Nic, whilst I do understand people's frustration at having their efforts refused as a motor caravan, I do feel that deep down most folk know that they are trying it on, if you genuinely look at your "Motor caravan" and can honestly say " That is a real motor caravan" then I would suggest that they have either a genuine complaint against the DVLA decision or the pictures they sent and or the description they gave was misleading in the least. Many many folk have had a successful application on the first application, and when you see their photos it becomes evident why they had no problems in convincing the DVLA that it is indeed a " Motor caravan", if they do not have the skills to convert to a general spec or the money to do so then unfortunately they should not aspire to gain "Motor home" status and accept that it will always be a van with windows or indeed a "Van". We are fortunate that at this point in time to be able to change the use of a van into motor caravan registration without having to have it inspected by authorities to verify the safety and correctness of the conversion. But if folk continue to try and pull the wool over the eyes of the DVLA that situation will rapidly change, it may change as a natural course any way. I may be sounding smug having already got the "Motor caravan " log book, but seeing pictures and complaints on many internet sites of those that can't get that qualification I fully agree with the DVLA decision-making in almost 99% of cases that I have witnessed. PhilWhen the DVLA don't issue a reclassification to Motor Caravan, do they give reason(s) why?
If they do give reasons it might be a good idea for refused applicants to copy them here to help others avoid the same.
Yes I don't want to decive the DVLA either.I don't think i tried to pull the wool over their eyes as mine is a bit different than most conversions but i took their advice striped the truck and fitted a couple of windows there is not much else i can do .I still refer mine as the truck and its cheaper road tax ,i get a proper HGV mot and i am happy to run at 56mph all day,i run within UK domestic rules (force of habit as driving trucks every day) .If for some reason this time its refused it will stay as it is,i had no problem on the ferry to IOM they took a look and said yep its a motorhome .Its just for insurance reasons its got to be reclassified
Absolutely agree 100%We are not directing our comments at you Nick, those that have put up comments on this thread that would seem harsh are written I feel in frustration over the years of folk who come onto sites such as this and complain bitterly about the DVLA, and would seem not to have completely read the DVLA requirements, and even when pointed at the DVLA site seem to have a mental block and continue to argue the point in a thread instead of taking advice as how to remedy the situation. It is a very controversial topic and peoples idea of what constitutes a motorhome vary to a great extent, but at the end game there is only one decision maker and unfortunately it's the DVLA, who hold the cards Phil