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Hi,

I couldn't find this info online easily. Basically, I passed my test to drive a car and instead of a car I want to get a motorhome/campervan (something like the bedford bambi campervan). Am I allowed to drive this or do I need a better licence?

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(P.s. sorry if this is the wrong place, I wasn't too sure where to put this)
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(Original post by mathislife)
Hi,

I couldn't find this info online easily. Basically, I passed my test to drive a car and instead of a car I want to get a motorhome/campervan (something like the bedford bambi campervan). Am I allowed to drive this or do I need a better licence?

Thanks!

(P.s. sorry if this is the wrong place, I wasn't too sure where to put this)
According to GOV.UK, it depends on your age and the vehicle's maximum authorised mass (MAM). This is the vehicle's weight plus the maximum load it can carry. To drive a campervan with a MAM of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you need a category C1 licence (which is different to a normal car licence).
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You can drive anything with, or less than, 9 seats (including driver) as long as it has a GVW (fully loaded weight) of 3500kg or less.

Most day campers have 2-5 seats and are waay under the 3500kg limit so you'll be fine. I imagine the only problem will be insuring it. If you get a Bambi then maybe look at specialist or classic insurance.
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According to GOV.UK, it depends on your age and the vehicle's maximum authorised mass (MAM). This is the vehicle's weight plus the maximum load it can carry. To drive a campervan with a MAM of between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you need a category C1 licence (which is different to a normal car licence).
What is the minimum age? And 3.5 tonnes, thats A LOT right? a small motorhome shouldn't exceed that right?
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You can drive anything with, or less than, 9 seats (including driver) as long as it has a GVW (fully loaded weight) of 3500kg or less.

Most day campers have 2-5 seats and are waay under the 3500kg limit so you'll be fine. I imagine the only problem will be insuring it. If you get a Bambi then maybe look at specialist or classic insurance.
Ok brilliant, thank you for your reply!
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