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5 Safety DOs and DON’Ts for First-Time RV Owners

28 Aug
5 Safety DOs and DON’Ts for First-Time RV Owners

5 Safety DOs and DON’Ts for First-Time RV Owners

Owning an RV is a truly exciting experience.  Mainly because the only thing motorists can think about when they have one is going on adventurous road trips.  But if you’re new to owning an RV, chances are you’re going to make a lot of distracted mistakes.  Especially when adjusting to the actual routine of using your camper. Travel Expert Abigail Trabue advises that “Becoming a full-time RV’er can be an amazing life change, but it can also be a stressful one if you haven’t given the proper thought to what you’re getting into… A life of travel can be a truly rewarding experience, and you’ll appreciate it and enjoy it even more if you’re fully ready for it.” Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when adjusting to RV life:

 

1.    DO Stock Up on Essential Supplies:

The word “Recreational” in RV is a very loaded term.  Depending on how far you intend to drive, or how often, you’re going to need a standard set of equipment to see you through.  Don’t start using your RV regularly unless you carry standard provisions such as:
• A first aid kit.
• Tire-pressure gauges.
• Flashlights, headlamps and emergency lighting.
• A toolbox.
• Towing rope.

2.    DON’T Forget to Buy Some Heavy-Duty Leveling Jacks:

Not every place you choose to park your vehicle is going to be level.  This is precisely why you need to buy some leveling jacks if you own an RV.  Leveling jacks make it possible to move around or sleep inside the RV without feeling tilted.

 

3.    DO Research Your Campsites Well:

The longer you spend away from where your RV is garaged, the more important it is to map out your campsites.  Call ahead to make the proper reservations, and set a clear schedule for all of your stops.  Remember that popular destinations tend to get crowded, so account for that before driving off.

 

4.    DON’T Just Rely on GPS:

Digital technology is certainly convenient.  But if you drive your RV into rural locations, you might end up losing cell phone service.  The only way to avoid getting stranded in such situations is to have hardcopy maps in your possession.  Always keep a set of national maps, state maps, and county maps of your intended travel routes.

 

5.    DO Examine Your Vehicle Before Driving It:

Driving RVs is a very different experience from driving regular cars.  Mainly because RVs have a lot of accessories and attachments.  The moment you park your RV at a campsite, never drive off without confirming that all of its peripheral equipment is secure.  Unplug all the power cables, retract all the awnings, and secure any and all movable parts which pose a safety hazard.

 

Conclusion:

RVs have become an attractive way to enjoy some leisure time.  Mainly because of how self-contained they are.  But before cruising into the sunset with your camper, remember to be attentive when using your vehicle.  Stock up on supplies and equipment for routine maintenance, plan ahead for all your journeys, and keep all of the vehicular amenities intact.  Take care of all the fundamentals, and nothing will stop you from having a good time.  For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!