chose the Hymer after looking around hundreds of coachbuilt motorhomes,
at first refusing to look at Hymers, because I think they’re ugly,
although its beginning to grow on me now.
After being shown round various Hymers, we
could see the benefits of the pull down bed at the front which can be
left ready made up in its closed position, with that and the fact that
Hymer is supposed to be one of the best, or so I’ve been led to believe,
we purchased the second hand 564.
Driving: Driving the 564 is a pleasure, the left
hand drive is no problem but the width of the van can be if you don’t
have your wits about you. Based on a Peugeot/Talbot van, all you have to
remind you of that is the plastic dashboard, everything else is purpose
built for the van. The 2.5L diesel engine could really do with a turbo,
but if you don’t mind using your gears you can get by, some hills in
Derbyshire require first gear. Visibility is great, the huge windscreen
reminds you of how a goldfish feels. Rear visibility is good with two
mirrors each side, the lower mirrors angled to the road to keep your eye
on the white lines and kerb. The cab mirror looks through the small rear
window. Driving at low speed is great, as is high speed in a straight
line, however, roundabouts do require some attention due to van roll.
inside of the 564 is a little cramped when relaxing. The four place
dinette is adequate for meal times, but when the kids have their toys
out, you’re better off outside under the awning. The toilet and shower
are what sold us the van - that and the price. The bathroom boasts a
separate screened shower, away from the toilet, and although not huge, a
6 foot man like myself has no problems showering. The passenger seat is
on a swivel which expands the seating area.
pull down bed over the cab is double bed sized, I’ve measured it, it is
very comfortable and comes with a cargo net to stop you rolling out. The
headroom is sufficient as not to feel closed in. The 4 place dinette
converts into a double bed, not quite as comfy as the pull down bed, but
o.k. Moving around the van when the dinette is in bed mode can be a
little tight, with only approx 12 inches between the kitchen and the
side of the bed.
cupboards inside the van have adequate storage for every day items i.e.
food and utensils. We are a family of four and a weeks holiday nowhere
near uses the storage space available. The wardrobe is very generous and
is a good place for the kids toys as well as clothes. The rear of the
van boasts a storage hatch which is also accessible from the inside.
Table and deckchairs however have to go in the roof box, as do the
Cooking: The kitchen has a two burner hob, no oven
or grill, quite a large 3 way fridge and a small sink. The built in
extractor fan above the hob works well if you're cooking with the door
closed. Work space is a little limited unless you use the table.
Water: The 564 has an adequate water tank (100L)
for about 2-3 days (family of 4) this includes showering, toilet flushes
etc. The waste tank is a little smaller I think, but you are supplied
with a hose for emptying, but its never quite long enough.
Electrics: The 564 has a 110 Ah leisure battery
(installed myself) and lasts days without any problems or loss of power
and, someone correct me if I’m wrong, the charging system won’t let you
drain your main vehicle battery if you run out the leisure battery. The
leisure battery is automatically charged when you hook up to electric
and the meter in the van lets you see how much charge is going in. The
meter for the fresh and waste water tanks is a bit hit and miss, and
drops in quarters rather than gradually.
Gas Storage: Depending on the size (physical
dimensions) of the bottle, you can store two 11kg bottles in the gas
storage compartment, if however you get an oversized bottle, you are
down to 1X11kg and 1X 7kg bottles.
Problems: Not many really considering the van is 12
years old, we have an interior light that needs replacing, problems with
the taps and shower but all easily rectified and not too expensive.
If anyone out there is thinking of
buying a Hymer 564, please feel free to contact me
firstname.lastname@example.org also if anyone already owns a 564
there’s some things I’m not sure of so drop me a line so I can pick your
Hope this benefits someone - Bob