Progressive Rolls Out RVer Pet Coverage
Progressive, one of the RV industry's leading insurance providers, added pet coverage to its collision and comprehensive policies for RV owners beginning March 31.
The free add-on RV benefit covers injuries and pays up to $500 in the event of a pet's death in an accident, fire or flood.
“We are trying to get the word out because it's something that's very valuable to RVers,” said Cathy Pelfrey, a Progressive RV product manager, who helped develop the new pet benefit and is herself an RVer and owner of a cat named Louie.
“We estimate 60% of RVers travel with their pets,” said Pelfrey, interviewed by RV Business during Affinity's The Rally, Mar 14-17 in Perry, Ga. “People are drawn to RVs because of their pets. They don't want to have to kennel their pet or have someone take care of them. And it's hard to stay in a hotel with an animal. And flying is even harder.
“It's interesting that we hear from some RVers that they make a decision about buying an RV because of their pets.”
Progressive last fall began offering pet coverage on automobile policies. Adding it to RV insurance was a natural progression, Pelfrey said.
“If you buy regular RV vehicle insurance coverage, the pet injury coverage is within that,” said Pelfrey, noting that Progressive is the only vehicle insurer that includes pets in its policies. “It makes that coverage even more comprehensive.”