Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

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Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by scoutcompass » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:13 am

So it looks like the Caddy adventure is going to be happening sooner than I thought, so I was doing a little research on how to register your van/camper conversion with the DVLA. I noticed a few rules which I wondered if any of you guys could maybe clear up or have experience with when you have re-registered yours?

On the DVLA website, these are the rules I'm struggling with a little.
"2 or more windows on at least one side of the main body (this does not include windows on the driver or passenger doors) to provide a reasonable amount of daylight into the living accommodation"
So, if I purchased a standard caddy maxi panel van, would I need to insert a window on one of the side doors, or if there's windows on the back doors, do they count?

"motor caravan-style graphics on both sides of the vehicle"
Obviously they want the public to be able to see that it is a camper and not a van for commercial use. Get it, but, is it one of those swooshes you see down the side and some text like Voyageur or something, or just a little compass graphic?

"an awning bar attached to either side of the vehicle"
I don't really understand this one. A full blown pull out awning, seems a bit extreme for a micro camper? Can you get away with having a little awning tent pop up at the back of the van?

"a high-top roof (this does not include a pop-top elevating roof)"
Does this effectively rule out the Caddy Maxi as my camper of choice? How high does it have to be to count as a high top roof?

They just threw me out a bit, and wondered if anyone else had any clarification on these rules?
Any info you guys have is a great help! :)

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Re: Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by Scoobysrt » Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:31 pm

You have to be able to stand up in the back of a van to claim it a camper now. I don't think it includes a raisable roof it has to be fixed.
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Re: Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by scoutcompass » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:11 pm

Thanks, that's helpful. I'm guessing that's what they mean by high roof. Just as long as you can stand up. Starting to think Caddy might not be the best option! :/

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Re: Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by petrev » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:53 pm

Life version has windows, and is a car for tax and insurance. Campervan insurance is not much less than car insurance and with Flux you can get cover for internal equipment even if not reg'd as a Camper.
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Re: Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by scoutcompass » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:11 pm

Thank you, I'll definitely look into that. I've noticed a lot in passing that have the wheelchair access, anyone know if they are easy enough to remove?

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Re: Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by Vag wag » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:55 pm

petrev wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Life version has windows, and is a car for tax and insurance. Campervan insurance is not much less than car insurance and with Flook you can get cover for internal equipment even if not reg'd as a Camper.
still expensive for road tax ;)

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Re: Converting from Van to Camper DVLA Rules

Post by petrev » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:59 pm

How so ?

When I changed a T4 to campervan the Road Tax didn't change.

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