For caravan owners, there is often little cause for celebration when
their trusty trailer reaches the landmark age of 21. Because while it may
well be in perfect working order, and more than up to that road trip to
Devon, insuring an older caravan can be a frustrating process.
specialist broker Adrian Flux [http://www.adrianflux.co.uk ], says it is
“As long as the caravan has an identification number – and you can
register no matter how old your van is – then age is not an issue for us,”
“You’ll find that many online quote systems won’t even let you get past
the first couple of questions if your caravan is more than 20 years old.
“But we’ve always prided ourselves on being able to obtain insurance for
virtually any road-legal car or motorcycle, so why not provide cover for
those caravan owners who are having a hard time elsewhere?”
She said identification could be an issue for insurers on caravans
manufactured before 1992, when the Caravan Registration and Identification
Scheme (CRiS) began but older caravans can be registered under the scheme.
“Identification is the main issue for insurers in terms of proof of
ownership and recovery of the caravan if it is stolen,” added Julie.
“But there is no other reason not to insure the older vans.”
One of the biggest risks for caravan insurers is theft from driveways,
with about 2,000 touring caravans stolen in the UK each year. Julie
suggested six ways of protecting your investment and, in some cases,
– Fit a tracking device
– Install lockable posts at the end of your driveway
– Fit a mule safety lock or a wheel clamp
– Fit a good quality alarm
– Buy a data tag kit
– Install security lighting on your driveway
The new Adrian Flux policy, underwritten by Novae, provides contents
cover on a new for old basis, includes weather damage to awnings, and
provides up to five years’ no claims bonus.