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4 June 2017
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The new Hymer Exsis: light weight and wood-free body

The new version of the Exsis model range boasts a sporty design, dynamic riding characteristics and lightweight construction methods. According to the German Caravanning Industry Association (CIVD), a total of 84 percent of all newly registered motorhomes had a permitted laden mass of up to 3,500 kilograms in 2015 – and the trend is rising.

“With the new Exsis 588, we’re demonstrating our many years of experience in the field of lightweight construction. Even when almost fully kitted out, which includes having an awn- ing, a TV with satellite antenna and a multimedia package in addition to the 2.3 litre engine with 150 hp, for example, there are still payload reserves of 300 kilograms with two people on board, a full fresh water tank and two full gas bottles. That’s enough for you to take along camping furniture, a gas barbecue, two e-bikes and your own luggage with you, for example, without exceeding the limit of 3.5 tons,” explains Bernhard Kibler, Managing Director of Hymer GmbH & Co. KG.

The new Exsis-i 588 and Exsis-t 588 will be available from dealers from May/June 2017 onwards. The 678, 474 and 594 layouts, as well as the additional 504 layout for the Exsis-i, will follow by February 2018.

Customers attach great importance to modern bodywork technology in addition to a light weight. The new Exsis is able to play to one of its particular strengths in this respect: thanks to the PUAL body shell patented by HYMER, the vehicle features cutting-edge technology, which stems from the aerospace industry. All of the body elements, such as the roof, the side walls and the rear, are foamed in one piece and pressed to a thickness of 35 millimetres under enormous pressure. In the process, the closed cell PU foam is encased in a layer of aluminium both outside and inside. The result is a 100 percent wood-free body. When joining the individual elements, HYMER also relies on the bonding technology it developed in-house.

“Thanks to our bonding method, there are no rigid joints, such as bolts or anchors. This means that the elastic body can absorb the tremendous forces that act on the motorhome when it is being driven, without suffering any damage. This is regularly proven in our tests on the so-called vibration track, where a vehicle will travel over 300,000 kilometres,” explains Bernhard Kibler. Another benefit of this technology is that there aren’t any uninsulated joints, meaning that no thermal bridges are able to develop either. On request, the roof of the Exsis can be fitted with an extra GRP layer, ensuring absolute hail resistance.