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Keep Your Campfire Contained: Safety Specifics

What is camping without a good old campfire? Campfires have been great for cooking, telling stories around and of course marshmallows! Fires however, when not used properly can lead to serious loss.

Fires, and more importantly, forest fires have resulted in devastating destruction in places all around the world. We know of the severity they have brought to the west coast of Canada over the years. In particular, Australia’s forest fires of 2019 also resulted in mass environmental damage.

Because damage is our specialty we are going to go through the importance of fire bans, how you can lessen the risk with fires and substitutes which still give you your campfire experience.

Fire Ban Facts

To prevent many of the forest fires, fire bans are put into place. Fire bans are typically put into place for two reasons.

1. Environmental conditions are dry, resulting in increased risk of fires starting.

2. The number of fires within a certain area has reached capacity in terms of firefighting resource capabilities.

Ways to Reduce Your Fire Hazard

Whether there is a fire ban on or not, there are ways you can ensure you are enjoying a good old camp fire safely.

Know the municipality’s fire safety measures.

Make sure to check out websites, or local boards to see the risks of fires in the area.

Do not leave your fire unattended for long periods of time.

Once you are done with it there are several steps you can take to stop the fire. Firstly, allow the fire to burn down before putting it out. You can then douse it with water, or dirt as an alternative, until the fire is completely out.

Be aware of where your fire is located.

If you start your fire under a tree or awning, close to your trailer or next to something flammable, your chances of the fire spreading are more likely. Try to find a place that is open and free of any debris and flammable materials.

Use a fire containing pit.

Having a fire somewhat contained from the inside will help prevent any fire spreads. Certain campgrounds have these types of pits at every campsite. Check out Friendly Fires for a range of outdoor fire containers.

Refrain from using certain fire starters such as excessive gasoline use.

Using other forms of fire starting methods sometimes can lessen the amount of control you have over your fire. When possible start fires using typical starting methods like kindling or wick fire starters.

What Can I Substitute?

In addition to these best fire hazard reduction practices there are also substitutes you could implement to safely enjoy the perks of camping fires.

Have a fireplace within your trailer.

This more so applies to mobile homes or park models that have more versatility to fit fireplaces in. Although you may not be outside you can still enjoy the fire from the comfort of your vacation home.

A blazing fireplace within a trailer
An outdoor chimnea with a wood fire burning
Chimeneas are also great substitutes for typical fire pits.

This is something the Ontario government suggests to use instead in certain situations when fire ban regulations are in place. 

Use a grill if you are using your fire for cooking. 

Grills are more contained than the typical campfire. In some severe cases however grills and BBQs can also be restricted so know the fire restrictions in your area.

Campground Due Dilligence

Although in some cases forest fires just can’t be prevented, in other cases different parties can also do their due diligence to prevent tragedies from happening. Campgrounds can play a big role in ensuring fire safety measures are taken. Here are some of the ways campground owners can protect their campground and campers from fires.

This ensures all campers know what is expected of them in terms of keeping themselves and others safe. Especially with transient campers, try to provide  information on arrival about fire restrictions. 

This verifies that if a trailer owner causes damage to your property it can be covered. Here is more on why proof of insurance is important. 

Having fire containing pits removes the responsibility being put onto campers. This is more important in parks with transient sites.

This sort of information should be available to everyone. Whether its posted in the employee lunch room, on the public announcement board or on a Facebook page, everyone should know what to do in the case of a fire emergency.

Fire can be all fun and games until someone gets burned. Make sure its not you. Want to know more information about Ontarian fire bans, laws and regulations? Check out Ontario.ca below for more fire tips.

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2021 Campers Coverage Guide

In Ontario, camping continues to be a topic of conversation when it comes to provincial COVID openings. As the date of all openings moves closer, we’re here to help you prepare for the safest camping season yet. Here are our top 4 ways for you to stay safe and smiling:

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Know what your policy is doing for you

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firstly, understanding what exactly you are covered for while camping is a big thing many people miss once they have received their policy. Although most trailer policies would seem similar if not identical, when you add your trailer to your auto policy the coverage isn’t as extensive. In most cases, your auto policy actually does not cover you when your vehicle is detached from your trailer. Considering covering our campers is our specialty, we don’t want you to worry about your every move or worse, having a claim that isn’t covered. For more of an understanding about trailer insurance vs. trailer add-on insurance check out this blog.

Prepare your proof of insurance

Next, this is an important thing to consider as many campgrounds these days request this upon arrival. Therefore, having a copy of your proof of trailer insurance in your trailer saves time. This in turn leaves more time for your camping experience. For your knowledge, proof of insurance can take the form of a certificate of insurance or the declaration page of your policy. For more specifics about what proofs of insurance look like and how to get them check out this blog.

Following rules means following fun

This is a given, but do you do it? Sometimes we want to break the rules, we’re human. Frankly, most rules are put in place to protect you from situations that can result in serious consequences. Not only that, but obeying signage also saves park workers from dealing with arising issues as opposed to focusing on park-related tasks. Especially with COVID-19 restrictions, employee enforcement is important now more than ever. Overall, by following the signage posted around the park you protect not only yourself, but the people around you and your campground.

Prepare smarter not harder

A lot, but not all, claims can be prevented if campers took preventative measures to ensure their own and surrounding parties safety. These measures can be simple pre-camping checks that lower the possibility of unwanted claims. Here are some things that might make your camping experience safer this season:

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In conclusion we want to ensure you remain claims free. This not only prevents devastating, permanent loss but also saves you money from any future increases in insurance that may result from these claims.

Following these guidelines will help keep you and your fellow campers safe and leave you with more time for your next adventure. On the other hand, keeping campers covered is what we do best. But why not help us out by covering yourself more than ever before. 

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What Makes Proof of Insurance Important

What is proof of insurance?

To begin with, proof of your insurance comes in many forms. No matter the item you hold, certain parties may request one of these forms to know that you are covered. Essentially, your insurance coverage can be presented in 2 ways. As a result, parties have a choice when it comes to how they want proof of insurance presented.  

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A certificate of insurance – this includes details like policy type, number and expiry date. On top of that it reports the liability and coverage of the given asset. Additionally, it allows brokers to identify the party the certificate should be made out to.

Policy declaration page – this is also accepted by certain parties and includes all of the same details as the certificate of insurance. However, this is not something that needs to be requested. Under these circumstances, it is typically given in your policy package.

When is proof of insurance requested? 
Firstly, providing proof of insurance is quite common. Being a trailer owner, many campgrounds request insurance verification in order for you to park in their campground.
In the same way, campground insurance might be requested by municipalities in certain situations. Additionally, campgrounds may also ask for insurance from organizations that are working with the park for any events. Lastly, maintenance contractors that may be entering campground premises might also be required to provide proof insurance.

Why proof of insurance is important?

Campgrounds 
To begin with, you should ensure any parties that enter your park are insured. In fact, this means that insurance companies can assign responsibility if there is a case where your property causes damage. Additionally, insurance companies can also step in if an individual damages your property as well. 
 
Scenario

Thus, you are a campground owner who recently hired a company to pump your sewage out. Unfortunately, the worker is new and damages your tank. As a result, the sewer backs up into your camper’s trailers. In this case, lets say that you did not request a certificate of insurance. Additionally, it also turns out that the company did not have business insurance. Because of this you would personally have to replace the tank. Not only that but you would be responsible for paying for any damage to customers trailers. So, why not ensure that if anything went wrong you’re covered?

Trailers 

Next, trailer owners should hold proper trailer insurance. Along with this, they should be prepared to provide proof of it at any given time. Initially this guarantees that your park owner is covered for anything you damage. It also ensures that in a case where damage is done to your property, your insurance company can carry the burden, not you.

Scenario

Picture this, you have recently parked your trailer in a local family campground. In this case, a visitor to the park accidently backs into your trailer. While going to address the damage with you, they slip and fall on your deck. As a result, this not only ends up in damages to your trailer but also a lawsuit for bodily injury. Overall, a lawsuit from this could mean large legal bills. Therefore, if you had insurance, financial burdens resulting from the accident fall onto your insurance company.

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Advice From the Experts: Trailer Insurance

Recently we got the chance to chat with one of our trailer experts Natalie about travel trailer insurance details. She introduced an important topic that she has realized not many people know about. Auto policy coverage in terms of travel trailer insurance!  

Trailer Add-on Specifics

An automobile policy is the policy you that covers your regular driving vehicle. That is obvious. What isn’t obvious is the coverage when towing a RV. While towing your trailer, liability is usually included in your auto policy. However, this is something you will want to check with your broker on.

Ultimately, you are only covered by your auto policy when on the road towing your trailer. An auto policy does not cover your trailer when it is parked in a park and detached from the vehicle. Therefore, having your trailer included with the auto policy only covers you in the case of an accident while towing, not while enjoying your next adventure.  

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Choosing a Policy

Most campgrounds require their campers to have $2 million in liability coverage. With that in mind, here are three options for trailer coverage:

Option 1 – Auto Policy Add-on

Targeted Trailer owner:

This is for people who don’t want a specific trailer insurance policy. Overall it is for campers who would rather just have liability coverage. Or, these campers are fine with paying extra for more coverage if need be.

This option allows for you to add a typical liability coverage to your current automobile policy. As stated, this is typically included within your auto policy. However if you want more coverage it is an option with several insurance companies.

Option 2 – Travel trailer policy

Targeting Trailer owner:

This coverage option is meant for people who do a lot of travel during the summer from park to park. It also might be better suited for someone who uses different vehicles from different policies to transport their trailer.

This policy covers your trailer when its parked and detached from your vehicle as well as when towing. Considering there is great risk both when towing a trailer and parking it, this policy ensures you’re fully covered. Click here for more details about our travel trailer program.

Option 3 – Park Model Policy

Targeted trailer owner:

This policy should be considered by trailer owners who either live in the trailer or use it as a semi-permanent seasonal dwelling.

A park model policy tends to have less risk since the trailer isn’t towed, making the premium lower. Overall this option covers trailer liability and damages when parked in a campground. In MBK’s park model insurance package you can also add on additional coverage. This could include your golf carts, decks and other camping specific items. Click here for more details about our park model program.

“The auto policy is not going to cover you for anything that might happen when its parked.”

Natalie believes this is an important thing to consider while using your trailer.  

 ADD-ONS & Trailer Policies Summarized

 Homeowners     Side Note

You can also add your trailer onto your homeowners policy.

However, you run the risk of losing any no-claims discount for your house if you have to report a claim on your trailer.

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Top 3 RV Insurance Coverages You Should Have

As the season winds down, now is the perfect time to do some shopping. Whether you are owning your first trailer or have past experience, we’re here to share with you the top 3 best RV trailer insurance coverages. These include coverages that are a given and some that are not always considered. Above all, M.B. Kouri Insurance Brokers include all of them in their policies. 

What is going on?

For people getting insurance for their RV either through an existing policy or a new one, make sure to look over the coverages. It important to ask questions you might be afraid to ask in order to understand what you’re getting.

Firstly, it is just as important for you to know what you’re getting as it is for the insurance companies to tell you. However, knowing what you are covered for is not always easy considering the inconsistent relationship many have with insurance companies. But do not let that stop you!  

What do I Need?

Lets get to it, these are the top 3 coverages we have coined as important for you and your trailer. With these in mind you’re one step closer to the best camping experiences.

1. Personal Liability 

  1. This covers you for any compensation you may have to provide due to bodily injury endured by guests while on or from your property.

This coverage is rated one of our most important and typically can be included in your policy. In particular, this coverage is important if you are within a campground. For example, on seasonal sites you can never be to careful when it comes to other seasonal campers. Additionally, if you are a transient camper this is especially important considering you may not know much about the environment of the park.

2. Golf Cart Liability 

This provides insurance up to $2 000 000 for claims that might arise from your ownership, use or operation of a golf cart.

We understand that not everyone has a golf cart. This coverage made the list because golf carts are actually NOT covered within campgrounds if on your house policy. Because this is the new way to travel within RV parks, having coverage saves you from anything unexpected. So, for all current and future golf cart owners consider the policy your golf cart is on. This ensures that you know that you can scoot around your park safely.

 

3. Theft and Vandalism

This provides coverage for your trailer as well as contents included on your policy. Whether one of your possessions are stolen or destroyed, you should be covered.

Although you can try your best to prevent this from happening, it can still be devastating if it happens. Theft seems to be more common when trailers are being stored or unoccupied. For that reason, we want to give you the peace of mind that if something happens outside of the adventure season, the financial stress is relieved. For how to reduce chances of theft of property with your trailer check out Katherine’s article about RV Safety

Why is this Important?

Because different insurance companies offer different coverages, having expectations for your trailer is a must. Knowing what you are covered for not only gives you peace of mind but also helps if the unfortunate case arose where you had to make a claim. At MBK we want to provide the best RV insurance solutions for you. To conclude, to get insight into what we recommend for claims check out our make a claim section.

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Park Model & Mobile Home Differences

To many, the difference between mobile homes, park models and RVs have blurred lines. Whether looking for a new adventure or solid residence, the never-ending battle is understanding what type of trailer you are looking for. Is it a park model or mobile home?

What Insurance Companies Look For

What do the other guys think?

No matter the insurance company, the distinction of what is being covered is important. Travel trailers are typically easy to identify as they are commonly towed behind a vehicle. Although they can be parked seasonally in the best Ontario parks and campgrounds, travel trailers are also towed on a transient basis.

When it comes to the more permanent placement of trailers, many companies question whether the home is a mobile home or modular home. The difference lies primarily in mobile homes being single level, while modular being multiple level. Once that is out of the way, getting a grasp for whether you have a mobile home or park mobile is the real kicker. 

Spot the Difference

What am I buying?

Knowing the difference it not something solely based on looks. Similar trailers may be used for different purposes. This creates the coverage differences seen within varied trailer insurance packages. Although the differences might seem minimal, you want to make sure you have proper trailer insurance coverage for the amount of time that you are occupying your dwelling. Because this varies depending on the usage of your investment, it is relevant to consider when reaching out to insurance companies for park model, mobile home or RV insurance. 

Do not fret! Considering we understand the importance of the differences and the battle trailer owners face with distinctions, we are here to cover all the bases. Let’s take a look more at the differences between the two.

Mobile Home

  • Stayed in year-round, these are people whose home is the mobile home itself
  • Are parked within parks where others live in the dwelling year round
  • They have wheels but are commonly removed and skirted after being placed. Although they can be transported to different locations, it can be costly and is not common 
  • These dwellings are typically more equipped for winter and include fire places 

Park model

  • Seasonal campers that will stay for the season and either have another home, are snowbirds or other circumstances that provide them with different living arrangements during the off-season
  • Typical single chassis axis, around 400 square feet
  • These are still recreational vehicles because they can be moved and transported but can also handle the long-term commitment in a park or resort
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Your Next Step

I know the difference, now what?

Now that you know the difference you can go into the purchase with a clear mind. Once finances and the initial adrenaline of your investment sets in its time to think about insurance options. The last thing you want to worry about it unwanted claims or accidents that you aren’t covered for. Especially while you are trying to enjoy some relaxation. 

Currently, M.B. Kouri Insurance Brokers offers three insurance packages. These are distinguished according to park models, RV’s or mobile homes. To know the best RV insurance packages M.B. Kouri Insurance Brokers Ltd. has to offer check out the following:

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