Posted on Aug 5, 2010 12:50:01 PM
A vacation in an RV can be an unforgettable adventure in which you make lifelong memories. But to ensure these are positive happy memories, there are a number of safety preparations you should make to avoid any accidents or injuries.While you are using your RV, it serves as your home; where you sleep, eat, and spend time with friends and family. For this reason, you should take the same safety precautions you do in your permanent home. Any RV should have a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector installed. These are extremely important because you will be cooking in close proximity with where you will be sleeping at night. Before you leave, make sure the batteries of these devices are working properly. You should also take the same security measures you use on your home such as locks on windows and doors.One of the major causes of RV accidents is overloading. When you pack your RV pay close attention to the weight limits of the vehicle. Once you are packed and ready to go, it is a good idea to weigh your RV at a local public scale in order to ensure you aren’t overloaded. As you load the RV, you must also make sure that the distribution of weight is even. Another important factor in RV weight is how much the tow vehicle can support. If you have a larger RV you may need larger tires or even a larger rig to avoid an accident. The key is to always pay attention and follow the manufacturer’s weight limits. Failure to do so could result in tire blow outs, brake failure, or inefficient fuel consumption. When you rent or purchase an RV, you should understand and consider the weight limits of the vehicle so you can determine if it is an appropriate size for your needs.