Gee where do I start? I did write a blog post about our experience with Department of Main Roads Queensland. I wrote it on Friday night, but did not publish it…..lucky I didn’t cause it was not the best of my writing, and after re-reading it I have deleted that post. Instead I want to share How To Register A Motorhome while in Queensland so that what we experienced does not ever happen again.
What You Need To Do To Register Your Motorhome ::
For the last two and half years we have traveled with Moving Permits, from town to town. Only cause we had so much renovations to complete. David wanted all of the big renovations out of the way before we went to the Department of Transport. That way we knew it would pass. Or so we thought.
While we were in Sarina David was working mainly on the outside work and on the inside cosmetic work, so our engine was a bit neglected. He did what was necessary, and in the process he broke the stop cable. So he replaced it and we made it safely to Bundaberg. Where we proceeded to finish off a few more renovations over the Christmas Break, and he worked more on the engine.
Last Wednesday 2nd January David took our Motorhome to the local Mechanic. It was only around the corner…….where he discovered that the stop cable was not the one for Bedford Buses.
The right part was ordered from Brisbane.
The mechanic also wanted the following fixed ::
- Tighten up front wheel bearings
- Take care of a few oil leaks
- Replace the correct stop cable
- Adjust the warning alarm for the air pressure
- Fix the blinker switch which was moving around on the steering wheel column (it was loose)
So David took the time over the next few days to carry out the repairs.
Back to the Mechanic on Friday 4th of January – and it passed “Road Worthy”
Straight from the Mechanic to the Main Roads in Bundaberg.
Before that David had to drive (in his parents car) to Bundaberg to RACQ to organise C.T.P Insurance. If we had time up our sleeve we would have rang around for quotes but we didn’t. Its a must to drive a Motrohome on the Road with C.T.P and we always arranged that with our Moving Permits.
At the Department of Main Roads Queensland Transport we thought we had every thing covered, because I had rang them so many times…..each time I asked “We are in the process of getting our Motorhome ready for Registration, what do we need?”
Every time they told me the following ::
Seats approved by an engineer to carry passengers. TICK.
Seat belts attached. TICK.
Modification Plate attached to the front on the inside. TICK.
Gas Certificate – we made sure we had that fully checked and approved for safety reasons. TICK.
C.T.P to allow it to be driven to the Main Roads. TICK.
Certified measure of the Motorhome – length and height had to be measured. We could do this through a Mechanic or through a certified company. Or even at Department of Main Roads.
Road Worthy completed by the Mechanics. TICK
Every Single Time that is all they told me….
There was never ever any mention of a Form that would be checked, and ticked off. The form is not even easy to find on the Main Roads Department of Transport – I had to search for ages before I did find “Motorhome/Caravan Inspection Sheet“
Now if you know David he likes to do EVERYTHING by the books – he won’t (does not like) to cut corners. So we double made sure we had all of the requirements for it to be approved for road worthy. We wanted our Motorhome Registered on Friday.
So that we could travel down slowly to the Sunshine Coast – taking the weekend to stop and see places that we have not seen before – I have always wanted to stop in at Harvey Bay but I guess that is still on my “Bucket List”.
David went late to the Bundaberg Main Roads….too late to benefit us!
Everything was good – the paper work was all in order.
The measurements were taken – all was good.
We even had a Smoke Detector and a Fire Extinguisher installed (they are also required)
Like I said David likes to make sure we travel safely.
NOT once on the phone did anyone state that we MUST have a dinning table installed for us to be approved as a Motorhome. David does plan on building a dinning table – one that can be folded down so that two people can eat together or put up so that all of us can eat together…..mind you we always normally eat outside.
If we had been told to have a dinning table bolted down, but easily can be removed for storage while travelling then we would have had one made.
David said to the lady “How can we safely have a dinning table placed near seats – seats that are for where our boys are sitting?” – The lady in the motor registry even had to ask her supervisor over to clarify the rule??
But they were firm – we had to have a dinning table.
It was even suggested that if David had come in earlier he could have go off to Bunnings to purchase one that could be put in. Unfortunately it was closing time.
But I guess the Universe works for a reason….we spent the weekend completing more renovations that we knew needed to be done - fiddly bits! Plus he got time to build this…..
On Monday 7th January (yesterday) we still had so much to do before leaving Bundaberg. Last minute packing – David also had to fix our Car because the head casket had gone (he spent all Sunday night on replacing it!)
Back to the Main Roads in Bundaberg before heading out of town……with the understanding that all they needed to see was the dinning table.
That same FORM got us again…..in Queensland YOU must have the same amount of Beds in a Motorhome as seat belts. Lucky for us our lounges make up the beds needed and we passed.
How TO Pass Your Motorhome For Registration ::
Here is a LIST of what you need ::
- Road Worthy Certificate
- Modification Plate/Seats approved by engineer
- Gas Certificate
- Fire Extinguisher
- Smoke Detector
- Certified Measure – Length and Height
- Attached Dinning Table – that can easily be removed for travelling
- Seat Belts
- Same Seat Belts ratio to Bed Ratios
Why Share This News?
Because I never want another Motorhome/Caravan Owner to miss out registration like we did. It caused us to leave Bundaberg late – David was meant to start work on Monday with Suncoast Caravan Repairs – luckily for us Bruce and Jenny are the best ever people to work for :)
Department of Main Roads – You So Need To Get The Right Information Out.
New Life on the Road.