Iowa RV Insurance

Posted on June 28, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Town & Country Insurance

From the mighty Mississippi to the banks of the Big Sioux, from rolling prairies to dense woodland, Iowa has something special for anyone who loves to travel or spend time outdoors. Before you hit the road in your RV, though, it's worth considering protection with insurance. Iowa requires RV insurance for many types of recreational vehicles, and even if it's not required by law, RV insurance is a great way to protect your investment as you travel the Hawkeye State. Learn more about RV insurance in Iowa.

What are Iowa's RV insurance requirements?

Because motorhomes are self-propelled, they follow the standard rules for insuring cars and other motor vehicles. That means if you have a Class A, Class B, or Class C motorhome, you'll need an RV policy with liability coverage that satisfies the state's minimum coverage limits:

  • $20,000 in bodily injury per person
  • $40,000 in total bodily injury per accident
  • $15,000 in property damage per accident

Trailer-type RVs, including fifth wheels, pop-ups, and toy haulers, are covered for liability by the auto policy on the vehicle that is towing the trailer. Owners of travel trailers should still consider an RV policy, though, if you want to cover physical damage to your travel trailer.

What's included in an Iowa RV insurance policy?

Bodily injury and property damage liability coverage

Liability coverage can pay for the damage you cause when you're at fault for an accident. Bodily injury liability coverage may pay for medical bills when you injure someone, and property damage can cover damage to someone else’s property.

While Iowa has minimum liability limits, you may need more than the minimum to better protect your assets. If you cause an accident and you don’t have enough coverage to pay for the damages and injuries you caused, you'll have to cover the difference out of pocket.

Comprehensive and collision coverage

Comprehensive and collision coverage aren't required by law but are generally an obligatory part of most financing agreements. If you own your RV outright, you can choose whether to carry comprehensive and collision.

Comprehensive coverage can pay for repairs when forces beyond your control damage your RV, including theft, vandalism, animal collision, severe weather, fire, and glass breakage.

Collision coverage pays to repair damage from collisions, even if you were at fault for the accident. It covers collisions with other cars on the road, parked cars, fences, guardrails, and other objects.

What if I live in my RV full-time?

If your RV is your primary residence (you live in it more than six months a year), you can benefit from a full-time RV insurance policy. Full-timers Iowa RV insurance combines the coverages of a standard recreational policy with the following:

  • Personal liability: Full-time policies can cover you when you're responsible for damage or injuries when the RV is parked – recreational policies only cover liability while you're operating the RV.
  • Medical payments: Pays for medical bills when someone injures themselves in or around your RV, even if it's parked.
  • Loss assessment: Full-time policies provide coverage for fees from your RV association, like cleaning up and restoring common areas damaged by severe weather.

Other RV coverages available in Iowa

Some companies offer additional coverages for your RV including:

Total loss replacement can pay for a brand-new RV if your old one is declared a total loss after a covered incident.

Roadside assistance pays to tow your RV to a qualified mechanic if it's disabled on or near the road.

Replacement cost/personal effects protects personal property in the RV, including cell phones, camera gear, sports equipment, and more.

Emergency expense provides coverage for travel and hotel expenses if a covered event leaves your RV inoperable when you're far from home.

Pet coverage can pay vet bills if your pet is hurt in a covered event.

Pest damage protection pays to repair wildlife damage from pests like birds and raccoons.

Roof Protection Plus® pays to repair or even replace the roof on qualifying RVs, even for normal wear and tear.

How much is RV insurance in Iowa?

Rates for Iowa RV insurance are affected by many variables, such as:

  • Type and model: More expensive RVs often cost more to insure since they usually cost more to repair or replace.
  • Claims history: Your history of making insurance claims can affect your rates.
  • Use: The more you use your RV, the more you can expect to pay to insure it.


Delamination is a common problem that isn't covered by insurance. Prevent delamination by re-sealing seams and inspect your RV often.

How can I get lower rates for RV insurance in Iowa?

Iowa RVers may save with discounts offered by some companies such as:

  • Multi-policy: Pay less if you have multiple policies with the same company.
  • Pay in full: Customers who pay up front pay less.
  • Continuous insurance: Get a discount if you're already insured when you start.
  • Homeowner: Get a discount for owning a home.

Source: Iowa RV Insurance | Progressive

Please note: The above is meant as general information to help you understand the different aspects of insurance. This information is not an insurance policy, does not refer to any specific insurance policy, and does not modify any provisions, limitations, or exclusions expressly stated in any insurance policy. Descriptions of all coverages and other features are necessarily brief; in order to fully understand the coverages and other features of a specific insurance policy, we encourage you to read the applicable policy and/or speak to an insurance representative. Coverages and other features vary between insurers, vary by state, and are not available in all states. Whether an accident or other loss is covered is subject to the terms and conditions of the actual insurance policy or policies involved in the claim. References to average or typical premiums, amounts of losses, deductibles, costs of coverages/repair, etc., are illustrative and may not apply to your situation. We are not responsible for the content of any third-party sites linked from this page.