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Motorhome FAQs

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How much can I carry in my motorhome?

How much can I carry in my motorhome?

What's the payload of your motorhome? Probably not as much as you think! Start by ignoring any salesman's assurances or published figures, the only way to be sure is to work it out for yourself. The payload is the maximum weight of everything you can carry in a vehicle without …

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The law on smoking in a motorhome

In England the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015  make it illegal for the driver  to smoke, or allow anyone to smoke, in an enclosed private vehicle carrying someone under 18, including motor caravans.

However the Regulations also provide the exemption that they do not apply to—

(a) a caravan or motor …

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What is a motorhome

Although the term motorhome is very widely used, it is not officially recognised in the UK as a vehicle type. The legislative term used in the UK is motor caravan.

Under the European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) scheme a motor caravan is defined in the Individual Vehicle Approval …

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Types of motorhome

A-Class
This is a completely purpose built motorhome, the manufacturer builds the body onto a new chassis/engine unit.
The advantages are that the interior is more spacious because the 'cab' area is usually part of the accommodation, many have a 'pull-down' double bed above the front seats, this can of course …

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Motorhome toilets

Often confusing for the newcomer, here is a brief resume of the types likely to be found in motorhomes.

Cassette toilet:A fixed toilet in the motorhome with a removable box (cassette) to hold the waste. Some types have a built in water tank for the flushing water, others use the …

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Seatbelts in motorhomes

[Last updated October 2011 - legislation extracts added]

We asked the Department for Transport for their interpretation on the law as it applies to seat belts fitted in motorhomes, this article gives the essence of the information that they gave us.

The information below relates to the fitting of seatbelts …

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Do I need to pay UK Road Tax if I'm travelling in Europe?

As we understand it for all EU countries, all visiting vehicles must be road legal in their country of registration, which effectively means that you must have paid UK Road Tax (if your vehicle requires it) and have a current MOT Certificate. This may also be a requirement of your insurance company.

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Motorhome Speed Limits

VOSA statement on speed limits for motorhomes (2007):

"Regarding speed limits, provided the motor homes are "motor caravans" then they are subject to passenger vehicle speed limits, which are 70 mph on a motorway or dual carriageway and 60mph on other roads unless a lower speed limit applies, provided the …

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Do I need a TV licence?

If you have a licenced TV at your home and you watch or record TV programmes on an additional TV in a touring caravan or vehicle, or a boat, you do not need a separate TV Licence; you will be covered by the TV Licence for your main residence. If …

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Towing cars and trailers with a motorhome

Towing a car
Our view is that the safest method is to use a purpose designed trailer. There are devices known as A-frames which allow a car to be towed directly, the manufacturers of these devices will assure users that their use is legal. The Department for Transport have provides a …

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Does my motorhome need a tachograph?

Having heard from some owners of motorhomes with a GVW of over 7.5 tonnes that they had been told by VOSA that their vehicle must be fitted with a tachograph, we asked the Department for Transport for clarification of the legislation. The following summary has been agreed by the DfT …

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What should my motorhome tyre pressures be?

The only way to be sure that you are using the right pressures is to get the information from the tyre manufacturer themselves. Any vehicle-specific information is only going to be a general guideline and may not take into account the type of tyres fitted and the actual loading. Some …

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What is Type Approval and how does it affect motorhomes?

[Last updated August 2012]
ECWVTA (European Whole Vehicle Type Approval) is a system allowing a vehicle design to be 'type approved' for sale, registration and entry into service across all member states in the EU without the need for further testing in each country. This will result in the creation of …

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Basic buying advice for choosing a motorhome

If you are completely new to motorhomes, the best advice is to look at as many different types as you can, there is no substitute for seeing a motorhome 'in the flesh' - they often look quite different to the pictures in magazines and manufacturers promotional material. The best places …

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Vehicle Excise Duty (VED or Road Tax) as it applies to motorhomes

NEW RULES FROM 1st AUGUST 2013

(Latest update 2/10/13)
Up until 1st August 2013 motor caravans had, when first registered, been placed in the PLG or PHGV category for the purposes of Vehicle Excise Duty irrespective of any CO2 figures recorded on the Certificate of Conformity (CoC).

From 1st August 2013 …

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Driving licences

[Updated Feb 2013 - change to C1 test]

A question often asked is 'Can I drive a motorhome on my car licence?'

If your motorhome is over 3.5 tonnes MAM but does not exceed 7.5 tonnes you will need to hold a driving licence that includes category C1 entitlement. …

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MOTs for motorhomes

There is sometimes confusion, even within the MOT trade, over the type of MOT test that motorhomes are subject to. Motorhomes are registered with the body type 'motor caravan', in the past this description was applied quite loosely but recently the DVLA and VOSA have been more rigid in aplying …

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