MOT time. Do u empty MH

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  1. Autowbars

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    Mot time in a few weeks, never emptied the Mh, but heard today that as a commercial,van it should be empty.
    My local mot man, who only does mot s, and no repairs has never said anything about emptying in the past years on any on my MHs, or company van.

    Anybody got views, opinions?

    Or actual MOT rules.
     
  2. mickyc

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    There's your answer - straight from the horses mouth (y)
     
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  3. pappajohn

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    No need to empty it....it wont fail just because it is too heavy.
    It should be a class IV mot....same as a car so isnt a commercial van as far as mot is concerned.

    Unless its not correctly registered as a motorcaravan of course.
     
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    Thing is he doesn't say anything, honestly you would think he was deaf and dumb.
    Just nods, flicks head left, right, points, then passes u the bill and cert or fail note.
    He really is a funny old fella, but reliable if you keep to appointment.
    If late he does speak just to say Buxxx off.
     
  6. Autowbars

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    It is a MH on log book, 4250 kg
     
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    No never emptied ours - dread the thought of doing that!
     
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    Then yes...same test as a car.

    Daft as it sounds, even the really big american rv's at 10 or 11 tons are tested as a car.
     
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    not sure how relevant it is but mine is a PHGV, no mention anywhere of motorhome

    like everybody else never been asked to empty, in fact our local testing station never even get in, I drive it in and stay in doing all the inside bits for him (y)
     
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    All motorhomes regardless of weight are Class 4 MOT's, same as cars, all you need is a Class 7 size ramp of the relevant weight capacity and size , and a competent tester!
     
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    We do empty ours but that's for the hab check rather than for servicing/mot & amazing how much stuff we take out! It means an annual cull of what is not used & sorting anything that we need more of.
     
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    I do empty our Motorhome out but ours has the MOT, Service and Hab check at the same time.
    I tend to be like @Wombles and use it as the annual cull.
     
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    I seem to recall @Geo saying your braking performance readings will be better if you off load the cargo.
     
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    That has Logic?.

    Pete
     
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    We get MOT and Hab check both at the same time so yes we do empty everything.

    I always think it is a good idea to empty the van once a year to stop the process of continually adding to the bits and bobs/crap that I suspect we all carry around. (y)
     
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    A lot depends on what is loaded and where, its also aimed mainly at cars and small commercials
    The requests to unload arise because I may need to examine load area floors and suspension top mounts inside for corrosion and security etc in vans and boots
    Some testers insist on empty vehicle, If he misses corrosion or wear as a result of a loaded van its him that gets shot
    In a motor home I cant imagine emptying it would give any extra or useful views as its all mainly wood and carpet that I would see not the structure

    Geo
     
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    As I do the inside bits (see earlier post) I get to see what goes on, the brake tests virtually hit the top of the indicators, the tester said he had never seen anything as high, not sure if have big feet or the Mercedes Sprinter brakes really are that good :)
     
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    Can't see that one ?
     
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    Never emptied mine. Always received complimentary remarks on how nice it is etc :)
     
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    When finished for the season, yes I empty mine out totally. Open all cupboards, remove bedding and usually take upholstery indoors. Drain down water. Its a good opportunity to check the areas of van that you may never bother with. Goes in for mot in February, same way. Just about to re install everything tomorrow, for Chester, also makes you think about what you really need to take with you.
     
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