RV Safety – Important Tips and Facts in New Infographic

RVs are not your typical vehicle. Size, weight, and other factors make an RV much different than a car or pickup truck. This means that different precautions must be regarded in order to keep you, your RV, and other road users safe.

Note: Since posting this original infographic, we have also feature two other infographics. You can view them here and here.

Review this new infographic for RV safety tips and information on proper driving of your vehicle:

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Summary

Fires

Fires are one of the most common accidents in an RV. Save yourself such a detrimental accident by having your RV checked for fluid leaks prior to a vacation and be prepared with a fire plan and fire extinguishers.

Tires

Tire issues are one of the most common causes of accidents with RVs. Never let tires get too old and brittle. Also check tire pressure each day you use your RV for best performance and maximum safety.

Carelessness

Don’t drive off with a slide-out still out, stairs still folded out, or the awning not put away. A simple check should be performed before driving off in the RV to make sure that everything is properly set to hit the road.

Clearance

Watch your height. Don’t be careless when driving under overpasses or other object hanging over the road. If possible, make sure the route you’re planning on taking is free of low overpasses prior to departure.

Balance

Watch how you pack your RV. Don’t put all the weight on one side, but keep furniture and other heavy objects in balanced places. Imbalanced loads are hard on the RV suspension and make the vehicle handle poorly.

Weight

Not overloading your RV should protocol no matter what. An overly weighed-down RV handles poorly, has a hard time breaking, and is much more likely have suspension and chassis problems.

Towing

Don’t tow more than your RV can handle and never exceed 3,000 lbs. in a trailer. Get your hitch checked prior to vacation and never drive with a shaky hitch. Use brake lights on your trailer and use extra trailer safety tools if possible.

Conclusion

RVs can and should be safe places for you and your family to vacation in. By following these procedures you can drive at ease and fully enjoy your trip.

Happy RVing!