Tips to prepare your RV for winter

As winter quickly approaches here in the Astoria, OR area, now is the time to prepare your RV for the cold months ahead.

Here are some tips from us at Linda Dugan Insurance to get your recreational vehicle ready: 

  • Check tires – Make sure your RV’s tires are properly inflated, and there is no visible damage or wear. If you plan to store your RV outdoors during the winter, consider investing in tire covers to protect them from sun and weather damage. 
  • Clean exterior – Wash and wax the exterior of your RV and inspect it for any signs of damage, such as rust or cracks in the body panels. 
  • Move inside components – Remove non-essential items inside your RV, including perishables like food and drinks, furniture, carpets, etc., so they don’t freeze over the winter months. 
  • Add insulation – To help keep warm air in and cold air out, add insulation to windows, walls, floors, and other areas that may need it. You can use pre-cut foam boards or reflective thermal insulation materials for an easy installation process. 
  • Drain tanks – To avoid frozen pipes in colder climates, drain all tanks on your RV before storing them for winter storage; this includes water heater tanks and gray and black water tanks. 
  • Invest in a generator – If you don’t have one already, investing in a generator will help keep your RV warm during those cold winter months when temperatures drop below freezing levels. 

By following these simple tips, you can rest assured that your RV will be ready for winter travel! For more tips, call us at Linda Dugan Insurance today. We are proud to serve the Astoria, OR area.

Myths and Facts About Flood Insurance

Floods are more common than ever, with climate change ratcheting up the number of costly natural disasters in the United States. If you live in a flood zone in Astoria, OR, you might have difficulty finding coverage through private insurance companies. Fortunately, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides affordable protection for homeowners. At Linda Dugan Insurance, we get a lot of questions about flood insurance, so we put together these common myths and facts about flood insurance to help you make the right choice for your property.

Myth: You can’t get coverage if you’re in a designated flood zone.

Fact: If your community provides access to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you can buy flood insurance. However, homes within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) may cost more to insure than those outside of historic flood zones.

Myth: You can’t get flood coverage if there’s been a recent flood in your area.

Fact: You can get flood insurance anytime. However, there’s a 30-day wait before NFIP insurance takes effect. There’s no waiting period if you’re buying flood insurance to secure a loan. Talk to your flood insurance agent to ensure your coverage is in place if you purchase a new home. 

Myth: My homeowner’s policy will cover flooding damage.

Fact: Your homeowner’s policy doesn’t cover flooding. You need to purchase a separate policy, typically through the NFIP. Please stop by our office or call for an appointment for a free quote.

MYTH: Federal disaster assistance covers flood damage.

FACT: Less than 50% of floods are declared federal disasters. That means you can’t count on help from the government. Plus, if the government doesn’t declare a federal disaster, you won’t get any assistance from the government.

Find Flood Coverage in Astoria, OR

Contact Linda Dugan Insurance for a quote for your home’s flood insurance. Our experienced agents can help you get the coverage you need.