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You could get cover for your caravan and its belongings with caravan insurance. Find policy features like accidental damage, new for old contents cover or breakdown insurance to protect your caravan.

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Last updated: 7 December, 2020

What is caravan insurance?

Caravan insurance is a way to protect your caravan and its contents. You can protect it against accidental damage, vandalism and theft.

Every policy comes with different features, such as for old contents cover or breakdown insurance. So think about the best way to protect your caravan, compare quotes, and read caravan insurance reviews before you go ahead.

Doing your research is important if you’re going to find the best caravan insurance for your needs.

There are lots of different types, so what’s the best caravan insurance to get?

Before you can find the best caravan insurance, UK wide, for your needs, you need to work out first what type of caravan insurance you need.

The caravan insurance policy you need will depend on what type of caravan you own.

These are the types:

  • Touring caravan insurance: This covers caravans that you tow behind your car. Your car insurance may include caravan cover, but it will only be a basic level of protection so it’s likely that you’ll need more. For example, if you’re at fault in a road traffic accident, it’s unlikely that your car insurance would cover you for any damage to your caravan.

  • Static caravan insurance: This covers caravans that are kept at a fixed location, like a holiday park.

  • Motorhome insurance: This covers any caravan you can drive, like a motorhome or campervan. This type is a legal requirement because you drive these vehicles, so they’re subject to the Road Traffic Act.

Here’s more about the different types of caravan insurance.

How to find the best caravan insurance, UK wide

Once you know which type of insurance you need, you can start thinking about what cover you want. They all come with different features and it’s important to find the best caravan insurance for your needs.

Most caravan insurance policies cover:

  • Internal accidental damage (such as a water leak)

  • External accidental damage (such as if your caravan is damaged by another car while it’s parked up)

  • Malicious damage (vandalism)

  • Third party liability (for if you injure a member of the public or cause damage to somebody else’s property)

  • Theft

  • The contents of your caravan.

Some policies offer new for old cover. This means your caravan or contents will be replaced with a new, equivalent model if they’re destroyed or stolen. You’ll have to decide how important it is to you to replace your caravan or belongings with a new, equivalent model. This is the more expensive type of insurance. And you might find you can’t get it at all if your caravan’s too old or has done too many miles.

Other policies offer market value cover. This means that if your caravan was ruined in some way, your insurance provider would pay out the current value of your caravan. This type of insurance is cheaper than new for old cover. You might find it’s the only type of insurance you can get for an older caravan. The downside is that even if your caravan was brand new when you bought it, if it was written off, you’d only get enough of a payout to buy a second-hand one.

Are there any optional extras you can get with caravan insurance?

You can also add optional extras to your caravan insurance policy including:

  • Breakdown cover

  • European cover

  • Cover for your friends and family to use your caravan.

Here’s more information on what caravan insurance covers

Cut the cost of your caravan insurance policy

You could get cheaper caravan insurance by:

  • Keeping your caravan at a registered Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CaSSOA) site. CaSSOA represents caravan storage site owners across the UK. It works towards minimising caravan theft by promoting high levels of security

  • Installing extra security, like alarms, locks and tracking devices

  • Joining a caravan club, like The Camping and Caravanning Club

  • Look carefully at what you need and don’t pay for extras you don’t need

  • Shop around.

The best way to get cheaper caravan insurance is to compare quotes from as many insurers as possible.

But finding cheap insurance should never be your only goal. It’s more important to find an insurance policy that meets your needs, gives you enough cover and has good caravan insurance reviews.

Where can I read caravan insurance reviews?

If you’re looking for caravan insurance, it’s a good idea to read some of the caravan insurance reviews out there.

With a bit of research, you should be able to find caravan insurance reviews online for the policy or provider you’re looking at.

A good place to start is Defaqto. You won’t find customer reviews on Defaqto. But its experts rate insurance products, giving between one and five stars depending on how comprehensive a policy is.

You could then look on Trustpilot and Feefo. Customers are invited to share their experiences and give caravan insurance reviews and ratings on these sites.

Does even the very best caravan insurance come with exclusions?

Unfortunately, yes. Even the very best caravan insurance will have exclusions.

For example, you might not be covered for:

  • Wear and tear

  • Damage or theft caused as a result of poor security

  • Damage caused because the caravan’s being used as a permanent residence

  • Damage caused by vermin or insect infestation.

What information do I need to share to get caravan insurance?

It’s not complex to arrange caravan insurance. Generally, insurers will want to know:

  • Your name and address

  • Details about the caravan – make, model, number of registrations, size and usage

  • Where it’s kept

  • What security measures are in place

  • Details about what cover you’re looking for

  • Previous caravan insurance claims.

Caravan insurance FAQs

Do I need to have caravan insurance?

Will the contents of my caravan be covered?

Will my car insurance cover a caravan I tow?

Will I be covered to take my caravan abroad?

Do I have to pay when I make a claim?

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