Buying Your First Motorhome Campervan Leisure Vehicle. The first thing to consider, when buying your first motorhome, is what driving licence do you need? That will depend on a number of issues. Firstly, the weight of the motorhome, that you are considering buying. That will then determine, the driving licence required to be able to drive the motorhome. So, understanding, the technical terms and how the measurement is interpreted. All factors in deciding which type of motorhome, you would like to buy. Referred to as MAM (maximum allowable mass). From this, the calculation will determine the category of driving licence, that you will need, to drive the motorhome. The driving licence information, is on the Gov website, driving a motorhome. Also, there is good information, from the camping and caravanning club. This gets down to the detail and explains all the issues. The standard UK driving licence, issued when passing the driving test. This covers categories B and B1. This means you can drive a vehicle up to 3,500 kg. Also, that enables you to tow a trailer up to 750 kg.
Obtaining a licence, to drive over 3,500 kg requires a driving test. This is for a Category C1 driving licence, to drive a larger motorhome, over 3,500 kg. By large, we mean in weight, that being between the MAM of 3,500 kg and 7,500 kg. In the first instance, this may be hard to follow. Because, if you passed your driving test, before, the 1st of January 1997, this entitles you to a category C1 licence! However, if you took a test after that date, you must take a separate driving test for over 3,500 kg to 7,500 kg! The important bit is, in either case, your current driving licence, entitles you to drive motorhomes up to 3,500 kg MAM. Most UK made motorhomes are just under or on the 3,500 kg weight.