Insuring campervans and motorhomes – your how to guide

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Thinking about purchasing a campervan or motorhome this summer? Admiral gives you the low-down

If you like the idea of just packing up and taking off your next holiday, road trip or summer festival, check out our guide to find the right vehicle for you and how best to insure it.

What’s the difference between campervans and motorhomes?

Broadly speaking, a campervan is considered to be a self-contained travelling home, generally with no divide between the cab and the living quarters. A motorhome tends to feature an interior divide, and is built on a truck or bus chassis.

Additionally, campervans can be split into two further categories:

Standard campers contain fixtures and fittings which are built-in from manufacture and are part of the vehicle’s standard specification.

Camper conversions are typically a conversion of a van, either by a DIY build or a professional conversion built by specialists such as Danbury or Wellhouse.

A motorhome, however, is purpose built and is a motorhome from first registration. They are coach built using a conventional chassis cab as a base.

How does this affect my insurance?

At Admiral, we identify the type of vehicle based on the registration number, and can therefore determine whether the vehicle is classed as a car or a van. It’s from this you’re then able to find the right type of policy for your vehicle – this may be Multi-Car or Van Insurance.

What type of insurance do I need for my campervan or motorhome?

Admiral Van Insurance allows you to insure vehicles for a variety of different needs. Our van policies include benefits including Windscreen repair, Sat-Nav cover and a 24 Hour Emergency Helpline. Get a quote and find out if your van can be covered.

Admiral MultiCar Insurance insures all the cars in your household on one policy, and each car earns a guaranteed MultiCar discount. Our MultiCar policy is flexible and, as long as all the cars belong to immediate family members, you don't even have to be registered at the same address to start your policy.

Please note, however, you cannot mix vehicle types, such as a car and a van, on the same policy.

• You can have cars and standard campers on the same policy

• You can have vans and camper conversions and motor homes on the same policy

• You cannot have vans and standard campers on the same policy

• You cannot have cars and camper conversions or motor homes on the same policy The trick is to always double-check if your vehicle is covered while you get a quote.

So, which camper should I buy?

We have found three great campers which we’re sure you’ll love, with examples of a standard camper, a camper conversion and a motorhome. Read on to find out which camper is right for you, and which insurance you would be covered with.

1) Volkswagen California Beach

Type: Standard Camper

Price: Start from £38,214

Features: Heated seats, two double beds, climatic semi-automatic air conditioning, body-coloured pop-up aluminium roof, high-gloss black grille with chrome trim

The contemporary equivalent of the retro T2. The California Beach can come with either four or five seats as standard, with extra chairs available upon request. It doesn’t offer a kitchen, like its more pricy California Ocean counterpart, but cooking outdoors could allow consumers to save some money while also embracing the full camping experience. Product manager for Volkswagen, Alice Halliwell, commented: “The California is Volkswagen’s original, full factory-designed and produced campervan; compact and convenient enough to be used as an everyday vehicle, yet easily turns into a home-from-home for days out, weekend escapes or longer adventures.” The California can be included on your MultiCar policy.

2) Ford Evie Connect Zetec by Wellhouse

Type: Camper Conversion

Price: £30,800

Features: Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Electric Mirrors

Based on the Ford Transit Connect, this conversion by Wellhouse has extreme levels of versatility and customisation. With great storage and space facilities, it’s not designed to be an off-roading vehicle, but the hefty suspension can handle rougher terrain than basic city-based vans. Wellhouse convert a number of campervans of this nature, which can all be found on their website, including a standard base price, with the choice of optional extras such as black alloy wheels and a diesel engine. With a variety of models available from Wellhouse, it’s best to double check to see if your camper conversion is better suited to our Van Insurance or MultiCar policies.

3) Knaus Sky Traveller 650 DG Superlight

Type: Motor home

Price: Varied

Features: Double dinette, six seats, under 3.5 tonnes, alcoves foldable (optional), swivelling cassette toilets, central power supply through service box

Knaus describes this motor home as their “family residence” for when “your small adventurers want to explore the world”. Its Superlight body allows for a light and easy drive in comparison to some of its competitors. This vehicle boasts a spacious interior with a large double bed without sacrificing standing height. Use this tool to find a Knaus dealership near you and to find your best price. The Knaus Sky Traveller is covered by our Van Insurance policy.

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