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Motorhome Insurance

Whatever you drive, and for whatever reason, we’re here to help you find our best motorhome insurance quote.

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The Motorhome Insurance Specialists

Motorhome Insurance

Get on the road to our best motorhome insurance quote!

As an independent and specialist broker, we can expertly compare motorhome insurance quotes for you.*

Our panel of leading UK insurers offers a choice of motorhome cover for driving both at home and abroad. This can include up to 270 days of European touring ‘Green card’ protection.

Through them we can arrange insurance for standard, self-build and converted motorhomes, including older and classic models.

Our team will also be pleased to offer campervan insurance quotes and cover for American RVs.

Discounts

We may also able to offer discounts on your motorhome insurance quote if you are a member of The Caravan Club or a recognised owners’ club.

It may also be possible to reduce your premium if you have passed an advanced driving qualification.**

Our advisors can arrange policies which feature a range of benefits.

These include insurance for motorhome accessories and spare parts such as awnings, generators and satellite TV systems.

  • Agreed value for classic and historic vehicles.
  • Fixtures, fittings and accessories – awnings, generators, satellite TV systems, personal effects.
  • New for old motorhome insurance ***
  • Gas explosion and fire (when supply fitted in accordance with Gas Safety (Installation and Use) regulations).

Our motorhome insurance specialists are on hand not just to find you the right policy at the right price. They’ll also be on hand to offer support should you need to make a claim, add a vehicle or amend your motorhome insurance cover.

Multi-vehicle insurance

We also arrange Multi-vehicle insurance which could help you save when you cover any combination of motorhome, campervan, car or motorcycle.****

Got a question?

Check out our guide below and see our Motorhome Insurance FAQs page.


* Please ask for details of the panel of insurers we use to compare motorhome insurance quotes. ** Converted and self-build campervan insurance available when vehicle registered with the DVLA as a motorhome. *** New motorhome replacement for vehicles within 12 months of registration when a total loss or stolen and not recovered. ****  The cost per vehicle can be lower when taking out a multi vehicle insurance policy than when insuring vehicles separately.

Underwriting limits, conditions, discounts and exclusions vary between motorhome insurers on our panel.

Up to 10% owners club membership discounts.
Save with limited mileage policies.*
Insurance for motorhomes, campervans, micro-campervans and American RVs
Conversions and self-build campervan insurance** – including cover for motorhomes under construction.
Free agreed value assessment.**
Minimum 30 days European cover as standard.
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MOTORHOME INSURANCE QUOTES: A GUIDE TO GETTING THE RIGHT DEAL

There are a few things you should consider when you compare motorhome insurance quotes.

For a start, different insurers treat different vehicle types – you guessed it – differently!

For example, some insurers differentiate between motorhomes and American RVs (recreational vehicles). Some will cover van conversions, others only factory-built campervans. This is why it can be helpful to use the services of a specialist broker with access to a range of policies offered though a panel of insurers.

Where you keep your vehicle, how you secure it, how you use it and who’s going to drive it can all have a bearing on motorhome insurance cost.

So let’s take a look at what’s what and the things you might want to think about when searching for the best motorhome or campervan insurance quote.

Which vehicle types are covered by motorhome insurance?

There are two main categories, motorhome and campervan.

In broad brush strokes, a motorhome will have a living compartment which is separate to the driving cab. Motorhomes are also usually built upon a bus or truck chassis.

In contrast, with campervans, the cab and the living quarters are all one unit.

But there are further distinctions which could be important in the search for your best motorhome insurance quote.

• Coachbuilt motorhomes – generously sized, well-specified and typically features an overcab sleeping area.
• Low-profile coachbuilt motorhomes – without overcab sleeping quarters these tend not be as tall as standard coachbuilt motorhomes.
• Micro motorhomes – as the name suggests these are compact motorhomes, typically based around a small van or MPV chassis.
• A class motorhomes – Generously spaced, highly specified touring vehicles with integrated bodywork.
 American RVs – RV for recreational vehicle, American for the styling and name. Pretty much the gold standard in terms of size and specs. These can be big beasts and require a category C large vehicle driving licence.
• Standard campervans – Self-contained, compact and easy to drive, standard campervans come with factory-fitted fixtures.
• Campervan conversions – Vehicles which have been converted professionally or through a self or DIY build. These will need to be registered as a motorhome with the DVLA to qualify for campervan insurance. Some insurers only provide policies for factory-built standard campervans. However, Principal is able to arrange insurance for van conversions.
• Historic and classic campervans and motorhomes – Whilst insurers’ definitions vary, vehicles aged 15 years or more may qualify for classic or historic vehicle insurance. Premiums tend to be lower and policies often include specific benefits such as agreed value and salvage retention rights.

The licence you need to drive a motorhome will depend upon the type of vehicle and, if you plan to tow, your age. For more details see the DVLA guide published here.

Motorhome cover options

Third Party Only van insurance (TPO)
TPO insurance will not cover the cost of repairing or replacing your motorhome or campervan following an accident.

It will cover only any third parties and other vehicles that were involved. TPO insurance will also not cover damage to or loss of your motorhome should it be stolen or involved in a fire.

Third Party Fire & Theft van insurance
As the name suggests, TPFT insurance offers third party cover plus protection to cover repairing or replacing your van if it is stolen or fire damaged.

Comprehensive van insurance
Comprehensive insurance will cover the cost of repairing or replacing your motorhome or campervan and those of third parties if you have a fault accident (one for which you are to blame). In addition comprehensive motorhome insurance will cover your van if it is damaged in accident caused by a third party whom you cannot identify. One such scenario might be if it is damaged whilst parked and the third party leaves without giving their details.

What is the best motorhome insurance?

There is no simple answer to this question.

There are a number of different motorhome and campervan insurance policies on the market. Which is best for you will depend upon various factors.

These will include the level of cover you are looking for as well as how you plan to use and store your vehicle.

Foreign use
For example, if you’ve really been bitten by the travel bug, be careful to check for any limits on your cover. These can vary considerably from 30 up to 365 days on an annual policy.

Also check territorial limits so that you’re certain the country or countries you intend to visit are covered.

The European ‘Green Card’ will only ensure that you satisfy the minimum legal requirements of the 48 nations signed up to the scheme (you can see a full list of participating countries here). This can mean you’re not covered for fire or theft under the scheme. The Green Card is usually valid for up to 30 days.

You can read more here about what you need know and do when driving in Europe.

Obvious, but watch out for local laws too. In Turkey, if you’re towing, the legal alcohol limit is precisely zero. Breaching the law can invalidate your insurance.

Motorhome contents insurance
Keep an eye out too for limits and exclusions on contents cover – . You may need take out optional additional insurance to cover any non-fixed pieces of kit such as satellite TVs, generators, awnings and navigation equipment.

You should also check if your home insurance provides any contents cover and the limits which apply. It’s also important to remember that if you are planning to go away for 31 days or more, this could invalidate your home insurance itself. Check your policy, but if you are still unsure speak with your broker or insurer.

New-for-old motorhome insurance
Many policies offer new-for-old cover. This means you will receive the agreed market value if your motorhome is written off or stolen and not recovered. However, age limits will apply, with new-for-old typically limited to vehicles up to 12 months old.

Gas and explosion cover
This may be included within or offered as an optional extra with your motorhome policy. If you’re going to be carrying gas cylinders, it’s definitely worth checking out. Gas fittings will need satisfy the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) regulations.

Trailer cover
Trailers may not be covered as standard. The same is true of any bikes you carry on a rack. Check you’re covered before you buy.

Motorhome breakdown cover
Again this may be offered as an optional extra and cover may vary. Check that a policy includes cover for motorhomes and caravans and, therefore, has the capability to tow your vehicle should it not be possible to repair by the roadside.

Vandalism cover
Deliberate damage can be costly to fix. Enough said.

Named drivers
The nature of the beast means you can put in some miles touring with your motorhome. You might, then, want to share driving responsibilities in which case you should arrange for a travelling partner to be a named driver on your policy.

You might also want to consider adding emergency any named driver cover in case you are incapacitated and unable to drive your motorhome.

How can I get a cheaper motorhome insurance quote?

There are certain things you can do to cut the cost of your motorhome or campervan insurance.

Limited mileage
Insurers often offer low mileage discounts. It’s important to be realistic and honest about the miles you intend to put on.

Motorhome security
Fitting additional, insurance-approved security can win favours. Here we’re talking about things like after-market alarms, immobilisers and trackers.

Insurers are not fond of on-street parking, for obvious reasons. If you can garage or store your motorhome in a secure facility this could reduce your quote.

Reversing cameras and sensors
Some insurers acknowledge with a discount the bumps, scrapes and accidents that reversing cameras and sensors can help prevent.

Owners club discounts
Membership of a recognised owners club can earn you a discount. Simple as that.

Voluntary excess
Some insurers will reduce your motorhome or campervan insurance quote in return for you agreeing to pay a higher excess. The excess is the sum you will pay towards the cost of settling any claim you make on your policy.

Drive a classic campervan
If you own an historic or classic campervan then it’s likely you’ll pay less than for modern motorhome insurance. Definitions of what is a classic or historic vehicle vary between insurers.

Compare motorhome insurance
To get the right cover at the right price, it’s important to compare motorhome insurance quotes, ensuring like-for-like comparisons when it comes down to the £££s.

A specialist broker – like Principal – which is authorised to offer advice by the Financial Conduct Authority can help. Market knowledge and access to specialist policies allows them to compare quotes offered by insurers on a selected panel on your behalf.


* Please ask for details of the panel of insurers we use to compare motorhome insurance quotes. ** Converted and self-build campervan insurance available when vehicle registered with the DVLA as a motorhome. *** New motorhome replacement for vehicles within 12 months of registration when a total loss or stolen and not recovered. ****  The cost per vehicle can be lower when taking out a multi vehicle insurance policy  than when insuring vehicles separately 

Underwriting limits, conditions, discounts and exclusions vary between motorhome insurers on our panel.

WE PREFER TO TALK

WHY CHOOSE PRINCIPAL INSURANCE?

Because we put our policyholders first, we now serve around 40,000 motorcyclists, motorists, classic car enthusiasts, van drivers, couriers, motorhome owners, homeowners and motor trade professionals nationally.

Whilst we embrace the latest quote and administration technologies, you might say we’re a bit old school.

That’s because we’d prefer to talk to you in order to get the best possible understanding of your needs. That then means we are properly equipped to seek out the best deal for you from our extensive panel of leading UK insurers.*

What’s more we are able to give motorbike insurance, car, van, motorhome, multi-vehicle, home and commercial insurance quotes.

Our impressive growth has been achieved not through multi-million pound marketing campaigns but by delivering old fashioned service.

That can mean finding you the lowest possible insurance quote from our panel of insurers or, if you need make a claim, ensuring that you have access to specialist assistance so that the process is as prompt and painless as possible.

We’re a company with personality, one that instead of demanding staff always follow stringent call scripts and call length targets, encourages them to chat so they can provide you with the highest quality of service.


An independent broker, we source the best quotes from the UK’s leading specialist insurers.
With no call length targets, our experts take the time to find you the best deal.
We’re here to help – with dedicated claims and customer service support.
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US

Excellent, in every aspect , Effortless, swift and competitive insurance obtained for my campervan. Super service received by Ashley whom dealt with my call, so refreshing to deal with an agent with great communication skills. He was extremely polite , genuine and patient. A real credit to your company . Highly recommended.
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October 23, 2023
Very strait forward and no hidden costs at the end of the purchase. If they don’t increase their price for next year, I’ll use them again.
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October 14, 2023
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October 19, 2023
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October 13, 2023
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