#150157  by jed 1937
 Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:31 am
Hi Guys, I,m a new motorhome owner {4 weeks] and have a query on the requirements on needing an ht licence. I have ht and the wife is now studying to get hers as we were told we needed it for this van. Trailite 6.5 meter 2 birth. Tare 3880 gmv 6300 which means ht needed. I haven't weighted it yet but I see many bigger 6 birth vans that say only a car licence needed. Is it worth putting on a weigh bridge and if lighter than stated on the sticker getting it changed? Thanks in advance Jed.
 #150160  by mattn
 Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:09 pm
Refer fact sheet 11 https://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/resourc ... lasses.pdf

Which defines what the weights are - GLW not over 6000kg class 1 license. Weight on the road is irrelivent - the specification says 6300kg, it needs a class two. As far as larger vehicles being advertised there are two possibilities, the GVM is over 6000kg and the advertising is misleading, or the vehicle was manufacturered as a motorhome and registered with a GVM less than or equalt to 6000kg.

Given the Tare weight of yours is is 3880kg, its not unreasonable to see a larger vechile with a GVM under 6000kg, it could be 1000kg heavier and still have a 1000kg payload and be under 6000kg.

Unfortunately its difficult, if even possible, to get the GVM reduced.


Note: GVM and GLW are usually the same.
 #150164  by BUSRSQ
 Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:05 pm
It makes no difference as to what it "actually" weighs or what weight you expect to carry.
It is totally as to what specification the manufacturer built the unit to.
This can not be changed
 #150192  by Holistic Palace
 Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:09 pm
jed 1937 wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:31 am
Trailite 6.5 meter 2 birth. Tare 3880 gmv 6300 which means ht needed. I haven't weighted it yet but I see many bigger 6 birth vans that say only a car licence needed. Is it worth putting on a weigh bridge and if lighter than stated on the sticker getting it changed?
There are bigger vans around, some 2010 & later models are up to 8m in length. Some with light tare weights & some with very heavy tare weights, for them, leaving less loading to stay under their legal gvm weight of 5995 only needing a car licence
With your van, the ht requirement is matched to your gvm of 6300, not actual weight on the road.... good luck if you can change your gvm
 #150199  by NeilV
 Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:54 am
As above... unless you totally deregister the vehicle and co through a laborious process to register an ‘as built’ vehicular through a LVVR (sp?) you would then BE the manufacturer and be able to set the GVM. But this would cost many thousands and you’d still want your wife to be trained to manage a big vehicle anyway?
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