Storms cause 88% increase in motorhome insurance claims
The recent heavy rain, flooding and gale force winds that have devastated much of the UK have resulted in an 88% increase in motorhome insurance claims, according to Comfort Insurance.Storm damage has caused a surge in insurance claims, especially in relation to motorhomes damaged by flood water. Falling trees and damage being casued from other objects that have been dislodged by the strong winds have also been an issue for motorhomers.
Ben Cue, Head of Operations at Comfort Insurance, says: “With the immense storms that are hitting us we urge people to avoid travelling in their motorhomes or campervans altogether – not just to avoid damage to the motorhome, but to ensure the safety of people travelling.”
Ben recommends keeping the vehicle in secure storage. He explains: “Insurers are keen to know that owners are taking sensible precautions with the storm, although we do know this isn’t always possible with the unpredictable weather.”
This is advice mirrored by Craig Thompson, Associate Director of Caravan Guard. He said: “It’s difficult to prevent storm damage if you’re out on the road when the incident occurs.
If the motorhome is in storage when bad weather strikes, the best thing to do is check it regularly to ensure any damage is detected and that the damage doesn’t get worse over time.
“Until permanent repairs can be made, take temporary measures to protect the motohome.”
“If it’s a home location that is particularly exposed to storm you could always investigate secure storage facilities nearby and see if those are less exposed to the elements.”
The April issue of MMM magazine, which goes on sale on March 6, carries the full story on the recent damage to motorhomes and the resulting insurance claims. It also features advice to motorhomers on what to do to help protect their motorhomes. You can order your copy here.
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