Top Tips For RV Safety
There’s nothing better than hitting the open road, stopping at a beautiful campground and enjoying nature. I mean that’s the point of RV’ing right? Here are our top tips for safety to ensure you stay safe while enjoying all the fun things that come from being in an RV!
- Fire Extinguisher-Having a fire extinguisher accessible can save not only your life, but your RV as well. Did you know that by law RV’s come with fire extinguishers if you buy from a dealer? Fires can happen quickly and emergency services aren’t always near. Be sure to not only have one in your RV but easily accessible.
- Carbon Monoxide Detector-Since CO2 has no smell (hence the nickname the Silent Killer) having a monitor on your RV is essential. CO2 comes from propane, oil and natural gas appliances-often the type used in RV’s. CO2 monitors are another legal requirement if buying from a dealer. But always make sure your detector works, isn’t out of date and the batteries are fresh.
- Auto Gas Stop-Gas Stops are installed on propane tanks. We all know that propane is highly flammable. If a leak occurs, the Gas Stop will shut off the flow of propane automatically.
- Sway Control & Weight Distribution Hitch-having the proper hitch for your vehicle, even if you have a big enough towing vehicle is a must. If you have too much trailer weight, it causes you to lose traction on the front tires. Having too much weight on the trailer causes you to sway back and forth while driving. These hitches help balance the weight of the RV between the tow vehicle and trailer’s axles.
- Surge Protector-Just like protecting the appliances in your house with a surge protector, you need to do the same to your house on wheels. Electrical spikes can occur anytime, anywhere. A large surge can ruin not only your appliances in your RV, but also the electronics inside.
- First Aid Kits-Accidents happen no matter how careful we are. Having a proper First Aid Kit can help provide care for minor ailments and accidents or aid in a more serious situation until medical help arrives.
- Roadside Safety Kit-RV’s are our home on wheels and we spend a lot of time on the road. These kits can help if you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road. These kids include flares, reflectors and some basic tools for roadside repairs.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System-Spending lots of time on the road equals more of a chance for a tire blowout. Using one of these systems can help you monitor the status of your tires and can alert you to a pressure issue or tire failure.
- RV Wheel Chocks-Not every spot you might be setting up on will be flat. Using chocks behind your tires prevents any rolling which is safer for you, the people around you and your RV!
- Weather Radio-Traveling in your RV means you are most likely traveling to places you are unfamiliar with. Different areas have different weather patterns. Having a weather radio will alert you to any alerts in your area giving you time to prepare and have a plan.
Before you go
Before you go, make sure you’re prepared with all the RV care and maintenance accessories you’ll need. RVbyLIFE’s Life-Calk® polysulfide sealant and Life Seal® silicone/polyurethane sealant are two staples to have on hand for any quick on the road repair. The Stick scrapping tool also comes in handy, and works well with our Release Adhesive & Sealant Remover.