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hi all just thought i would share some pics of my camper conversion have just got my docs back from the dvla they have approved my conversion and it now says motor caravan on my registration documents and transporter caravelle which i thought was odd =but must be what they have as there motor caravan vehicle optioin am pleased with it what do you all think
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A60HMS Do you have a list of requirements from the DVLA? I have tried getting a list from a few DVLA offices that do motor caravan inspections. They were either reluctant to give out their checklist or didn't have one to hand. As if they wanted me to fail and have to come back?

Nice conversion BTW. IS that a AA style handwash basin I see? is this you sink? Is your stove one of those Halfords portable ones just screwed to the worktop - thats what mine is at the moment. Speaker mounted on standoffs (above the stove), jut guessing but to avoid needing the depth for the back of the driver (magnet and coil thingy) ?

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i did it all by post no inspection nessesary as i understand it you have to have a sink with water supply which i used my little sink thing which is out of one of the transco vans but i think they were fitted to aa aswell a seating area folding bed removable table, wardrobe kitchen storage area fixed stove i sent **** loads of paperwork with it loads of receipts and loads of photos with explanation if you want i will pm you the covering letter i sent and i just changed the body chassis type on the docs and it was all back within a couple of weeks job done told my insurance which was just kampers all cool
 

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Great looking conversion T:
Just getting to the stage where I need to send some pics off to DVLA myself, never thought of sending a covering letter, I was just going to send em some pics I:

Love the spoiler too A:
 

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Very useful info, I just about to do mine. Are those espace roof bars as I've been looking at them and also the C8 ones, did you have to modify them at all widthwise? did you run the rails in the gutter channels? Sorry for all the questions I've never got a tape measure when I see an espace to check. Cheers
 

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yes there are espace bars i have them running in the gutters but you have to shim them up in the gutters so they slide nice i also had to extend them as they are not the right width but that would be too easy wouldnt it i am well happy with the mod they work well just make sure you get a nice set to start with
 

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A60HMS Do you have a list of requirements from the DVLA? I have tried getting a list from a few DVLA offices that do motor caravan inspections. They were either reluctant to give out their checklist or didn't have one to hand. As if they wanted me to fail and have to come back?

Nice conversion BTW. IS that a AA style handwash basin I see? is this you sink? Is your stove one of those Halfords portable ones just screwed to the worktop - thats what mine is at the moment. Speaker mounted on standoffs (above the stove), jut guessing but to avoid needing the depth for the back of the driver (magnet and coil thingy) ?

Thanks Idris

I used to have a PDF copy of the DVLA requirements, but from memory the basic requirements are:
Bed (can be made from seats folded flat) must be 6ft.
2 ring cooker and suitable fuel supply.
Seats and a table which can be used at the seats.

In the past 2 years the DVLA have changed their interpretation of the 'camper / motorcaravan' requirements, but the actual requirements have not changed as far as I know. They did this primarily to stop imports from escaping the SVA test by being registered as campers even though they were not converted.

One of the requirements was that things were permanently fixed (bolted / screwed / riveted) to the vehicle, so no lift out units etc would pass.

A sink isnt on the list, neither is an electric hook up, but certainly for imports (Bongo's etc) they really want to see what could be used as a proper camper, not a small unit which perhaps constitutes use as a 'day van' only. Much of it down to interpretation and luck of who you get looking at the conversion (the imports actually need a physical inspection by DVLA or VOSA, but change of use on an already registered vehicle can usually be done by post).

From my understanding, a single burner portable cooker would not meet these requirements, but if thats what you have then make the best of photo angles to emphasise the rest of the conversion and hope for the best.;)
 

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what are the benefits assuming i've just converted my ex aa 102 hp combi? i have done the ikea unit, blueburd randr bed, smev hob/ sink, fixed table/ swivel seat etc... loads of storage etc.

does the tax change? what about insurance - i'm on a limited policy with a flux at the mo.
 

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i'd also be interested in the benefitrs of this?? as i'll be building an interior for mine soon too :)
 

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Insurance is often cheaper but the big benefit is that a camper has the same speed limits as a car, where as a panel van can only do 50mph (instead of 60mph) in a national speed limit single carriageway, and 60 mph (instead of 70mph) on a dual carriageway. Police seem to be inforcing this rule lately so worth doing. Tax remains the same unless you've a brand new T5 California
 

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Hi There, Just want to ask as well. I have a Caravelle that I've stripped out, insulated and boarded. I'm putting in a full width rock and roll bed, a sink unit and a table. Will I have to have this re classified by the DVLA or leave it as it is?
 

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Hi, I like the look of your hammock, which one is it? It seems nice and wide which is a bonus as I have to contain a 1yr old in it :)
 

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what are the benefits assuming i've just converted my ex aa 102 hp combi? i have done the ikea unit, blueburd randr bed, smev hob/ sink, fixed table/ swivel seat etc... loads of storage etc.

does the tax change? what about insurance - i'm on a limited policy with a flux at the mo.
Hi there very new to this site, this is my first post so be gentle, I have just purchased an ex AA van and it is currently classed as a van with side windows, I'm 30 in march and have be driving for 4 years with no ncb, van insurance came in at around £1400 but when I called a specialist company and explain that it is currently a camper, that I going to refurbish I got fully comp and breakdown for £540 so quite a big benefit wouldn't you say???? an extra £860 for the conversion !!!!!!!T:
 
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