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Driving through a scenic route surrounded by the great outdoors in the comfort of your RV can be an exhilarating experience. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, touring the countryside by RV is turning into a popular trend. The demand for RVs has grown since it started and it is expected to change the way the world travels. You can still proceed with your holiday plans with your family and can go from one destination to another without having to put yourself at risk or being in close proximity to strangers like you would on public transportation.
But no matter what time of year you plan to drive your RV cross country, it is necessary to plan accordingly to have a safe and successful holiday. Ensure that you and your family are equipped with reliable water supply, medical kits, a spare tire, and tools that will enable you to be prepared in case any issues arise while on the road.
To help we have listed a few essential tips on RV safety below for a smooth and safe journey.
This article is a guest post from Linda Verde. Linda is a content specialist and editor at AvocadoPesto, where she specializes in healthy living and health cooking. She is also a world traveler and has visited over 60 countries.
Check your water supply
Fresh and potable water is imperative in managing a healthy lifestyle and keeping clean and hydrated while traveling. But while you’re on the road, it may be troublesome to maintain its quality. Always check the status of your RV water systems and verify the working condition of your water and wastewater tanks before any trip. Campgrounds tend to provide a hard water supply, so installing an RV water softener will help reduce the concentration of minerals that can lead to dry skin and an increase of lime-scale, which may cause a build-up of rust on your vehicle and appliances.
Look after your RV
To guarantee a safe road trip, your RV must be in good condition. Before proceeding with your trip, look into visiting a reputable mechanic who can check if your coach and RV’s engine is in top form, from fluid levels, to properly inflated tires, to properly functioning brakes and all the lights and turn signals. Take tips from people who have more experience than you and try and learn how to make minor repairs yourself. Bring all the essential tools on board. Check regularly for RV safety issues so you may be able to use it for years to come.
Any person who has a camper, RV, or motor home should learn how to safely drive a larger vehicle. It will help to take an RV driver training course before going on such a big trip. Practice when you can and always test drive your RV before you venture on lengthy road trips. Be aware of the law regulations, renew your insurance, and follow the basic driving guidelines. On long journeys, it is beneficial to have a second person on board who can share the driving duties while on the road. Never travel when you are sick or tired. It is not worth taking big risks that can endanger yourself and others on the road.
Carry a medical kit
Since you may be traveling in sections of the country that may not have immediate access to medical care, it is important to have a complete emergency medical kit on board. Take a short course on CPR and how to administer first aid in your community center. This will come in handy in case of any untoward accident. Being prepared and knowledgeable with these basic skills can help save a life. Don’t forget to install a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher and know your way around for RV safety, should you need to vacate the vehicle quickly after an accident.
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The internet and mobile phone are useful tools while traveling. A GPS map application on your mobile phone can show you in real-time where you are and where you need to be. It can also help you keep connected with your loved ones while on the road. It is also an effective way to call for help should there be any problems. It’s advisable to look into your mobile phone and internet service providers who can guide you on the best data plans to use while you are on vacation. If you own a laptop computer, make full use of the free WIFI access at various restaurants and pit stops along the way.
Check the conditions
When traveling with an RV learn to check on the weather and road conditions before your trip. It will save time and the anxiety you may come across should you drive into poor road conditions, constructions, and roadblocks. Research on the town that you will be visiting and study the best route to get there safely. Should you have the opportunity to ask, remember truck drivers often give the best advice. The weather situation also comes into play on road trips, do not put yourself and others at risk by pursuing to drive in heavy rain or snow. It is always advisable to travel by day and rest by night.
Know the load
Learn about the capacity of your RV and how much electrical load it can take. Try not to plug and use all your appliances at the same time. It is best to speak with an electrician before going on a long road trip so you will understand the capacity of your RV. The distribution of weight throughout the RV is crucial when driving large vehicles. You must determine how much fuel and water your RV can carry for it to be driven safely. Always stay under the required weight limit for your particular vehicle. Additional water can always be filled at a campsite.
Respect the wildlife and environment
We all love to admire nature and watch wildlife, but one must be respectful of the environment. Do not intrude on an animal’s natural habitat. Park in a safe space and do not leave your leftover food or trash lying around your RV. Keep your belongings safe and neat so as not to attract any unwanted predators such as snakes, scorpions, or bears that can put you and your family in harm’s way. Always stay calm, kind, and mindful of others around you.
In closing, driving an RV is one of the best ways to travel and see the countryside. While we may not be able to evade every issue that comes up during our holiday, planning for RV safety in advance, driving cautiously, and maintaining your vehicle properly are effective ways to have a safe and meaningful trip.