Say hello to our first camper van, a Hymer Aktiv 2.0 on the Ram 3500 ProMaster chassis. As we come up to our one year anniversary of living full time out of a van, I thought it would be a good time to update this post. You’ll can watch the full van tour below. Read about our journey to camper van life and how we ended up with the Hymer Aktiv 2.0.
Our Camper Van – Hymer Aktiv 2.0
This is a full tour of our Hymer Aktiv 2.0 on the Ram 3500 ProMaster chassis. If you still have questions, head over to the FAQ page where we answer questions about van life.
Journey to Camper Van Life
We were at the Florida RV SuperShow and spotted a shiny European style camper van with orange decals. (If I had my choice, our next vehicle would be orange.) The display had Hymer banners flying around it and we quickly learned that the company is one of the largest RV manufacturers in Europe.
Hymer was at the RV show to introduce their first RV in North America. On display was the Grand Canyon, now known as the Aktiv. Watch the two minute video walk-through below.
This got us wondering if we could actually live in a small travel trailer or a camper van full time. After we left the RV show, we thought the Florida heat had gotten to us. There was no way we could downsize to a camper van for full time travel…was there?
Camper Van Shopping
Fast forward a few months and we’re shopping for a camper van on Big Time RV. Although we didn’t end up with the RV from the show, the shopping experience reinforced our desires to downsize. The more we shopped for Class B RVs, the more we found ourselves comparing each one to the Hymer Aktiv.
Months of extensive research on camper vans. We created a list of camper van manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada to help us keep track. Many nights were spent reading through threads about cassette toilets and wet baths. The main requirements for us were: storage, cargo carrying capacity, tow capacity, boondocking capability and comfort.
Revisiting the Hymer Aktiv
“Everything happens for a reason.” An unexpected cross country trek from Ohio to California led us to the Pomona RV Show. At the show, we spent three days checking out the Hymer Aktiv. We laid on the bed, relaxed in the chairs, sat on the toilet, pretended to work, cook, sleep, watch TV.
EcoTrek with Voltstart. EcoTrek is a lithium power module that sold us on the Aktiv. If you’d like to learn more about the solar setup in our camper van, watch the video below.
Camper Van Life
“You don’t live in a van, you live out of a van.” We took delivery of the Hymer Aktiv 2.0 in May and have been living out of the van for almost a year. You can catch a glimpse of van life by checking out our van life travel series.
Downsizing to a Smaller Van?
We’ve mentioned that we could go smaller. The Hymer Aktiv 2.0 is on the longer ProMaster chassis and we have talked about downsizing to a shorter ProMaster or a Mercedes Sprinter 144″ WB. Will we downsize? That questions remains to be answered. In the meantime, we are keeping our options open.
See a full list of Class B RV manufacturers we considered. Check out this post on downsizing to a camper van for full time RV living.
Curious about the van life costs? Head over to the Cost of Living post for detailed breakdowns.
Partnership with Hymer
Our enthusiasm for the Aktiv created a partnership opportunity with Hymer. What does that mean? Well, it means we will be working together to inspire others to get outside and explore. It also means we get to continue to travel and live our dream. More than anything, we’re excited that Hymer wanted to partner with us. It’s pretty awesome that they have provided us with a camper van so we can continue to share our journey and inspires others.
Are we getting paid by Hymer to write articles and make videos? No. We’ll continue to make videos and write posts at our pace and in our style. All of the opinions will continue be our own, 100%. That’s the best kind of partnership if you ask us.
Now, get outside and explore this great big world! And be sure to say hello if you see us on the road.