Maintaining the van life craze moving forward, Hymer explores the future with the all-new VisionVenture notion, a Mercedes camper van that appears like a reside-in lunar rover but aspires to reside like a town house. Borrowing from the worlds of yachts, tiny houses and custom camper conversions, Hymer equips the plus-sized camper van with boundary-pushing attributes like a transforming wet/dry bathroom, rear tailgate deck and inflatable pop-top rated. It hopes to entice the subsequent generation of off-grid explorers, generally-connected digital nomads and gap year location-hoppers.
Hymer lately introduced the DuoCar S as one thing of the fantastic Sprinter camper for van life couples, and the VisionVenture moves that conversation forward. The oversized camper van could extremely very easily be a household motorhome, but Hymer as an alternative spreads factors out to develop a luxurious two-sleeper. Rather than housing an added double bed, the van’s pop-up roof homes the only bed, topping a two-story roaming apartment layout optimized for cozy couples. The upstairs (actually … this van has actual stairs) is protected by inflatable baffles for added R-worth and opens up to a flat section of van roof that serves as a little balcony. Relieved of any sleeping duties, the major level downstairs is left to serve as a spacious, thoughtfully arranged living region.
Hymer keeps it added spacious by avoiding the temptation to throw a prototype conversion kit into a factory Sprinter and as an alternative creating a bigger cabin that maintains the basic appear and really feel of a van, but with additional size and space. Hymer even reworks the Sprinter cab, adjusting the A pillars, shortening the hood and pushing the windshield forward to much better develop a additional seamless, contoured style from bumper to bumper.
Hymer fancies its Vision a new class of motorhome, and when other individuals like Wingamm and Mauer have completed comparable aftermarket-bodied camper van perform, we agree such automobiles are not very camper vans (Class B) and not very Class B+ motorhomes (e.g. Hymer’s personal Van S). Hymer finishes the custom exterior with a thorough dousing of BASF’s award-winning Climacool automotive paint, claimed to reduce exterior surface temperature by up to 20 degrees and interior temperatures by up to four degrees.
Hymer capitalizes on its upsized cabin to develop a spacious, livable and homey interior. It puts an emphasis on space-optimizing, multifunctional gear that never ever feels cold or utilitarian, warmed by supplies like felt, wood, bamboo and leather. The bathroom, for instance, is a narrow wet cell behind the entry door, a common camper van bathroom. But with the push of the roller wall and pull of the rotating vanity sink, it becomes a relaxing rain shower separated entirely from the sink and toilet. BASF Veneo Slate, a pliable surfacing material with razor-thin all-natural-stone facing, enhances the appear and really feel of the space.
Behind the upholstered outer wall of the bathroom cell, the rear lounge homes vis-a-vis sofas flanking a folding dining table that drops down and retracts away under the passenger-side bench. This seating group requires in views by way of the significant panoramic rear window and wraparound side windows. Campers can open the rear window upward for al fresco-style dining and drop the reduce gate to step out onto a rear sun terrace, exactly where they will also uncover a slide-out electric grill with meals prep station. Hymer is not the initially to drop a yacht-like deck on the back of a notion camping car, and we truly hope that vision functions its way into the typical production camper.
The rear walls are covered in deck-matched paneling that not only lends to the warm, contemporary styling but also secures gear and ornamentation by means of grooves operating its length. Campers can speedily reposition camping tools, cooking utensils, lights, planter boxes, photographs and additional.
The driver-side kitchen block involves a flush cooktop, sink basin under a faucet emerging from wall tile, and yacht-style refrigerator drawer mixed in with ample beneath-counter storage. The kitchen combines seamlessly with the sidewall-hugging staircase that is plucked appropriate out of tiny house style. The stairs include things like motion-activated lighting, non-slip trim, and beneath-tread storage.
To much better serve the perform-from-anyplace segment, the VisionVenture involves a committed workstation. A laptop desk folds down in front of the swiveled passenger seat, bringing along a pin board, LED lamp and electrical outlets.
Back outdoors, sharply reduce strategy and departure angles, skid plates, bead lock-style wheels, an LED light bar and all-terrain tires give the VisionVenture the appear of a motorhome that can manage itself off-road. The van also involves a 4×4 method, and roof-mounted solar adds off-grid energy.
Even though we’d adore to see a van extremely considerably like the VisionVenture go into production straight away (the Hymer Venture has a good ring to it), this one’s just a style study. Hymer CEO Christian Bauer does say that the enterprise will use some of the concept’s options in future production automobiles. And hopefully Hymer’s overlords at Thor Industries are creating plans to bring them more than to American shores. The video clip under shows animation of the VisionVenture’s quite a few attributes.