Every RVer needs to know what precautions to take in order to have a safe journey out there. There’s a lot of different items you need to bring in case of an emergency, and there are practices you should get into to ensure your own safety on the road. This brief guide should give you just about everything you need to know, but if you have any other questions, ask one of our RV experts at Wisconsin World RV. We have all the knowledge you need to make your next trip in your motorhome or travel trailer successful, and we also have a great selection of RVs if you’re still in the market! So come on out and visit us at our RV dealership in Deforest, WI, just outside of Madison.
Basic Safety Items
Whether or not you’re travelling in an RV, you’ll need sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug spray on any vacation. By themselves, you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache if you pack these around, because nothing’s more annoying than bug bites on top of a sunburn. You should also carry a first aid kit for emergencies and a flashlight so people don’t hurt themselves in the dark.
Use Two Way Radios
With a set of two way radios, you’ll be able to keep in touch if you’re travelling in two vehicles. Of course, you can also use cell phones, as long as each vehicle has a passenger to contact each other, but the important part is to maintain communication. When keeping in touch, you can synchronize rest stops and let the other person know if for any reason you need to stop.
Safety on the Road
Especially on a long trip, you’re going to want to keep track of your tire’s pressure and health with a tire pressure monitor. This way, you’ll be able to check your pressure at every stop, and pick up on any damages right away if you notice your tire’s quickly losing pressure. Also, a trailer brake controller will improve your travelling safety a lot. This device synchronizes your trailer brakes with your tow vehicle, which means they’re more responsive, reliable, and much easier to use.
With a roadside emergency kit, you’ll be a lot less stressed in case you end up broken down on the shoulder of the road at any point. In these kits, you’ll get all the tools you need for basic repairs, first aid equipment, and devices for visibility. Of course, with an emergency kit, you get what you pay for, so pricier kits have a lot more durable, useful equipment. Nonetheless, if you don’t want to spend the money for the best emergency kit out there, even the cheap ones will help you out when you’re in a tight spot.
Preparing for Fires
Fires can happen anywhere – in your house, your car, at work, and even in your RV. Fires are devastating in an RV, so it’s very important to be adequately prepared for an emergency like this. Every RV owner should have at least two fire extinguishers easily accessible in their RV. You’ll need an extinguisher that works for Class A fires (when combustible material like wood and fabric catch fire) and Class B fires (grease fires, oil fires, etc.) Keeping one in the kitchen or close to it isn’t a bad idea, and then the exterior storage compartment is another great place to store a fire extinguisher. This way, you’ll have an extinguisher within reach if you have a fire either inside or outside.
Packing your RV with all the necessary equipment is the only way to make sure you safely have fun when you’re out camping. As with any fun activity, safety must always be your first consideration, so if you have any more questions about how to prepare for your next trip, come ask us at Wisconsin World RV. Our dealership is located near Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.