Training for Recreational Vehicles and Luxury Motor Homes
With developments in luxuriously equipped RV’s, clients often contact us once they find the weight and size of the vehicle is more than their car licence will allow them to drive.
Many of the bigger American and some British and European Touring Motor Homes are over 3.5 tonnes so you must have Category C1 to drive them which can be a problem for anyone who obtained their UK licence after January 1997.
As this extract for DVLA guidance leaflet confirms:
When driving a motorhome, it is the maximum authorised mass (the total weight of the vehicle plus the maximum load it can carry) which is relevant to the driving entitlement you need:
- To drive a motorhome with a maximum authorised mass of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you need a C1 licence.
- To drive a motorhome with a maximum authorised mass of over 7.5 tonnes, you need a C licence.
If you are planning to go visiting places across Britain or abroad, you might find yourself faced with either compromising on a RVs brilliant features and luxury appointments to having to downsize to something just bigger than a camper van. It is especially a problem for anyone helping people with disabilities or mobility problems, especially when they need the extra space and comfort that can be found in the bigger vehicles.
Wallace School of Transport provides C1 training with our simple to drive, specially selected training vehicles. And on passing the test, the open road awaits you. See our full details on the C1 training page of our website which can also guide you on what needs to be done before the driver training and test can start.
Not only can we teach you to pass your test, we can also cover topics such as driving economically and in a fuel efficient manner, which is now something DSA Driving Examiners mention on the driving test.
Incidentally, should you be considering towing a boat or jet ski or perhaps a bigger trailer with a small car behind your RV then you would need to take a further test. We provide training for both B+E and C1+E (and C+E if your vehicle and trailer is bigger).