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Romahome off the rack of IVA approval tests


Every mainstream production model in the Romahome range has now passed the IVA (individual vehicle approval) test.


The success will speed up delivery times from the factory and end delays that had been caused by unforeseen problems in the IVA process. Without approval, it is impossible for a newly-constructed vehicle, even when based on a second hand chassis, to be legally road registered in the EU.


“This has been an expensive round of testing, requiring an engineer from the factory to be present throughout the hours of individual inspection by the VOSA officials in Southampton,” said Romahome managing director Brian Bailey.


“We were already switched on to the need for IVA before it was implemented earlier this year but I suspect there is a good number of other manufacturers in the UK who have found this an expensive business that consumes far more time than was ever imagined at the outset.


“The miniscule detail of the examinations raises lots of questions and designs have needed to be modified to cope with them.


“As an example, the type-approved rear lights from the base vehicle used in the R20 were trimmed to allow them to fit round the gas locker. But this trimming removed an essential marking from the units so we have had to go back and modify the locker to accommodate the original lights!


“This has led to delivery delays during the summer and I would like to thank our customers for being loyal and patient – typical qualities among Romahome owners who know what they want and that only our products deliver it. That’s why we’ve had imitators in the past but no genuine rivals!”


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