RVs, like every other vehicle out there on the road, need to have an up-to-date MOT done occasionally. It’s hard to keep track of what is needed but here are some of the basics to keep in mind if you own an RV and you have MOT testing coming up soon.
You should have MOT testing done once a year or every 12,000 miles. You will need to stick with the DVLA Campervan Conversion Criteria and follow the rules just like an everyday vehicle driver. If your RV doesn’t have a MOT and you are caught driving on the roads, the fines can add up quite quickly. The cost and class depend on the size of the RV. A larger vehicle is a higher class, whereas a smaller vehicle has a smaller class. Having MOT testing done is essential to keep you and other drivers safe.
What Class of MOT Is An RV?
MOT Classes range from one to seven. An RV is a Class 4 MOT, as long as it is under 3,000 kg and has a maximum of 8 passengers. There are some size restrictions as well, keeping them below 2.5 metres wide and 12 metres long. If the RV is over 3 metres high, there must be special signage stating that fact.
Items Checked on An RV MOT
There are many items that are checked ruing an RV MOT. The reason for the testing is to ensure that the vehicle is safe for you and your family as well as the other users of the road. The initial testing goes over the brakes, horns, tyres, mirrors and doors. Perhaps the most important of these are the breaks. An RV is a large vehicle and it is important that the brakes are in good working order and no illegal modifications have been made to them. Then the vehicle structure, seat belts, towbar, suspension and electricals are looked over. One of the things that most people do not expect to be checked is the registration plate. A broken or cracked registration plate will mean a failure on your MOT so if your plate is not in good condition, be sure to have it replaced before your testing date.
It is important to remember that getting your RV MOT tested is an important step in maintaining safety on the roads. Although it can feel like an inconvenience, both the testing itself and the random roadside checks that the police do are for a good reason.
Stay up-to-date and schedule your RV MOT testing today.