The new Motorcaravan Guide – all you need to know for owning and using a motorcaravan

The NCC has published a new guide on motorcaravans (commonly referred to as motorhomes). The guide will assist both beginner and experienced users in loading and driving their vehicles correctly and safely.

The guide covers all types of motorcaravans including A-class, Coachbuilt, low profile and campervans and provides easy to understand advice on:

  • maximum loads and the importance of not overloading axles (as indicated on the manufacturer’s type approval plate)
  • loading considerations, from the storage of heavy items to checking the weight of roof boxes and bike racks 
  • national speed limits for motorcaravans – some heavier motorcaravans and van conversions may be subject to lower speed limits
  • security device options.

There is a section to help owners check they have the right driving licence entitlement to drive their vehicle.  For example, motorcaravans with a MTPLM (Maximum Technical Permissible Laden Mass) above 3,500 kgs, a Category C1 entitlement is necessary.  For those who passed their driving test after 1 January 1997, this will mean taking and passing a Category C1 test.

The guide also provides essential advice for motorcaravan users ahead of embarking on any road trip as follows:

  • Plan your route (stay local if not familiar with the motorcaravan’s features and equipment)
  • Check tyres for age and wear regularly and replace if they have been in use for more than five years or are over seven years old
  • Check road lights are operational before setting off
  • If the motorcaravan is not designed to have gas appliances working when the motorcaravan is in motion, you must turn off the gas supply when travelling.

To obtain a free copy, visit the TowCheck stand No. 2004 at the  Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC from 21-26 February. Certain NCC member dealers have copies while a PDF version is available to download here.


Editors’ notes

The NCC (National Caravan Council) is a not-for-profit trade association for the tourer, motorhome, caravan holiday home and park home sectors and it has been at the heart of the industry for more than 80 years.  The NCC works with its members to ensure that the industry delivers high quality products and services.

The Motorcaravan Guide is a companion guide to The Caravan Towing Guide published by the NCC in October 2022.  Copies available at