RV Insurance Options That Can Save You Money

By: Jim Johnson

The whole idea of having RV and motorhome insurance is to be prepared as much as possible for those unexpected events in life when things just go terribly wrong. It happens to lots of people all the time. Those who have foreseen the possibilities and taken steps to reduce or manage their risk often do very well in such cases, while those that haven't planned ahead adequately don't.

Having sufficient RV insurance is an important consideration, especially for those that spend a lot of time on the road while being far away from home, or those whose RV is their home. If you travel a lot, you can expect that there are going to be some bumps along the road, and they may happen at the most inopportune places and times. So here are a few options that you may want to consider adding to your current RV insurance coverage:

* Roadside Assistance. Since your home is traveling down the highway with you, it's important to be prepared for situations where you have to get your RV or motorhome towed. This could happen due to a variety of reasons, any of which could be very costly if you don't have some advance arrangements for towing expenses. Many auto associations such as AAA and The Good Sam Club offer this kind of coverage at very reasonable rates if you are part of their service, but be sure that they cater to RV owners and will use the appropriate tow truck for your RV when it breaks down. A lot of damage can occur when a tow vehicle is used for an RV which really isn't suited for it, so check for this in advance.

* Personal Effects Coverage. If you live and even work in your RV, you no doubt have some expensive personal effects and possessions that would be very costly to replace if necessary. The problem with most standard RV insurance policies is that they will cover loss of personal effects, but only to a certain point. And that point may not be anywhere near what your actual replacement costs would be. So read over your insurance policy very carefully to see what is exactly covered and for how much. If you need to increase your personal effects coverage, it may be a very wise move.

* Mechanical Breakdown. If you have Roadside Assistance coverage that will take care of getting your RV towed to the nearest service facility, but it will not cover any of the repairs that will need to be done to put you back on the road again. With the high cost of RV repairs being what they are, it often makes sense to have added coverage that will pay for any repairs that aren't considered part of normal wear and tear on the motorhome. Such policies aren't cheap, but they do allow a motorhome owner to budget in advance what their repair costs will be, and insure themselves against a major repair bill that could be very financially damaging while they are traveling.

These are a few options that can easily be overlooked when insuring your RV or motorhome. But advance thought and planning on these matters often results in a much smoother overall traveling experience.

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