Camping is one of America’s pastimes that many people enjoy. Camping can be fun for everyone, but you need to take some precautions to make it safer and for you to become more experienced. Taking these precautions can make your camping experiences more fun for you and your family.
One of the first things that you need to do is to make sure you have everything that you need. You need to make sure that the camping gear that you have is safe and everything is in operable condition. Your camping gear can help keep you safe if it is used correctly.
This article will help you to learn about camping safety and what you need to do to keep your camping experience safe. It will share some safety tips that you should know and give you ideas on how to keep things safe. You could also do some research to find even more safety tips so that your camping trip is more enjoyable.
- Develop a Safety Checklist – Develop a safety checklist and use it for every trip. It can be as simple as G.O.A.L. which stands for Get Out And Look – which means you should get out of your RV before you leave every time and look for things that you might have forgotten – such as unplugging your power cord. It could also be very detailed, especially if you are new to camping and don’t yet have a safe routine.
This longer, more detailed list should include things like checking tire pressure and checking under the hood to make sure that all fluids are filled and that all belts and hoses look in good condition. See here for a suggested safety checklist: https://www.amfam.com/resources/articles/hobby-and-recreational-vehicles/ultimate-rv-road-trip-safety-checklist. This can help you out, especially if you are newer to the RV scene.
- Stay Buckled Up – You might feel the urge to get up while the driver is driving – you might want to make a sandwich or use the restroom. You shouldn’t do this; you should wait until your driver has pulled over. There are many rests stops and gas stations that you could pull over to on your way. If you choose to get up while driving, you could lose your balance as you go over a bump or turn a quick corner. Your driver could also need to come to a sudden stop, and you will go flying. And think about what could happen if you are in an accident, you could be seriously injured, or worse.
- Be Proactive About RV Maintenance – Many RVs are driven for a long distance and then parked for a long time. This is different from the way you drive a car, so it should be maintained differently than a car. You will want to check your recommended maintenance schedule and follow it carefully. You don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere and have something happen that could have been avoided if you had done regular maintenance.
- Replace Older RV Tires – Depending on the brand of tire, you may also want to replace newer tires. Some of these newer tires have been known to explode while you are driving so check the brand to make sure that you are safe. You will also want to make sure that there are no defects in your tires before you take off – and make sure that they are aired up correctly. Check here for a list of tires that you need to be aware of. It could save your life, or at least your RV.
- Add Tire Pressure Monitors – Tire pressure monitors tell you the pressure of your tires as you are driving. This will help you to know when there is a sudden loss of pressure and you could pull over before your tire blows. These monitors can help you to avoid costly accidents from a tire blowing. It could potentially save a life and save you money in the long run.
- Balance the Weight in Your RV – You want to balance the weight of everything you have in your RV – this includes any trailers or cars that you may be pulling. This will help you with the wear and tear of your tires. You want to balance cargo in your basement storage, your belongings that are in the main part of your RV, and even the water in all your tanks. You might even make sure that all your tanks are empty if you are going somewhere with full hookups.
- Secure Your Belongings – Make sure that all your belongings in the main part of your RV are secured. You don’t want anything coming loose and causing an issue while you are driving. If something comes loose and hits the driver, there could be an accident. Make sure that your cabinets and your refrigerator and freezer are all secured. You could use baby safety locks to keep these areas secure.
- Practice Driving Your RV – If you have never driven an RV, you might want to practice driving it before taking it on your first trip. Make sure that you drive up and down hills to see how it performs. You should also practice backing it up if you have never done so – even if you have backup cameras you will want to practice this. If you have a partner have them get out of the vehicle and help you to back up – backup cameras can’t see everything.
- Get a Backup Camera – Having a backup camera can help you when you are backing up and in other tight situations. As was mentioned above, don’t rely too much on the cameras, you want to have your partner help you with a radio to see what is happening in your blind spots. A backup camera can save you in many situations.
You want to have fun with your new or new-to-you RV, but you also want to be safe. You will need to follow the safety rules and the maintenance suggestions for your RV. You don’t want to do something silly or forget something, so make sure that you have a safety list that you follow closely. Being safe and following all the safety rules will help you to have a more satisfying trip.