Full Timer Insurance

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  1. Jim

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    As far as I am aware, comprehensive insurance for full timers is impossible to find. If you have negotiated insurance as a full timer and are insured as such, or, you are a company that offers same; please let us know here. Thanks:Smile:
     
  2. Papa Smurf

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    Last yearCOMFORT quoted me for insurance with "no postcode" loading.

    But it was bloody expensive - over £2700 for the year.
     
  3. MicknPat

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    Jim,

    I believe there are a lot of full timers out there who would love to purchase a 100% full timing premium, without telling any 'white lies'. :Wink:

    I would just love to hear why it isn't possible for motor homers whilst it is for narrow boaters :Eeek:

    Papa Smurf. Did you ask them the question at Comfort WHY the charge is so great, surely you are no greater risk and as long as you have paid or or regularly paying your premium again WHY?

    Mick
     
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    I think it's because people have been living on narrow boats for over a hundred years, it's an accepted life style, on the other hand, full time motorhoming is a fairly recent phenomena.. once it has been 'accepted' as an alternative to bricks and mortar the insurance companies may be more accommodating.. but I wouldn't hold my breath.

    There was an insurance broker on one of the sites, might have been Facts, who was going to investigate and hopefully offer a policy, but I never did see the outcome.. if indeed there was one.

    Jim
     
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    The reason I was given was that they use postcodes to determine the relative "security" of where the vehicle will be (most of the time). For example, giving a particular Nortampton address would have lowered the premium by £1300 or so). Having no postcode loading means that the vehicle as treated as being in a high crime area all the time.

    Papa
     
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    Noticed on another thread today 'grey nomads' that member 'apxc15' is insured for full time motorhoming with Comfort. We wonder how much the premium is??

    Nigel and Pamala
     
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    .....which is an absolute farce!:Eeek:
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    My RV was down as stored on the drive (postcode given was Mum in Laws addy). After a couple of years, wifey and I got nervous on this one in case of a claim being thoroughly investigated.
    So, I rang my insurers and said, "we want to build an extension on the house but the RV is in the way. How will it affect my EXISTING policy if I store it at my mates farm in the middle of no-where, Cheshire."?
    Anwer = There'll be no difference at all because your policy is based on your HOME postcode, NOT where the 'van is stored!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh right, so if I live in the outer Hebridese and store the van in the middle of Beruit, the be no bl**dy difference then?!!!!!!!!
    Farce, absolute FARCE and the quicker there is a government inquiry into the running of insurance companies, the better /fairer the system will become!:Angry:

    Rnat over, sorry guys!:Blush:
     
  8. Jan Pendreigh

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    I can't see why fulltimers have such problems, after all a unit must be less nickable if you live in it 24/7 rather than being parked on your drive/stored when you are at work and obviously not guarding it?

    Perhaps this thread ought to be continued on the private fulltimers????
    Jan
     
  9. Jim

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    A member called Comfort Insurance has read this thread and not yet commented here. If this member does represent Comfort, why have they not cleared this up, either they offer proper FullTimers insurance (no home or permanent post code) or they don't.

    I can't think why they would remain stum
     
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    You'd think though, bearing in mind that motorhomes are generally parked away from high crime areas like major cities, and on secure sites, that they would do the opposite and class it as being in a low crime area all the time?
    i know that wouldn't include wild camping, but again, who wild camps in a high crime area?

    then again the robbing insurance companies wouldn't make the same obscene profits then would they?! and they wonder why people try to rip them off!
     
  11. pappajohn

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    just wondering how the pike......travellers do it.

    i know their trucks are on showmans insurance but what about their living vans/rv's

    edit......i mean fairground ride owners not travellers :Doh:
     
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    I moved from a "good" area to a not quite as "good" area ,when my renewal came they had the address of my home as the place where the motorhome was stored and quoted accordingly. When I told them that the mh was stored on a storage site near where we previosly lived they dropped the premium by £50! So if Iwere you I'd get back on to your insurace co and recheck. By the way we are with NFU.
    Regards, Dave:thumb:
     
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    i told my insurance company that the 'van would be parked in a secure compound with CCTV and they charged me an extra £22 for 2 months as they said insurers prefered the 'van to be where it can be seen all the time i.e. on the drive. I said it was more secure in the compound than on the drive. Ah they said, thats what other owners have said.
     
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    I had a tiff with my insurers 5 yrs ago when I moved post code. The old one was OK but the new one was a "High Risk" Funny that! :Doh::Doh: It was in a military barracks with armed guards on the gate and I needed a vehicle pass to get in and out. Didn't wash with them tho and I had to pay a higher primium.Yes, the industry needs to be looked into before it ends up like the banks>:Eeek:
     
  15. MicknPat

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    Jim,

    Someone calling themselves Comfort appears to have joined several RV / motorhome forums and promised to address this matter then they have never posted since.:Sad:

    Mick
     
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    The whole insurance set up is crazy. One insurer that I rang said "Before we start the minimum premium is £800.00".

    I'm sure they make it all up as they go along. They carry very little risk for enormous profit.

    Jim :Angry:
     
  17. PeterAndPatCue

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    Full-timing or not Full-timing

    I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Peter Cue and am the Managing Director of Comfort Insurance and I own, and have owned for 20+ years, a motor caravan. I feel I would like to respond to your queries.

    What do we mean by the euphamism “full-timing”?
    12 to 18 months ago I embarked on looking at the question of taking on this business because there was no justified reason why we shouldn’t. Since then we have sent out and also posted to our web site our Newsletter in relation to this subject, which was not sent out to mislead any motor caravanner. On the contrary we have had a very interesting response and I will share with you four cases which have come to light. The first is where the client is renting out his property and intends to travel extensively in Europe in his motor home over the next 12 months. The second is a client who parked his motor home on private land and used it as a park home and not using the vehicle for any road use whatsoever. The third client uses his motor home to work, parks the vehicle on a derelict site and the vehicle is used as a site office whilst on duty as a Security Guard and as a home when off duty and occasionally takes the vehicle off for holiday purposes. The fourth client has property in Europe where he lives extensively most of the time and parks his vehicle on a permanent basis at the European address and uses an accommodation address in the UK.

    All of these think they are “full timing” which gives us a dilemma as you will appreciate that each falls under its own Underwriting criteria. This being taken into consideration I am of the opinion we will be dropping the term full timing as we feel it is a misleading term to the general public. It is our aim to treat the client fairly at all times and taking this into consideration we will be underwriting each risk on its own individual merits and consequently there will be some risks we will be unable to ‘provide’ and others which we will. Each individual quote will be tailored to the clients needs according to the information.

    I have carried out some extensive market research on this matter over the recent months and one disturbing factor which has come to light is that there seems to be camp site gossip that you can give any address so long as the post arrives and you answer it because the Insurers will be quite happy. This is not the case. I sit on the Forum of Citarg which is the Caravan Insurers Theft and Accident Research Group and speaking to my colleagues I know for a fact that repudiation of claims and cancellation of policies due to non disclosure seems to be a worry aspect.

    It may be very easy to obtain a piece of paper stating that you are insured but that does not necessarily mean that that person will be paid out if they have not been totally honest and upfront full disclosure and we must be perfectly honest and say that this is becoming a very worrying situation. Hence the reason that we have be putting the necessary procedures in place to avoid any unnecessary problems in the event of a claim.



    I hope you have found the above information useful and please do not hesitate to contact me by E-Mail , should you wish to do so.

    Peter Cue
     
  18. Geo

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    Welcome to the Fun Forum and thamk you for youe slant on Fulltiming it makes interesting reading
    I have a rather simplisic idea
    Run it like Motor Trade insurance
    I tell you I drive a Mini
    you charge me for Rolls Royce
    Bingo full time insurance:thumb::Rofl1:
    Geo
     
  19. moandick

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    Thank you for that response, Peter - but I really do feel that you have not in any way helped us with the dilemna of which address we can use and which address we cannot.

    You say you do not like the term 'full-timers' - OK I accept that but what else do we (retired people) call ourselves when we live eat, sleep, drink and travel full time in our RV.

    We obviously have no 'home' address - we cannot truthfully state that we live with our children nor are we allowed to use a Post Office Box address.

    So other than bending the truth - what address can we quote?
     
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    Thanks for your posting Comfort.

    Whilst you are here, do you have any comment to make on the legality of towing
    with an A frame and how Insurance companies deal with any claims involving the
    use of A frames in the UK and Europe ?

    Thanks
     
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