Is your van as safe as houses?

Five reasons why your campervan needs a Habitation Check

At Big V, safety is our main priority. We as a team are from a wide array of backgrounds and most have one thing in common - a focus on established standards of quality and safety.

Van conversions have come a long way in the last few years but there is no official safety standard in place for converted vehicles. Cars have to be MOT tested, motorhomes and caravans have to have a Habitation Check when built, but there is no mandatory check for campervans.

So we decided to carry out Habitation Checks as standard on our conversions, and encourage our self-builders to do the same. These are the most complete check available for a conversion, having been developed over many years for the rest of the leisure vehicle market.

Most of us have partners, kids, dogs and even travelling hamsters, and we’d never dream of putting them into a box on wheels full of electrics, gas, water and petrol and driving them down a busy motorway without being 100% confident it’s not going to leak or explode.

What's a Habitation Check?

A Habitation Check is a leisure vehicle industry recognised test typically carried out on motorhomes and caravans. It’s like an MOT but for the van’s living quarters and appliances in a van.

We believe that Habitation Checks should extend to campervan conversions because they are often carrying our most precious cargo – our families. And that’s why, before any new campervan conversion leaves us, we arrange for a Habitation Check to be completed by an independent MCEA (Motor Caravan Engineers’ Association) qualified engineer.

They use a comprehensive checklist to assess the condition of your campervan and appliances including electrics, gas, ventilation and also any problems with damp.