Body Type on V5

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  1. Mr Colpot

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    We have recently become the owners of a pre-owned 2010 Vantage Cub PVC on the Fiat MWB Chassis.
    The V5 shows the Body Type as a Panel Van. All our previous Motorhomes have had the Body Type as Motor Caravan on the V5. I am debating whether I need to get the Body Type changed on the V5. All the info I can see relates to changes I have made to the Van (in this case non).
    The only issues I have had so far is a) Saga wouldnt carry on insuring me with the new purchase as they dont have the Vanatage Cub in their drop down menu's so can only go on the panel van and wanted to know loads of info which I dont have. b) Dartford Crossing want to charge me an extra pound per crossing (I rarely use it and when I do a pound each way isnt that much)
    Also the Speed Limits are lower but I am used to that as the Bessacarr we previously owned was 4250kg

    So.......do I really need to get the V5 changed (neither of the previous owners saw the need) and am I breaking the Law if I leave it as it is?
    I have asked Vantage for details of the conversion - approval numbers etc this week.
     
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    Normally registered as a panel van when the conversion has been built on an already registered van, a few of the smaller converters do this. No real need to change it fairly easy to do you need to provide DVLA with evidence (send them photos) that meets their criteria for a motor caravan info is on the DVLA site.
     
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    You might wish you had bothered when Insurer offers white van man pay out for total loss:Eeek:
    Dvla are an arse when it comes to the blatantly obvious

    This is our New "BOX VAN"




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    Change insurers.....

    Changing the body type won't alter the fact it isn't in their list of recognised motorhome makes and converters.
     
  5. Mr Colpot

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    Have changed to Safeguard (Swinton)
     
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    Update - took photos of inside and outside of van and got a letter from Vantage to say they converted from new and sent off to DVLA and now have the V5 with Motor Caravan on it. (Also found some more storage when looking for the water/waste tanks) Happy Days
     
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    They must have changed their procedures as I've just got the V5C through for our new Vantage Sol that we're picking up next week. It's recorded as a motor caravan and taxed PLG so all is good. If that is a result of your enquiry Mr C then thank you!
     
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    Just a query, how many belted seats are in the vehicle and how many are stated on the v5 please it may help us in the future.
     
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    Hi @Deneb - maybe they just missed ours back in 2010

    Hi @Ranger - it has two (driver and passenger) and its the same on the V5
     
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    Thank you for that we are currently having one built with four belted passenger seats so was wondering how DVLA reacted.
     
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    I would think as long as the internal pictures show the seats with belts (I would take a pic of the subframe as well if it is visible) and you make the change on the V5C when you send it in you should be ok. Having said that I am not an expert in the matter as this is the only time I have done this.
     
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