Well I’ve owned and lived in the Hymer B564 for more than a week now so I thought I would pass on my initial thoughts in the form of a review.
Hymer B564 – Specifications
The Hymer B564 I own is a 1998 model on a Fiat Ducato chassis. The Fiat engine is a 2.5TD which seems perfectly adequate for a motorhome of this size. Talking of size it’s difficult to know the exact dimensions of this model as sales adverts seem to disagree. A good guess however would be that it’s 6 metres long, 2.3 metres wide and 2.8 metres high.
Hymer B564 – Interior and Exterior
The exterior of the vehicle has the lockers you would expect for gas bottles and cassette toilet and also comes with a very useful ski locker which although narrow is the full height of side panel. This locker has shelves that can be folded back to allow storage of tall items like skis, surfboards etc. and a drain plug is fitted at the base to allow water to drain away from wetsuits or waterproof jackets. The outside of my particular vehicle has a Fiamma Zip awning which will be an effective way of doubling my living space when I have guests to stay.
Inside the Hymer B564 you will find six belted travel seats. Besides the driver and passenger seats, there are an additional four seats around the dinette. The two dinette seats closest to the outside wall both have 3 point inertia seatbelts, the inner two have lapbelts. The vehicle is classed as a four berth, featuring a pull down double bed located over the front seats and the dinette converts to another double if you use the pull out extenders and extra cushion provided. Both beds are comfortable, especially the pull down and both will easily sleep taller people (I’m 6’2″).
The kitchen is opposite the dinette and features a fridge / freezer, 3 burner gas hob, twin sink, and cooker / grill. It should be noted that like most continental motorhomes the cooker is not a standard fit and in my vehicle’s case was an accessory fitted by the previous owner. The kitchen area and indeed the whole vehicle is supplied with ample cupboards for storage.
Towards the rear of the Hymer B564 on the same side as the kitchen you find cupboards and a hanging wardrobe ideal for all your clothes. On the other side of the vehicle the rear is taken up by the bathroom which contains toilet, hand basin and separate shower cubicle.
The Hymer B564 interior feels light and airy during the day thanks to windows both sides and at the rear and a large rooflight in the centre of the vehicle. All windows have insect and blackout screens. At night the vehicle’s habitation area provides good light levels from carefully placed lights. There are two above the pull down bed, two above the dinette, one over the kitchen area, another outside the bathroom above a full length mirror and finally one in the bathroom itself.
Like most older Hymers the Hymer B564 feels really well made. All cupboards are solid wood and the upholstery looks like new which was not always the case on much newer vehicles I’d seen where the seats were wearing thin.
The Hymer B564 drives well, and it will happily sit at 70mph all day, though I usually average 60mph to get the best fuel consumption. Like all high sided vehicles it can be affected by sidewinds and there is no getting away from the fact that this feels like a commercial vehicle and not a car, but that’s to be expected.
Overall I’m pleased with the Hymer B564 and I’m looking forward to touring in it both here in the UK and in Europe.
Update – Following a longer period of ownership of the Hymer B564 I can confirm that the build quality of the living area stands up well. The only real weak area of this vehicle is the well known Fiat Ducato 5th gear problem (recently fixed). I no longer live in my motorhome and alas it means I cannot justify keeping it. If you are looking for a hymer motorhome for sale why not contact me?