In 2015, it spent more than half a million pounds repairing caravans, and while many of these were for typical damages such as broken windows, several claims were made after some unusual events.
One policyholder experienced a burglary of a unique kind – the thief had stolen just the fridge and the toilet, not only taking the appliances but also causing damage by breaking the fixtures and fittings.
Another found their caravan on its side when the strong winds blew over the motorhome, causing nearly £2,000 worth of damage.
Saga was also contacted when huge hailstones hit a caravan, denting the exterior so badly that it cost almost £5,000 to repair.
Chief executive of Saga Services Roger Ramsden said: “Last year we were clearing up after Kamikaze pigeons, this year we’ve been fixing damage caused by runaway wheelie bins. It’s fair to say that owning a caravan and holidaying in one is more adventurous for some than others.”
Saga advised caravan owners to get the right insurance to protect themselves against all possible events, including vandalism, burglaries, equipment and driving. If you are planning to leave your caravan in storage in Devon, you should also make sure it is in good condition first. Drain water supplies, empty waste pipes and make sure there is no food left, so you can rest assured you will find your caravan in the same state you left it.