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Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-05-2017, 05:41 PM
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Posted By troyd
Have realistic expectations

A lot of your satisfaction will come from having realistic expectations of a 25-year-old vehicle. After that long, the brand and build quality start to matter less than the fact that, well, it's old....
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-11-2016, 05:11 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 170,178
Posted By troyd
That was also my starting assumption, and that...

That was also my starting assumption, and that even if it could get past federal EPA and state registration requirements, it probably would be subject to the truck import tariff, AKA the chicken tax....
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-10-2016, 03:22 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 170,178
Posted By troyd
I tried to contact Hymer via 3 methods (email,...

I tried to contact Hymer via 3 methods (email, Web form, and phone). 2 of the 3 got no responses and 1 couldn't understand what I was asking about. There was definitely a language barrier, which is...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-09-2016, 05:47 PM
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Views: 170,178
Posted By troyd
I actually inquired about buying one of Hymer's...

I actually inquired about buying one of Hymer's standard Hymer Van models (https://www.hymer.com/en/models/motorhomes/teilintegrierte/hymer-van/gurndrisse-und-daten.html) in left-hand drive and...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 03-20-2016, 07:18 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 170,178
Posted By troyd
IMO, the biggest meta-mistake Hymer could make is...

IMO, the biggest meta-mistake Hymer could make is retaining Roadtrek's management team, up to and including Hammill. If Roadtrek was going to create groundbreaking products, encourage and learn from...
Forum: Gear, Swag, Parts and Tools 03-20-2016, 12:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,709
Posted By troyd
Hotaru water-recycling shower

I haven't seen anything beyond what's in the article, but:

The Hotaru compact shower can reuse the same five gallons of water for two weeks | TechCrunch...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 12-06-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 40,346
Posted By troyd
Their dirtbaggery towards TheFitRV and then this...

Their dirtbaggery towards TheFitRV and then this lack of transparency made it really easy for me to eliminate the Zion from consideration. Roadtrek's sales was actually very responsive to an inquiry...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 10-05-2015, 12:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,995
Posted By troyd
What Jostalli said. This video is more typical of...

What Jostalli said. This video is more typical of what I've heard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrsSDwZ--hU. To paraphrase: "We're doing it because, well, we can." Saving money is a big part, but...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 09-19-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,789
Posted By troyd
I talked with a (the) Hymer USA rep last week. He...

I talked with a (the) Hymer USA rep last week. He said the base price was about $106k and it has basically no options, so MSRP as sold is likely to be essentially that.

My one major wish: a more...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 09-19-2015, 03:16 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,075
Posted By troyd
The Grand Canyon includes a rooftop A/C and...

The Grand Canyon includes a rooftop A/C and generator. Quoting from https://hymer-usa.com/standard-equipment/:


11,000 Btu/hr Roof-Mounted Air Conditioner
2.8 kW Onan Generator w/Remote Start
...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-12-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,010
Posted By troyd
I wondered this too. After talking with a handful...

I wondered this too. After talking with a handful of manufacturers, these are the reasons which keep coming up:


Having lots of paid vacation makes camper vans more attractive. Many (most?)...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-10-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,789
Posted By troyd
@GeorgeB that photo is fantastic. Thanks for the...

@GeorgeB that photo is fantastic. Thanks for the gallery, too. I'm now following your Flipboard channel.

I exchanged emails with Safari earlier this week and am talking with them today.

Troy,...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-09-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,789
Posted By troyd
Nope. The videos look pretty nice and fairly...

Nope. The videos look pretty nice and fairly modern (no floral prints!), but not as nice as, say, Hymer's Premium T (Semi-Integrated motorhomes - HYMER T Premium 50 - Gallery...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-08-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,789
Posted By troyd
Update that the Safari Condo ProMaster FLEX is...

Update that the Safari Condo ProMaster FLEX is the most flexible (duh..) non-custom loft bed layout I've found: Ram - ProMaster FLEX (https://www.safaricondo.com/en/motorises_Promaster_FLEX)

If one...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 07-06-2015, 12:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,789
Posted By troyd
Had the same question, and just emailed Hymer USA...

Had the same question, and just emailed Hymer USA (Spartan) and Hymer worldwide to find out. I haven't found anything that replicates the bike-friendly loft bed of the Hymer T Premium 50, or even...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-23-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,648
Posted By troyd
Sort of. I'm not sure Sportsmobile has the...

Sort of. I'm not sure Sportsmobile has the "elegant design DNA" to pull it off, at least with their current staff, nor to market it correctly.

Someone in another thread commented that their brand...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-23-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,648
Posted By troyd
Reposting this with Google instructions instead...

Reposting this with Google instructions instead of URLs because my post with URLs has been sitting in the moderator's queue. Here's where I think a market might exist:



From walking through Cs...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-22-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,648
Posted By troyd
From walking through Cs in showrooms, it's hard...

From walking through Cs in showrooms, it's hard not to see decisions that seem to have been made specifically for showroom appeal - where with no decrease in functionality (and sometimes an increase,...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-22-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,648
Posted By troyd
As Davydd pointed out, anyone cost-conscious is...

As Davydd pointed out, anyone cost-conscious is going to choose a pickup camper. I'd take that further and say anyone seriously considering a B has already opted out of length or sqft as a predictor...
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