Insurance Coverage When Renting Out Your Camper Van

If you are thinking about renting out your RV or camper van, you’ll want to fully understand how insurance coverage works on any of the peer-to-peer platforms you might be considering using. What happens if your vehicle is involved in an accident? What if there is a minor fender bender?

When you rent out your camper van on GoCamp, your vehicle is covered by our custom insurance. And while insurance isn’t the most riveting of topics, it’s an important one.

Van owners usually ask us two primary questions before renting out their vans on the GoCamp website. The first is “How much money can I make?” The second is “What happens if something goes wrong? Am I covered?”

Yes, you are covered. Here we share an overview of the things you’ll want to consider regarding insurance coverage before renting out your RV or camper van on any of the various peer-to-peer rental platforms.

Insurance Overview

When you use your own RV, you’re covered by your personal insurance policy. When your RV is rented, it will be covered by the applicable coverage provided by the platform you’re using such as GoCamp, Outdoorsy, or RVshare.

Know your policy

By renting your RV you may inadvertently be violating the terms of your personal policy. Don’t do that. Check with your personal provider before renting out your RV. If you determine rentals are prohibited by your personal provider, we recommend you find one that does allow it. Protect your rig, protect yourself.

Insurance Provider Options

The list of insurance providers that allow rentals on what are otherwise personal RVs varies by state and changes frequently. As of right now, Safeco and National General are two good options and are available almost nationwide. And our partners at Outdoorsy have a personal insurance product called Roamly.

Not sure what’s best? At GoCamp we work with an independent broker who can help find us other options for personal policies. If you’re feeling stuck on the subject of insurance and need a tow in the right direction, please reach out. We’d be happy to help! Just send an email to owners@gocamprentals.com.

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Commercial Coverage

If the RV you rent out is a commercial vehicle, meaning it’s owned by a corporate entity (LLC, S Corp, etc.) and not an individual, you might explore MBA Insurance as a potential insurance partner, both for your vehicle when it isn’t rented and as an option during rentals (if you aren’t using the rental insurance provided by a peer-to-peer platform).

Commercial policies from MBA are pretty straightforward. You’d get coverage for the times when you or any employees are driving the vehicles, and ‘garage keepers’ coverage while the units are stored at your facility. Roamly is another good option that also offers coverage for commercially-owned vehicles.

Sample Peer-to-Peer Coverage

Renters who book peer-to-peer RV rentals usually purchase insurance provided by the platform through which they made the reservation. Coverage limits vary depending on several factors, such as the value and type of the RV. For example, coverage of Class B RVs listed on GoCamp include:

  • $1 million in liability for the renter.
  • $1 million in liability for the van owner.
  • $1 million in uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
  • Varying levels of personal injury protection, also known as no-fault coverage, as warranted by applicable state law.
  • Comprehensive and collision damage up to the actual cash value (ACV) of the vehicle or $200,000, whichever is less. Comprehensive coverage is typically for things like fire, theft, and vandalism. Collision coverage is for actual accidents or physical damage to the vehicle.
  • Portable protection. Once an RV is in the GoCamp program, GoCamp’s coverage can be applied to rentals regardless of the booking platform.
  • Loss of use coverage up to $3,500. GoCamp is the only peer-to-peer platform to guarantee loss of use coverage.

Loss of Use Coverage

That last bullet point above is worth its own paragraph! If your rental calendar is full of reservations, and something happens to your RV during one of them, you might find yourself in the position of needing to cancel subsequent reservations. This can have serious financial implications.

GoCamp is the only peer-to-peer platform to guarantee loss of use coverage in the event you need to cancel reservations on the books.

Risky Riders

Sometimes renters will ask if they can add a rider to their own policy, instead of using the insurance provided by the platform where they made their reservation. We don’t recommend this. While the coverage provided may be adequate, in our view, insurance riders add an unnecessary level of complexity and administrative burden. In the unlikely scenario that there’s a need to file an insurance claim, you’re going to want to have full confidence that you won’t be wasting time and spinning wheels. Filing an insurance claim on a policy provided by GoCamp or Outdoorsy is straightforward and well-tested. Individual riders, not so much.

Roadside Assistance

Those two words mean so much. They bring peace of mind to you, and to the renters who you entrusted with your RV. As is the case with insurance coverage, 24-hour roadside assistance is usually available through peer-to-peer rental platforms. The two big providers are Coach-Net (offered through GoCamp and Outdoorsy) and Nation Safe Drivers (offered through RVshare).

Roadside ruh-rohs like a flat tire are far more common than bigger boo-boos that require an insurance claim. For roadside assistance we think it is ok to let renters use their own. Roadside assistance, after all, follows the policy holder and is not attached to any specific vehicle. Renters should review their own roadside assistance plans to be sure RVs are covered and to check what’s included for free tows. Standard plans often only include free towing within five miles, and if your renter is going to be cruising the wide-open roads of far, far away relying on their personal roadside assistance policy, they may want to upgrade.

Proper Preventative Maintenance

Properly maintaining your rental rig is another kind of insurance! For preventing roadside issues, nothing beats preventative maintenance. Be sure to stay on top of tire rotations, brake checks and the like. Many insurance providers require 90-day inspections as a condition of their coverage.

Consider setting aside a certain percentage of income from every rental for a maintenance. Apply a maintenance mindset to the inside of your rig as well. Lots of camping trips means lots of bouncing down gravel roads. Tighten down interior screws and nuts on a regular basis, or apply WD40 to springs and small brackets that are used often, and you’ll avoid having to do tedious repair jobs during the busy summer season.

GET ON THE ROAD TO RENTAL SUCCESS

Ready for the insurance quiz? Just kidding! There isn’t one! We just thought you might like to enjoy a sense of relief on the heels of a temporary panic about the idea of a pop quiz. Now take that sense of relief and multiply it by a lot and you’ll get an idea about the peace of mind that comes from making sure you’ve done your homework when it comes to insurance and roadside assistance.

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