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L scotsmac - on 10 Jun 2018

I have just had my VW Transporter renovated into Camper. At the moment the log book is still as a van. Now it has been converted to full camper.

I now want to insure it. I will first have to send off photos to DVLA and get log book changed to camper.

When the log book returns as a Camper van, is it simple getting insurance ? Am I likely to have any problems with insurance ? 

I see no problem changing it to camper. It has rock roller double bed, pop up roof with another double bed, sink, water holder, gas cooker, fridge, table etc. All been done to high professional standard .

Basically when the log book comes back is it simple getting insurance, or am I likely to have problems ? Also wondering, when I send my log book back , and Im waiting 2  or more weeks for it to return, could I begin to apply for insurance when the log book is still at DVLA ?

pwo - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to scotsmac:

I bought a van which had been previously converted but had not been registered as a 'campervan'. When I came to insure it my insurer wouldn't touch it without an engineer's report that the conversion had been completed satisfactorily and had not compromised the structural integrity of the vehicle and that the electrical and gas systems were compliant . This included a statement that any additional seatbelts fitted to the Rock and roll bed met current standards (size of backing plates and welds). Additionally they wanted the van's log book updated. Fortunately I have a good garage locally who wrote the report for a reasonable amount  but they did spot some problems which required remedial work before they'd put their name to it. You could choose not to register it and just keep it is as a van but your insurance would be void in the likelihood of any major claim.

Cheese Monkey - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to scotsmac:

Try Brentacre, 2gether and A plan. All specialist insurers, one of which will give you a sensible quote I'm sure. Don't bother with any normal insurers off of comparison sites, they arent set up for it and then you end up needing engineers reports as above

Alex Riley on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to Cheese Monkey:

Adrian flux are a pretty good broker for van insurance. I converted abvan a few years ago and had no issues changing its status and getting insurance.

Cheese Monkey - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to Alex Riley:

There's a reason I didn't recommend them. I've heard one too many bad scare stories. Seems they have gone downhill in last few years. 

raincloud - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to scotsmac:

When sending back the v5 to DVLA make sure you change the number of seats as well as the body type

Try  justkampers for insurance - I have had my van(s) insured through them for the past 8 years with no problems

richlan - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to raincloud:

JustKampers aka HIC insured mine no issues without it being reregistered, just asked what it had first typed and were more than happy.

Siward on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to richlan:

I use a company called shield who are specialists . I'd recommend them based on my experience. None of the sort of nonsense pwo is talking about when I reclassified it, just some photos. 

Stuart (aka brt) - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to Cheese Monkey:

Second shout for Brentacre. Brilliant with my last diy conversion and with my latest project. 

L scotsmac - on 10 Jun 2018

Thanks for reply

L scotsmac - on 10 Jun 2018

Thanks for reply

I was  concerned also when I read pwo, reply. 

Hopefully I won't have these issues, mine was a professional job, the guy had done the VW conversion course and got his ticket. Whither that would be needed. But the conversion is top spec, with pop up roof, swivel seats, and all re strengthened to pass any health safety issues.

Will I have to contact him again, and get certification. ?

 You would think once DVLA has recognized it as a camper that would be it.

snoop6060 - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to scotsmac:

My insurer accepted it as a camper even though it was only partially converted at the time. Their policy was that it had to be complete within the 12 months. It halved my policy from when it was a panel van. They weren't fussed if it was registered as such with the DVLA either. Thought I am doing that mainly for the speed limit changes. 

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Stuart (aka brt) - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to scotsmac:

> Thanks for reply

> I was  concerned also when I read pwo, reply. 

> Hopefully I won't have these issues, mine was a professional job, the guy had done the VW conversion course and got his ticket. Whither that would be needed. But the conversion is top spec, with pop up roof, swivel seats, and all re strengthened to pass any health safety issues.

> Will I have to contact him again, and get certification. ?

>  You would think once DVLA has recognized it as a camper that would be it.

For what it's worth the two projects I mentioned before were both diy jobs. One was a diy conversion (by myself) to motor caravan (campervan) with V5 change of status. The second one is a van to passenger carrying (rear seats) with windows 

Brentacre required pictures of the work at each stage and were always on hand to talk through what I planned and what I was doing. 

They specialise in modifications and what I did to mine was so low on the mod scale. 

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cmb621 - on 10 Jun 2018
In reply to scotsmac:

Try Caravan and Camping Insurance - they were happy to insure my self converted camper/ motorhome (as is registered on the v5) 


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