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    Registration as MPV or Motorhome

    i am new to site so maybe this has come up before, though I could not find it in search.

    For seven years my Wheelhome Vikenze has been registered as an MPV. My insurance company (through Caravan and Motorhome Club) required me to be registered as a Motorhome. DVLA are refusing to do this as they say that to a police officer, even with the pop-up roof, it does not look like a motorhome. I do not want to go with other insurers as they seem to want to add in rescue packages which hike up the price. Has anyone else had a similar problem? How are others registered?

    #2
    Odd, the DVLA changed my Doblo to Motor Caravan without quibble, and very quickly too. My insurers, LV, accepted it as a camper before I made the change with the DVLA.
    Claire

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      #3
      Oh, and welcome to the group.
      Claire

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        #4
        Hello Zippynomad and welcome to the site.

        I assume that when you asked the DVLA you also sent in photos? I believe there are certain requirements that have to be proven by photo.

        Fixed Bed
        Fixed cooking
        Fixed (or in most cases portable) water containers
        Technically speaking a fixed table but as long as it shows in the photo that there is a table I don't see that as a problem.

        If you have showed them photos of all this then I don't understand why they say it can't be done

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          #5
          Wheelhome are a recognised and long-established converter so it seems odd to me that it wasn't re-registered by them. Might be worth getting in touch with Wheelhome and asking what their usual process is.
          Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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            #6
            It is possible DVLA have changed the sriteria again. About 2010 or 11 they started this thing about did it look like a motorhome? That was dropped after a few months when the converters Auto Sleeper, Romahome and many others protested and the looks like dropped
            This is the up to date government advice https://www.gov.uk/government/public...to-a-motorhome
            - read it and phone if you think they are wrong. Maybe whoever processed your application was some "dugout" who applied that old short-livbed criteria - as Rob says contact Wheelhome and I would mention this forum.
            In the interimn if your insurance problem is pressing I would try Adrian Flux or AIB who seem to have specialists who can cope with problems.
            Jon

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              #7
              Thanks to all who have responded. I spoke to Stephen Wheeler a while back and will alert him to this latest. DVLA received photos of all the requirements so maybe I got the wrong official! Any chance of details of the of your bureacrat, Claire, and thanks for the tip about LV. Zippy

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                #8
                There are a lot of posts on various Facebook and other forums, where people have had the same response as you from DVLA. They wont change body type to motorcaravan, only to windowed van even though all the other criteria have been met, this seems to have happened in the last few months.

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                  #9
                  Maybe they have changed their rules again, or maybe its pot luck with the officer dealing withvit. I sent lots of photographs, fron and rear showing number plate, roof up, roof down, bed down and in seat mode, btw the bed is not 6ft long, and nobody queried, I took the picture from the rear, so it looked longer than it is. Cupboards open and closed, table in place, gas locker open. Maybe they got fed up with looking at the pics. I can't understand why they said no, as the Vikenze definitely does not look like the original car inside, and elevating roofs do not look like the car roofs. Hopefully Stephen Wheeler can help. Most insurers I contacted would insure, but only on the condition that the body type was changed within a fixed time period. I then tried LV, with whom my car was insured, and tbey said yes, no problem, and no conditions. They aren't the cheapest insurers, but I know from experience how good they afe when a claim is necessary. I should say that my Doblo camper is my only vehicle.
                  Claire

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                    #10
                    Thanks again for the comments. I have emailed Stephen over the weekend and will ring DVLA after his response. I agree, Claire, the roof does not look like a car roof. They had plenty of photos and I noted, on re-reading the letter, that they say that the " vehicle looks like externally to the general public whilst it is in traffic". On their website there is no mention of the general public, instead it is police and enforcement agencies. I reckon they would be likely to be looking for a roof that raises! I shall do some more research and may contact my MP. Zippy

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