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Posted: 06/20/21 07:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your camper is in a grey area. No valid VIN, so it's kinda viewed by most insurance companies as a "camper shell" or accessory. A camper shell (and accessories) is/are covered by the TV's insurance up to a set limit specified in the policy---as long as it is attached to your TV. If your truck camper is at or under that limit then you should be good. If it's higher, then IMO your only option is to establish a new, valid VIN (following procedures defined by your state of residence) and insure it through Progressive, GEICO, etc.

I believe you just rebuilt your camper. In your mind you have an idea what your camper is worth after this rebuild. I think it would be prudent to make sure whatever insurance company you insure it with concurs with what you think it's worth.

Lastly, I'd take any advice an insurance agent offers to you with a grain of salt. As boring and frustrating as it is, your best recourse is to read your insurance policy. Generally speaking, unless a policy specifically excludes coverage for a given situation, the odds are somewhat in your favor that you're covered.

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Lastly, I'd take any advice an insurance agent offers to you with a grain of salt.


I guess I'm pretty fortunate. My agent has been one of my closest friends for years.

She also owns an RV and OHVs and knows what a truck camper is.

I have separate policies on my camper, ATV and my ATV trailer.


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specta wrote:

otrfun wrote:


Lastly, I'd take any advice an insurance agent offers to you with a grain of salt.


I guess I'm pretty fortunate. My agent has been one of my closest friends for years.

She also owns an RV and OHVs and knows what a truck camper is.

I have separate policies on my camper, ATV and my ATV trailer.


Yes, fortunate. Some agents understand Truck Campers, and some do not.
As we know, coverage definitions are different for RV's and for TC's. So, it's best to educate your agent if s/he needs it. And get it in writing if there are any inconsistencies in that definition. Take a photo of your TC with date and label it Truck Camper, have agent sign and date it, especially if it's new and worth big bucks. Some new I'm seeing up in the $50K range - definitely needs clarification in the policy if it's not already in it.


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BurbMan wrote:

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I believe what you are calling a serial number can equally be called a VIN.


Except that VINs were standardized to 17 characters back in the mid 70's, and insurance comnpany systems won't accept anything else....it's like a 9-digit phone number, they keep telling you it's wrong.


Well, not really. I have vehicles with 6, 10 and 12 characters...and the oldest is 1985, the newest with odd duck numbers are 2002 and 2006's. Not a given, TC or not.


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There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies.


Suggestions welcome!


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brholt wrote:

BurbMan wrote:

brholt wrote:

There are insurance companies that know exactly what a truck camper is and will write a separate policy. Fine one of those companies.


Suggestions welcome!


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Thanks, I was planning on adding insurance on the Amerigo once it was done since its a full restoration vs just a straight out of the box and used unit like Mr. KIT was before her.


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The camper when off the truck is usually covered by homeowner's insurance. On the truck it should be covered by the auto insurance. I have had no problems with State Farm for insuring the camper with our homeowners and our auto insurance policies.

Not unusual for companies to offer low rates and then cover themselves by reducing the coverage or increasing the deductible or other aspect.

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wintersun wrote:

... On the truck it should be covered by the auto insurance. ...


I was assuming that for long years, including TT, but lately Geico send me renewal policy and that is what I read.
Geico wrote:

Trailer means a trailer designed for use with a private passenger auto and not used as a home, residence, office,
store, display or passenger trailer. Trailer does not mean a trailer with built in sleeping facility designed for
recreational or camping use


When cargo (as TC) is not spelled on my policy (at least I did not find it) I am afraid it might fall under the same restrictions.





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wintersun wrote:

The camper when off the truck is usually covered by homeowner's insurance. On the truck it should be covered by the auto insurance. I have had no problems with State Farm for insuring the camper with our homeowners and our auto insurance policies.

Not unusual for companies to offer low rates and then cover themselves by reducing the coverage or increasing the deductible or other aspect.


Anything that can be insured on its own is NOT covered under homeowners. check with your agent to be sure. Examples are ATV, Dirt bikes, golf carts etc. If someone breaks into your garage and takes your ATV and lawn tractor your Homeowners is only going to cover your lawn tractor.
Same with Auto insurance. if someone steals an ATV out of the bed, or off a trailer that is connected to your truck, its not covered by your truck insurance because an ATV can be insured by itself.
Check with your agent.


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I know most here will not remove there TC when camping. But we 95% of the time set the TC off the truck. As we used the truck to put the boat in. I had insurance on the TC for that reason. As I was told when it was off the truck. It was not covered? Also had 3 camp grounds years ago. I had to show proof of insurance to take it off the truck.
Those camp grounds had issues with someone dropping a TC and never returning for it. One was still sitting on the back site. Caught fire inside and they just left without taking the camper. Being the TC had no tag and the Vin tag was ripped off. It was now the campgrounds issue. Sad that someone would do that.


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