Your quote is based on several common factors to give you a clear picture of the cost you can expect, though an independent agent can shop around and maybe even improve your rate!
NOTE: This quote is not final, though we did work with professional actuaries to help get you a ballpark figure to get started.
Simply put, it's protection from being stuck with massive out of pocket costs after certain unexpected, and covered, circumstances like road accidents, theft, and natural disasters.
There are a number of different types of RVs, including motorhomes and campers, with different coverage needs and laws for each. To find the right insurance protection, contact an independent agent in our network. A local agent can help you compare several different RV insurance quotes and find the right coverage for your needs.
RV insurance covers many of the similar risks that your standard auto insurance does, like collision, comprehensive, and liability coverage. However, since RVs are also used as a residence-on-the-road, you can get additional protection for your personal belongings on board, equipment, and even attached accessories like awnings and satellite dishes.
When you work with an independent insurance agent, they can help you identify your own unique needs and get the coverage that's best for you.
RV insurance protects you from excessive out of pocket costs in the event of a loss, bodily injury, property damage or even provide compensation for a roadside breakdown.
As an example of how RV insurance works, consider a few examples of accidents or trouble you could encounter with your motorhome on a vacation. Your RV insurance would potentially cover you in the following ways:
If you have uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage and another driver collides with you but is not insured, your insurance company will pay for your damages. The amount of compensation you receive depends on the damage, your deductible amount, and your policy limits.
If you're at fault for an accident, the other driver will file a claim with your insurance company. Your insurer will pay the claim up to the limits of your liability policy. You will pay the costs of any damages, injuries, legal fees, or judgments out of pocket beyond the limits set on your policy.
If your RV is disabled after a crash and has to be towed, your insurance will cover some or all of the costs of towing.
If your RV is stolen, or is damaged due to a hail storm or animal, your comprehensive insurance would provide coverage for your losses, after your deductible and up to the limits you’ve selected in your policy.
The cost of RV insurance varies based on several key factors, including the specific RV Class, time spent on the road, and your driving history as well. Beyond that, the coverage chosen will also play a large role in deciding the cost, including the policy options and limits you choose. NOTE: a high deductible will cost less than one that's low. You can also include additional riders in your coverage for personal belongings, towing and roadside assistance coverage, etc. The more you add, though, the more you'll pay.
For reference, however, a Class A RV may cost around $2,000 dollar a year or more to insure, while a Class B may fall somewhere in between $1,000 to $2,000 dollars.
Like car insurance, RV insurance is required in every state. All states require a minimum amount of liability insurance; on top of that, some require uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage, as well.
Collision and comprehensive insurance limits are determined by you, the policyholder. But before you go setting your coverage limits too low to minimize your premiums, consider how you'll cover the costs of being in an accident without enough coverage.
Under the following circumstances, you will experience additional requirements:
If you rent an RV
If you live in your RV full time, you'll need full-timers insurance which has some similarities to homeowners insurance
If you finance your RV, your lender will most likely require you to buy RV coverage before you can be approved
The RV insurance coverage you need depends on several factors, like:
Travel plans and location
Part-time or full-time use
Motorhome features and amenities
For help determining how much RV insurance you'll need, contact an independent agent who can help you learn about the requirements in your state and the specific risks you may face.
Typically, yes, your existing car insurance coverage will extend on some level to an RV rental. Depending on your policy, though, it may only cover driving-related accidents like rear-ending another vehicle or running into a mailbox. In some instances, your full auto policy will extend to an RV rental including your liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage if you have it.
Before you hit the road, though, you may want to learn more about how your car insurance covers a vacation rental here, or speak to your independent agent to find out if you need additional protection in any way.
RV insurance is very common and available from nearly every large insurer out there. A simple Internet search will help you find more than a handful of respected options. However, when you choose an independent agent on TrustedChoice.com, you get the best of everything. You get one local agent who can shop multiple carriers, not just one, to find RV insurance quotes that are the perfect blend of coverage and cost. They represent some of the best companies and insurance products in the market and know how to help protect your recreational life on the road.
With access to multiple insurance companies, independent insurance agents are unlike any other type of agent out there. They’ll help find you the best coverage options and most competitive prices, all for free.
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There's been a pretty big shift in the RV (or recreational vehicle) world in the past few years. On top of the large number of bucket-list-conquering retirees, more and more Gen-Xers and Millennials have begun exploring the country via RVs, motorhomes, and more.
And who can blame them? After all, with an RV, you get all the joys of the open road with the comforts of staying right on your couch. How perfect is that?
But every new adventure requires the right protection to keep it rolling—that's where RV insurance enters the picture. A local independent insurance agent will help you shop multiple carriers to deliver a range of insurance options to meet your needs, from coverage to cost. Together, you and your agent will decide which is the right choice, and you'll be ready to go. Easy as that. But first, here are a few things about RV insurance you'll definitely want to know.
Types of RVs and Motorhomes
Before you can find out what type of insurance you need, you need to know how your vehicle is classified, for example:
Class A motorhome: these are the largest RVs on the road—pretty much a home on wheels
Class B motorhome: smaller-sized RVs, a Class B is more like a nice-sized van with amenities
When you talk to your agent, you'll start here. Once you've discussed your plans and needs, you can move on to the coverages you need.
Why Do I Need RV Insurance?
An RV is a unique combo. Part home and part vehicle, it allows owners to enjoy the comforts and luxury of a home, with the mobility of a vehicle. And despite being on wheels, it still includes homey comforts like a bed, dishes, a TV, and even a fridge. That means your policy coverage needs to be a bit more extensive, to reflect the protection you need.
Now, you most likely financed your RV through a bank. And more often than not, the lender will require insurance for your RV in order to finalize the deal and protect their investment in you. So in this case, it is mandatory.
Beyond that, most US states require a liability policy at an absolute minimum to cover any property damage, medical costs, or legal fees that come along with an accident.
Just now, required or not, proper coverage is always recommended. After all, you never know what type of incidents you'll encounter out on the road. And without the right protection in place, you'll be paying it all out of pocket.
What Does RV Insurance Cover?
Your RV insurance policy can cover a number of situations. In most cases, your coverage limits are typically up to you, with the exception of areas that have already put legal minimums in place.
It’s important to take the time to go over how you plan to use your RV with an independent insurance agent so they can help make sure you have the coverage you need.
For convenience, some RV owners just add coverage to their personal auto policy (PAP). But beware, this can leave a significant number of coverage gaps in your personal property and liability. It’s recommended you have a higher limit on your coverage that's more inclusive of the specific incidents that occur with RVs.
One big factor in deciding the type of coverage you need is how you plan on using it. If you only use your RV occasionally for seasonal trips or as a permanent residence without moving it, you probably don't need a lot of protection.
But if you're constantly traveling the roads, you'll need specialized coverage called full-timers coverage (See below.)
Now that we have that established, let’s start with some standard coverage options available:
Liability insurance: Covers the costs associated with any injuries or property damage you're responsible for due to an accident.
Collision: Covers the costs to repair or replace your damaged or destroyed vehicle after an accident.
Comprehensive: Formally known as "other than collision," this portion of your policy covers damage to your vehicle from things like theft and weather damage.
Total loss replacement: Pays to replace your RV in the event of a total loss. This is usually only available for brand-new RVs that have never had a previous owner.
Physical damage coverage: Covers physical damage or theft.
Pet injury coverage: Covers vet fees for an injury to an animal or replacement costs for death.
Towing and roadside assistance: Covers the cost to help fix problems or tow your vehicle to a repair shop.
Attached accessories: Coverage to repair or replace things like antennas and awnings.
Personal effects coverage: Covers personal property like dishes and sporting equipment.
Vacation liability: Covers the cost of bodily injury or property damage that occurs when the RV is being used as a temporary residence.
For full-timers, though, coverage options will typically require higher liability limits, closer to those of a homeowners policy.
Extend Your Coverage with Add-on RV Endorsements
Policies can carry a number of different coverages, which can typically be added through an endorsement. An insurance endorsement is an addition to your insurance contract that provides unique coverage not listed in your original policy and can include:
Understanding Bus Conversion Coverage
If you've got big dreams of converting an old bus into a new home on the road, it's important to know in advance that finding coverage can be difficult for a number of reasons, like:
Some companies will accept only commercial buses, but will not offer insurance for a school bus.
Some insurers only cover professional conversion jobs, not if you did the modifications yourself.
The age, make, and model are important. Some carriers will not insure buses over 20 years old.
The motor type, transmission, and condition are also factors.
In many instances, an appraisal is required before they will consider providing insurance.
Insurance coverage will vary from company to company, and so will their requirements. Make sure you consult with an agent to determine if your bus conversion qualifies for coverage, or if there are adjustments you may need to make in order to be approved.
Your agent can also talk with you about whether it is possible to combine your bus conversion insurance with other policies in order to get discounts and savings.
Ins and Outs of Travel Trailer Coverage
Maybe a big RV or converted bus isn't your style and you'd rather tow behind a travel trailer instead. That can be just as enjoyable, as they can come in a variety of different models and can be equipped with everything from basic accommodations to elaborate living quarters with a small sleeping area, a kitchen, and even a bathroom.
As for protecting your travel trailer, in some cases, your auto insurance policy will, or can, cover you, but it depends on both the trailer and the insurance carrier. Many auto policies provide some limited coverage or may completely exclude a travel trailer. Some insurance companies require that you add provisions to your existing auto coverage to include a travel trailer.
By purchasing separate conventional trailer insurance, you can rest assured you'll be protected from liability lawsuits and other mishaps. Additionally, this form of insurance will also cover your contents and provide coverage in case you have a mechanical breakdown.
Even if your insurance company does extend your auto coverage to a conventional trailer, it's still a good idea to review the benefits of a separate policy. An independent agent is a great place to start to compare policy rates and options of multiple companies that carry travel trailer insurance.
How Much Does RV Insurance Cost?
Because no two RVs and their drivers are the same, no two policies are the same. Which means it's impossible to say exactly what your RV insurance will cost.
But basically, your RV or motorhome insurance premiums will depend on the type of coverage you choose, your state’s requirements, and a few other key factors, like:
Where you travel: A full-timer will need different coverage than a recreational motorist. How far you travel and where also matters, since areas with more risk will need additional protections.
What you ride: The type of motorhome you're driving will make a big difference, too. A truck camper or travel trailer doesn’t have the same luxe amenities as a Class A motorhome, so it’s usually cheaper to repair or replace after an accident.
How you ride: Your driving history is important. It tells an insurance company whether you're a risk-taker or a more cautious driver. If your driving record is full of traffic tickets and accidents, you’ll be considered higher-risk and typically pay higher premiums.
Get Lower Rates When You Bundle Your RV Insurance
Unless you live completely out of your RV, you'll most likely already have multiple insurance policies—car, home, or maybe even a boat. If you take those existing policies and bundle them with your RV policy, you should get a nice little discount. Your carrier appreciates you investing all your business in one place, and they reward you with a great little discount.
When you work with an independent insurance agent, they can help you find the perfect carrier to provide the right coverage for your home and all your outdoor toys, simplify your insurance payments, and make filing claims easy and efficient. And who couldn't use a little more efficiency in their lives?Your independent insurance agent has your answers
Your Independent Insurance Agent Has Your Answers
Whatever you need, your agent has your back. With a brief intro into the terms, discounts, and process of your RV insurance, you know the kinds of questions to be asking. Your agent will ask you all about your RV, its use and your goals and help find the perfect blend of coverage at the right cost for you.
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Our independent insurance agents work for you, not the insurance companies. That means you always get the best coverage options to choose from.
When you have options from multiple companies, it's easier to find the best coverage at the right price, at no extra cost to you.
There's an independent agent in every city who always understands the insurance coverage you need most based on local laws and needs that apply to you.
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