If you are a new RV owner, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your camping trip goes off without a snag.
1. Write down the height of your RV
Use masking tape or a post it note to write down the exact height of your RV and stick it to your dashboard. This way, as you drive you can check clearance signs posted on overpasses. Before heading out, research your route to make sure it is RV friendly.
2. Practice Driving Your RV
Use an empty parking lot to practice making wide turns, backing up, and using your side mirrors to see what is behind you.
3. Buckle Up
All passengers should wear a seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion. Children should sit in designated front-facing travel seats. Check the area around the riding seats to make sure that in the event of an accident, appliances or furniture cannot fall onto the seats.
4. Use Bungee Cords
Bungee cords are essential for securing items while traveling so they do not shift or move. Use them to ensure cabinets stay shut and food items do not shift.
5. Get Insurance Specific to Your RV
Talk with your local insurance agency about RV insurance. Your agent will discuss the make and model of your RV, and may ask about personal contents, modifications, or if it is mobile or tied down. Make sure to pack your insurance paperwork before you leave.
6. Make Steps Easier to See
Put glow in the dark or reflective tape on your RV stairs to make them easier to see at night.
7. Check Travel Conditions
Research what the weather forecast is for the area you are travelling to. Check for construction updates as well to avoid delays.
8. Use a Whiteboard for Emergency Information
Whiteboards are useful to have around in general, but if you are travelling from place to place, it’s an easy way to make sure critical information is easy to find. Secure a whiteboard in an easy to see spot, such as the front of the refrigerator or by the door. Write down the address of the campground you are staying at, campsite number, and any local emergency numbers. If you have a medical emergency, you can give your exact location when you call for help.
9. Make a Checklist
Let’s face it- your probably going to forget something when it comes to safely setting up and moving your RV. Take time to make an inspection list for things like tire pressure, securing awnings, and checking propane tanks.
10. Pack Emergency Items
Don’t forget to bring these items on your trip:
-First Aid Kit