UPDATE 22/10/2013: Our trusted and much-travelled companion has left us and is now in her new home. The post below thus describes her as she was, before sale. Kira and I both hope that her new family will have a long and happy association with her, much as we have enjoyed.
5 berth motorhome with 6 travel seats (4 forward facing and belted).
The motorhome in its normal travel mode with satellite dish down etc.
Much loved Hymer Camp 59 on left-hand-drive Fiat Ducato chassis (1993) for sale. This was marketed in UK as Talbot Express, although it’s worth noting that Fiat offered options that Talbot didn’t. Full high-end German specification, with legendary Hymer build quality, and beautiful early-mid 1990s German craftsmanship. Professionally maintained for last 3 years, 155,000km from new, MoT & tax to July 2014. Recent new exhaust system, starter and leisure batteries.
5.9m long (6.1m including raised bike rack), 2.9m high without top box (3.0m high with top box), 2.2m wide. Tow bar. Roof rack & ladder with checker-plate on roof. UK-spec headlights and tail light configuration.
Based on the heavy-duty chassis cab (unlike most similar UK vehicles) this Fiat Ducato benefits from a 2.5 litre Iveco turbo diesel engine, giving approx 95bhp with lots of torque (and is thus a joy to drive compared with the under-powered and thirsty UK-spec 2.0 litre petrol engine). 5 speed manual gearbox with column change. Commercial van specification Uniroyal Rain Max tyres with lots of tread remaining. Factory standard power assisted steering (PAS).
Average 25-30mpg (town/motorway). Cruises comfortably at 55-60mph all day, will do 70+ when needed.
ISRI Captain’s seats in cab (both driver and passenger) with twin fold-up adjustable arm-rests. Two belted travel seats in habitation cabin, plus two unbelted travel seats in habitation cabin (i.e. 6 travel seats total, 4 with belts). A hand-held fire extinguisher is mounted just behind the driver’s seat and can be rapidly accessed from both front seats, or from the cabin, if required. There is a useful amount of easily accessible storage space under the driver’s seat.
5 berths (1 double overcab with blown air heating under; 1 double in main dining area; 1 single in rear dining area), I’m 6′ tall and can easily stretch out in the overcab bed. 2 dining tables (4 seats & 2 seats). Extremely versatile and flexible layout with many possible configuration options (see photos for some ideas).
Large wardrobe, lots of overhead cupboards and under-seat storage. Rear under-seat storage also accessible from outside so great for ramps, cables, hoses etc. 3 sky-lights that can be opened on any side or fully, all fitted with fly screens. Habitation cabin Dometic Seitz S4 top-hinged windows are tinted and double-glazed throughout with fly screens and blinds on all windows (note DIY repair to kitchen blind – if wanted this could easily be replaced with Remis Take-n-Trim blind repair kit which didn’t exist when I did it 7 years ago). Security handrail both aids access and secures across cabin door when unattended. This motor-caravan is carpeted throughout but it is all easily removable to reveal an easy-clean green speckled lino below in as-new condition.
Truma blown air heating with multiple closable outlets including blown air under the overcab bed and in bathroom (great for drying wet clothes overnight). Truma water heating with 10 litre hot water tank. 135 litre internal fresh water storage (prevents freezing) plus grey water tank. Electric flush Thetford cassette toilet, full height shower in bathroom (original carpet included though not shown in photo), mixer tap in kitchen. Manufacturer’s original instruction manuals included.
Kathrein TRANSMARE MobiSat TV Satellite dish on roof, can be both elevated and aligned from inside wardrobe. Satellite tuner and pull-out shelf for TV (all unused for last 7 years as I removed the TV immediately after purchase). Stereo speakers for radio/CD/DVD etc. in rear cabin.
Fair sized kitchen with 3 burner SMEV gas hob. 3-way Electrolux fridge with freezer compartment (230v, 12v, gas).
Wire vegetable rack, cutlery tray, rubbish bin and generous storage for pans etc. under with cupboards and shelves above.
120Ah VRLA Leoch AGM leisure battery plus mains charger both mounted under front passenger seat, identical second battery included to fit under driver’s seat included if required (so 240Ah total). 230v 50Hz, 300 watt inverter (ideal for laptops, charging camera batteries etc.) fitted. This motorhome is happy running for days without electric hook-up (which saves hookup fees on campsites, as well as making the free European motorhome stopovers and wild-camping anywhere a breeze).
Cabin is watertight with no known leaks or drips in any weather, but there is some residual damp in both a small wall area and cabin floor near door, caused prior to re-sealing 5+ years ago. Retractable step removed and floor area plated over for strength (see photo).
Both original step with curved blanking plate and Fiamma caravan step that we use are included in sale. Both floor and wall can be fixed professionally or DIY (see Talbot Owners Club forum for many examples), or just live with it like us, as you prefer.
The Hymer cabin is very well insulated and I have slept comfortably in the heated overcab bed when it has been -10C outside with the heater on tickover. I’ve spoken with people who have taken their Hymer’s skiing at -25C without problem. Standard Hymer gas system includes automatic switchover between bottles, with indicator light inside cabin when switched, plus selectable cold-weather heating of gas supply to prevent icing. There’s a stable door too, meaning you can open just the top half if you want ventilation without your children climbing in and out.
Example extras fitted & included: 4m Omnistor awning (now c. £750 new), Omnistor roof box (now c. £300 new), Omnistor cycle rack (4 bikes – now c. £350 new) + cover, tow-bar & electrics (now over £500 new – I regularly used to tow a 9′ long x 7′ high x 6’6” wide box trailer made from an old caravan with racing kart, tools, fuel etc. inside it), etc.
Optionally available at negotiable extra cost: 2x Gaslow refillable 21 kg LPG cylinders (professional conversion, £550 fitted new); 2x Waeco reversing & side-view cameras with colour, infra-red night vision & sound to LCD monitor on dashboard (£750 fitted new); high-end Pioneer stereo (WMA/MP3/AAC/RDS/DAB/etc. 200w total + iPod adapter – £700 new); Omnistor Safari Room & curtains (now c. £950 new); Vango Sapera Tall driveaway inflatable AirBeam AirAway awning (£570 new).
Current owner (me) for last 7 years following private import from Germany. Growing family forces reluctant sale (had 1 child when bought in 2006, now have 3 children & 1 German Shepherd dog…).
Supremely reliable and easy to maintain, without complex electronics as on later models. We’ve taken this motor caravan all over UK & Europe (England, Wales, Scotland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy…) and it’s never let us down once.
If you’re planning a trip to Eastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova etc.) this campervan probably offers the ideal combination of simplicity, reliability, economy and comfort for the perfect trip. If you have Morocco or further afield in mind you may wish to first refit the protective (heavy duty commercial) under-tray which is included in the price and currently removed for ease of servicing.
For just £6,995 for a quick sale (soon to be advertised elsewhere at £7,700 – at which point I’ll return to edit this line) you can enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the finest designed and built small motorcaravans of its time – the Hymer Camp 59.
There’s a lot of equipment on this vehicle so if required I’ll happily talk a new owner through it all until they feel absolutely comfortable.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a private sale of our own personal family vehicle and is in no way connected to the business. For more details please contact Andrew direct. UPDATE 22/10/2013 This motorhome is now sold…
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