You probably don’t know it, but a silent killer lives in your RV. Maybe more than one. If you aren’t sure how your RV can put you in harm’s way, you’ll want to review these five easy RVing safety tips.
Avoid Disaster with These Easy RVing Safety Tips
Whether you’re a new RVer or an old-timer with many miles under your belt, you’ll benefit from these simple pointers. Read them all and keep your next RV getaway adventure from turning into a disaster.
Prevent RV Injuries on the Go
You want to let the good times roll – not your RV or the stuff inside it. RVs might feel a lot like home but it’s critical to remember you’re still riding in a moving vehicle. Before your wheels start turning, find out which potential RV-related injuries are lurking everywhere from your cabinets to your dashboard. Make it a priority to learn how to stay safe while riding in a motorhome so your loved ones will get to every destination unscathed and ready for adventure.
Get Wild with Dry Camping Safety Tips
Many RVers let boondocking safety worries prevent them from making the most of their home on wheels. That’s a shame, because cheap and free dry camping on public lands doesn’t put you at any more risk of crime than when you’re in a sticks-and-bricks home. In fact, you’re even more at risk in a fixed location. “A RV is much less appealing to a thief than a permanent residence, it is less likely to have the same amount of removable appliances, jewelry or fixtures that can easily be converted to cash,” says RV Life expert Dave Hegelson in Boondocking Safety 101. Review his tips and gain the confidence to try a fun and inexpensive dry camping lifestyle.
Don’t Get Your RV Stuck in Sand and Mud
Taking your RV off-road to dry camp can be exciting in more ways than one. Don’t get your RV stuck in the muck. Get tips for the best ways to get RVs out of sand, mud and soft surfaces. Along the way you will be shocked to learn that extending your leveling jacks can make the stuck RV problem worse. And more importantly, that most RV roadside hazard plans won’t extract you from sinking earth if your RV wheels get stuck on a private road.
Teach Kids About Campground Dangers
If you go RVing with kids, reminding them about campground safety tips is a must. Relaxation is the goal of any getaway but discussing personal protection with little ones never takes a break. Learn how to discuss campground hazards for kids to keep them safe. Everthing from moving RVs, distracted drivers and even the possibility of encountering a creepy child molester are all real dangers to talk about before you turn the key.
Keep the Carbon Monoxide Killer Away
You can’t touch, taste, feel or even smell it. But carbon monoxide poisoning in your RV can slowly kill you and your loved ones before you know what happened. Carbon monoxide poisoning takes more than 500 lives every year in the U.S. but these deaths are often totally preventable. Find out why you have the power to avoid a carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy. Protect yourself from this silent killer by practicing common sense tactics. Everything from knowing how to position your generator exhaust pipe to regular maintenance of your fuel-burning RV appliances can safe your life.
Life is full of mishaps and unfortunately you can’t avoid them all. Follow these RVing safety tips and the odds of something happening go down with every turn of the wheel.
Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.