Touring caravan insurance top tips – security for your awning

Touring caravan awnings are susceptible to damage by wind, other extreme weather, or by thieves who are after the contents within it. Taking security for your awning seriously therefore makes a great deal of sense.

The most common claim when it comes to awnings covered under touring caravan insurance is for storm damage; however, awnings don’t offer much in the way of security either and, while theft of your awning itself is unlikely, the contents within it are a prime target for thieves on the prowl.

Here, our touring caravan insurance team take a look at the items you’re most likely to store within your awning and advise on the best ways to keep them safe from the elements and from thieves.

Security for your awning – reducing the risk of weather damage

  • Ensure you use large, high quality awning pegs that are hammered well into the ground.
  • Invest in storm straps, and ensure you fit these in accordance with the instructions.
  • Keep a keen eye on the weather forecast each day and if a storm is likely, consider taking your awning down for the duration. In the UK, services such as weatherquest offer daily weather reports direct to your preferred social network.
  • Check your insurance to ensure your awning is covered for storm damage.

Security for your awning – keeping your contents safe

  • Never store expensive items in your awning, either when you are away from your touring caravan or when you are asleep.
  • Even within your awning, consider chaining large outdoor items, such as your gas barbecue or hotplate, to your caravan or to a fixing post.
  • Small portable alarms are relatively inexpensive and can be clipped inside your awning to sound if anyone opens the zipper and enters while the system is armed.
  • Take care to choose a site that takes security seriously – those with open access make it easier for thieves to operate unnoticed.

Your touring caravan insurance and security for your awning

If you have good quality touring caravan insurance, your awning should be covered within the contents and associated equipment section of your policy. While it will not cover you for general wear and tear and depreciation, if your awning is damaged by high winds or extreme weather you should be insured. Your contents should also be covered while kept inside your awning.

As always, if you’re not sure, it’s worth checking with your touring caravan insurance company to ensure that your awning is covered – it’s an expensive piece of equipment and deserves attention. The right levels of cover will allow you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy your holiday.

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