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Think it applies more to conversion companies than individuals converting their own van. Don't quote me on that though!!
 

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I had mine changed to a Motor Caravan and i did'nt even have a gas cooker onboard.
thought you had to have a 2 ring burner or microwave

Think it applies more to conversion companies than individuals converting their own van. Don't quote me on that though!!
thought i had done everything, took some pictures tonight only to get this spanner threw in:D
 

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This is a guide to follow but there are no strict rules as such, Its from a campervan forum.
My build thread may have some helpful stuff for you, in it somewhere are the photos and letter I sent.
kev

Change of Vehicle Classification

If you decide that you want to re-register your van as a campervan you should contact your local vehicle authority. In the UK this is the DVLA.

Before doing this make sure you vehicle meets all of the criteria mentioned below.

What makes a 'Motor Caravan'?

For a vehicle to qualify as a 'Motor Caravan' in the UK in the eyes of the DVLA the following permanent fixtures must be present:
1.Sleeping Accommodation ◦There must be a bed with a minimum length of 6ft or 180cms
◦The bed must be an integral part of the vehicle living accommodation area
◦The bed must be permanent or converted from seats (the bed can fold away during the day)
◦The bed fixtures must be secured directly to the vehicle floor and/or side walls, unless it is over the drivers cab compartment.

2.Door ◦There must be a horizontal sliding door or an outward opening rear or side door.

3.Seats and Tables ◦There must be a seating area for diners to sit around
◦The table can be fixed or detachable
◦The table must mount directly to the vehicle floor or side walls
◦The table mounting must be secured as a permanent feature, either bolted screwed or welded. The table itself can be detachable.
◦Seats must be secured directly to the vehicle floor and/or side walls
◦The seats must be secured as a permanent fixture, either bolted, riveted, screwed or welded
◦Permanently secured seating must be available for use at a table

4.Water Container
Note: DVLA do not state any requirements regarding water storage. However, most insurance companies state that the water tank should be onboard, or under the chassis. However, some insurance companies are happy with an external water container that can be moved, such as those used with a caravan. ◦The vehicle must have an onboard or external (e,g, under the chassis) water container
◦Note: The insurer Adrian Flux requires the water container to hold 6 gallons / 27 litres.

5.Storage ◦The vehicle must have at least one cupboard, locker or wardrobe
◦The cupboard must be an integral part of the living accommodation area
◦The cupboard must be a permanent feature, either bolted, riveted, screwed or welded
◦The cupboard must be secured directly to the vehicle floor and / or side walls

6.Cooking ◦The vehicle must have cooking facilities powered by fixed gas, electric hob or microwave oven
◦The cooking facilities must be secured directly to the vehicle floor or side wall
◦The cooking facilities must be a permanent feature, either bolted, riveted, screwed or welded
◦Gas and electric hobs must have a minimum or 2 cooking rings. Microwave ovens must have a power source (don't just fit one that can't be used)
◦Gas cooking facilities with remote fuel supplies must have the gas supply pipe permanently secured to the vehicle structure
◦Gas cooking facilities with remote fuel supplies should have the gas bottle, fuel reservoir secured to the vehicle structure

7.Outside ◦The vehicle must have at least one side window
◦New! Since 2011 the DVLA are now asking that the vehicle look like a motor caravan from the outside. The details are yet unclear what is required. More information will appear here when available.


How to Change a Vans Classification to Camper Van or Motorhome in the UK

In the UK, changing the classification of a van to a campervan or motorhome is fairly straightforward. The following information is based on real experience, correct at the time of the re-classification. This serves as a good guide, but please contact the DVLA and/or VOSA to confirm the rules regarding your vehicle.
1.When your conversion is complete, and your van is now (nearly) a camper van or motorhome you need to contact the DVLA and inform them.
2.You should change your V5C (log book) document and return it to them. You need to change the vehicle body type to "Motor Caravan". Motor Caravan is the term used by the DVLA for campervans and motorhomes. See the DirectGov website for details on changing your V5 document.
3.You should also include a covering letter, briefly covering what you have done to the vehicle. Also include photographs of your converted vehicle. Dont include too many. Between 10 and 20 are required. Do ensure that you include the vehicles number plate in a shot of the front of the vehicle, and a shot of the back of the vehicle. From the photos the DVLA can see if you have done a good conversion to the vehicle, or simply thrown a mattress in the back.
4.Send the paperwork to:
DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BA
5.If you have done a good conversion, and the DVLA are satisfied they will return a new V5 document to you, with the body type changed.
6.However, if they are unsure of your conversion they will ask you to visit the local DVLA inspection office. An agent will inspect the vehicle before recommending any change of documentation.
7.The DVLA do not publish strict guidelines for the above. However, The Department of Transport do publish a strict 'motor caravan' definition for vehicles that are being imported. Click here, and scroll down to 'Motor caravan'. It's likely the DVLA also use the same guidelines. However, the strict definitions here are, it seems, open to some interpretation.
 

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Doulsy, the whole DVLA thing is a minefield.
You can go the whole hog and conform to every single aspect that you have ever read about and usually this will get you reclassified without problem.
On the other hand you could take a few pics of a pretty basic van in a lovely 'campervan' location and on a good day with the right DVLA agent also get classified!!
Just my take on it after reading Numerous posts on here.
 

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cheers kev, might need to take more photo's at the weekend, read your build thread before, also saw it in one of the VW mags.
 

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thats me had my van changed to motor caravan, thanks to all the posters on the forum who gave advice on this, cheap insurance here wee comeT:
 

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btw, wouldn't bother with the gas container, my van was registered to the bodyshop i work in so even if your a company dont think it will matter.
 
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