For example, most insurance policies in the English language today have been carefully drafted in plain English; the industry learned the hard way that many courts will not enforce policies against insureds when the judges themselves cannot understand what the policies are saying. Typically, courts construe ambiguities in insurance policies against the insurance company and in favor of coverage under the policy.
Motorhome and RV Insurance costs were widely varied in 2015-2016, with RV insurance costs ranging from $860(lowest RV insurance cost in 2016-2017) to $4490(highest RV insurance cost in 2016-2017) in annual costs. There are many factors that directly affect your RV or motor-home insurance rates, such as what state you live in and what your driving history looks like(do you have speeding tickets, accidents etc?) your RV insurance cost will surely be higher than an RV’er that doesn’t. Let’s take a look at the factors that affect your RV insurance rates and some of the common types of RV Insurance Coverage’s and their associated costs.
Builder's risk insurance insures against the risk of physical loss or damage to property during construction. Builder's risk insurance is typically written on an "all risk" basis covering damage arising from any cause (including the negligence of the insured) not otherwise expressly excluded. Builder's risk insurance is coverage that protects a person's or organization's insurable interest in materials, fixtures or equipment being used in the construction or renovation of a building or structure should those items sustain physical loss or damage from an insured peril.
Financed RVs are generally required by the financial lien-holder to carry full coverage because lenders want reimbursement on their loan in case of a loss. If you do not purchase full coverage, your lender could take out an insurance policy on the vehicle and send you the bill. Lender-purchased insurance typically comes with much higher premiums and no liability, so taking responsibility for your own insurance is a smart financial decision.
How much this will cost will depend on the value of the items. Some policies give you automatic coverage of a certain amount of your personal items. This type of coverage varies widely. One company provides nearly $100,000 in coverage, whereas many others provide only up to $3,000. Other companies might cover just items below $1,000 in value each, and require scheduled coverage for items valued above that amount.
So now that we understand the difference between auto and RV coverage, let’s take a look at the specifics of what you get under an RV policy. Essentially, RV insurance acts as a hybrid between car and home insurance, offering additional protection for home and living essentials through specialized coverage plans. Depending on the policy you choose, it may include:
Farmers offers coverage for travel trailers and fifth wheel trailers in addition to RVs, as well as a special program for customers who use them as part- or full-time residences. The Stationary Travel Trailer Program offers comprehensive, liability, and medical payments coverage for customers who reside in their trailer seasonally or permanently. All of Farmers’ optional coverage options for RVs also apply for trailers. What’s more, if your trailer is towable, Farmers will insure your tow vehicle.
Some time ago, Progressive RV insurance, in line with their competitors, offered an actual cash value policy (that I explain below) and this was the standard of the insurance industry. However, after 2019 (niche RV insurers started earlier), there are several companies offering the “replacement cost” policy. This can hugely protect much more the investment of the policyholder in exchange for a small increment in the price.
A recreational vehicle is basically a home on wheels. As such, in addition to standard vehicle liability and collision insurance many owners choose to have comprehensive coverage -- for theft of personal items or replacement if the RV is destroyed by a fire not related to a vehicle accident. Specialized "full-timer" RV insurance is a blend of auto and homeowner's insurance coverage. Premiums vary significantly based on the value of the RV, how it's used (vacations or full time), the value of its contents, location and the owner's driving record.
While some auto insurance policies extend liability coverage for towable RVs, they are still significantly large investments, especially if your RV is financed or is a motorhome in which you live. Most RVs contain personal belongings, home essentials, and attachments, all of which require coverage beyond what’s offered in a basic car insurance policy. For this reason, RV insurance usually has comprehensive coverage plans, which covers personal injury, theft, and natural disasters in addition to liability. RV insurance providers also offer a variety of specialized coverage options.
Earthquake insurance is a form of property insurance that pays the policyholder in the event of an earthquake that causes damage to the property. Most ordinary home insurance policies do not cover earthquake damage. Earthquake insurance policies generally feature a high deductible. Rates depend on location and hence the likelihood of an earthquake, as well as the construction of the home.
Michigan weighs in with the highest RV insurance rates, at a median annual premium of $4,490. Why are the average rates in Michigan so expensive? Because the state has mandatory personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which results in much higher costs for the insurance companies whenever there is an RV insurance claim. The second highest is Louisiana, with a median annual premium of $2,912.
That’s because an RV is not just a vehicle – it’s often equal parts vehicle and home. For that reason, you might need insurance that includes coverage offered on homeowners insurance policies. You may need a policy that can cover emergency expenses like a hotel stay if your RV is totaled or being repaired. Given the fact that you are also traveling with your RV, you might need special coverage that allows you to travel across the country or in Mexico or Canada.
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.
Safeco’s also has loan or lease protection that will cover the difference between what’s left on your loan and your RV’s worth in the case of a total loss, and a diminishing deductible in which your deductible is reduced by $100 per year for up to $500. You also can get coverage against damage or theft for some personal belongings, electronic lock-and-key replacement, and pet coverage in case your dog is injured or dies in a collision.
Many insurance executives are opposed to patenting insurance products because it creates a new risk for them. The Hartford insurance company, for example, recently had to pay $80 million to an independent inventor, Bancorp Services, in order to settle a patent infringement and theft of trade secret lawsuit for a type of corporate owned life insurance product invented and patented by Bancorp.
Farmers has a well-rated mobile app, with 4.8 stars and over 2,000 ratings in the Apple App Store. Users praise its convenience and intuitive design. Your insurance information is easily accessible, and Farmers’ mobile app gives you the contact information for your agent, so you can get human help quickly (even if you’re offline). And if you’d like to eschew phone conversations, Farmers allows you to file a claim through the app itself.
Accidental loss: The event that constitutes the trigger of a claim should be fortuitous, or at least outside the control of the beneficiary of the insurance. The loss should be pure, in the sense that it results from an event for which there is only the opportunity for cost. Events that contain speculative elements such as ordinary business risks or even purchasing a lottery ticket are generally not considered insurable.
Do you live in your RV full-time, or does it sit in storage for most of the year? Do you have any permanent attachments like a satellite dish? Every company offers basic RV coverage, but the right provider for you also offers the set of add-ons that speaks to your main concerns, whether it’s full-time residency insurance or roadside assistance. Our top picks all have plenty of add-ons in addition to basic coverage.
RVInsurance.com is partnered with twenty carriers known in the industry for their strong and consistent financial performance. Nationwide, the Foremost Insurance Group, National General, and Safeco Insurance are some of these carriers, to name a few. They share similar A-or-higher ratings with at least one of the large financial strength rating agencies.