Some rental companies offer RV insurance as an additional purchase with your rental. You may also see this through P2P websites like ours, where the owner allows you to go on their insurance for a fee. This can be a convenient option, as the process of going through an RV rental insurance company can be tedious. However, make sure you check what the limits and deductibles are – you don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you’re underinsured or have to pay a $3,000 deductible!
The amount of insurance your RV requires will mainly depend on the type of motorhome or towable you own, how often you use it, and whether you plan to reside in it for six or more months out of the year. There are two types of recreational vehicles, the towable trailer and the motorhome, which falls into three categories: Class A, B or C motorhomes. Class A motorhomes are the largest and tend to be the most expensive. They often include luxury features, customized amenities, and permanent attachments that may require additional protection. Class B vehicles are the smallest type of RV, also known as “camper vans,” and are generally much cheaper to insure than larger motorhomes. Class C vehicles are a hybrid of Class A and B.
This summer, thousands of Americans will take to the road in their motorhomes. RV travel is becoming one of the most popular ways to vacation since it’s affordable, convenient, and fun. Gone are the days of having to buy an RV and maintain it just to take an occasional vacation; now, RV rental services make it easy for anyone on any budget to go RVing. But while the process of renting an RV is simple, there’s one aspect of it that’s a bit more of a conundrum: RV rental insurance. We’ve put together this guide for those of you who are wondering how to get RV rental insurance.
Jonathan and Ashley Longnecker, full-time RVers and bloggers of TinyShinyHome.com, sold their new and oversized 5th-wheel trailer for a much smaller, compact vintage Airstream. Although a family of six, their original RV was very heavy, long, and tall, which made it more difficult to travel long distances without worrying about parking, turning, and hitting low overpasses. The family decided they’d sacrifice the extra space in order to travel lighter and with greater peace of mind.
Gap insurance covers the excess amount on your auto loan in an instance where your insurance company does not cover the entire loan. Depending on the company's specific policies it might or might not cover the deductible as well. This coverage is marketed for those who put low down payments, have high interest rates on their loans, and those with 60-month or longer terms. Gap insurance is typically offered by a finance company when the vehicle owner purchases their vehicle, but many auto insurance companies offer this coverage to consumers as well.
Affordable premium: If the likelihood of an insured event is so high, or the cost of the event so large, that the resulting premium is large relative to the amount of protection offered, then it is not likely that the insurance will be purchased, even if on offer. Furthermore, as the accounting profession formally recognizes in financial accounting standards, the premium cannot be so large that there is not a reasonable chance of a significant loss to the insurer. If there is no such chance of loss, then the transaction may have the form of insurance, but not the substance (see the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board pronouncement number 113: "Accounting and Reporting for Reinsurance of Short-Duration and Long-Duration Contracts").
Geico’s policy includes total loss replacement if your RV is totaled within the first four years after the model comes out. In the fifth through seventh year, Geico either provides you with the actual cash value at the time of the accident or the original purchase price. After the seventh year, the settlement is paid out on the actual cash value of your RV.
I am not sure about insurance outside of Texas but here in Texas we have Mutual insurance companies that are able to provide great coverage for a very low price compared to Good Sam, Progressive, GEICO ect. I get request from good sam regularly tell me that they can save me 3 to 4 hundred dollars a year and the insurance is tailored to motor homes and if I will ask for a quote they will send me a free gift. So I just send them my current coverage amounts and rates and they keep sending me screwdrivers. I use them for Xmas presents. My coverage is with Germania Farm Mutual out of Brenham, Texas. We have everything with them, home cars trucks, motor home, but they still want cover my motorcycle. Maybe they think I am too old.
Your experience driving an RV: Driving a motorhome is very different from driving a car. RV drivers require a period of adjustment to learn about height restrictions on bridges and in parking garages, checking blind spots, and watching “back swing” when turning corners in tight spaces. The more experience you have as an RV driver, the less risky you are to insure.
Many of National General’s additional services are designed to save customers time after dealing with an accident. National General will pick up their damaged RV and bring customers a rental car after a claim is filed. Once the RV is repaired, National General delivers it directly back to them and takes care of returning the rental car. When facing a total loss situation, however, the company offers to refer customers to an expert who can search for the exact vehicle they want.
Insurance companies earn investment profits on "float". Float, or available reserve, is the amount of money on hand at any given moment that an insurer has collected in insurance premiums but has not paid out in claims. Insurers start investing insurance premiums as soon as they are collected and continue to earn interest or other income on them until claims are paid out. The Association of British Insurers (gathering 400 insurance companies and 94% of UK insurance services) has almost 20% of the investments in the London Stock Exchange. In 2007, U.S. industry profits from float totaled $58 billion. In a 2009 letter to investors, Warren Buffett wrote, "we were paid $2.8 billion to hold our float in 2008."
National Interstate Insurance’s policy combines the features of an auto policy with those of a homeowners policy, as an RV is often considered a home on wheels. Coverage can include motorhomes, fifth wheel vehicles, bus conversions, stationary trailers, or travel trailers. Insurance for bus conversions can run up to $2 million in many states with liability limits of up to $1 million. National Interstate also insure your tow vehicle.
To ensure that providers’ financial affairs were up to snuff, we looked at independent evaluations from insurance rating and credit rating agencies A.M. Best, S&P Global, Moody’s, and J.D. Power. While each agency has its own rating scale, we required companies to have A or “above average” ratings from all four — solid indications that companies are in great financial health. Acquiring ratings from all four agencies also indicates that companies care enough about their business’ reputation to apply for these voluntary review processes. For an industry that’s centered around the principle of being there when you need help most, we found this focus on transparency to be the mark of a good provider. Smaller companies like Good Sam or National Interstate may provide seemingly better discounts, but they tend to only submit themselves for review to one or two agencies.
Drive Other Car insurance is similar to an Individual Named Insured Endorsement. If you need to borrow, test drive, rent, or lease a vehicle, Drive Other Car insurance will extend the coverages you’ve purchased for your commercial auto insurance policy - like Liability insurance, Physical Damage insurance, Medical Payments, and Uninsured Motorist Insurance, to a non-owned car.
Admittedly, we originally approached this topic with the traditional opinion that RVs were mainly of interest to retirees, the baby boomers who enjoy spending their post-work life experiencing the great outdoors. While this segment of the population has long been the backbone of the RV industry, the new trend of working remotely while traveling is attracting much younger consumers to the RV lifestyle.