts a storage hatch which is also accessible from the inside. Table and deckchairs however have to go in the roof box, as do the silver screens.
The kitchen has a two burner hob, no oven or grill, quite a large 3 way fridge and a small sink. The built in extractor fan above the hob works well if you're cooking with the door closed. Work space is a little limited unless you use the table.
The 564 has an adequate water tank (100L) for about 2-3 days (family of 4) this includes showering, toilet flushes etc. The waste tank is a little smaller I think, but you are supplied with a hose for emptying, but its never quite long enough.
The 564 has a 110 Ah leisure battery (installed myself) and lasts days without any problems or loss of power and, someone correct me if Iím wrong, the charging system wonít let you drain your main vehicle battery if you run out the leisure battery. The leisure battery is automatically charged when you hook up to electric and the meter in the van lets you see how much charge is going in. The meter for the fresh and waste water tanks is a bit hit and miss, and drops in quarters rather than gradually.
Depending on the size (physical dimensions) of the bottle, you can store two 11kg bottles in the gas storage compartment, if however you get an oversized bottle, you are down to 1X11kg and 1X 7kg bottles.
Not many really considering the van is 12 years old, we have an interior light that needs replacing, problems with the taps and shower but all easily rectified and not too expensive.
If anyone out there is thinking of buying a Hymer 564, please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org also if anyone already owns a 564 thereís some things Iím not sure of so drop me a line so I can pick your brains.
Hope this benefits someone - Bob Morley
Dimensions (all approx)
Length (not including motorcycle rack) 19.8 feet
Hymer B564 A Class 1990 LHD 2.5 l diesel
Category: A Class
Related Link: Hymer UK
August 5th 2005
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Posted by: Pensionista
on 2008-03-15 13:07:24
I know this is going to sounds really silly, but I am in the process of trying to buy a MH the same as yours, since I am based kin Spain I am having to do a lot of it over the net, with pics etc. I notice the front windows(where the doors should be) dont seem to open, so how do you get on when you have to pay tolls etc.
Also do you find that having no doors other than the one central one, a problem at all as my wife is disabled and would not be able to bend about?
Your help would be very much appreciated and also may I say your write up was so informative that it made my mind up on this model.
Posted by: stevee4
on 2007-10-30 07:46:32
Hi there Bob I have just bought a Hymer 534 1992 citroen. I too found the swing down bed my reason for buying a Hymer. I just wondered, I was told by the previous owner that 30 MPG is possible. However I did a run back from Lancashire to Sussex 300m and only got 25mpg at a steady 100KPH about 60-65mph. Is that about right?