RV Maintenance Service Checklist
While most families anticipate the adventure of an RV road trip, it’s the planning and preparation that isn’t so much fun. Let’s take a look at RV preparation tips to ensure your safety while on the road with the family.
According to an article at geico.com, “RV Preparation Tips”
“Realize your size. Many road mishaps occur because of an RV’s additional size and weight. For in-stance, operators accidentally drive under an overpass without enough clearance because they forget about the additional height. Know your RV’s height and keep it handy. Also know the clearances of the bridges and tunnels along your route – especially on back roads. A road atlas specifically for RVers or semi drivers can help.
Maintenance is important. An RV that’s mechanically sound will be less apt to break down. Be meticulous about maintenance. Make a pre-trip checklist and do an inspection every time you get behind the wheel. Utilize these safety tips to ensure the proper maintenance of your RV:
• Inspect all belts, and hoses for cracking and replace where required
• Check headlights, turn signal, tail lights
• Check your tires for the correct air pressure and sufficient tread depth
• Check any hitch or towing equipment
• Check your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms
• Clean your cooking vent hood to avoid grease fires
Have a plan if you do break down. Carry your cell phone and know the emergency numbers to call. Also leave your itinerary with relatives or friends in case of emergency.
Adjust for weather. Heavy winds, rain, fog, and ice make RV driving treacherous. If possible, plan your trip to avoid bad weather or factor in extra time so you can delay travel if necessary.
Always wear safety belts. Passengers should be belted in also. Laws don’t require RV’s to have safety belts in all areas where passengers can sit, but it is better to be safe so buckle up!” To read the entire article click here.