Your RV is your pride and joy, your summer home, your ticket to the best road trips. It’s also a huge investment, and one that you can protect with the right insurance policy. To get the best price and the right protection consider what coverage you absolutely need and what you can skip.
The average cost of RV insurance is $1,000 to $2,000 a year, or $125 a month. A basic liability-only policy could start at only a few hundred dollars a year. Your RV insurance premiums will vary depending on the value of your RV, how you’re using it and which insurance company you go with.
How much RV coverage do I need?
Consider these factors carefully when comparing touring or static RV or camper trailer insurance quotes.
How much is your RV worth? Consider how much it would cost to repair or replace your RV following an insured event and make sure your total coverage maximums can cover the costs. If your RV is brand new, you’ll probably want a policy that offers new RV replacement. Owners of older RVs should do a little research to determine the market value of their RV.
How much do you use your RV? Plan for how many road trips you’ll take, what kind of terrain you’ll face and how far you’ll be going. Typically, more use means more coverage needed.
What risks do you need your policy to cover? Liability is almost always required, and adding collision is generally a good idea. You can also add other coverage on top of those two. You might want coverage for roadside assistance in case of a breakdown if you take many road trips. If you travel with expensive belongings, consider adding contents coverage. If you stay at campgrounds, comprehensive covers you for fire, theft or vandalism.
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What does RV insurance cover?
Someone runs into your RV
You damage someone’s car or property
Property damage liability
You hit another car and the driver or passenger is injured
Bodily injury liability
You’re injured after an accident
Someone steals or damages your RV
Your RV is damaged from a fire or storm
You’re injured in a car crash and can’t work
Personal injury protection
The TV in your RV is stolen
Your RV breaks down and needs to be towed
You won’t be using your RV for a few months and want to pause your insurance
Your pet is injured during a vehicle collision
Pet injury coverage
Your campground golfcart is run over
Additional vehicle coverage
A flat tire keeps you at the campground for an extra few days
How does RV insurance cover my personal belongings?
The type of coverage that protects the personal belongings in your RV is called contents coverage. Contents coverage can include coverage for loss or damage to carpets, household goods, DVDs, clothes, entertainment systems, televisions, furniture, furnishings, jewelry, tools and more.
Similar to home insurance, some RV insurance companies offer add-ons for a higher level of coverage for your RV contents, or increasing the insured limit for specified valuable items.
What’s not covered?
It’s important to be aware of what your RV insurance won’t cover so you can avoid a denied claim or paying for damage out of pocket. Typically RV insurance won’t cover damage related to:
Old damage or faulty repairs
Tires popping, breaking or bursting
Rust, corrosion, gradual deterioration or wear and tear
Mechanical, structural or electrical failure
Faulty design or workmanship
Fusion of electric motors
Any item that explodes
Any item with leaking liquid
Water damage except during storms
Landslide or erosion except during storms
Mold or extreme temperatures
Vermin, rodents, insects or birds
Failure to secure your RV after an accident
Unlawful use of the RV
Towed vehicles and trailers
Travel outside the US
Do I need RV insurance?
Typically you need RV insurance if:
You ever drive your RV on public roads.
Your RV is loaned or rented.
You might not need RV insurance if:
You tow your RV behind another vehicle.
Your state doesn’t require liability insurance.
How to compare RV insurance
Figure out what kind of coverage you need based on how you use your RV.
Get quotes from multiple companies.
Sign up for your policy, set up payments and keep an ID card in your RV.
How do I find cheap RV insurance?
The best way to save money on RV insurance is to get quotes from a range of insurers to compare prices. You can also bring down the cost with these tips:
Get the right level of coverage. Only pay for coverage you need with limits that are high enough to replace your RV.
Shop for discounts. You can save on RV insurance with discounts — including safe driver, bundling, paying upfront and more.
Add security. RVs with security systems like cameras, light sensors and alarms have lower risk and lower premiums.
Reduce unnecessary trips. If you’re hitting the road regularly, your premiums will be higher than seasonal road trippers who store their RVs for longer periods of time.
Buy a less expensive RV. Big, shiny new RVs cost more to insure than a slightly older or used RV.
What type of RV insurance do I need?
RV insurance protects your camper, motorhome or fifth wheel from damage on the road and at the campsite. Similar to both car and home insurance, RV insurance covers both your personal belongings and damage to your RV.
This is the biggest, most expensive type of RV to insure, often as large as a bus.
Camper vans are the smallest and cheapest class of RV to insure.
Midsize mini motorhomes or cab-overs have mid-range insurance rates.
What insurance you need depending on how you use your RV
You can adjust the coverage on your RV based on whether or not you’re currently using it to travel.
Insuring a stationary RV
If you’re storing your RV or leaving it parked for a significant length of time, you can reduce your coverage to save money. While you’ll generally still need liability, comprehensive and contents coverage, you can probably get rid of your collision or towing coverage.
Insuring an RV on the road
If you’re planning on taking your RV out on the road, you’ll need to make sure it has liability coverage. Consider adding collision and comprehensive coverage so that it’s fully insured. Vacation liability coverage covers property damage and bodily injury while your RV is parked at a campground or RV park.
Insuring an RV you live in
If you live in your RV, your policy might look more like a mixture of homeowners, renters and car insurance. And while your RV coverage might include liability coverage, you may consider personal liability for injuries that occur in or around your RV when it’s parked.
Protecting your RV with the right insurance is essential, and so is knowing how to navigate the nuances of your coverage. Compare your insurance policy options to find the coverage you need to relax and explore America in style.
Questions about RV insurance
If your RV’s towed behind your car, you likely won’t need a separate policy. You can get add-on travel trailer coverage for a popup or towable RV without the need for a separate RV policy.
No, your trailer is typically covered under your car insurance. RV and trailer insurance are two different things. A trailer is often covered — or partly covered — by the car insurance policy of the vehicle that tows it, but an RV needs its own policy. If you only drive your RV and don’t have a car, you can add on trailer coverage to your RV policy.
Driver safety course
Paid in full discount
Multipolicy or bundling
You might have lower insurance premiums if your RV stays in one place most of the year. However, campgrounds might be considered risky due to possibilities of theft or parking lot accidents with other residents.
RV coverage has a lot in common with home and auto policies, but not everything’s the same. Compare the differences between RV and car insurance to help you pick the best policy.
But if your tiny house is on wheels, most states require you to carry car insurance while on the road. A full-timers RV insurance policy would be a first option to consider, since it covers you while on the road and while parked.
Many insurance providers will cover a tiny house under an RV policy, as long as it’s built by a RIVA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association) certified builder. If your tiny house is a DIY project, you’ll need to look into specialty insurance.
If your tiny home is financed, the lender will likely require you to carry insurance, whether it’s mobile or stationary.
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