Why you can trust The Zebra

The Zebra partners with some of the companies we write about. However, our content is written and reviewed by an independent team of editors and licensed agents. Reference our data methodology and learn more about how we make money.

Author profile picture

Ava Lynch

Senior Analyst

  • Licensed Insurance Agent — Property and Casualty

Ava joined The Zebra as a writer and licensed insurance agent in 2016. She now works as a senior analyst, providing insights and data analysis as one…

Author profile picture

Kristine Lee

Manager, Content and Data

  • Licensed Insurance Agent — Property and Casualty

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer. Before joining The Zebra, she was a…

What insurance do you need for a travel trailer?


Because a travel trailer does not inhabit a fixed location and does not have a motor, it doesn’t fall into a specific insurance category such as homeowners, auto, or even RV insurance. Insurance companies typically sell policies specifically targeted to sets of risks associated with the product. Anytime there is a unique aspect to the property insured, a company will create a distinct product class for it.

Let’s explore the finer points of travel trailer insurance, including ways to save.


If you've got questions, we've got you covered:

  1. Why do I need it?
  2. What is covered?
  3. What isn't covered?
  4. Additional coverage options
  5. Common discounts
  6. Where to buy it





Is travel trailer insurance necessary?

Your auto policy will typically extend to your trailer when you are pulling it — but only for liability and provides no coverage to your actual trailer. Meaning, an auto policy alone will only cover damage your trailer causes to other people and their property.

Depending on the kind of travel trailer insurance you choose, it can extend past basic liability to cover the gaps left by your home and auto policies. Your home or renters policies provide coverage for your personal belongings that are kept outside of your home (such as a travel trailer), but at a fraction of your coverage limit (usually 5 to 10% less). This amount of coverage is simply insufficient if you have any valuable belongings stored in your trailer.

Moreover, travel trailer insurance offers physical coverage much like an auto insurance policy. Without this coverage, you would be forced to pay for the damages yourself in the event of an accident.



What travel trailer insurance covers

Now that we discussed why it’s important to have travel trailer insurance, let’s break down what is covered.


Liability coverage

As previously mentioned, your auto policy's liability coverage is extended to your travel trailer when you are towing it. However, if you live full-time in your travel trailer or use it quite a bit, you should consider some additional liability coverage that is above your original auto coverage.

Comprehensive coverage

Comprehensive coverage — usually not covered by a typical policy — covers damages to your travel trailer that occur as a result of:

  • Theft
  • Animals
  • Vandalism
  • Fire
  • Severe weather (including flooding)

Collision coverage

Again, like your auto coverage, collision covers your travel trailer in the event it is damaged by in traffic accident.




What isn’t covered by travel trailer insurance?

Although travel trailer insurance is in some ways similar to homeowners or auto insurance, some items that are commonly excluded from these coverages are covered by travel trailer policies. Damages resulting from flood — usually excluded by a homeowners policy — is covered by comprehensive coverage. Personal belongings, which are excluded from auto insurance coverage, can be covered by your travel insurance.

Some things may not be covered by a typical travel trailer insurance policy:

  • Normal wear and tear
  • Intentional damage
  • Damages occurring while the vehicle is used in a manner not allowed by the policy, such as in a race




Extra coverage options: travel trailer insurance

If you spend a significant amount of your time in your travel trailer or own one that is particularly valuable, you should consider some additional coverage.

Personal property coverage

If you have expensive equipment or in general valuable items in your travel trailer, you should consider additional insurance to cover your contents. Usually, you'll be able to set the amount of personal property coverage you would like.

Full-time coverage

If you live in your travel trailer full time, you should consider if you need something closer to a homeowners policy, with increased liability or medical payments to others.

Total loss replacement

The name pretty much sums up this coverage, which is useful if you have an expensive travel trailer. While it varies by company, this coverage will replace your totaled travel trailer with a model that is within five years' age of yours.

Emergency expense coverage

If a travel trailer is damaged to the point of being unlivable, this coverage will pay for your additional living expenses if you are more than a certain amount away from your home.

Towing and roadside assistance

The distance for which you will be covered depends on your company and your policy.




Common travel trailer insurance discounts

The cost of travel insurance is highly variable — depending on the type of trailer you have as well as what coverage options you choose. Still, there are some general guidelines we can outline.

Multi-policy discount

If you get your travel trailer insurance from the same company as your auto policy, you can expect a multi-policy discount.

Raise your deductible

If you’re worried about the increased cost of coverage for your camper, consider the relationship between your deductible and your premium. If you raise your deductible, i.e., what you pay in your claim payout, you lower your premium.

Pay your premium up front

If you can afford to do so, paying your premium upfront can save you money. Typically, your insurance company will refer to this discount as a "paid in full" discount.




Which companies offer travel trailer insurance?

Below are major companies that sell comprehensive travel trailer insurance policies. Speak with an insurance agent or contact one of these companies to get insurance quotes for your trailer.

  • Farmers
  • Progressive
  • The Hartford




Do I need personal or commercial auto insurance to tow my flatbed trailer and hauling machinery?

Even though your vehicle is used for personal use, your vehicle itself is made for business use. If you want it insured then you will need to get commercial insurance, especially if your son-in-law has an equipment company.
Dec 22, 2020 Bolivar, MO

Does car insurance cover trailers?

Great question! It would depend on the coverage on your policy, but the liability portion of your policy normally extends to cover injury or damage that was caused to someone else by your trailer. If your auto policy also includes comprehensive and collision (full) coverage then your trailer may also be covered for damage.
Jun 29, 2016 Independence, MO

Will my auto insurance cover damage to a fifth-wheel camper, or should I use my RV insurance?

I'm so sorry to hear about your accident!  The best thing to do would be to contact your RV insurance claims department to see how they want to handle the claim. How this claim pays out will be dependent on the details of the accident.
Jul 21, 2022 Leakesville, MS

Fault when I was towing someone else's trailer

This can really depend on a number of things. Fault can only be determined by a claims adjuster who has reviewed the accident and any corresponding documentation.
Aug 6, 2018 Indianola, IA

About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.