Cabin cruiser

by Willy Williamson . May 18 2018

Willy drives the posh Hymer Aktiv recreational van


At last count I’ve evaluated more than 500 vehicles, but I can honestly say the Hymer Aktiv camper van I recently test drove at GNR Camping World on Dugald Road was the first vehicle I could make lunch in — followed by a shower and a relaxing nap.


Hymer bills the Aktiv, which is built on a Ram Promaster 2500 van chassis, as German engineered, European designed and North American built — which when all combined results in a sleek looking, smooth running and well laid out RV complete with all the comforts of home.


The moment I stepped inside the Aktiv I was instantly impressed with the extra touches found, including premium materials, superb fit and finish and luxury features such as soft-close drawers and a premium audio system.


Thanks to its raised roof there’s plenty of room for a six-footer like me to stand tall, and there’s also a surprising amount of room to move around. The galley kitchen is fully equipped, and there’s a private bathroom with a flush toilet and a shower. At the rear of the van is a double bed. Throughout the works there are multiple storage closets, cabinets and cubbies. There’s easily enough room for a couple to pack up and head out on the road for a good, long journey. 


Initially I was a bit nervous about getting behind the wheel of the Aktiv, but once we were rolling it felt similar to driving a large 2500 series pickup truck or van.


In addition to all the creature comforts Hymer has also added some great technology including its EcoTrek system: a solar-charged lithium power module — which takes the worry out of battery management and lets you enjoy the RVing lifestyle to the fullest.


Another innovative feature is the VoltStart system which automatically starts the engine to recharge the batteries when they get down to a certain threshold.


Under the hood the Aktiv is powered by a gasoline 3.6 litre V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The combination performs well and promises excellent fuel economy for those cross country treks all Aktiv owners will surely make.


Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with the Aktiv and really didn’t want to give it back.


It is comfortable, well-built, a breeze to operate and easy on the eyes.


With a starting price of $103,263, my initial reaction was this thing is way out of my price range.


But— you can finance an RV for as long as 240 months!


I’ll let the good folks at GNR Camping World do the math for you!