What do you need for self-containment?
Here is a non-exhaustive list of requirements for self-containment;
- Freshwater tank. (12 litres per person)
- Non-toxic, opaque fresh water supply hose.
- A sink.
- A water trap or water seal on each waste outlet.
- Vented grey water tank.
- Grey/black waste water tank. (12 litres person)
- 3m evacuation hose (If using a fixed grey water tank).
- Sealable refuse container (Bin).
- Toilet (portable or fixed) that can be used inside the vehicle, even when the bed is fully set up. (3 litres capacity per person).
Please note; this is a non exhaustive list only, there are other considerations depending on your individual set up with regard to materials, quality, positioning and dimensions. The actual self-containment standards are a comprehensive guide give us a call if you have any questions (+6421323140).
Where can i get my motorhome, caravan or camper van tested?
SCNZ has can perform tests throughout New Zealand on both the North and South islands, search for your location here SC Testing
Which vehicles can be made into self-contained vehicles?
Technically any vehicle that meets the requirements can be made into a self contained vehicle. Obviously smaller vehicles are harder and some simply don't have enough space. Here are some common makes and models that can easily be made into self contained vehicles;
Toyota Hiace, Toyota Estima, Toyota Voxy, Toyota Townace, Nissan Homy, Nissan Serena, Nissan Caravan, Mitsubishi L300, Mitsubishi Delica, Mazda Bongo, Mazda e2000, Mazda MPV, Ford Transit, Ford Econovan,
If your vehicle is not listed it does't mean that you cannot make it self contained, give us a call if you want to check.
What does self-containment mean?
If your vehicle is self contained it means that you can take advantage of hundreds of free camping areas across New Zealand. To become self contained you must be able to meet the minimum requirements laid out in the self-containment standard NZS 5465:2001. In short;
'A certified self-contained vehicle meets the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants for a minimum of three days, without requiring any external services or discharging waste.'
What happens if I fail the self containment test?
If you fail the self containment test the first time, you will be given a list of amendments that you need to make to get your vehicle to the self-containment standard. You then can make your changes and we will retest the vehicle once you are done. The retest is free so you only pay for testing once.
Tip; this is a great way to get advice on vehicle layout and design, as you can do this first test before you have started your conversion it really helps you get all the information you require to make your vehicle self-contained.
Why do I need self-containment?
Having a self contained vehicle allows you to freedom camp in some of the best camping areas in New Zealand for free. Without it you cannot use the the hundreds of designated Self Contained areas and may be fined for freedom camping.
Does my waste tank need a vent?
Yes all waste tanks whether they are fixed or portable need to be vented. The minimum size for the vent is 10mm in diametre (25mm recommended). The vent must extend to the flood line of the vehicle (the point that system would flood into vehicle if over filled) and finish outside.