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It will depend on the type of driving licence, your age and when your licence was issued. Anyone who passed their driving test before January 1st, 1997 will have automatically been awarded with the Category C1 on their driving license and are able to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes (7,500kgs) in gross weight. (Previously known as having `Grandfather Rights`).

If you passed your driving test after January 1st, 1997 you can legally drive any vehicle up to 3.5 tonne (3,500kgs). (Most modern motorhomes fall into this category)

If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 and wish to drive a Motorhome over 3.5 tonnes you will need to obtain a category C 1 licence which is commonly known as an PHGV ‘private heavy goods vehicle’ licence in the UK and requires you to undergo additional training and pass a medical, theory and practical driving test.

Each of the motorhomes listed on our website state which category they fall into. We show this information under the Technical Details section and is listed as M.T.P.L.M (Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass), most motorhomes available for viewing on our website fall at or under the 3.5 tonnes full capacity, and in this case a standard UK driving licence will enable you to legally drive a motorhome without any additional training.

When you are 70 years of age, you automatically lose many of your UK driving licence categories, but importantly retain the ability to drive a Motorhome that has a loaded weight (MTPLM) of no more than 3500 kg`s.

For those over 70 wishing to drive a heavier vehicle, for example a PHGV, it will be necessary to re-apply for those categories that have been removed that you wish to have re-instated. An online application together with a successfully completed medical examination, (repeated every 3 years) to ensure you are sufficiently healthy to continue to drive any vehicle you have previously passed a driving test for will be necessary.

http://forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/

You can check which category of vehicles you can drive by entering your details at the Official UK Government website. Click on the following link to enter your driving licence information.

https://www.viewdrivingrecord.service.gov.uk/driving-record/licence-number

It is believed that there are many Motorhome drivers driving vehicles they do not have the necessary license to drive, and our advice would be to anyone who believes they may be in breach to contact the DVLA.

https://www.ukcontactnumber.com/dvla/

No, its not possible to have additional safety belts retro-fitted, they must be factory fitted for the comfort and safety of your passengers, and most Insurance Companies would render Motor Insurance Cover `nul & void` for a motorhome that had been adapted in this way.

The waste water collects dirty water from the kitchen and washroom sinks and the shower..  and then at a convenient point the waste water can be drained out beneath .. on proper camping sites there is usually an area that you can drive over to drain down. ( like a cattle grid ) .. if your camping wild, it is usually permissable to let the water drain away into the ground naturally... but if permission can be sought, so much the better ..

You can often top-up your fresh water tank on most camp-sites, and if you need a top up en-route to a ‘wild-camping’ site, it’s worth pulling into a services area, and searching out the fresh water supply hose.. ( usually found in the same location as  the Air Inflation Area )

It’s a good idea to have a length of water hose on board ..
( say 10 x metres of hygienic fresh water hose and a variety of hozelock hose / tap connectors )

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