RV safety should always be top of mind, particularly as the busy summer travel season approaches and you start preparing for new adventures on the road. Read these helpful RV safety tips to ensure that all of your family’s summer trips are enjoyable and stress-free.
RV Safety Tips
- Check your tire pressure and tread wear at least once each month. Check again prior to each RV trip.
- Check to be sure that slide outs and bay doors are secured and latched.
- Check your hitch, towing equipment and safety cables.
- Disconnect power, TV, phone, water and sewer lines.
- Make sure that any jacks, steps, and awnings are retracted.
- Check underneath your RV for any sign of fluid leaks.
- Check your oil, transmission and coolant levels.
- Check your brakes — air brakes, parking brake and tow brakes.
- Make sure your stove burners and oven are off.
- Check your propane tank for leaks and your intake/exhaust lines for any blockages.
- Make sure all smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and propane leak detectors are working.
- Always check your surroundings (weather, bridges, overhangs and ground hazards).
- Know your precise clearance before leaving on a trip so that you don’t misjudge the clearance on bridges and overhangs. If it helps, write your exact clearance on a sticky note or sticker and stick it right to your dashboard.
- Never refuel while any propane appliance (or the engine) while your RV is running.
- Make sure propane tanks have an overfill protection device and check intake/exhaust vents for birds nests or other blockages.
- Check to make sure all seat belts in your RV are present and working.
- Leave your travel itinerary with friends or family in the event of an emergency.
Once you’ve taken these RV safety tips into consideration, be sure to read about what to pack for your summer RV trips so that you don’t leave anything important behind. For more information on RV consignment or pre-owned RV inventory, contact us at (863) 450-4915 or fill out our online contact form.