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I am interested in the position of individual Vehicle Registration Offices (VRO) on this matter.

Could anyone who has changed the classification of their van to Motor Caravan within the past 12 months please post the following.

  1. Original spec of vehicle before change.
  2. Which VRO they used.
  3. DIY or professional conversion?
  4. What problems they had (if any) getting the classification changed.

Edited with the addition of question 3 which may be relevant.

To start the ball rolling....

I changed a LWB 1999 T4 panel van.
Used Shrewsbury VRO
DIY
They insisted on a weighbridge certificate. No other problems, paperwork returned correct within a couple of weeks.

Rod.
 

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I changed mine through the Manchester office.

I wrote to them explaining what mods I had done myself to vehicle, completed the relevant sections of the V5 and sent it to them along with the same photos I sent my insurers. Didn't have to send any invoices, good job really as I didn't have any.

My van started off it's life as a bog standard 1.9 TD panel van and it is now a fully fledged Motor Caravan, complete with pop top.

A couple of weeks later, back came the new V5. Didn't have to have any form of inspection or anything.

Completely painless.

Hope this helps

Gaz
 

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1. Unglazed panel van
2. I used Swansea!
3. Professional
4. Phoned beforehand and they asked for photos and invoice. No problems when sent. Paperwork back in a couple of weeks.
 

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Posted mine this week will update thread once I know what happens, thought opted to change to Camper Van from Panel Van if they have such a Body Type, if wrong hope they will change it to Motor Caravan!!
 

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Panel van
DVLA, Swansea
Pro in several stages - roof was done separate from interior but invoice and letterhead/cert to cover both
No probs - sent covering letter and the pics they suggested when I phoned to find out how to do it.
 

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T30 Panel van
Sent straight to Swansea
DIY Conversion
No problems - all returned in about 3 weeks.

Done in November 2009

As stated earlier in the thread, I did include original receipts, photos and a covering letter.

I also requested a change in the no. of seats at the same time from 3 to 2. Again with no problems.
 

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sent off form and description of work carried they said they needed photos and reciepts sent that off and it came back approved. and myonly water supply is a handiwash


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T32 LWB
Paperwork sent to Swansea
Professional
Demand for inspection at VOSA Leeds - whole load of problems
Finally DVLA backed down and will re-register as MC
 

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mine is supposed to be going in today for vosa check, but it looks like it will be cancelled because our dvla has not opening because of the weather, spoke to swansea yesterday and they said i should send photos of to them and they will decide if i need a vosa check. So as usual it looks like different dvla offices do it differently.
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Posted mine this week will update thread once I know what happens, thought opted to change to Camper Van from Panel Van if they have such a Body Type, if wrong hope they will change it to Motor Caravan!!
me too!

swansea DVLA office
all they wanted was the log book filled out with the changes on!
i sent a few pics and a letter telling them about all the contents.
ie cooker, beds, sink, fridge elevating roof with bed and all that stuff!
oh mine is mostly diy:ILU:
 

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Sorry stupid question:

Are there any pro/cons to re-registering as a MC?:*

I ask as I haven't started a conversion yet.
 

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i cant think of too many pros apart from possibly cheaper insurance , i think the tax is the same. but the cons are massive and very important, if your van is actually a camper , will your van isnurance pay you out???
 

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Hi all,

No probs with others comments but just to keep the thread on its original lines I'll re-post the start....

I am interested in the position of individual Vehicle Registration Offices (VRO) on this matter.

Could anyone who has changed the classification of their van to Motor Caravan within the past 12 months please post the following.

Original spec of vehicle before change.
Which VRO they used.
DIY or professional conversion?
What problems they had (if any) getting the classification changed.

Edited with the addition of question 3 which may be relevant.

To start the ball rolling....

I changed a LWB 1999 T4 panel van.
Used Shrewsbury VRO
DIY
They insisted on a weighbridge certificate. No other problems, paperwork returned correct within a couple of weeks.

Please keep the answers coming just to help those like 'StuWG' etc.
 

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Changed an 06 panel van
Glasgow VRO
Professional
No issues, changed vehicle type and number of seats

Took 6 weeks provided photos and receipts.
 

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Changed from a 09 panel van to a full elevating roof 4 berth camper. Professional conversion.

- Reading DVLA office
- Wanted to see receipt as proof of conversion
- photos
- then told me it couldn't be done, I argued, they came back 20 minutes later after conferring with their "experts at head office" saying they could offer me a "van with windows", I said no and told them the conversion satisfied all the criteria the DVLA laid down (ie; sink, storage, permanent cooking etc.) they went back and called the "expert" again and said Ok, So three weeks later I got the new V5 through with Motor Caravan on it.

You do need to shop around to find someone that will cover you for business use on a camper though, and not just too & from work. In fact I only managed to find one company that did it, thankfully they were also reasonable on cost!
 

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You do need to shop around to find someone that will cover you for business use on a camper though, and not just too & from work. In fact I only managed to find one company that did it, thankfully they were also reasonable on cost!
Try your local NFU Mutual office - they specialise in mixed business/private use. Their Louth branch also specialise in Motorhomes, but any office should be fine for a campervan.
 

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When you send all the documents do you leave the taxation class the same as LGV or do you change it PLG? Can some check to see what there's say who's changed it.
 

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It was easy for me. T:

I sent a letter to the DVLA swansea (not my local) with a few pictures (no receipts or anything) and the V5 came back today as Motor Caravan...

I also have cheaper insurance now. A:
 
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