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A campervan can be a place where dreams are made, but when it comes to insurance it’s important you get the right policy. So whether you’re trying to get your VW ready for the road or planning your next camping trip, we’ve advice on getting cover that suits your needs.

What is a campervan?

A campervan is a type of vehicle that provides both transport and sleeping accommodation.

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

It’s hard to define the difference because there are so many variations of each vehicle. In general, motorhomes tend to be large, purpose-built vehicles with separate areas for driving and living. Campervans tend to be smaller vehicles (often van conversions) with more basic facilities for cooking, washing and sleeping. 

Do I need campervan insurance?

Yes, motor insurance is a legal requirement for any type of vehicle. Insurance providers use groups to determine the cost of insurance. These groups are often based on the vehicle’s engine size, its weight, its performance and the costs of parts and repair among other things.

Your age, your driving history and where you live will also determine the type of insurance policy you are offered.

If I convert my van into a campervan, will it affect my insurance policy?

Yes. Any modifications will affect your van insurance and could make it more expensive. If you intend to live in a campervan long-term, you may need to look for a different van insurance policy. Not all providers are likely to cover long-term or ongoing use.

And because it’s a legal requirement that any vehicle registered in the UK is classified correctly, you’ll need to let the DVLA know once you’ve finished your conversion. They’ll need a full description of the work that’s been undertaken, as well as photographs and receipts.

Will my home contents insurance cover items in my campervan?

Contents insurance doesn’t cover the items in a campervan, but an extension to your home contents cover might. It’s worth reading your contents insurance policy with care, and specifically check if your policy covers camping equipment or any other contents of value that you have in your campervan.

How can I lower the cost of campervan insurance?

It’s best to do your research first to see how much and which insurance providers can offer you insurance. Limiting your mileage could help keep costs down, however be sure that the mileage allowance you set is the maximum you think you might do.

Adding extra security to your vehicle, such as an alarm or tracking device, could reduce the cost of your cover with some providers, but it’s best to check with them before you fork out.

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