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stanleyz
07-03-2019, 09:41 PM
So I just changed insurance companies. I have had a truck and 5th wheel insurance for twenty years with four different companies. Today my Allstate policy began and I was reviewing it when a problem hit me between the eyes. As usual my fifth wheel is covered for liability involving a traffic accident because it is covered with my truck. Here at home it is covered under Home Owners. But, when unhooked and sitting in the campground I have no liability coverage. I verified that with the local office and they talked with Allstate. Not only do I not have coverage but they don't have a way to sell me any. No such policy. I don't have any of my old policies but I did review the one with the last company and it seems to have the same short coming. So, if some one comes to visit and falls down my steps I'm on the hook for medical and I may have been for 20 years,

Suggestions please?

wingnut60
07-04-2019, 12:06 PM
Stanley,
I have full-timer coverage with Good Sam/National General. Supposedly covered for liability, but will have to check.
Coverage for trailer is separate from truck--'17 450/'11 MKX/'15 Suites=$4200year, lowest I could find in TX.

Buckshot
07-04-2019, 06:50 PM
I carry a one million dollar umbrella that should take care of that.

stanleyz
07-05-2019, 01:29 PM
Yeah, thats the way I'm thinking I have to go.

LarryFlew
07-15-2019, 04:17 PM
Found the same thing reviewing my policies last year. Guess I have been without for about 5 years. Switched my 5th to Good Sam. Price was almost the same but WITH coverage.

Mel11
07-15-2019, 04:19 PM
Stanley,
I have full-timer coverage with Good Sam/National General. Supposedly covered for liability, but will have to check.
Coverage for trailer is separate from truck--'17 450/'11 MKX/'15 Suites=$4200year, lowest I could find in TX.


$4200.00 a year WHAT
What do you guys in usa pay for RV insurance.
My new 2018 5th wheel cost me $495.00 per year in Canada

rcraft@satx.rr.com
07-15-2019, 04:22 PM
I carry a one million dollar umbrella that should take care of that.

I also have an Umbrella ... but you must have the "underlying" insurance to make that work. My State Farm agent said the only way to get the Umbrella to cover the 5th wheel is to have liability on the 5th wheel. We are full timers so we have $500K with the full timers policy (National General) and our Umbrella with State Farm.

clev
07-15-2019, 05:31 PM
I'm going to do some personal checking but I think most of you guys/gals are wrong. Only motorized vehicles, operating on the highway, need liability insurance. And anything 'attached' to the insured motorized vehicle is covered. Maybe I'm wrong, but checking.

Bjlakatos
07-15-2019, 06:23 PM
I am thinking the OP is referring to liability coverage like you have with a home owners policy. As he points out this appears to be a gap.

OneReallyOldGuy
07-15-2019, 11:28 PM
If youíre RV is your only residence you need liability insurance. Progressive offers a ďfull timers policyĒ as well as auto policies and umbrella policies.
Sounds like I work there but I donít Iím just a customer.

sfsgm
08-10-2019, 11:12 AM
I carry a one million dollar umbrella that should take care of that.

Yup, I have two million and it covers it.

dmorse68
08-30-2019, 12:10 PM
If youíre RV is your only residence you need liability insurance. Progressive offers a ďfull timers policyĒ as well as auto policies and umbrella policies.
Sounds like I work there but I donít Iím just a customer.

I agree with old guy. According to my Farmers insurance agent, because I am a full timer, I needed to get a full timers insurance that covered my rig if a tree branch breaks off and damaged the roof, flood, fire, etc. The way he explained it was, it was like a renters insurance or a home owners policy, and covers my investment for when I am sitting. It costs me $135/month.

Now if I hook it up and drive it down the road, I need a separate policy for that similar to auto insurance. And he said i can call up a day before I head out and let them know how long Iíll be on the road traveling and I pay for only the days I am out towing it.

Is this what is in line with what you are told by your agents?

David.

rcraft@satx.rr.com
08-30-2019, 01:29 PM
No. When I am towing, the truck insurance covers the rig. When I am parked the full timers insurance covers me. The Umbrella is in effect at all times.

rcraft@satx.rr.com
08-30-2019, 01:33 PM
I carry a one million dollar umbrella that should take care of that.

With State Farm ... to get an Umbrella, you must have "underlying" liability. So your truck is covered by the usual kind of auto insurance ... but if your trailer insurance policy (for when you are parked in a campsite) doesn't have liability, then your umbrella will NOT cover it. Too often we "assume" we have coverage only to discover when it's too late, that we don't. Check to make sure.

OneReallyOldGuy
08-30-2019, 04:43 PM
Hereís the breakdown of my coverages. I do not own a home or rent an apartment.
Full coverage on my truck which also extends liability coverage to my fifth wheel when Iím towing. $1048 a year.
Full timers policy on my DRV which covers liability when parked (in case Lil Billy from the next campsite runs under my fifth wheel and splits his head open on my kingpin for example). It also covers comprehensive (fire, theft etc.) collision (hitting something, tree falling on it, etc.) emergency living expense (just like homeowners) and replacement of personal effects (clothes, linens, dishes, etc. $1504 a year.
Plus an umbrella policy. Couple hundred bucks, donít remember exactly.
I get it all from the same company which should simplify things if I have to file a claim which I hope I never do.

stanleyz
08-30-2019, 10:15 PM
Hereís the breakdown of my coverages. I do not own a home or rent an apartment.
Full coverage on my truck which also extends liability coverage to my fifth wheel when Iím towing. $1048 a year.
Full timers policy on my DRV which covers liability when parked (in case Lil Billy from the next campsite runs under my fifth wheel and splits his head open on my kingpin for example). It also covers comprehensive (fire, theft etc.) collision (hitting something, tree falling on it, etc.) emergency living expense (just like homeowners) and replacement of personal effects (clothes, linens, dishes, etc. $1504 a year.
Plus an umbrella policy. Couple hundred bucks, donít remember exactly.
I get it all from the same company which should simplify things if I have to file a claim which I hope I never do.


OK great. What company? Little Billie is the issue. Iíve 20 years with a fiver. I am not full time nor have I ever been. I changed to All state this year and when reviewing my policy the lack of coverage after the rv is unhooked from the truck surfaced. I called Allstate and they do not have a policy that would cover me. They also would not sell me an umbrella policy for some reason i cannot remember right now. I was with Good Sam last and they are not an insurance company, they are an agent. They sold me a National General policy and Iím pretty sure it did not cover the little Billie situation. I checked their web site recently and they offered that coverage for full timers only. So thats why I started the thread. I think a lot of RVers are without coverage once unhooked.

OneReallyOldGuy
08-31-2019, 10:02 AM
I have progressive despite the stupid commercials.
If you have homeowners insurance check and see if the liability portion extends to your camper. It seems like the insurance companies would tap that market when selling camper policies to increase profits if it doesnít.

KirkM
07-16-2020, 06:45 PM
Note for those with Allstate RV insurance. As per the OPs thread starter. May 2020 we had an on-road accident which damaged our fifth wheel. Allstate would not honor the claim. I, too, was told when we got the insurance 6 years ago that the truck carried the insurance. Well, guess what, we get to pay out of pocket. Allstate said we did not have insurance on the RV when being towed. Only covered when parked.
I explained several times to different Allstate claims people that I was told by their agent that the truck carried the towing insurance. Nope! We switched everything to Nationwide, except the motorcycle goes to Progressive. Read your policies, donít believe what an agent told you.

OneReallyOldGuy
07-16-2020, 09:16 PM
Your post worried me so much I immediately went and re-read my policy. Your truck insurance covers your liability in an accident. It doesnít fix your stuff just the other guyís.
My DRV has comprehensive (fire,theft, etc.) and collision (damage from hitting objects) in addition to my fulltimerís liability coverage just like the full coverage policy on my truck.
Did you file a claim under your trailer insurance policy? If you filed under your truck they will deny it and not say a word about your trailer insurance. Remember, the insurance companyís job is to collect premiums and deny claims.
File the claim again specifying the trailerís policy. If they deny it and you have substantial damage you might want to consult with an attorney.

KirkM
07-16-2020, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.
Yes, we did file against the trailer. I considered an attorney, by the time we get done paying them we would be about even for the repairs. However, if we had been totaled that would be a longer story. Good news is our trailer is nearly repaired.
FWIW: We did not have full-timer insurance. We had what our agent recommended. We go full-time in 15 days! And full-time insurance is now in place, with a different company. Allstate lost a lot more money from me in all the policies premiums we pay in 1 year than the trailer repair bill. Sucks to be them :).

KirkM
07-16-2020, 09:47 PM
OH, And not to cause anxiety. Allstate is very good in claims for auto and home owners. We had excellent response, they pay right away!

dmorse68
07-17-2020, 02:12 AM
Hereís the breakdown of my coverages. I do not own a home or rent an apartment.
Full coverage on my truck which also extends liability coverage to my fifth wheel when Iím towing. $1048 a year.
Full timers policy on my DRV which covers liability when parked (in case Lil Billy from the next campsite runs under my fifth wheel and splits his head open on my kingpin for example). It also covers comprehensive (fire, theft etc.) collision (hitting something, tree falling on it, etc.) emergency living expense (just like homeowners) and replacement of personal effects (clothes, linens, dishes, etc. $1504 a year.
Plus an umbrella policy. Couple hundred bucks, donít remember exactly.
I get it all from the same company which should simplify things if I have to file a claim which I hope I never do.
I want in on that action. Love the idea of having it all under one company. Can I ask which company it is?

OneReallyOldGuy
07-17-2020, 09:23 AM
I want in on that action. Love the idea of having it all under one company. Can I ask which company it is?

Progressive

GTM
07-17-2020, 03:09 PM
Came across this You Tube video. Makes you rethink what does your coverage actually cover?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGHsCPHPrHg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGHsCPHPrHg)

Bjlakatos
07-18-2020, 12:48 PM
My State Farm coverage is similar to OneReallyOldGuy.

While towing:
Trailer liability: Comes from Truck's policy
Trailer Comp/collision: Comes from RV policy

While not towing:
Trailer Liability: comes from either Home policy or personal umbrella
Trailer Comp/collision: comes from RV Policy

My RV policy specifically states there is NO LIABILITY coverage.

That said, my agent did warn me of this--since the liability is covered by the tow vehicle, be sure you know the limits of any vehicle who could potentially tow your trailer (ie,your kids, your friends in case you let them use your trailer, etc, your buddies who tow your rig in an emergency). He suggested a towing service is the best bet if you can't tow it yourself.

Bjlakatos
07-19-2020, 11:06 AM
After reading my policy, I wanted to mention there is virtually no coverage if you rent your trailer to someone.

Goose_NC
09-23-2020, 02:19 PM
Thanks...I just spent 2 hours reading documents. I will also call to verify, but I believe I have Comprehensive coverage on my RV, and contents coverage. I will need to ask my USAA about coverage when rolling down the road. I may have dual coverage.