RV’s have recently been rising in popularity in America as a great way to travel across the United States. According to Richard Coon, president of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, “More than 20 million Americans travel in RVs every year because of the unmatched freedom and flexibility they provide when traveling.” With school out and summer underway, Fahs Insurance wants to provide you with some RV tips to help with your summer adventures.
When traveling, you can choose to stay at a RV campground or a rest stop. When you first get to where you will be staying the night, you should follow a checklist to be sure everything will be set up and secured for your stay. This includes the following:
1. Check for low hanging branches or obstacles on the ground that could damage the RV.
2. Locate the sewage, electrical and water hookups.
3. Pull the RV close to the hookups and balance it with blocks or a stabilizing jack if necessary.
4. Chock the wheels to secure the vehicle.
5. Connect to the electrical hookup and switch appliances to run from the hookup instead of the battery or propane source.
6. Attach the sewer hose to the drain hookup – wear gloves for this step.
7. Pull out the awning and set up your campsite.
When you stay at a campground, you must also be courteous to your neighbors during setting up and your stay. By following a few simple etiquette tips, you and your neighbors can have an enjoyable stay during your vacation.
1. Always follow the guidelines established by the campgrounds.
2. Clean up after your pets and keep their noise level down.
3. Be sure to park properly to keep from intruding on your neighbor’s area.
4. If you are coming in late, try to be quiet and courteous while you set up for the night.
5. Make sure the sewer is properly connected so it doesn’t spill over onto your neighbor’s patio area.
6. Do not trespass.
7. Keep everything tidy.
The most important part to maintain on an RV is the tires. You are at risk for a tire blowout if you do not follow proper maintenance, which could endanger your family and other vehicles around you. By taking precautions, you can help minimize preventable tire blowout and have a safe and fun vacation.
1. Check the air pressure of the tires to be sure it is within the correct PSI
2. Change tires at most every five years or when the tread or tires look worn down
3. Use tire covers during long pit stops to prevent damage from the sun
4. Take the RV out periodically during parts of the year it is not in use to prevent cracks from forming on the bottom of the tires
5. Conduct frequent inspections of the entire wheel area to be sure everything is functioning throughout your trip
Fahs Insurance is happy to help you find the best insurance and other options for your RV. Together we can help you feel safe and prepared for your next RV adventure.