Tips for Safe RV Travel

Tips for Safe RV Travel

    • Before heading out on the road make sure all your windows are closed. This helps to keep the fumes outside and prevents the dust from entering your living area.
    • Adjust the convex wing mirrors on the vehicle, so both you and your co-pilot can see down the sides of your unit. Convex mirrors increase your field of vision and allow you to see things in your blind spot. Just remember that things are closer than they really are, so don’t use convex mirrors to judge distance. Also, once you have adjusted convex mirror they will not need to be re-adjusted
    • Plan your trip wisely and take into account the type of fuel, terrain, and necessary stops you may need to make for your RV / motorhome (for example fuel, sani-dump and fresh water stations).
    • Know your responsibility. Your RV is your home during the vacation. There are very few off-road RV’s available so stick to the safe spots rather than trying to go down narrow, boulder strewn or gravel roads.
    • If you have a RV rental, many companies do not allow travel on gravel or back roads.
    • While parking at stores take up a couple parking spots at the back of the parking lot if there are no RV or large truck parking stalls. It’s better to have enough room to make wide turns. If the parking lot is too small or too uncomfortable for you (large speed bumps and parking lot entry dips may cause you to bottom out) find one that suits you or find a safe place to park on the side, off the road.
    • Driving an RV is different from a car, SUV or truck. It is almost like driving a commercial big rig truck. Some things to consider are keep the RV between the lines, gradual acceleration and braking, use side view mirrors to see what’s behind you, watch tires in motion, and passing vehicles. And practice backing your RV up so that you can back into a campsite.
    • If you rent a RV and something is not working or you are uncomfortable with an element read the handbook and/or call the RV rental dealership. They’ll be able to talk you through any challenges you may come across, such as the propane functions or toilet setting.
    • Should you require a RV dealer for parts or service during your travel journey look up nearby locations on map.
    • Drive slowly over speed bumps and hit them straight on, meaning both wheels go over at the same time. If you drive over speed bump on an angle, your wheels are slightly ahead of one another and the coach will rock side to side and back and forth.

Tips to Back up your RV

  1. Have a co-pilot or passenger get out and scan the site before backing up, to ensure that that you don’t run over anything that may have been left behind by the previous occupant.
  2. Adjust your mirrors so they tilt down to see the lower rear corner of your vehicle.
  3. Have your co-pilot to the back slightly to the side of your vehicle to help back up the unit.
  4. Make sure that you can see the co-pilot in your side-mirror.
  5. Back in slowly and very carefully.
  6. Have your co-pilot use hand signals and roll down windows to make sure you can hear them for verbal cues.

Tips to Back up your Trailer

  1. Have a co-pilot or passenger get out and scan the site before backing up, to ensure that that you don’t run over anything that may have been left behind by the previous occupant.
  2. Adjust your mirrors so they tilt down to see the lower rear corner of your vehicle.
  3. Have your co-pilot to the back slightly to the side of your vehicle to help back up the unit.
  4. Make sure that you can see the co-pilot in your side-mirror.
  5. Have your co-pilot use hand signals and roll down windows to make sure you can hear them for verbal cues.
  6. Start with your vehicle and camper lined up straight.
  7. Put your hands on the bottom of the steering wheel.
  8. Watch the rear of the trailer as you back up slowly.
  9. To move the camper to the right, move your hands to the right.
  10. To move the camper to the left, move your hands to the left.
  11. Practice makes perfect. Try backing up in a big parking lot before tackling a campsite
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