HYMER opens up a new dimension in mobile hol- idays with the development of the “Caravano” in 1961. This panel van was to lay the foundations both for the company and the category of com- pact leisure vehicles. Thanks to its easy manoeu- vrability, compact outer dimensions and seating arrangement, the camper is suitable not just for holidays, but also for weekend trips or everyday use as a second car – and that goes especially for the compact models of the HYMERCAR range. Our potted history charts the key stages of this success story from the early days through its fascinating evolution.


Alfons Hymer begins production of agricultural vehicles.


Erich Bachem (“ERIBA”) and Erwin Hymer build the original “Troll”, the first caravan.


HYMER evolves from a craft enterprise into an industrial manufacturer. The first hand built HYMER motorhome, the Caravano, makes its debut.


The two camper vans 500 and 501 on a Mercedes L 206 D/L 207 base – with cara- van-style lifting roof – usher in a new product category.


The Bedford Blitz-based Hymer T-Class with lifting roof offers an extra berth thanks to folding bucket seats in the back.


From now on, the camper vans are known as HYMERCARS. The angular HYMERCAR 1 based on the Ford Transit has a strong visual resemblance to American vans.


The semi-integrated Eribacar is a cross between the Renault Trafic transporter and the caravan body of the Touring range.


The new Fiat Ducato-based HYMERCAR 2 is notable for its practical layout with separable washroom and toilet. The Fiat Ducato based HYMERCAR 3 is also launched at the same time, featuring a stylish high roof, distinctive longitudinal seats and an extra bed.


Family are launched on the market simultaneously, introducing the distinctive corrugated high roof and new floor plan.


HYMER gives its HYMERCAR fleet a makeover, introducing a new duo: the Magic (left) boasts a bathroom, while the Fantasy is notable for its storage space.


Small is beautiful: the less than four-metre-long HYMER Van based on the tiny Fiat Talento is the ideal camper for couples.


The HYMERCAR Fantasy goes out of production; only the Magic remains – and is promptly voted “Motorhome of the Year”.


It’s the details that count in the relaunched HYMERCAR range, with angled furniture and a folding table providing more freedom of movement.


The new improved model range sets new standards in terms of comfort and spaciousness, featuring a separate washroom with shower and toilet.


The HYMERCAR Cape Town rolls off the production line – the first HYMERCAR to be built on a VW T5 chassis.


The models Sydney Drive (without bathroom) and Serengeti (with bathroom) boast flexible interior designs and individually organised stowage space.


The latest HYMERCAR model bears the evocative name Ayers Rock. It has a fixed rear bed and comes with various heating options.