Traveling around in your RV, whether it’s just for the summer or full-time, can be incredibly fun. You can explore all the best parts of the country and still have somewhere relaxing to sleep every night. Some RVs are so luxurious that you might not even realize you’re on the road. But you’ll also want to be taking all the right precautions so you and your family can be safe on your trip.
Campers who stick close to civilization and those who prefer spending nights out in the boondocks can benefit greatly from some safety tips, so Copley’s RV has provided some for you. Check out some of our tips and then let us know what some of yours are so we can improve our own safety prep. We proudly serve St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, and Jupiter Farms, Florida.
Let’s start with what you can pack. Some tips are about prevent small inconveniences that can become increasingly annoying. Little things like over the counter painkillers can help stave off an oncoming headache and sunglasses and sunscreen can prevent sun damage to your skin and eyes. You’ll also want to pack some bug spray if you want to avoid getting eaten alive by mosquitos or other bugs (and goodness knows you’ll need it if you stick close to home). But at some point, you’ll start to escalate to more serious safety gear. First aid kits can give you a nice balance between tackling minor issues like scrapes and covering more serious wounds until you can get professional help.
Prepare for Emergency Situations
When you move into the realm of gear specifically made for emergencies, one of the most obvious pieces of equipment that might come to mind is fire extinguishers. Between the cooking appliances, the electrical wiring, and the outdoor firepit, you’re going to be surrounded by fire hazards. If you want to protect your traveling home and the campers around you, you’ll want to have multiple extinguishers scattered throughout the rig, and even somewhere outside of it.
You might also want to have a roadside emergency kit handy with some basic tools. Things like a flat tire but be simple enough that you can patch things up yourself until you reach the nearest RV technician. You’ll definitely still want to see a mechanic to make sure everything is in order, but if you can skip the tow truck, that’ll save you a little bit of money.
Safety on the Road
When it’s time to hit the road, you’ll want to make sure you’re completely prepared to travel safely. This means being confident and focused behind the wheel, starting long before the day of your first trip. Whether this is your first RV or just a new one, you’ll want to spend some time figuring out how it runs. Find a big, empty parking lot and relearn some of the driving basics, like reversing, stopping, turning, and parking. Then take to the freeway--preferably at a time when traffic is light--and get used to high speed driving and merging. Keep in mind that the bigger rigs take longer to slow down and come to a stop so you’ll want to leave more room than you might be used to between you and the vehicle in front of you.
There are a lot of other ways to stay safe while you’re out traveling in your RV, so take some time to connect with other members of the RV community and do a little more research on the internet to get the full scope of options before you. If you still need the right camper to travel around in, including motorhomes, then stop by Copley’s RV and we’ll help you find the perfect model for you and your family. We welcome all current and future RV owners from St. Lucie County, Palm Beach County, and Jupiter Farms, Florida.