Knowing how you’ll use your RV is the best gauge for the type of RV insurance worth looking at. And if you plan on using your motorhome for most of the year — well, full-timer RV insurance may be right up your alley.
Full-timer RV insurance is designed to protect owners who use their RV either as a primary residence or who live in their RV six months out of the year. Full-timer insurance is similar to home insurance — it covers you for personal liability, injuries, property damage, and other losses that may happen while the RV is parked.
Living in an RV full-time means you’re exposed to certain risks that part-timers simply aren’t. if your motorhome is damaged and unlivable, you’d likely need temporary accommodations until it’s repaired or replaced. If a guest is injured in your home and sues, you might need to cover medical and legal fees. And if you live in an RV park, there are other things to think about, like HOA fees for repairs. With full-timer RV coverage, you’d be covered for all of those risks and more.
The difference between full-time RV insurance and short-term RV insurance lies in the unique risks of living in an RV full-time. Let’s break it down.
Short-term RV insurance typically comes with basic protections, similar to an auto insurance policy. You can expect to find motorhome coverages like:
Bodily injury (BI) and property damage (PD) liability, which covers the other driver if you’re at fault in the accident. It’s required in every state, except New Hampshire.
Comprehensive and collision, which covers your motorhome against auto crashes, vandalism, theft, etc., regardless of fault.
Medical payments coverage, which pays for things like hospital bills if you or your passengers are injured in an accident.
Underinsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UMC), which steps in if you’re hit by a driver with not enough insurance or no insurance at all. Hit-and-runs are a perfect example. Yikes.
Full-time RV insurance includes all the above and then some. Remember that as a full-time RV owner, you’re assuming virtually all the risks of being a homeowner. That’s why full-time insurance not only covers you against risks on the road but also against risks when the RV is parked. Coverage for full-timers include:
Say a guest slips in your RV and sues. Or an overshot throw while tossing the pigskin smashes into a nearby camper’s window (yikes!). Personal liability can, respectively, cover medical and legal costs if you’re held liable for said guest’s injuries, and pay for that cracked window.
Personal property coverage
This coverage helps pay to replace or repair personal belongings. Plus it includes pet coverage in most states!
Scheduled medical payments
Mentioned above, medical payments coverage would help pay for an injured passenger’s hospital bills, regardless of fault. Full-time coverage would extend this coverage to someone who is injured inside or around the RV while it’s parked. It helps pay for hospital fees related to stitches, ambulance rides, X-rays, and more.
If you live in an RV community, there might be an HOA. Loss assessment would help reimburse you for fees an HOA would charge in order to repair damaged property in common areas.
Emergency expense coverage
If your RV is damaged to the point of being uninhabitable, this coverage can be a life-saver. It helps pay for temporary lodging while your RV is repaired or in the process of being replaced.
Adjacent structures coverage
This covers standalone structures you might have on your motorhome site. Think sheds, decks, porches, or carports.
This isn’t coverage so much as it is a benefit. For every consecutive year you don’t file a claim, we’ll reduce the deductible on certain coverages by a whopping 25%. A deductible is what you pay out of pocket before coverage kicks in.
Also, if you choose a higher deductible when you purchase a policy, your premium will generally be lower. If you remain claimless, your deductible will go down and your premium will remain at that lower rate.
If you rent out your motorhome or trailer on marketplaces like Outdoorsy, many RV insurers won’t cover you. Roamly will. In fact, we’re the only online, completely-digital RV insurance company who will.
You don’t have to worry about losing coverage or about convoluted, insurance-y loopholes. Additionally, with Outdoorsy’s extra rental-period insurance for verified rigs, your RV will stay covered for the duration of the rental with zero coverage gaps.
Whether it’s full-time, part-time, commercial RV insurance — or anything in between — Roamly has got you covered with quality protection at affordable rates.
Head to Roamly.com to start your free quote. We’ll ask you a few easy questions about your RV, motorhome, or trailer, and then personalize a policy based on your answers. One of our awesome US-based agents can work with you over the phone to confirm and hash out your coverage needs.
Did you know you could save an average of 25% compared to other insurance companies by getting a comprehensive plan with Roamly? This insurance company was created by passionate RV owners, so they know exactly the type of coverage you need for your RV. No more paying for expensive features you don’t need.
Additionally, Roamly doesn’t stop covering your RV if you decide you want to rent it out on peer-to-peer networks like Outdoorsy. That means you can make extra money when you’re not using your RV.
Below are the many types of coverage that Roamly offers: