Removing the wall was a bummer?

20 November 2020 at 11:12 pm

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In Europe, you have to do a bi-annual check when the car is more than 4 years old. If you do not pass this test, you’ll have to fix what is wrong and then show the car once more. Our EU test was officially in May, but my wife wanted to know it the car was a good purchase before we started the build. So today, I got the car tested at NAF (our local motoring association) and their report said that the car is solid, but need some minor repairs such as a new blink light, to tighten a damper, an exhaust leak, better front wheels (I knew that one already) and a small weld where the previous owner had done repairs. Plus one last thing - we should not have removed the wall separating the cargo hold from the drivers position…

Turns out that you shouldn’t do this unless you want to convert your cargo van (varebil in Norwegian) to a normal car (personbil)? I thought we were supposed to turn this into a Camper van (bobil), but to classify as that you’ll need to have one bed per seat, a clothes cabinet of a certain size and a sink that is at least 5 litres? Those rules are really odd... The employee I spoke to at said straight out that it was much easier just to register it as a normal car (personbil) since I could then add whatever I wanted. So now I’ll just have to drop by them and show the car to get white license plates rather than green ones. Since the car is more than 10 yrs old, there’s apparently no cost other than for the new sign itself.

In the car we also found printouts for all the former EU tests for the van, so we know exactly what have been done to it throughout. Neat!