Whether you are an experienced RV traveler or new to the adventure, learning all that you can about RV safety is necessary for your safety and the safety of others during your travels. Being prepared physically and intellectually for anything that can happen during your RV trip will also ease your mind and make your trip more enjoyable.
Check Your Tires
So many accidents happen each year because of blown-out tires. Tires are especially important to check in an RV because these large vehicles are carrying so much weight, they are prone to blow out easier than a regular car. Plus, if your tire blows out on the highway, it can be hazardous as you lose control and possibly run off the road or towards oncoming traffic.
To avoid problems occurring with your tires, using a tire pressure monitoring system is smart. Tire pressure monitoring systems will allow you to monitor the pressure in your tires while traveling and alert you if the pressure is not right so that you can fix the problem before it gets out of hand and someone gets hurt. They are definitely worth the investment!
RV Insurance and Road Service
While traveling with such a large vehicle, it is smart to have RV insurance and road service access. You never know when you might have a tire blow out or run into other issues that you can’t fix. Even if you run into a problem on the highway that you could take care of yourself, road service will ease your mind and possibly also get you back on the road faster. When you get in a difficult situation, you will want to be prepared and familiar with the available resources.
There are a few things to be aware of in your RV that could cause fires: the electrical systems, transmissions, generators, water heaters, and stovetops. You must be familiar with all the electrical systems in your RV. If something seems out of place, have it checked out right away. Leaking transmission fule is fire hazardous because this liquid is highly flammable. Check for leaks and get them fixed ASAP. Don’t leave stovetops unattended while on, and make sure that no paper or cloth is too close to the stove.
Because fires can happen when least expected, you should always have multiple fire extinguishers on hand, and ensure that everyone sleeping in the RV knows where the emergency exits are located. Check your smoke detectors and make sure they are up to date and working.
Use an Anti-Sway Bar
If you’ve ever pulled an RV or large trailer, you know that highways can be scary when the wind pushes against you, causing you to sway back and forth. As you travel, it is important to have as much control over your truck and RV as possible. Installing an anti-sway bar or friction sway control bar will help you control windy highways.