A motor home is not quite like a car in terms of legislation. To give you a clearer idea of what is specific to a motorhome, here is a short summary of the regulations that apply to motorhomes. Motorhome regulations: What you need to know?
Just like in a car, you must have a safety triangle and a reflective vest on board the motor home. In Spain, a second triangle is even necessary (to signal your presence in both directions).
Outside built-up areas, camper vans over 7.00 m must maintain a distance of at least 50 m behind combinations of vehicles over 7.00 m and behind heavy goods vehicles. On roads with more than two lanes in the same direction of traffic, combinations of vehicles and motor homes with a GVWR of more than 3.5 tonnes may use only the two rightmost lanes.
Maximum number of persons on board
The number of people allowed to drive in a motorhome is recorded on the vehicle’s registration document. It usually corresponds to the number of seats with seat belts. For a motor home there may be a difference between the number of “grey card” places and the number of beds.
Seat belt for everyone
On board a motorhome, just like in a car, the driver and all passengers must be secured!
Speed limits in motorhomes
Motorhome regulations also include speed limits. For a motor home with a GVWR less than or equal to 3.5 T, the speed limits are identical to those applied to a car. On the other hand, for “heavy-duty” motor homes (GVWR greater than 3.5 T), the limits are different: 110 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on dual carriageways separated by a central reservation, and 80 km/h on other roads.
Technical inspection of a motor home
For a motorhome, the technical inspection must be carried out before the 4th anniversary of its first circulation. This test must then be repeated every two years. As for a car that is more than 4 years old, in the case of a sale, a technical inspection of less than 6 months will be required.