Motor caravan self build New DVLA regs
Have an account? Register

Forgot your password?

Forgot your username?

 
Likes Likes:  0
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Rekindled Dream Chunky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Moston, Manchester, UK
    Posts
    2,064
    Images
    70
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    1
    Chunky is offline

    Motor caravan self build New DVLA regs

    Hi All

    It's been a long time.

    I'm trying to find out what the new regs are regarding converting a minibus into a Motorcaravan as defined by the DVLA.

    I'm in a few selfbuild groups on face**** and notice very recently the numer of vehicles, Minibuses and vans, that are being refused. The internal criteria are being met and passed but still these owners get refused because they are being told over the telephone "according to the new regs the vehicle doesn't look like a motor caravan from the outside". When pressed the telephone operators are saying it's the new regs which haven't yet been uploaded to their website.

    Anyone know the new definition and specifications?

    Thanks .. Jon
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body , but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy shit ... what a ride"

  2. Remove Advertisements
    RodsnSods.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Rekindled Dream Chunky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Moston, Manchester, UK
    Posts
    2,064
    Images
    70
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    1
    Chunky is offline
    Sorry. Just realised this should be in the Licencing and legal section. A lot has happened on here Could admin please move it to the correct section please.

    Ta
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body , but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy shit ... what a ride"

  4. #3
    Official RnS Addict 28Chevy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Sussex by the sea
    Posts
    812
    Images
    95
    Post Thanks / Like
    28Chevy is offline
    Read all that somewhere some time ago when I realised my 2003 Ducato van conversion was still LGV, it had never been registered as a motor caravan by the company that converted it from new.

    Seems that if the outline looks like a van it's a van, but as even some obvious coach built motorhomes still look just like a commercial luton van side on, it's bonkers.

    I didn't bother to go any further with it as it seem the only real downside is that being commercial it's restricted to the relevant commercial speed limits, which isn't a problem for me.

    Maybe try calling one of the specialist converters and ask them what they do?

    edit, my camper even has the converters logo and graphics all over it, pretty obviously a motorhome!
    Last edited by 28Chevy; 13-06-2019 at 20:41.
    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

    My Chevy thread: https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/sho...y-coach-403745
    Rugged Robin 2/3rd track: https://www.facebook.com/Rugged.Robin.tracked/

  5. Remove Advertisements
    RodsnSods.co.uk
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    Rekindled Dream Chunky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Moston, Manchester, UK
    Posts
    2,064
    Images
    70
    Post Thanks / Like
    Images
    1
    Chunky is offline
    Hiya.

    Thanks.

    Yeah that's a good idea. I think the Coachbuilt Motor home makers tend to use Chassis and cabs so really their bodies are Motorhome bodies. The DVLA seemed to all of a sudden started refusing as some builders say well I just put stickers on mine and it passed others who didi the exact same have been refused with as I say being told because it doesn't look like a MotorCaravan which is their verion of what I'm calling a campervan. I'm doing a sprinter minibus and have taken all but 6 seats out inc driver. The only change externally is the rear side windows and rear door windows blocked up as the rear section is the fixed sleeping area. I'll probably end up with graphics in the hope that is enough. But some have even done that and included phrases like Adventure before dementia and included camping like scenes but still refused. I'm not sure Kev (Kapri) would know. I need to ask him as he's well up on all things DVLA

    Cheers ... Jon
    Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body , but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy shit ... what a ride"

  7. #5
    Official RnS Addict 28Chevy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Sussex by the sea
    Posts
    812
    Images
    95
    Post Thanks / Like
    28Chevy is offline
    Something I heard was it's all to do with the publics perception of a motorhome when it comes to them describing a vehicle involved in an incident, which could delay or hinder plods investigation work or be used to avoid a prosecution or a conviction in court.

    Which all makes sense to me, camper van, looks like a van: motor caravan looks like a motor caravan, simples..
    Whirrr whirrr chuff chuff de chuff........chuff......BRUMMMM!

    My Chevy thread: https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/sho...y-coach-403745
    Rugged Robin 2/3rd track: https://www.facebook.com/Rugged.Robin.tracked/

  8. #6
    Stroker Kustom Jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bath
    Posts
    4,767
    Images
    2618
    Post Thanks / Like
    Kustom Jim is offline
    Is it not just simply a reaction to some commercial users trying to give some taxes a swerve!? Like when the 5 seater pick ups were posh like a top dollar company car but way cheaper to tax. I suppose the man may see a bed in the back of a typical works van the same as my Boxster claiming hybrid status cos my gennie is in the front boot lol
    "I'm not going to take this defeatist attitude and listen to all this crap any more from all these people who have nothing except doomsday to predict."
    Carroll Shelby

  9. #7
    Official RnS Addict Big Joe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    West Mersea
    Posts
    2,992
    Images
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Big Joe is offline
    That's a strange thing because a lot of the people that I know that have camper vans want them to look like vans (I think they call them stealth campers) So that they can park up in public places without getting moved on or people thinking they are " travellers".

  10. #8
    Official RnS Addict mattblack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    A damp lock-up
    Posts
    562
    Images
    70
    Post Thanks / Like
    mattblack is offline
    I think there's a ruling on some campsites that the vehicle has to have side windows, to stop people rocking up with a van with a mattress chucked in the back.
    50 shades of grey primer....

  11. #9
    Official RnS Addict
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    margate
    Posts
    1,622
    Images
    133
    Post Thanks / Like
    chrisb is offline

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Where you live, Town\City\County etc.

Please enter your full name
This field cannot be edited once it has been completed other than via contacting the site admin. Please make sure the information is correct first time.

Log-in

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Bookmarks

    Posting Permissions

    • You may post new threads
    • You may post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •