Motorhome Insurance

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What is motorhome insurance?  

Motorhome insurance is a type of motor cover that’s specific to motorhomes and campervans. Whether you’re on the road driving, or parked up and relaxing, this type of insurance can cover your vehicle, you and your passengers for damages, accidents and theft. Just like car insurance, motorhome insurance is a legal requirement.

A motorhome or campervan is a type of vehicle that provides transport and living accommodation. They range from larger (and sometimes luxury) vehicles, such as A-class models, to smaller models including self-built campervans. 

How much does motorhome insurance cost? 

The cost of insurance for a motorhome varies, depending on factors that include: 

  • Your age 
  • Your address 
  • Driving history, including any insurance claims you might have made – a longer no claims bonus typically rewards you with cheaper insurance.
  • How long you’ve driven a motorhome for – with more experience driving this type of vehicle, you may get a cheaper deal.
  • The make and model of the motorhome – higher value vehicles tend to be more expensive to insure. Classic motorhomes or campers, such as the retro VW campervan may also come with higher premiums.
  • Your existing and expected annual mileage – the higher the mileage, the more you can expect to pay. However, if you only use the motorhome for short periods during the year, this can bring your costs down.
  • Your access to other vehicles – having access to other vehicles is likely to reduce your premium. If you use your motorhome or campervan for commuting or business purposes then you’re likely to pay more.
  • Whether you want to add other named drivers to your policy.

What’s the difference between a motorhome and a campervan?

There are some typical differences between a motorhome and a campervan. Motorhomes are purpose-built and are usually:

  • Larger, with extra space for storage
  • Have more clearly defined areas for driving and living
  • Often come with additional features, such as over-cab space that can contain a double bed.  

Campervans tend to be smaller vehicles with more basic facilities for cooking, washing and sleeping. If you’re looking for insurance for a campervan, there are several specialist providers who might be able to offer you cover through Compare the Market.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need motorhome insurance?

Yes, it’s a legal requirement to have insurance for your motorhome. You can only avoid insuring your motorhome by officially declaring it off the road. You can only do this by contacting the DVLA and applying for a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

What are the main types of motorhome cover?

The right motorhome insurance will depend on your needs. The three main types of insurance for motorhomes are:

  1. Third party – the minimum level of cover you’ll need to drive on UK roads. This will only cover the cost of compensating other people for injury or damage you cause to them or their vehicle
  2. Third party, fire and theft – this offers the same level of cover as third party, but could also cover you if your motorhome is stolen or damaged or it’s destroyed by fire
  3. Fully comprehensive – this includes all of the cover offered by a third party fire and theft policy, and also offers cover for your motorhome if it’s accidentally damaged or destroyed by an event that’s your fault.

There are specialist motorhome policies that could offer you extended cover, such as for trips within the EU. Some providers may also offer this as an optional add-on to a policy.

Does my home contents insurance cover items in my motorhome?

Your main home contents insurance could cover some of the items in your motorhome; it depends on the level of cover you have. You might find that your policy covers camping equipment and other items you usually carry with you if you’ve specified them on your policy, or you’ve taken out personal possessions cover.

It’s very unlikely that your home contents insurance will cover you for any general household items that you have in your motorhome or camper, such as bedding and a television. If you’re unsure exactly what your contents insurance covers, check the policy wording or speak to your home insurance provider.

How can I save on my motorhome insurance?

There are several ways you might be able to save on your motorhome policy, including choosing to pay for your cover annually or in monthly instalments. If you can afford it, paying yearly could help to save you money, as insurance providers typically charge interest on monthly instalments. 

Ways to help cut the cost of your motorhome insurance include:  

  • Limiting your mileage (if possible) 
  • Building up your no-claims discount by driving carefully 
  • Adding extra security to your vehicle, such as a better alarm system, tracking device or ID kit

Why compare motorhome insurance with Compare the Market?

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By comparing policies based around price, monthly or annual payment terms, policy cover levels and add-ons we can help you to find the right deal at a great price.