Travel Trailer Insurance

If home is where you tow it, be sure to insure your investment.

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
  • GEICO
  • Progressive
  • The Hartford
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Based in Austin, TX, Ava has been in the insurance industry as a licensed agent for 4-plus years. Ava is currently one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts and has been featured in publications such as US News Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.