Planning an RV Trip - Things to Consider
Before you begin your trip – cross country or just to the next state – have a travel check-up for your RV. That checkup should include inspection of all belts and hoses, headlights, tires, and turn signals. Also don’t forget to make sure the towing hitch, fire extinguisher and smoke alarms are in working order.
Don’t forget this is your home away from home, so always carry your emergency tool kit with you, which should include:
- Adjustable Wrench
- Jumper Cables
- Flashlight with Extra Batteries
- Road Flares
- Duct Tape (useful for many quick fixes such as a radiator leak in the engine or a hose leak in the sink)
Other trip tips to consider are to make sure your cooking vent hood is clean to help avoid fires. Also, make sure you leave your trip plans and phone numbers with a family member or friend.
Finally, it is important to review basic emergency procedures with everyone accompanying you on this trip. Remember it is safer to stay in the RV during lightning. However, if there is a tornado warning you find a tornado shelter or the next best thing which would be parking under a bridge or similar structure. Also, don’t ever drive through any deep water as the depth can be deceiving. Use your common sense and you will have a pleasurable trip!