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RV Adventure Safety Tips from Mr. Risk

RV Adventure Safety Tips from Mr. Risk

November 14, 2023

Embarking on an RV adventure is like tapping into a timeless human instinct—the desire to explore. From ancient cave markings to modern-day wanderlust, the call of the open road has always beckoned. And it's no coincidence that as soon as cars became a part of our lives, motor courts, auto parks, and motels sprang up, catering to our innate need to roam. Today, the recreational vehicle (RV) has become the epitome of a "home away from home" for many, whether it's a retired couple's dream abode, an alternative lifestyle statement, or a temporary getaway.

Whether you're planning an extended journey to escape winter's chill, a cross-country visit to reconnect with loved ones, or just a short vacation, one thing remains constant: our WizdomOne Team wants your RV trip to be a safe and enjoyable experience. That begins with a thorough review of your current auto insurance coverage, ensuring that the unique aspects and risks associated with RVs are adequately protected. But safety doesn't stop at insurance; it extends to the planning and operation of your RV.

To kickstart your safety-conscious mindset, let's delve into some expert recommendations:

1. Test Drive Your RV

If you're a newbie to a particular RV, take it for a test spin. RVs, especially when fully loaded, come with a myriad of operational considerations that go beyond your typical car. Get comfortable with cornering, turn radius, braking distance, blind spots, towing, acceleration, and height before hitting the road.

2. Propane Safety 

Propane is a critical aspect of any motorhome, from cooking to overall operations. Ensure that all equipment is meticulously inspected, understand proper filling procedures, know your maximum capacity, and be prepared in case of a suspected or actual propane leak.

3. Home and Car Safety Combined

Consider your motorhome as a blend of your home and your car. Safety tips that apply to both also hold true here. Install deadbolt locks, ensure smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are functional, inspect headlights, turn signals, belts, and hoses, and meticulously check all operational equipment for defects.

4. Assemble a Safety Kit

Prepare a safety kit that includes flashlights, batteries, road flares, repair tools, tape, jumper cables, and emergency food and water. It's better to be over-prepared than caught off guard.

5. Buckle Up

Always wear your seatbelt when the RV is in motion. Passengers often forget they're in a moving vehicle and might be engaged in activities like playing games, snacking, or cooking. A sudden stop or collision can lead to serious injuries if seatbelts aren't worn.

RVs hold the promise of enriching your travel experiences, as long as you prioritize proper preparation and adhere to safety precautions. Our WizdomOne Team is your trusted ally, ready to provide valuable advice and ensure you have the right insurance protection. So, hit the road with peace of mind and safe travels!

'Boy, You're Gonna Carry That Weight'

The Beatles hit the nail on the head with "Abbey Road," and when it comes to RVs, there's one operational risk even experienced drivers should never underestimate: overloading. It's the leading cause of RV accidents, and here's why it matters more than you might think. While it's obvious that RVs are heavier and trickier to handle than standard vehicles, the way you load your cargo can make things even more complicated.

  • Key weight considerations include:
  • The gross vehicle weight of the RV itself.
  • The RV's weight when fully loaded (don't forget the considerable weight of filled water and propane tanks).
  • The distribution of weight to prevent an overbalanced and unwieldy RV.
  • Ensuring your tires are properly rated and inflated to handle the load.