Self Containment, Gas and EWOF

Being Self-contained

A self-contained RV meets specific criteria for the provision of basic living requirements. This includes having facilities for cooking, washing, and toileting, as well as a fresh water supply, wastewater storage, and a rubbish bin. 

To legally freedom camp in New Zealand, an RV must have a valid self-containment certification issued by an authorised officer, typically a certified self-containment inspector.. While this might sound complicated and overbearing, we have New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) approved self-containment officers onsite who are ready to help. 

The required standards of self containment that a vehicle must meet are: 

  • Fresh Water: A minimum of 12 litres of fresh water per person on board.
  • Wastewater Storage: A wastewater holding tank with a minimum capacity of 12 litres per person on board.
  • Toilet: A chemical toilet or a similar facility that is removable for emptying.
  • Rubbish Bin: A secure rubbish bin with a lid. 

Being self-contained is about looking after our environment and keeping your odours away from your neighbouring campers ) so there are a number of rules around traps and guards your plumbing needs to have. 

If your RV has not been certified before we will need to complete an initial inspection to evaluate how close you are to compliance and what modifications are required to be considered for certification. 

Although  the rules for self containment are very explicit and clear, you can still get caught out as more often than not original plumbing completed in Australia and Europe is not aligned with NZS 5465:2001. We can hoist your vehicle up in our workshop to easily inspect your plumbing and can advise if easy modifications can be made.  

Once an RV meets the criteria, it receives a self-containment sticker indicating that the vehicle has been inspected and complies with the necessary standards.The NZMCA has a requirement that new members certify their vehicle within three months of joining, purchasing, or completing the modifications to their motor caravan. 

Recertification checks to keep your RV current are similar to   completing  a Warrant of Fitness (WOF)F on your car.  Recertification involves going through a checklist to ensure everything  is in order since your last certificate was issued. 

When you book in your NZMCA number will provide your certification information to RSE, allowing for a seamless transfer of the  documentation  back to NZMCA upon completion of the re-check.We frequently complete Certified Self Containment for NZMCA members. 

Being Safe

In New Zealand, electrical work is regulated by the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB), and certain electrical installations may require certification. An Electrical Warrant of Fitness (EWOF) is a way to confirm that your electrical installations are safe for use being carried out by qualified professionals

It is a common standard for NZ for Campsites to require you to have an EWOF.  This is to ensure that  your use of the electrical systems within the campsite  meets safety standards and poses no risks to other occupants.   

Your valid EWOF is a valuable asset as it demonstrates to potential buyers that your electrical systems are compliant with safety standards. EWOFs are valid for four years and regular inspections are required to renew the certification. These inspections help ensure that the electrical installations continue to meet changing safety standards over time

Imported RVs must comply with New Zealand standards and regulations. Power points and electrical plugs will need to be converted to NZ standard issue.

Gasfitting work in RVs must be carried out by a certified gasfitter. A certified gas fitter is a professional who has the necessary qualifications and is authorised to install, service, and certify gas systems. After the installation or any modifications to the gas system in an RV (including moving gas appliances) a Gas Certificate of Compliance (CoC) should be issued  A CoC is proof that the gasfitting work has been completed by a certified gasfitter and that the installation complies with safety standards.

While we try to limit the need (and cost) for requiring a gas fitter  Some appliances are  installed by the manufacturer in a way that limits access to them, and requires the gas to be unhooked..  We will always talk with you about the cost implications of unhooking the gas before proceeding..

Imported RVs must comply with New Zealand gas safety standards. The gas systems in these vehicles may need to be inspected and certified by a New Zealand certified gas fitter to ensure they meet local safety requirements.

While you don’t need to have  your gas certificate reissued, your personal safety far outweighs the cost.