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Old 01-28-2018, 10:06 PM   #1
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Talking Hymer Activ 2.0 owners?

Hello all, new to the foum here.

I have been looking into class B's during the last year and am going to test drive the hymer activ 2.0 in a couple of weeks. Was at the last 2 Toronto RV shows and while i'm not totally in love with the layout - i beleive its a good compromise although not sure about the power sofa vs the slat bed frame, tend to be leaning towards the bed style , but this would compromise common living space.

We are a late 30's couple no kids and are wanting to tour north america this coming fall/winter. I do like the idea of being mobile and it fitting into a parking spot as we do not see outselves staying in one spot for more than 1 week or so. hence the class b option. We are not really RV'ers but have done long road trips.

Are there any Hymer Activ 2.0 owners that can comment on the rig , i know they are fairly new but just wanted to get any input that would be vauleable regarding personal experiences and any thing to lookout for that i may have missed. it seems to be hard to find anyone that actually owns one to speak with, which makes me question how in demand they actually are!

Also the 6 year warranty is attractive !

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what is a resonable price to pay CDN

lithum BMS power usage, i read the consumption is high?

venting for the casette toilet ?

insurance costs?

RV storage , can the hymer be kept outdoors duing winter? does the battery need to be removed? Toronto is cold in the winter , i kknow they claim -40F but not sure if this is really believealbe and how long can this be sustained.

maintenance, if something engine or mechanical happens can a regular dealership service?

thanks in advance!
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:19 PM   #2
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venting for the casette toilet ?
I can answer this. Before we had our Sprinter converted we rented same size Sprinter RV with an unvented cassette toilet. During our vacation I could detect a faint toilet chemical smell in the RV. When we converted our van into a RV with a cassette toilet I ordered a SOG toilet vent and had a SOG 2 added to our cassette and haven't smelled anything.
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On the lithium battery questions. The parasitic losses have been very high, although we haven't had good information lately. You would lose over 1/2 the capacity of a 200ah module in 24 hours without even running anything.

The temps may be your worst case issue. Lithium batteries can be damaged, per the latest information, by being stored at lower than -4*F even if fully charged.
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Thanks this totally makes sense to me and really should be installed from the OEM. Will check out the product thanks for the reply.
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Hi booster,

i agree lithums dont like cold at all , the dealer sent me a youtube vid on how the battery comparment is supposed to be climateized. This is assume when the battery pack is being used so this is somthing that i need to discuss.

if anyone has experince storing with a lithum pack in cold climate , please let me know.
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Hi booster,

i agree lithums dont like cold at all , the dealer sent me a youtube vid on how the battery comparment is supposed to be climateized. This is assume when the battery pack is being used so this is somthing that i need to discuss.

if anyone has experince storing with a lithum pack in cold climate , please let me know.
Many installations have heaters in the cabinets to keep the batteries warm, but they take power from the battery to do it, and/or require shore power. When in use, it takes less extra heat to keep them warm enough to at least discharge, but can still be tough to keep above the 32*F needed to recharge them. It is a big risk to hope the batteries stay above the -4*F when in cold storage. Some have found that even with shore power and the heaters on, they can't keep them warm enough to charge.

The critical temps as we hear it.

No charging below 32*F

No cold below -4*F battery temp whether being stored or used. They should be either heated to above the -4* all the time or removed and stored in a warm area if the van can't be in a warm area.

In between the -4 and +32* the batteries can be discharged and used, but not recharged.
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The show price through Sicard RV at the Toronto show for the 2.0 with Power Sofa was $105,900 Canadian. I don't know if that is a good price or not. I got a price similarly equipped of $97K and change US.

good luck with your purchase. I am trapped in a B Class vortex. The more I learn, the further away from a decision I seem to get.
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The show price through Sicard RV at the Toronto show for the 2.0 with Power Sofa was $105,900 Canadian. I don't know if that is a good price or not. I got a price similarly equipped of $97K and change US.

good luck with your purchase. I am trapped in a B Class vortex. The more I learn, the further away from a decision I seem to get.
i know what you mean , also seems that up here in canukistan there arent too many options buying class B from CDN dealer.

what are your issues with the decision making , just curious....im in the same boat , the more i steered away from the hymer thinking there must be something better for the sameish price, the more i kept coming back to it. its a BIG investment so i think cold feet starts to set in especially when its close to BUY time.
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i know what you mean , also seems that up here in canukistan there arent too many options buying class B from CDN dealer.

what are your issues with the decision making , just curious....im in the same boat , the more i steered away from the hymer thinking there must be something better for the sameish price, the more i kept coming back to it. its a BIG investment so i think cold feet starts to set in especially when its close to BUY time.
My circumstances are different than yours so if I were a no-kids couple, I'd probably be fine with the Hymer 2.0. I have two kids (one who may or may not even want to camp and if she did would need to bring a friend) and need between 2 and 4 seat belts. So, wanting to keep hope alive to all get out there I need four. I like the power sofa option but learned from the very helpful people on this forum that the seats in the back will be a rough ride and not great for carsick prone kids. The two seats behind the driver's seat are really only enough for one kid. The seats in the back and the seats at the dinette weren't terribly comfortable. I'd be okay, considering we likely won't be hanging out in the RV for extended periods of time but it all started to give me pause. I test drove the 1.0 and felt a bit rattled driving on the highway. The wind and passing 18 wheelers, or being passed by 18 wheelers was more of an impact than I would have expected especially considering how car-like the drive was on the back country roads. I'm currently also considering the Airstream Interstate (used) Lounge EXT. It has the longer wheelbase and dually rear wheels, also a diesel engine so maybe more stable to deal with wind etc. on the road. I need to test drive it to know. Bear in mind, I'm a bit of a baby and I think tolerance for the wind push is probably all over the map. I once got the upper level, back row on the Bolt bus coming back from New York City to Boston. I was exhausted but sat "bolt" upright as I was convinced I was going to die any minute. Folks around me were sound asleep. The other issue for me is that my closest Hymer dealer (that I'd do business with, there is one closer I've crossed from the list) is 3.5 hours away. Wish it was closer in case there are warranty issues. I'd at least like to test drive the Airstream to see how it handles on the highway. I realize the longer van means less easy parking. Also realize (from this forum) that dually wheels are a PITA. And that a gas engine is preferable but I want to feel comfortable driving this so I have to at least test drive the Airstream. It has four seats with belts up front (plus more in the back). Essentially same layout as the Hymer 2.0 with power sofa, but flip the bath and galley and change the dinette bench in the Hymer to two captain's chairs. Sorry so long, it's been a process!
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Indoorsy, I'll add that a lot of the complaints about to rear sofa riding rough are from the 24 ft Sprinter vans. The rear overhand on those vans is far more than on the Promaster 21 ft vans. I would guess that the rear sofa would ride a bit better than on the Sprinters. I would test the rear sofa in the Aktiv 2.0 before I counted it out.
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