How to Buy RV Insurance

Lucy Lazarony
June 8, 2020

Love heading out for the open road with your favorite recreational vehicle? It’s a wonderful way to travel. There’s so much to behold off the beaten path. You'll see national parks and national monuments, all things you would miss if you stuck to busy freeway driving. Before you head out on the road, make sure you have the best insurance for your RV. Using an auto policy for your RV? You can do better. It’s time to step up to an RV insurance policy. Let’s start by looking at the shortcomings of adding a trailer to an auto policy.

Adding a Trailer to an Auto Policy

In many cases, you can add a trailer on to your auto insurance policy. And your car’s liability insurance will be extended to the trailer you are towing.This means you’re covered if the trailer becomes unhitched on the highway and hits another car. But this coverage won’t protect your personal property if you’re in an accident that is your fault. And this is even the case if you have comprehensive and collision coverage on the truck or car that is pulling the trailer. You are only covered for the liability damage the trailer may cause and only in taking care of the other party when you are at fault.

RV insurance is a better option if you really want to protect your whole vehicle. And if your trailer has a bathroom and wet bath, it’s almost a home and should be treated as one.

Without RV insurance for your trailer, you are underinsured and most of the damage of your RV in an accident is not covered.

So consider getting RV insurance for your trailer and be protected out on the road.

Insuring Financed RVs

Most lenders require that you have full coverage or specialty RV coverage for any vehicle still being financed. Contact your lender to find out what insurance coverage is required for you if you are still paying on your RV.

Getting Insurance for Motorhomes

In most states, a motorhome must at least have its own RV liability insurance. And some states require that you carry uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance on a motorhome. So keep these requirements in mind when shopping for a RV insurance policy for your motorhome.

How Much Does it Cost to Insure an RV?

Just how much you will pay for motorhome insurance is affected by a number of factors including your driving history and your state because RV insurance like any other insurance is regulated at the state level. With motorhome insurance, good drivers pay less. With motorhome insurance, you can earn a discount on your insurance if you haven’t had an accident or traffic violation in three years. Insurance companies look at the type of motorhome that you drive and its age and condition when pricing RV policies. Your experience as a RV driver also is considered. The more experience you have driving a RV the less risky you are to insure.

How often you travel plays a factor with RV rates. Do you travel for a month on the road for some small getaways? Or are you away on the road for a year at a time? With RV insurance, a full-time RVer will pay more in insurance. How many claims you file affects your RV insurance. And if you get into a number of scrapes learning to drive your motorhome, your insurance costs will rise.

Bundle Insurance and Save Money

Like your auto insurance company? Check to see if you can save money by bundling your car insurance with your RV insurance. Better yet, get a new car insurance quote and tell the agent you are bundling RV (and home or renters if you have them) now that pricing is low. Bundling could save you some serious cash.

Insuring a Boat

Boat insurance is typically a few hundred dollars per year. How much you pay depends on the type of boat you are insuring. The type of boat, its length, and its expected use all play a big role in how much you will pay in boat insurance. A smaller boat costs less to insure. And a boat that you take out occasionally would cost less to insure than a boat that you take out every weekend.

There are other factors that impact how much you pay for boat insurance including your driving record. If you are a good car driver the insurance companies expect you to be a good boat driver.

Your record of boating claims affects the cost of your boat insurance. And if you have had a lot of boating claims in the past, you will pay more for insurance. The horsepower of the boat impacts insurance rates. Boats with higher horsepower pay more in boat insurance.

The specs of a boat, the year, make and model all play a factor in a boat’s insurance rates. So shop wisely when shopping for boat insurance. Look for the best deal by bundling it with your auto insurance, and you won’t be disappointed you did. And you can get out where you want to be, on the water with your boat without any worry.

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