Caravans are like Marmite – you either love them or hate them. Road users at times hate them but thieves love them
With everyone tightening their belts, holidaying in a caravan or motorhome is proving a popular option.
Bookings on caravan sites in the UK were up , according to the Camping & Caravanning Club, and there are an estimated 500,000 caravanners in Britain.
Although you don’t have to insure a caravan, Fyrdraca advise you buy cover. It’s a common misconception that your car or home insurance will cover your caravan, that only applies to damage caused to someone else’s vehicle.
Like cars, motorhomes and campervans must be insured before taking them on the road.
With a new four-berth caravan costing upwards of £15,000 and motorhomes starting at £20,000, they are attractive targets for thieves. Thefts of caravans and motorhomes have risen dramatically as the market for secondhand Caravans and Campers is driven by the web and social media.
At Fyrdraca we have found owners are not only asking us to fit tracking devices on Caravans, and Campers but also asking for more sophisticated levels of protection.
Its a sad essentioal that a Caravan owner now needs to make security and theft prevention part of Carvan ownership. Ensuring you have a Tracker. alarms, unique identification numbers stamped on the chassis and etched on to windows and physical hard security is a must.
Having good security also brings hefty discounts on your insurance. Fyrdraca Track and Alert systems, , tilt, door and vibration alarms, Hitch locks and wheel locks can give you a discount through the Caravan Club’s insurance policy.
Ground anchors, wheel-clamps and hitch posts are other common-anti-theft devices. Keeping it in an approved caravan storage site brings down the price.
Rob a recent customer gave us some figures. His 2015 BAILEY UNICORN Valencia. is valued a £17,000. His insurance was £525 with standard security and a Wheel Clamp when parked at home in Yeadon Leeds.
To store it at an approved site and the price fell to £348. We then installed the FW3 Track and Alert system and his cover costs £148. This is a new-for-old policy with a three-year no-claims discount and £250 excess.
Most mainstream insurers don’t offer caravan insurance, though many offer cover for campers. The comparison sites include a full caravan and motorhome comparison service . When choosing insurance, check it covers all your needs.
Make sure your insurance covers fixtures and fittings and any trips abroad. Most insurers offer it on vans up to five years old, some, such as the Caravan Club, will go as far as ten years old and Caravan Guard goes to 15 years.
What Fyrdraca Systems are suitable for my Caravan?
Built in or Rechargeable?
Most caravans now have excellent leisure batteries, as well as solar panels. The old issue of your security draining and been unviable due to battery life is long past. For example the FW3 System running in sleep mode on a 100amp hr battery with a text updat will not need a charge or maintenace for 3 months, Add in a simple 5 amp Solar panel and its indefinate.
We do have a Rechargeable via USB System that is especiallty suitable to Trailer Tents or caravans without a leisure battery.
With a built in Leisure Battery
This is our entry level GPS Tracker solution for Caravans and Trailers with a built in leisure battery. This small discreet unit provides your Caravan with real time 24hr tracking direct to your smart phone. Its easy to use and gives you a quick and easy tracking position. And some caravans we can also include a interior light sensor system. If your caravan light go on the system will text you. The FW1 costs £150 fitted at your home or site with no fees or subscriptions.
The Fw2 adds a host of new functions to keep your caravan safe. As well as the FW1 movement and Gps Tracking we added a remote activated 125db Siren, and a remote microphone, You can listen to what is going on inside your caravan and activate the siren if you belive an intuder is present
The FW3 is the system we suggest for Caravans Its designed to stop the theft occouring by warning you the FW3 will recognise any movement or incursion and text message you mobile phone immediately. The FW3 Track, alert and alarm £400 fitted With a huge range of programming options, vibration sensor,Door alert, Hook up alert, Check system and exact street address tracking, remote control via key fob and lots more! With no annual subscription, the Fw3 is the security solution you have been looking for! With tracking data directly to your smartphone you will always know that your Caravan is safe under our wing!