Motorhome Breakdown & Recovery in Europe

What cover do you have when abroad?

  • Full breakdown with recovery to a local garage

    Votes: 5 4.3%
  • Full breakdown with recovery to a local garage and or recovered back to UK

    Votes: 108 93.1%
  • Breakdown assistance only

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Never bother with breakdown or repatriation insurance

    Votes: 2 1.7%

  • Total voters
    116

Jim

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Sutton on Sea
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When you travel in Europe do you bother with breakdown cover?
 
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Bertie Bassett

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Always.............only used it once, in Germany. Saved a small fortune.(y)
 

Snowbird

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Covered for just about every eventuality. UK and Europe. A blocked fuel filter once cost me plenty in France, once bitten, twice shy.
 

calion

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Have not ventured abroad in van yet, but I think I would take out breakdown cover for the peace of mind, especially as the van is rather old.
 

scousebird

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Yes. Alan once took our son & his friend to the Cote Sauvage for a week surfing etc. Our Mitsubishi Pajero blew up just North of Paris on the first day. He rung Red Pennant (Caravan Club) and they took over - car recovered and caravan towed to a local site, car transported to the garage we bought it from and a 4x4 delivered to Alan the following day for him to carry on. Brilliant service. Who knows what it would have cost us to get the car & caravan back without insurance.
 

s20hymer

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Wiltshire
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2005
Got insurance & breakdown with Saga, Hymer broke down between Valencia & Zaragosa on a Saturday lunchtime, phoned Saga & within the hour a breakdown vehicle arrived to take us back to repair garage. We had choice of having repair in Spain or return to Uk, lucky we had toad with us so opted for return to Uk with Hymer following later. Absolutely essential to have breakdown insurance, you never know when it is needed especially if driving abroad.
 

JJ

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Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
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over 40 years
I had a total breakdown outside Salamanca on my way to Portugal

Main bearings collapsed.

No breakdown cover.

It cost €450 to get the van taken to where I needed it.

Had been doing the trip for many years.

I reckon I am well ahead.

Actually I have just remembered that my current Portuguese insurance cover (€245 fully comp) for the Hymer includes Europe wide breakdown cover...

JJ :cool:
 

Bailey58

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I thought I had but it made me read the small print. RAC Gold Plus with Aviva through AIB and Victor Millwell. Included in the £309 we paid this year, would be rude not to. (y)
 

matamoros

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Europe
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ADAC plus for me, only one I could find with 365 day cover without trip limit.
 

scotjimland

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When full time I only had road side assistance.. they way I figured.. home was the nearest site.. so no point in repatriation.

Before and since I have always had the full cover.. back to base if required.
 

davidbaldam

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Market Harborough
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2012
Tried ADAC but had nothing but trouble trying to join so in the end changed the van's insurance to Comfort with full European recovery at a every good price. (y)
 

mikebeaches

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Another with Comfort insurance, including full European breakdown (provided through RAC Commercial, I believe).

Mike
 

Carol

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Got insurance & breakdown with Saga, Hymer broke down between Valencia & Zaragosa on a Saturday lunchtime, phoned Saga & within the hour a breakdown vehicle arrived to take us back to repair garage. We had choice of having repair in Spain or return to Uk, lucky we had toad with us so opted for return to Uk with Hymer following later. Absolutely essential to have breakdown insurance, you never know when it is needed especially if driving abroad.
We listened to your good experience, when chatting at Stratford that you had with Saga, and this year after 9 years with Comfort changed to Saga, very little difference in cost £325 but extra cover with Saga.
 

bobandjanie

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Javea, Alicante, Spain
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We got fed up with Saga this year after 7 years, can't fault the policy and breakdown cover, its the way they keep putting the price up, and then you phone and they come back down to earth. :eek:
So now with Safeguard, the policy / breakdown and the cost looked good, so we went for it.(y)
After many years with trucks and no breakdown cover, and being held to ransom like a maiden in distress, :whistle:
Its a no brained ...........breakdown cover for under £100.(y). Bob.
 
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