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Old 12-25-2016, 08:57 PM   #21
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Default Go for it!

Congratulations on pulling the trigger. While research is very important, we found that once we got the van, we began to learn how to travel in it. You just need to be flexible and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the model you picked. You can then figure out the modifications you want once you have experience.

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Old 01-03-2017, 12:33 PM   #22
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Default Estimated Delvery Update

Since there has been lots of chatter on another Aktiv thread, I copied a part of my comment to my thread as well for anyone following my progress.

When I ordered my Aktiv in November, I was told it would be delivered in late January from the dealership. If it takes 6-8 weeks to produce/ship via truck like the Hymer representative informed me and went into the production process December 23 as planned ... I should see it late February. Any earlier than that will be quite the surprise! (In my plans I have it deploying in April.)

Hymer was closed 12/25-27 and again 12/30. So really, the rig probably physically went into production today just this week if other rigs ahead of it were not delayed further.

When it gets here, it gets here. Do I want it faster? Heck yeah!! Can I change it? Nope.

I've been taking this time to read through the PDF manuals for the components in the Aktiv that the Hymer representative sent me, as well as the other manuals I have located.

I certainly don't expect the dealership to be able to really educate me on these items as it will be one of the first five rigs they sold.

As an early adopter, I believe I need to be prepared before I take delivery. In the weeks to come, I'm hoping the GoHymer site will have the full manual uploaded ( for me to print and review.

No complaints here.

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Old 01-04-2017, 03:01 PM   #23
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I would like to know the empty weight of Aktiv vs 59G.

I know the 59G is a bit longer,
I also know Europeans are more careful in their selection of materials and construction methods.

It would be interesting to find out how much lighter is the Aktiv.

Calling to current Aktiv owners -- have you weighed your RV?

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Old 01-05-2017, 04:41 AM   #24
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Default Weights 'n Measures

Once I have mine, I will be taking it over the public scales empty and again fully loaded for a 10-day trip. I'll post the weights as soon as I have them. For now, this is what I know about the Aktiv and the Travato from my research.

Aktiv Weights & Measures

Length = 19'7"
Exterior Height = 9'5"
Exterior Width = 6'11"
Interior Height = 6'1"
Interior Width = >6'1" (queen bed is 72.5")

GVWR = 9,350 lbs
Loaded Vehicle Weight = 8,050 lbs
Occupant 'n Cargo Capacity = 1,300 lbs

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Travato 59G Weights & Measures

Length = 21'
Exterior Height = 9'1"
Exterior Width = 6'9"
Interior Height = 6'3"
Interior Width = 6'2"

GCWR = 11,500 lbs
GVWR = 9,350 lbs
GAWR FF = 4,630 lbs
GAWR RR = 5,291 lbs

The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), or gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers.

The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) is the maximum distributed weight that may be supported by an axle of a road vehicle. Typically, GAWR is followed by either the letters FR or RR, which indicate front or rear axles respectively.
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:21 PM   #25
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It appears the AKTIV is shorter and heavier than the Travato...OCC on the Travato is around 1800 lbs.
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Old 01-05-2017, 02:58 PM   #26
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On another thread, we figured out that Roadtrek plays some games with their weight ratings that can significantly mislead customers on how much cargo capacity they will really have. I don't know if this carries over to Hymer specs, or not, but probably does.

Short story is that they don't have any optional equipment figured in the unloaded vehicle weight when the calculate the load capacity, so you need to subtract the weight of any and all things that are options by Roadtrek and sometimes that is hard to determine, as they don't really have a list of what stuff is not included in the unloaded weight, nor do they have a list of what those things way.

On a Roadtrek 210, for instance, it was found to have under 1/2 of the stated capacity when delivered.
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Old 01-06-2017, 04:56 PM   #27
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If that weight number on the Aktiv is correct, then it would be a good bit heavier than a Travato. That is perplexing, as the Travato is built on the 3500, and the Aktiv is built on the 2500. The size difference alone should make it lighter by several hundred pounds, regardless of the heavier springs and axles in the 3500, or the "careful" material selections of the Europeans (LOL!).

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Old 01-06-2017, 06:08 PM   #28
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Default Aktiv Wet Weight

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According to this article in the Jan 2017 MotorHome magazine they reported 7,312 lbs.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:47 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by RangerRV View Post
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According to this article in the Jan 2017 MotorHome magazine they reported 7,312 lbs.
Thanks for the article heads-up! I have limited time to find these kinds of articles and appreciated the read.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:40 AM   #30
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Default Battery | Solar Thoughts

Yes, the Aktiv is on a ProMaster 2500 chassis. It seems like the Aktiv is based on the UK Hymercar Ayers Rock which uses AGM batteries.

It seemed that the Lithium Ion batteries and VoltStart were a direct result of the Roadtrek acquisition.

I chose to stick with the standard 2-6V AGM batteries, optional 250W Solar setup, and no VoltStart. While I could see the pros of lithium batteries, I figured if I screwed up the AGM batteries while in a remote area I might be able to replace them and continue my trip rather than head home early and deal with a $250 warranty issue later.

As for testing and learning, I have the benefit of uncovered, oversize vehicle parking at work to do some easy, local testing with the solar system and daily house battery usage to run the refrigerator when the rig sits for my 12hr shift.

And, before going anywhere too far from town I plan on spending several overnights at Oregon State Parks within a 50 mile radius. (Our HOA doesn't like seeing these types of rigs parked in the neighborhood or driveway, so I'll be field testing right away rather than parking at an RV storage space.)

I'm aware of the modification the FitRV did to protect their alternator. I'll have to take a closer look when my rig arrives. The pictures I took of the undercarriage do not show much up front, as I was focusing on the gray water tank.

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