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Roomy pop-top camper van sleeps the active, nomadic family of 5

Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
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The Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition is a pop-top camper van for four to five people
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The Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition is a pop-top camper van for four to five people
The Aktiv 2.0 Loft invites families to travel and explore
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The Aktiv 2.0 Loft invites families to travel and explore
The kitchen area includes a dual-burner stove, sink, microwave and fridge
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The kitchen area includes a dual-burner stove, sink, microwave and fridge
Hymer saves space in the bathroom with a flip-down sink and swivel toilet
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Hymer saves space in the bathroom with a flip-down sink and swivel toilet
The dining area seats four, and it can sleep one person optionally
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The dining area seats four, and it can sleep one person optionally
When equipped with the power sofa option, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft also includes a rear dining area/lounge
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When equipped with the power sofa option, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft also includes a rear dining area/lounge
The Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft is inspired by Hymer's European camper vans ... but its price is not
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The Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft is inspired by Hymer's European camper vans ... but its price is not
At the kitchen in the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft camper van
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At the kitchen in the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft camper van
The "Loft" refers to the pop-up roof with double bed
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The "Loft" refers to the pop-up roof with double bed
Enjoying a lazy morning in the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 "loft"
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Enjoying a lazy morning in the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 "loft"
Getting some film of the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
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Getting some film of the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
Hymer's Aktiv 2.0 Loft is based on an extended-wheelbase Ram Promaster with 280-hp V6 engine
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Hymer's Aktiv 2.0 Loft is based on an extended-wheelbase Ram Promaster with 280-hp V6 engine
Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
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Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition standard floor plan with foldaway rear bed (daytime)
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Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition standard floor plan with foldaway rear bed (daytime)
Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
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Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
Optional power sofa/rear lounge floor plan (daytime)
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Optional power sofa/rear lounge floor plan (daytime)
The folding rear bed clears out the aisle for gear hauling
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The folding rear bed clears out the aisle for gear hauling
Both the power sofa and standard floor plans give way to the rear bed at night
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Both the power sofa and standard floor plans give way to the rear bed at night
The optional front bed creates a five-sleeper
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The optional front bed creates a five-sleeper
Like the hard-top (non loft) Aktiv 2.0 pictured, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition has a 70 x 71-in rear bed
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Like the hard-top (non loft) Aktiv 2.0 pictured, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition has a 70 x 71-in rear bed

You may not be able to catch the camper van Vlow in North America, but that doesn't mean you can't find a camper van roomy enough to sleep a family of five. Another recent Erwin Hymer Group release, the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition sleeps four to five people in a very different configuration from the Carado Vlow. Unlike the Vlow, it can also seat five during the drive. This van treats the whole family right with amenities like dual lounges, a full bathroom, a power sofa and an entertainment system.

We've been spending a lot of time looking at Erwin Hymer Group products of late, and that's because the German camper giant has spent the past year+ hitting both sides of the Atlantic with impressive new camper van launches. The Aktiv 2.0 Loft joins the Carado Axion as one of the European-inspired camper vans storming the American market as part of Hymer's overseas expansion. Owing to its pop-up roof, the commonality of the Fiat Ducato and Ram Promaster base vans, and Hymer's signature styling cues, on the outside the model looks a little like the Euro-market Hymercar Free. However, it's a very different van inside.

Hymer starts with a 249-in (632-cm) extended-wheelbase Ram Promaster 3500. That van is powered by a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic and comes packaged with standard features like a rear-view backup camera, cruise control, stability program, 220-A alternator, and Bluetooth infotainment/navigation system with satellite radio.

Getting some film of the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition
Getting some film of the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 Loft Edition

Hymer uses the size of the extended-wheelbase van to create an extra-roomy interior for families. The fold-out rear bed measures a very roomy 70 x 71 in (178 x 180 cm). At home, that would be a reconfigured, slightly upsized queen bed (usually 60 x 80 in), but out on the open road, where beds tend to be more compact, Hymer fancies it a king.

However you want to classify it, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft rear bed amounts to a lot of sleeping area – more than the 77 x 60-in (196 x 152-cm) bed in the Hymercar Free or the 77 x 53-in (195 x 135-cm) in the Hymercar Grand Canyon S. But with only up to 5.9 ft (1.8 m) of length, the Aktiv bed will leave taller folks scrunched. We guess if you're over 5'10" (178 cm) or so, you'll have to bend your joints a little at night. Either that, or maybe the kids can sleep downstairs and the adults can sleep in the more traditionally sized pop-up roof bed that's much narrower but also longer at 78 x 51 in (198 x 128 cm). We guess each family can figure out does and doesn't work for them.

The "Loft" refers to the pop-up roof with double bed
The "Loft" refers to the pop-up roof with double bed

The rear bed and pop-up roof bed combine for four sleeping berths, and a fifth berth can be added optionally between the dinette set and swivel cab seats. From there, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft becomes a fully functional five-person camper van with the addition of the optional transverse power rear sofa. The sofa seats three, bringing total riding capacity to seven people when combined with the two cab seats up front and the two dining bench seats. So, unlike the Carado Vlow that's advertised only as a four-seater, the Aktiv can carry the whole family of five during the day and sleep them at night.

During the day, the rear sofa combines with two side seats and a table into a rear lounge. At night, it drops down at the push of a button to the bed.

Families that need only four seats can opt for the standard configuration, which includes the type of foldaway rear bed that's very popular on European camper vans. During the drive, the bed flips away to clear out the middle aisle, allowing drivers to haul oversized cargo like bicycles, surfboards, etc.

When equipped with the power sofa option, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft also includes a rear dining area/lounge
When equipped with the power sofa option, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft also includes a rear dining area/lounge

Up ahead of the rear bed, the Aktiv 2.0 Loft borrows heavily from Hymer's European-market van layouts. The driver side is filled out by a central wet bath and front dining area with two-seat bench, table and swivel cab seats. Across the way on the passenger side, the kitchen area just inside the sliding door houses a dual-burner stove and sink with flush tops, an 88-L fridge, a 700-watt microwave and plenty of storage.

The Aktiv 2.0 Loft also includes a standard 24-in HD TV mounted on a swiveling bracket, a DVD player, an under-mounted 22,000-BTU air conditioner, a 14,000-BTU Truma Combi furnace/hot water heater, and a 12-ft (3.7-m) power awning. The van packs dual 6V AGM batteries, and Hymer offers lithium batteries optionally. Water is carried in 114-L fresh and 87-L gray tanks.

The Aktiv 2.0 Loft starts at US$114,127, a very far cry from the €36,999 (US$42,120) price of the four-berth Carado Vlow V 601 or the €41,490 (US$47,000) price of the Hymercar Free. American camper vans tend to have a much higher standard specifications than their European counterparts, starting with the vans they're based on (larger engines, more standard equipment), but we'd still love to see Hymer complement its American lineup of Euro-inspired camper vans with more Euro-inspired pricing.

Source: Hymer

1 comment
christopher
They must have lost one somewhere - I can only count 4 in that family.