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DVLA Classification - “Motor Caravan conversion” - any upsides Or downsides?

Bmonck

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Hi all
by chance two different garages have suggested to me recently to get my LC reclassified at the DVLA as a motorhome , or formally a “motor caravan“.
I had not thought of doing this before.
So a couple of questions come to mind:
1. What’s the benefit of doing so? Eg does it lead to reduced insurance costs or road tax? (Neither garage knew the answer to this.)
2. Has anyone else done this? Is it a huge amount of time and effort?
3. Does it somehow help if you take it overseas for a long trip. Eg I know in the UsA you do get different and cheaper insurance if you can show the insurance company you have water, sleeping, cooking internally etc
cheers
 

Jacob100

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One of the main reasons van converters do it is to avoid the speed restrictions imposed on panel vans. Insurance options are generally cheaper as well.
 

Dave_S

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Almost certainly the DVLA will reject this anyway - they've taken a really hard line on this over the last couple of years, and are rejecting many vehicles on the spurious (and subjective) decision on whether or not it "looks like a motor caravan". So even if it has all the requisite internal stuff, odds are it'll fail. Lots and lots of noise about this on the various self build groups at the moment, unfortunately.
 
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