Hymer AG is a motorhome and caravan manufacturer, located in Bad Waldsee, Germany. One of the largest manufacturers of motorhomes and caravans in Europe, the listed company Hymer AG owns several brands, including; Burstner, Carado, Sunlight, Etrusco, Elddis, Hymer, Laika, LMC, Niesmann + Bischoff, Dethleffs, Eriba, as well as camping equipment wholesale Movera.[2] In February 2017 it acquired The Explorer Group based in Consett, UK adding the Elddis, Buccaneer, Compass and Xplore brands to its portfolio. In 2018, Thor Industries acquired Hymer.

Hymer AG
IndustryRecreational vehicles
FounderErwin Hymer & Erich Bachem
Area served
ProductsMotorhomes, Caravans
Revenue€2,780 million (2011/2012)[1]
€859 million (2011/2012)[1]
Number of employees
2,600 (2010/2011)
WebsiteHymer (English)
Hymermobil B SL
Mercedes-based Hymermobil built around 1980
Eriba Triton


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Alfons Hymer, the father of Erwin Hymer, had operated a repair shop in Bad Waldsee since 1923. In 1956, Erich Bachem made the first caravan to a customer order, and in 1957 designer Erwin Hymer created the prototype "Eriba" range, the original Trolls.

As a result, that same year the two formed the new distribution company Hymer AG, and in 1958 the company began production of the Eriba-Troll range, which is still in production today. The first Hymer motorhome was produced in 1961, the Caravano.

During the mid-1960s, Dornier Flugzeugwerke and Hymer developed the Dornier Delta II, a development of the earlier Zündapp Janus. The vehicle could carry up to six passengers and offered two sleeping places for camping, but was never developed beyond the prototype stage. However, from 1971, serial production of motorcaravans started under the Hymer brand.

In 1980, the Hymer and Eriba companies formally merged, before also merging with Dethleffs and TEC to form CMC. Since 1990, the company became publicly traded. In 1995, the company became the first caravan manufacturer to become ISO 9001 certified.

In 1996, Hymer took over Niesmann + Bischoff GmbH, and in 1998 added Burstner. In the same year the camping accessories wholesaler Movera was founded. In 2000, Hymer AG acquired the Italian motorhome manufacturer Laika. The 100,000th leisure vehicle left the factory in October 2004. In 2005/6 Hymer and Dethleffs established of Capron Ltd., which distributes vehicles under the Carado and Sunlight brands.

On 29 October 2011, the €17 million Erwin Hymer Museum opened in Bad Waldsee.[3][4][5]

In 2016, Hymer acquired esteemed North American Class B RV manufacturer Roadtrek, and created the subsidiary Erwin Hymer NA (North America) to manage the acquisition.[6]

In 2018, Thor Industries acquired Erwin Hymer (Europe) without Erwin Hymer NA and Roadtrek because of financial irregularities uncovered at Erwin Hymer NA (during due diligence investigations as required by the sale).[7][8] Erwin Hymer NA subsequently fired the CEO, and COO, halted work at four factories in Ontario, laid off approximately 850 workers, and went into Canadian receivership.[9]

The Explorer GroupEdit

The Explorer Group, a subsidiary of Hymer,[10] is the United Kingdom's second largest manufacturer of caravans, based in Consett.[11] The Explorer Group produces Elddis, Buccaneer, Compass and Xplore brands.


In financial year 2010/2011, Hymer Group turned over €792 million, with a workforce of 2,600 creating 14,243 motorhomes and 6,317 caravans. The Hymer Group operates from factories in:


Hymer AGEdit

  • Bürstner (caravans, motorhomes, campervans)
  • Crosscamp (campervans)
  • Dethleffs (caravans, motorhomes)
  • Eriba (caravans)
  • Etrusco (motorhomes, campervans)
  • Hymer (motorhomes, campervans)
  • Laika (motorhomes, campervans)
  • LMC (Lord Münsterland Caravan) (caravans, motorhomes)
  • Niesmann + Bischoff (motorhomes)
  • Movera (accessories)

Capron GmbHEdit

  • Carado (motorhomes, campervans)
  • Sunlight (motorhomes, campervans)

The Explorer GroupEdit

  • Buccaneer (caravans)
  • Compass(caravans, motorhomes, campervans)
  • Elddis (caravans, motorhomes, campervans)
  • Xplore (caravans)


Germany: Bad Waldsee, Kehl, Isny im Allgäu, Leutkirch im Allgäu, Sassenberg, Polch, Neustadt in Sachsen
France: Wissembourg
Italy: Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
UK: Consett
Canada: Kitchener, Ontario


  • Monika Schramm: Auf Traumstraßen zu Sehnsuchtsorten, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 6. November 2011, Seite V 8
  1. ^ a b Geschäftsbericht 2011/12 Archived 2014-01-07 at the Wayback Machine (PDF; 2,1 MB)
  2. ^ "Erwin Hymer Group brands". Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  3. ^ Schwäbische Zeitung: Hymer-Museum: SZ-Leser in geheimer Mission vom 21. Oktober 2011, eingesehen am 29. Oktober 2011
  4. ^ Schwäbische Zeitung: Erwin-Hymer-Stiftung erhält Deutschen Camping-Preis vom 16. Februar 2012
  5. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine: Auf Traumstraßen zu Sehnsuchtsorten vom 7. November 2011, eingesehen am 10. Dezember 2011
  6. ^ Wendlend, Mike (21 January 2019). "What we know about the Roadtrek/Hymer Scandal". rvlifestyle.com. Mike Wendlend. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  7. ^ Wendlend, Mike (21 January 2019). "What we know about the Roadtrek/Hymer Scandal". rvlifestyle.com. Mike Wendlend. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Thor Industries (THO) Confirms Agreement to Buy Erwin Hymer Group for EUR2.1B".
  9. ^ James, Jackson (7 July 2019). "The rise and fall of Erwin Hymer Group North America". rvlifestyle.com. Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Hymer Buys Caravan Makers, The Explorer Group". Out & About Live. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Driving force". www.bqlive.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2017.

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