LAST JUNE’S FREAK SUMMER HAILSTORMS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS resulted in more than £500,000-worth of damage to motorhomes and caravans insured by one of the leading specialist insurers, Caravan Guard.
28 June, 2012, is a day motorhome owners from the East Midlands would rather forget after a freak hailstorm caused over £80,000 of motorhome damage. This year we’re all hoping for better weather, but it’s worth checking that you are fully insured against the unexpected.
FREAK STORM HIT HINCKLEY AREA
At the height of midsummer, the market town of Hinckley Leicestershire and surrounding area was hit by a freak storm of golf ball-sized hailstones, which created a total insurance claims bill of £502,174 for Caravan Guard.
97 claims were made, most from caravan owners but 18 were for motorhome damage. The combined cost of all damage claims from motorhome users totalled £86,514, a phenomenal figure considering that Caravan Guard has received just 117 hail damage claims since July 2007. 83 per cent of these came as a result of one day’s torrential hail.
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TORRENTIAL HAIL DAMAGED SKYLIGHTS
Over the course of the day, Caravan Guard’s in-house claims team was inundated with customers claiming for roof damage, damage to exterior panels, windows and skylights.
Although a handful of customers claimed for minor dents and scratches, the majority had suffered extensive – in some cases irreparable – damage to their motorhome.
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The Caravan Guard claims team was able to respond quickly to customers and aimed to deliver a professional, one-to-one service when it really mattered. Caravan Guard say this is a good example of why it’s vital for motorhome owners to obtain specialist insurance cover.
INSURANCE: £10 OFF FOR OUR READERS
A £10 motorhome insurance discount is now available to Practical Motorhome readers. Find out more and claim your reader discount by ringing 0800 14 88 409 (free from landlines) or 01422 396 752 (may be cheaper from mobiles). Or visit Caravan Guard’s web page offering the Practical Motorhome and Practical Caravan magazine reader discount. Details are given in Practical Motorhome magazine each month, too.
Pictured: Hailstones the size of golf balls caused severe damage to motorhomes