Most people associate February with Valentine’s Day and chocolate, but for others it’s the kickoff to the NASCAR season with the Daytona 500. If you love spending your Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR from the comfort of your living room, imagine how great race day would be from the luxury of your home on wheels? NASCAR is one of a few sports that allows you to be right in the middle of the action while camping in your RV. Here are some things you should know if you decide to take in a race from your infield campsite and if you’re protected if something were to happen to your RV.
Most tracks on the NASCAR circuit are not going to have full hook ups. With no water hookups, be prepared to dry camp. Make sure your generator is in good working order, you have full water tanks, plenty of propane, and empty black tanks. Some of the larger tracks offer extra camp services like propane delivery and waste removal, but be prepared to pay a premium for those services.
Most infield camping spots will need to be purchased far ahead of race weekend. These coveted spots go quickly. Once you have procured your spot, be sure to arrive early. Give yourself plenty of time as most tracks will pack the infield like a can of sardines. While maneuvering through the tight areas and making camp, you trade paint with some of your neighbors, don’t worry, a good agent will make sure your RV is protected by collision coverage that will repair your rig and property damage liability that will repair your fellow race goer’s rig for any damage you may have caused. Remember, rubbing is racing.
Getting to the Track
You’ve gone over your check list one last time and you’re ready to hit the road. You are on your journey to the race and you have a mechanical failure with your rig and she’s not going to make it to your destination. What now? Some RV policies will have a few coverages that will come in handy in a situation like this. Roadside assistance and towing is available on most RV policies to help you get to a repair shop. You may also want to review your policy for emergency expense coverage which would help you with transportation and hotel costs.
Trip interruption is another coverage you may want to consider. This reimburses you for paid non-refundable fees such as reservation and lot fees that you are not able to use do to a covered trip interruption or trip cancellation.
Maybe taking your RV to the races is not your scene. Maybe you would rather travel to Yosemite and hit every stop in between or perhaps spend your time at the best beach side campgrounds the country has to offer. Either way, making sure your RV, your belongings, and your family are covered correctly should be number one on your checklist. Whether you’re in the market for your first RV or you’re a seasoned road warrior, contact our office to get a quote or review your current policy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raymond Killian is a Personal Lines Account Manager at Bouchard Insurance. Raymond is experienced in all lines of personal insurance.