1st June 2015
Around 10% of over 50s will hitch a caravan to their car and head off for a break this year but some holidaymakers might be in for more of an adventure than they bargained for.
From flying trampolines, to missing seats and even kamikaze pigeons, Saga Caravan Insurance has had to deal with some strange and unusual situations.
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.”
We list the insurer’s top five most bizarre claims it has handled over the past year.
A couple driving home after their caravan holiday 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.
When severe storms hit parts of the UK in 2014, people naturally expected to find some debris in their garden. But 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, causing some £6,000 worth of damage.
One of Saga policyholders 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.
Another 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 a £800 to replace them.
Sat Nav directions gone wrong
One policyholder 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.