Saga reveals top five most bizarre caravan claims

Monday 1 June 2015

• One in ten over 50s planning on going away in a caravan this year • Bizarre claims involve kamikaze pigeons and flying trampolines

Saga reveals top five most bizarre caravan claims

Around one in ten over 50s will hitch a caravan to their car and set off in search of an adventure this year*. However, some people might be in for more of an adventure than they bargained for according to analysis of Saga Caravan Insurance claims data**.

Here are some of the most unusual claims that Saga has handled over the last year:
 
Kamikaze pigeons
Last year, a couple were driving home after their caravan holiday when they heard a loud bang. They pulled over to investigate and discovered that a pigeon had fallen out of a tree and smashed through the window. The bird caused so much damage that the window needed replacing costing around £1,000.
 
Flying trampolines
Last year severe storms hit certain parts of the UK. While some people expected to find some debris in their garden, one caravan owner got a bit of shock when he discovered that the strong winds had picked up his next-door neighbour’s trampoline and dropped it on top of his caravan. The flying trampoline caused around £6,000 worth of damage.
 
Stuck shut
One policyholder packed her bags for her holiday and went to put them in her caravan. However, she was left slightly puzzled when she couldn’t open any of the caravan doors. She started inspecting the doors to see why they wouldn’t open and discovered that someone had super-glued them shut. This turned out to be an expensive prank as it cost over £500 to replace the door seals.

Missing seats
One Saga customer put their caravan into storage at the end of the summer last year. However, a couple of months later he decided to go and give it a bit of a spring clean and discovered that someone had broken in and stolen all the seats. It cost £800 to replace them.

Sat Nav directions gone wrong
Last year, one customer used his Sat Nav to help him find a caravan park. After dutifully following the directions he found himself stuck along a tight country road. Although he managed to escape unharmed the caravan didn’t, as the tree branches scratched the side of vehicle causing £1,000 worth of damage. 
 
Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, commented: “Caravanning can be a great way to discover new places and see different parts of the UK, or even Europe. However, like any adventure it’s not without risk, as lots of unusual things have stopped our customers in their tracks. While some things can’t be prevented, having the right cover in place can help people to get back on the road as quickly as possible so they can carry on exploring the world.”

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Notes to Editors
*Populus interviewed 10,991 Saga customers, all aged 50 and over, online between 19 and 25 May 2015. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
** Based on Saga Caravan Claims data over the last 12 months.

About Saga Caravan Insurance
Saga Caravan Insurance is designed for people aged 50 and over.  It offers a wide range of cover including:
• Up to 15 years ‘new for old’ cover or 'market value' cover for your caravan, equipment and awnings
• Vandalism cover
• Up to £1,500 contents and personal belongings cover
• Family and friends cover
• Cover in the European Union for an unlimited period available as an optional extra

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