All campervans, motor caravans and motorhomes fall into the DVLA category of “Motor Caravan” but in order to qualify as a “Motor Caravan” it must have certain minimum features and the external appearance of a “Motor Caravan”.
A “Motor Caravan” must have the following features which are further explained later in this document:
- There must be a door that provides access to the living accommodation.
- A bed, which is an integral part of the living quarters which has a minimum length of 1800mm or 6 feet. This can be converted at night from seats used for other purposes during the day but must be permanently fixed within the body of the vehicle.
- There must be a water storage tank or container on or in the vehicle
- A seating and dining area, permanently attached to the vehicle. The table may be detachable but must have some permanent means of attachment to the vehicle. It’s not good enough to have a loose table.
- There must be a permanently fixed means of storage, a cupboard, locker or wardrobe.
- There must be a permanently fixed cooking facility within the vehicle powered by gas or electricity.
- There must be at least one window on the side of the accommodation.
If the vehicle has all of these minimum features present and permanently fixed and installed properly then you should be able to have it reclassified as a “Motor Caravan”. Not only is it a legal requirement for your campervan to be in the correct classification once it is on the V5C as a “Motor Caravan” it may also (dependant on its unladen weight) benefit, lower MOT costs, road tax and cheaper insurance (in most cases) than a van.
Seats and a Table
- Are required to be an integral part of the living accommodation area, and mounted independently of other items
- The table must be capable of being mounted directly to the vehicle floor and /or side wall.
- The table mounting arrangement must be secured as a permanent feature, (bolted, riveted, screwed or welded), although the table may be detachable
- Permanently secured seating must be available for use at the table
- The seats must be secured directly to the vehicle floor and/or side wall
- The seats must be secured as a permanent feature, (bolted riveted, screwed or welded)
- Must be an integral part of the living accommodation area
- Either beds or a bed converted from seats (to form a mattress base)
- Secured as a permanent feature, with base structures bolted, riveted, screwed or welded to the vehicle floor and / or side wall, (unless the sleeping accommodation is provided as a provision over the driver’s cab compartment
- That are an integral part of the vehicle living accommodation and is mounted independently of other items
- That are secured to the vehicle floor and / or side wall
- Secured as a permanent feature, (bolted, riveted, screwed, or welded
- The cooking facility must consist of a minimum of a two ring cooking facility or a microwave in either case having a fuel/power source
- If the cooking facility is fuelled by gas having a remote fuel supply, the fuel supply pipe must be permanently secured to the vehicle structure
- If the cooking facility is fuelled by gas having a remote fuel supply, the fuel reservoir must be secured in a storage cupboard or the reservoir secured to the vehicle structure
- Storage facilities must be provided by a cupboard or locker
- The facility must be an integral part of the vehicle living accommodation, ie mounted independently of other items, unless incorporated below seat/sleeping accommodation or the cooking facility
- The storage facility must be a permanent feature, (bolted, riveted, screwed or welded)
- The storage facility must be secured directly to the vehicle floor and / or side wall, unless a storage provision is provided over the driver’s cab compartment
Submitting your V5C to the DVLA
Complete V5C change of use section (Blue Section 7)
Attach to the Nomad covering letter template (adjusted for your vehicle) along with copies of:
- Nomad Specification Sheet
- Nomad Build Sheet
- Gas Safety Certificate
- Roof / Seat Certificates from Reimo
- Photographic Evidence
Tips on providing the photographic evidence that the DVLA require
- Take a photograph from the front and rear with the registration plates clearly visible and if you have a rear opening door open it and show some of the interior.
- Take a photograph of each of the required features in situ (and in the usable position in the case of the bed and table).
- Print the photographs or have prints made and write on the back your registration number, a description of what the photograph shows and the date.
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