European Airstream: Hymer Eriba 820 sets new standard
2,5 tons, 8,2 meters, shiny smooth aluminum-colored surfaces and panoramic windows at both ends. The day came when Hymer unveiled its brand new Eriba 820 at the CMT trade show in Stuttgart in January. The relationship of Hymer's own Eriba series and American Airstream was evident, both on the outside and under the shell. These are top luxury caravans.
Close to a million shiny Norwegian kroner you need to put on the table if you want to bring a fully equipped Hymer Eriba 820 behind your four-wheel drive. On the outside, it looks like a "regular" Hymer Eriba Touring, overgrown on steroids. The design imprint has clear family features. It also has the build method with roots to the famous Airstream Clipper, which was presented in 1936. The name was taken from the Boeing 314 Clipper, huge airboats that after 1936 initiated transatlantic passenger flight. These were again developed from the Boeing 247 which from 1933 is considered the first modern passenger aircraft. So what does this have to do with caravans?
The Boeing 247 and 314 Clipper had skeletons of steel tube frames and ribs clad with aluminum plates, later adopted by Airstream caravans. At a time when caravans consisted of woodpiles and plywood panels, Hymer launched its Eriba Troll (later Touring) series in 1958 - built over the same train as Airstream. Under the shell of the Eriba 820, we find a steel pipe skeleton that supports the entire structure. The construction method has for almost 90 years shown its strength and durability, few car series have more "vintage" wagons than just Airstream and Eriba Touring. Hymer is therefore obviously aiming at a long production and lifetime perspective when using similar construction method on the new Eriba 820.
Another distinctive feature of the Eriba 820 is the large panoramic windows at both ends. They snuggle softly around the corners and extend a bit on each long side. There, a round window directly above the kitchen counter creates associations for large cruise liners or spaceships. Of course, on the roof we find the latest in motorized satellite antennas, solar panels and an air conditioner sized for most meteorological conditions. This also extends indoors, where most of the features are assembled in a central control display, which can also be controlled via apps from smartphones. And the trailer is leveled by parking through hydraulic support legs with automatic leveling (see BoCM no. 1 page 28)
The front and back are different from each other in that the front has "boat bow" while the stern is almost straight. Up front we find a large wall-to-wall double bed with 180 degrees view and a large roof hatch. Shelves and cabinets have also found their place. The back is a seating area with soft leather cushions and a fold-down coffee table. Here also with 180 degrees view. In the middle of the carriage is a shower and a separate toilet. The kitchen has a drawer section, large fridge, sink and cooker, all lit by a large round window. On the other side is the display cabinet with bottle holders, radio, control panel and an 32 inch LED TV. It all wrapped in delicate colors and softly illuminated through modern LED lamps.
With all the equipment, this wagon probably gets somewhere around 800.000, BoCM gets informed at Hymer. There is hardly any volume model at Norwegian campsites, but over time, it can still be a good investment. For the life of carriages with the same construction method has proved to be considerably longer than similar carriages built with traditional laminate and moldings. It shows the many Airstream and Eriba Touring carts from both the 50, 60 and 70 numbers that are rolling to this day. Solid vehicles and heavy-duty driver's licenses are required to drive the carriage, but as a matter of course, you will have a "cabin" that can serve the family for perhaps several generations. And then the total calculation may not be so bad anyway.
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