Recreational Vehicle (RV) road trips and RV camping have always been a popular vacation option. A hassle-free camping expedition can be a memorable and rewarding experience for you and your family and friends.
Exploring the long open roads can be beautiful and exciting but you?ll be making a mistake if you do not take into account the risk of thieves, drunk drivers, natural predators and breakdowns when out camping. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned RV camper, planning and preparation is crucial for a safe and successful camping trip.
While it might be impossible to avoid every issue arising during your camping journey, following these tips can help you plan a great and safe RV camping experience.
- RV Camper Prep
Planning in advance for personal safety while camping makes all the difference and ensuring everything is in working order is important.
- You should ensure that all on-board electronics like external lights, windshield wipers, reversing cams and the horn are working fine.
- Ensure that tires are inflated correctly and the treads on them are fine.
- Fluid levels of oil, washer fluid, water, coolant should be topped up.
- Make sure you?re RV camper has comprehensive insurance and covers every aspect of your trip.
- A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for a long road trip.
- Safe Driving
If you?re planning an RV camping vacation, you should make a point to safely learn and drive your RV prior to taking trips and follow the safety guidelines.
- Driving an RV is akin to driving a big-rig truck. You should be well-versed with how to accelerate, use the brakes and back up your RV into a parking or camping lot using the side and rear view mirrors.
- By taking extra precautions when entering or exiting highways, driving well within posted speed limits, leaving extra space, making wider turns will ensure your on-road safety.
- Avoid distractions such as texting, balancing foods or liquids or talking on the phone while driving. Trying to read maps can be risky as well, so invest in a good GPS tracker for your camper home.
- Wildlife Precautions
You are bound to come in contact with a variety of wildlife on your trip. Remember, the key word here is ?wild? and they will view you as intruders or even prey.
- Never approach them. Period.
- Read up on the fauna you can expect and follow park guidelines.
- Secure your food and dispose your garbage to avoid attracting unwanted visitors.
- Bugs and insects can be a real pain, so be well-stocked with bug repellent and if you have allergies, make sure you have the proper medication at hand.
- Up to Date with the Weather
Weather conditions are an important factor when going camping, so be updated with the latest local conditions to where you?re headed. Also check for road conditions, any diversions or closures well in advance.
- Ensure Security
Security of your family and your RV is of utmost importance. Make sure you?ve made adequate arrangements in advance, the correct locks, any protection gear and also easy access to any if you have none. While camping, do not leave anything outside the RV and lock up all valuables and cash.
These tips will ensure a safe RV camping trip.