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  1. Duncanettekace

    Duncanettekace Read Only Funster

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    Hi, I'm new here. Our only child has just left for Uni and, as we are empty nesters, we have put our 3 bed semi in the New Forest up for sale and are planning on Full Time Motor Homing. We are in our late 30's/early 40's and are really looking forward to blowing our equity on a nice new MH and travelling the world :)

    I am, however, a little confused by some of the MOT comments. As I understand it Live in Vehicles under 3500 do not need an MOT, they are exempt.

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consu...n/@motor/documents/digitalasset/dg_067674.pdf

    See no. 13

    Hope that info is of use to some of you :Smile:
     
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    My understanding it that this is not applicable to a vehicle used for recreation . .. ie a motorcaravan , whether lived in full time or not, but refers to showman's vehicles.

    'Living Van'

    As defined by DVLA

    8.6 Showman’s HGV
    A showman’s goods vehicle is a vehicle registered in the name of a person who follows the business of a travelling showman and which is used solely by him for that purpose, and which is a goods vehicle permanently fitted with a living van or some other special type of body or superstructure, forming part of the equipment of the show of the registered keeper.

    A lot more info here
    http://www.ukmotorhomes.net/motorhome-mot.shtml
     
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    That's what I originally thought so, I called the DVLAand asked them. The lady who I spoke to said that it does apply to full timers in a MH.
     
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    i pull a living van . its had its gvw lowered to 3,500kg . so it doesnt require testing . neither does my truck that pulls it . but i cant pull other trailers. only a articulated combination of a trailer in class 13.the truck comes under class35.
    i suggest you try 07779282183 thats ross frost head of vosa mot section at swansea . he can answer just about any question you put to him . very helpfull . spoken with him a few times about this same subject.
     
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    Ring DVLA and ask again.....you'll get a different answer every time. :Doh:

    DVLA = not fit for purpose and until they get all their staff singing from the same song sheet it never will be.
     
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    vosa is who he really needs to speak to . dvla dont get involved with mot,s really.
    the v112g form is only for tax purposes any way . that form is for vehicles over 3,500kg anyway.
     
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    Will this be another case of
    "Im a full timer with no fixed abode Im Mot exempt":thumb:

    What do you mean I cant have Insurance because I dont have a fixed abode??


    "Im not a full timer"I have a uk address :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Not really sure what you mean?
     
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    You will when you get quotes for insurance in the thousands if you can find any that is because your full timing:cry:
    Most then claim a UK based abode ie Bro or Sisters
    The real world simply isn't gear'd up for the free spirited, and they are drawn in to lies and subterfuge to get by, or do without as the case may be me thinks your slant on the Mot is viewed with rose tinted glasses in the event of an insurance claim the test certificat may well be requested if not available you may be required to provide proof of why it's not reqd thereby invalidating the insurance by a lack of truthfulness at the start, ie your not really a clown in a circus:Rofl1: its a vicious circle that can and often does come round and bite you on the ass
    Geo
     
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    un fortunately there is no actual gain in being a showman . if you are pulling trailers or vehicles carrying circus or fair ground equipment the same rules apply to anyone . .the living van mot is for vehicles up to 3,500kg .these can be trailers or self propelled vehicles . if under 3,500kg and self propelled they come under light mot testing . they class a light living van as a caravan in regards the status .
    at the moment we in uk can have caravans over 3,500kg gvw .but they shouldnt carry items ,tools ,vehicles not directly involved in the residancy of the vehicle .
    as to accidents , i have a history og v112g forms stamped by dvla offices or post offices .and have been involved in an accident . my insurers saga accepted the mot exemption and sorted the claim . i was hit by a drunk driver in quateria in portugal . the gnr (portugese police) were involved and all accepted the mot status .
    if you are wanting to know more either ring ross frost or me 07971962361 in the last 12 yrs i have been involved in living vans and mini artics , building and converting .
    the last thing we want is a bad view of the interpretation of the rules . they are very good at the moment .
    i always recommend that no one gives up their address in uk . always keep some type of address be it a rented room in a house .paying pepper corn rent . you have to be squeaky clean if you want to work the rules to give you the best route forward .
     
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    I think he's hinting that you may not have gone into this plan in any great depth. There are so many problems. Like MOT and roadfund licence which drags you back to the UK every year to stay legal.

    Insurers who demand a UK address to issue a policy.

    Insurers who will not insure outside the EU.

    Insurers who will not insure fulltimers.

    Then medical care. OK in the EU but The World ?

    Post a message from Afghanistan when you get there.
     
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    Am I missing something or just being thick?

    I thought the purpose of the MOT test was to test the safety of vehicles on the roads of the UK. How does the fact that someone is living in the vehicle fulltime affect this? Surely the same things can still go wrong.

    Can someone please enlighten me...:Confused:

    Phil
     
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    the vehicle or trailer as to be kept road worthy at all times .
    i suggest you have a look here http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consu...n/@motor/documents/digitalasset/dg_067674.pdf
    there are many classes that are exempt . or try googling v112 thats for vehicles under 3,500kg .
    its all interesting reading .
    the one that makes me laugh is class 36 ...play buses . you would think a bus for children would have to tested much more frequent .
    taxis very often need testing ever 6 months . yet a playbus never.
     
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    Surely that is the case with cars, motorhomes, vans, etc.. but the owners of these need the fact to be verified by an MOT tester. Why are living van owners trusted to do it without checks?
     
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    cant answer that. but there are 35 other classes that are trusted as well.
    historic vehicles or vehicles pre 1960 are either exempt or going to be . that was mentioned earlier this year.
    i only want to abide by the rules . we just have to do that . i find them ok . dont have a problem . just keep every thing in tip top condition and smile nicely .
    there are discrepancys already like m,homes with big garages .moted as class4 if they have large garages they could become a living van ,if over 3,500kg gvw should not be moted as class 4 . bet there will be some squealing then if vosa put a push on .
     
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    Hi guys. I think you have got the wrong end of the stick. It was not a 'plan' just a query really. I am a Roma, I was born in a caravan in the New Forest Area.

    I went to Uni up North, i always meant to have a gap year and travel, but, as so many of you know, sometimes life just gets in the way. I am 39 and am currently recovering from a potentially fatal illness. My only child has gone to Uni in Eastbourne so, I am finally free to give into my wanderlust and explore my Romani roots before I regret it.

    Hubby and I own a 3 bed semi in Hampshire and have around £60,000 in equity with which to purchase a MH.

    We will be joined by our gorgeous German Shepherd, Kacey.

    Should my illness return, I know I will regret not travelling for a while. Just waiting for the docs to give me the go ahead then the bricks and mortar are going up for sale.

    I never really considered going abroad however, reading some of your posts on the subject, I may soon feel brave enough to do so but probably won't be able to get medical insurance for another year.
     
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    Not when its parked on private land Alan.

    in the true sense of the word it only becomes a play bus when stationary at events, gala's, festivals etc...the rest of the time its a regular vehicle.
     
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    Hi just do it you know you wont regret it
     
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    so.. is it a plan or not ? :Laughing:

    in any case, good luck with your[STRIKE] plan[/STRIKE] idea ..:thumb:

    there may be many obsticals but none insurmountable.. stick with it .. there are plenty of 'fulltimers' and some like myself who gave it a shot.. and have most of the answers...
    :Smile:
     
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    hi pappa but they still dont mot them . some travel with kids playing .
     
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