5 Essential RV Safety Tips
Guest Post By: Mike Johnston
The COVID-19 pandemic might have made international travel impossible for many people around the world, but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t hop into your RV to take your family on a camping trip of a lifetime. Whether you’re up for camping or a grand state-wide road trip, or if you’re looking to hop from one urban gem to the next, travelling by RV is the comfiest way to do it.
Now, you might have the plan and the roadmap for your next big RV trip, but before you go, you need to make sure you have all of your safety precautions in check. The safety tips we’ll be going over today are absolutely essential for new RV owners, but those of you who are experienced in RV travel will definitely find valuable information in each, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Essentials of Safe RV Driving
First things first, before you start installing any safety features or gadgets, it’s important that you go over the basics of safe RV driving, especially if you know you’re headed into rough terrain or if the weather conditions are unfavorable. After all, the RV carries a lot of weight, and the more mass you have, the harder it is to retain control in tight turns and on slippery roads.
Of course, practice makes perfect, so be sure to hit the driving course and try to perfect controlling the vehicle in tight spaces and turns. When you feel ready, head out into the streets to practice driving in real-life scenarios. Be sure to research your driving routes carefully to check if your RV can handle the terrain and if you’re ready for the challenge.
2. Know Where the Vehicle Is At All Times
RVs are high-value commodities, so don’t think for a second that your RV isn’t a prime target for people who would like nothing more than to sell it to the highest bidder. Yes, RV theft happens, especially if you’re not around or if you don’t have the right security tech at your side. Now, we will talk about surveillance systems, but before that, you need to make sure that you’re able to locate your vehicle at all times.
To do that, you will need a vehicle GPS tracker that will communicate the location of your RV to your smartphone when you’re out and about. A GPS is especially important to have when you’re parking in unfamiliar urban areas. Even if you’re not worried about theft, a GPS is still great to have in case you get lost exploring the countryside and can’t remember where you parked.
3. Invest in a Proper Surveillance System
One of the most important safety features your RV needs to have is a camera system that can provide you with a wide-angle, high-res view of your vehicle as you’re driving but also when you’re out exploring. You need to make sure you have constant coverage of your vehicle, so it’s important to choose a modern RV camera system that you can install easily onto your dashboard and even connect to your smartphone so that you’re always able to monitor your vehicle.
This will allow you to drive more safely because the cameras can eliminate all blind spots in your mirrors, but it will also allow you to be aware of your surroundings. When you’re out exploring, you’ll want to keep your cameras on so that you always know what’s going on back at the RV.
4. Tend to Essential RV Maintenance
Before you hit the road, it should go without saying that you need to head over to a mechanic you trust and conduct some basic vehicle maintenance. After all, it’s not always about the upgrades that will enhance your vehicle’s safety, it’s also about keeping your tires and brakes in check, making sure your batteries are healthy and charged, and that there aren’t any structural issues you should worry about.
5. Ensure Connectivity Wherever You Are
Lastly, one of the foundational pillars of a modern motorhome is its connectivity. It’s important that your RV is connected to the web and the emergency services at all times to ensure your safety on the road, especially if you find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Be sure to install a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, get a signal amplifier, and install a GPS device to keep your RV connected to the rest of the world.
Traveling around the country is best when you have an RV, but before you hit the road, make sure you’ve checked all the boxes on your safety list. Use these tips to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones on the road.
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About the author: Mike Johnston is an avid blogging enthusiast and experienced freelance writer. He is a regular contributor to numerous online publications, where he writes about small business, technology, lifestyle, and sustainable living.