CLC Teardrop Camper in Germany
July 20, 2022 at 11:49 am #4421
this post is about my experience registering a CLC Teardrop Camper in Germany. The purpose is to encourage potential builders over here to deal with the authorities & do a tiny bit of promotion for this wonderful design. Since this is an American forum, I’ll stick to English and highlight specific German terms like this. All information is provided without warranty.
So, we built a CLC Teardrop Trailer like everybody else did. We bought a custom transport trailer which we paired with the camper and, due to insurance requirements, decided to register it as a recreational vehicle or RV (Wohnwagen). One can, in principal, use the transport trailer with the camper as freight, but good luck getting insurance for that combination, which will be most likely worth several thousand Euros. But beforehand, check with your insurance company, if the accept self-made campers.
To gain RV acceptance (Wohnwagenzulassung) according to the German road codes (Strassenverkehrsordnung), here’s what one has to fulfil and how we solved it:
– place to sit, and a foldable or removable table -> the mattress seems to be sufficient as a place to sit. We built a small table that is stored underneath the galley flat, and can be mounted underneath the cabin shelf. Picture will follow.
– a place to sleep -> this of obviously the mattress
– a cooking device -> this one must be a fixed installation, and qualified to be used indoors. We first thought about those small portable gas stoves, but they are not for indoor use. We ended up buying a 2000W portable electric stove that runs via 230V shore power, and bolted that through the galley flat. Picture will follow.
– a cupboard (Schrank): rules say you have to be able to carry food and clothes inside the camper. We thought the storage box and place in our custom galley module would be too small. So we built a cabin storage, which sits on the upper part of the galley bulkhead. We used an 8mm plywood sheet of 2400x600mm to build both the storage, and the folding table. Picture will follow.
– Loose objects need to be restrained: we bought heaps of affordable bungee cord, webbing, and buckles (elastische Spanngurte, Rucksackgurte und -Verschlüsse) at bergerboote.de, which is CLC’s German partner.
Once we felt everything is alright, we made an appointment with the inspection company TÜV Nord for a modification inspection (Technische Änderung). There are other companies for inspection works, too, but we read that some are more strict than others. We live where TÜV Nord is present and where under the impression that they are not too strict. In advance we had to weight the empty camper at a public weight measuring station. The inspection itself went very well. It was directly recognised as a RV, and the main inspection items were how the shell is mounted to the trailer (we used six M8 bolts with self-securing nuts), and that there are no sharp or protruding objects which can harm pedestrians. If they ask: you don’t need a anti-shatter certificate (Splitterschutzzertifikat) for a trailer… They might ask who’s the maker of the shell – just tell them to put in your name. We paid 100€ for the inspection, and another 12€ to the administration (Zulassungsstelle) for the change of registration papers.
That’s basically it. Many worries beforehand, not much stress getting it done… If you’re interested in more details, and information in German, leave your mail address here, I’ll occasionally tune in.
BR, JohannesJuly 20, 2022 at 11:54 am #4422
Table storage position & deployed. Mounting points underneath the shelf not show.July 20, 2022 at 11:59 am #4424
The cupboard – note all the bungee cords, and the webbing running along the bulkhead:July 20, 2022 at 12:05 pm #4425
Here’s our almost finished camper. The 2m long awning (Markise) sits within the footprint of the camper, and was also accepted and registered by the TÜV Nord inspector.July 21, 2022 at 10:27 am #4427CLCTeardrop 623Participant
Beautiful work –
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