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Hymercar camper van bridges the gap between buddy adventures and family vacations

Hymercar camper van bridges th...
The pop-up roof is available on any Free floor plan, adding a separate double bed
The pop-up roof is available on any Free floor plan, adding a separate double bed
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The Hymercar Free is based on a Fiat Ducato with 114-hp 2.0-liter engine
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The Hymercar Free is based on a Fiat Ducato with 114-hp 2.0-liter engine
Hymercar introduced the first Free floor plans back in January and announced a third in May
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Hymercar introduced the first Free floor plans back in January and announced a third in May
The Free camper van measures either 541 cm or 599 cm, depending upon floor plan
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The Free camper van measures either 541 cm or 599 cm, depending upon floor plan
The Hymercar Free kitchen area houses a glass-top stove/sink, compressor fridge and extendable worktop
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The Hymercar Free kitchen area houses a glass-top stove/sink, compressor fridge and extendable worktop
The Hymercar Free's dining area seats four
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The Hymercar Free's dining area seats four
The rear bed is where the Hymer Free floor plans really differ; the 600 and 540 have different sizes of transverse double bed, while the 602 has two longitudinal singles
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The rear bed is where the Hymer Free floor plans really differ; the 600 and 540 have different sizes of transverse double bed, while the 602 has two longitudinal singles
Each Free includes a wet bathroom with cassette toilet, sink and pull-out faucet/shower
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Each Free includes a wet bathroom with cassette toilet, sink and pull-out faucet/shower
The flip-away bed on all three Free models provides plenty of room for bringing toys along
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The flip-away bed on all three Free models provides plenty of room for bringing toys along
The Free's versatile rear bed caught our eye at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
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The Free's versatile rear bed caught our eye at the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
The bathroom includes a tambour door and a shower curtain that keeps the toilet, sink and mirror from getting wet
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The bathroom includes a tambour door and a shower curtain that keeps the toilet, sink and mirror from getting wet
Swivel front seats work with the bench to create dining room seating
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Swivel front seats work with the bench to create dining room seating
This Hymercar Free 540 was optioned up to €52,375 as shown
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This Hymercar Free 540 was optioned up to €52,375 as shown
The pop-up roof is available on any Free floor plan, adding a separate double bed
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The pop-up roof is available on any Free floor plan, adding a separate double bed
A peek at the bathroom in the Hymercar Free
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A peek at the bathroom in the Hymercar Free
After launching the model line earlier this year, Hymercar shows the Free at the 2018 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
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After launching the model line earlier this year, Hymercar shows the Free at the 2018 Düsseldorf Caravan Salon
The Free camper van has LED lighting
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The Free camper van has LED lighting
A look inside the rear of the Hymercar Free camper van
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A look inside the rear of the Hymercar Free camper van
The folding lids provide extra work space over top the sink/stove
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The folding lids provide extra work space over top the sink/stove
The 602 is the newest member of the already-new Free family, offering two single rear beds instead of a double
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The 602 is the newest member of the already-new Free family, offering two single rear beds instead of a double
The bathroom shower pulls out the window to create an outdoor shower/sprayer
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The bathroom shower pulls out the window to create an outdoor shower/sprayer
Load up on luggage, sports gear or whatever with the extra space afforded by the flip-up bed
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Load up on luggage, sports gear or whatever with the extra space afforded by the flip-up bed
Hymercar Free 600 floor plan
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Hymercar Free 600 floor plan
Plenty of kitchen storage space in the Free 600
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Plenty of kitchen storage space in the Free 600
Hymercar Free 602 floor plan
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Hymercar Free 602 floor plan
The bathroom faucet doubles as an indoor/outdoor shower
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The bathroom faucet doubles as an indoor/outdoor shower
The rear storage cabinet holds two gas tanks
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The rear storage cabinet holds two gas tanks
The Hymercar 540 has a smaller double rear bed and smaller, relocated fridge as compared to the 600 but is laid out much the same
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The Hymercar 540 has a smaller double rear bed and smaller, relocated fridge as compared to the 600 but is laid out much the same
Bird's eye of the Hymercar Free wet bath
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Bird's eye of the Hymercar Free wet bath
The available dinette conversion creates a third sleeping berth
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The available dinette conversion creates a third sleeping berth
The Free comes standard with a sliding screen door
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The Free comes standard with a sliding screen door
The single beds of the 602 floor plan are installed longitudinally so sleepers can access the bathroom and front of the van without climbing over each other
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The single beds of the 602 floor plan are installed longitudinally so sleepers can access the bathroom and front of the van without climbing over each other
Under-floor storage below the table
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Under-floor storage below the table
The available pop-up roof includes sleeping for two
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The available pop-up roof includes sleeping for two
Dining area cabinetry
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Dining area cabinetry
Inside the Hymercar Free camper van
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Inside the Hymercar Free camper van
Inside the Hymercar Free camper van
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Inside the Hymercar Free camper van
The eyelets on the side and floor let you lash bikes and other cargo in the rear
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The eyelets on the side and floor let you lash bikes and other cargo in the rear
The smaller 65-L fridge on the 602 and 540 floor plans is mounted for indoor/outdoor access
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The smaller 65-L fridge on the 602 and 540 floor plans is mounted for indoor/outdoor access

A fun-loving camper van with a fun-loving name, the Hymercar Free is the perfect camper van for buddies looking to hit the open road to travel, surf, bike, climb or ski. The available individual-bed layout ensures each and every one has his or her own space to sleep. The Free is also ideal for couples and families, whether journeying out for a weekend or weeks on end. Either group will appreciate the flip-away rear bed, central bathroom and fully equipped kitchen.

Though Hymer was busy directing attention toward its latest Sprinter camper vans and small motorhomes at this year's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, the Fiat Ducato-based Free caught our attention just as easily with its bright badging and versatile interior. The sporty camper van comes in three floor plans, measuring 541 to 599 cm (213 to 236 in) in total length.

Hymercar has designed the Free as an "all-rounder" aimed at youthful buyers new to camper van living. The new van is meant for both touring highways and byways and wandering to the trailhead or waterside to hike, surf, bike or climb to your hearts' content.

A key component of the Free's versatile nature is the flip-away rear bed included in all three floor plans. Quickly fold the center of the bed to the side and you have plenty of central cargo space for long and/or tall gear like bicycles, skis and boards. Mounting eyelets on the floor and sides help keep the equipment secure during the ride.

A look inside the rear of the Hymercar Free camper van
A look inside the rear of the Hymercar Free camper van

If that load area gets you dreaming about heading toward the horizon with a surf or ski buddy or two (or three), you'll want to zero in on the 599-cm (236 in)-long 602 floor plan. This variant comes standard with two single beds mounted longitudinally at the rear and can be optionally equipped with a convertible dinette for a third single bed. So unlike a lot of two-sleeper camper vans, you don't have to snuggle up in the same bed as your buddy after a long, sweaty day of tangling with Mother Nature. In place of the convertible third bed, you can also opt for a pop-up roof with 200 x 135-cm (79 x 53-in) double bed, making the Free 602 a four-sleeper.

The Free 540 and 600 models are likely to appeal more to couples and families. The 600 measures the same 599 cm as the 602, but ditches the dual beds in favor of one 196 x 152-cm (77 x 60-in) transverse double bed inside the rear load doors. The 540 fits a smaller 196 x 132-cm (77 x 52-in) transverse double bed at the rear of its shorter 541-cm footprint. Both models are well-suited to traveling couples, and buyers can make either a four-berth family affair by adding the optional pop-up roof with bed.

Inside the Hymercar Free camper van
Inside the Hymercar Free camper van

Whichever floor plan you choose, the Free makes for a comfy, functional living space, packing in a kitchen with dual-burner gas stove, sink, compressor refrigerator and expandable countertop. The central bathroom has a cassette toilet, sink, and faucet/shower head that can be used inside or pulled outside through the bathroom window for use as an outdoor shower. The taps are fed by a 100-L fresh water tank and a Truma Combi 4 LCD hot water boiler that's also an interior air heater. A 100-L waste water tank catches the flow on the other side.

The Free dining area includes a table with swing-out extension, dual-seat rear bench and driver cab swivel seats. The optional convertible transverse bed measures 182 x 101 cm (72 x 40 in).

The available dinette conversion creates a third sleeping berth
The available dinette conversion creates a third sleeping berth

Other features shared across floor plans include a 95-Ah auxiliary battery, dual gas bottle cabinet, and LCD heat control with iNet readiness (for wireless app control). The 600 comes standard with a standing height 90-L compressor fridge, while both the 540 and 602 have an indoor/outdoor-access 65-L model.

Prior to bringing them along to Düsseldorf, Hymercar introduced the Free 540 and 600 at the CMT show earlier in 2018 and added the 602 a few months later. The 540 starts at €41,490 (approx. US$47,290), while both the 600 and 602 start at €42,490 (US$48,425). The pop-up roof with bed adds another €3,490 ($3,975).

The Hymercar Free is based on a Fiat Ducato with 114-hp 2.0-liter engine
The Hymercar Free is based on a Fiat Ducato with 114-hp 2.0-liter engine

All three models are based on a front wheel-drive Ducato with standard 114-hp 2.0-liter Multijet engine, electronic stability control, hill start assist, daytime running lights, and driver and passenger airbags. Available Ducato upgrades include engine options up to 177 hp, ParkPilot and LED daytime running lights.

Source: Hymer

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