SellMyRVToday.com is the number one RV purchaser in the country. Even though we mainly deal with customers selling their recreational vehicles, we know that many of them will get another one to take its place, and will continue living the RV lifestyle. For this reason, the safety and well being of RVers and campers are always on our minds. This should be the case with all RV purchasers and RV consignment dealers. Please read and consider following the tips we have provided for those who will be traveling on the road. None of it is rocket science, but it never hurts to have a safety reminder from time to time.
One thing that is certain about traveling is that you never know exactly what lies around the corner, both literally and metaphorically. No matter how well you lay out your vacation plans, there are always unexpected circumstances that could arise, including emergency situations. Weather, fire, illnesses or traffic accidents are all part of the “unexpected” that could occur. Hopefully it will not, but if it does, being prepared makes it easier to deal with.
Propane Gas – Liquid propane gas (known as LP) is what is used in your RV to cool the refrigerator, heat water and cook food. While it is very useful for campers, precautions must be taken to help assure safe use. Many motorhome users travel with the gas turned on to keep the food in the refrigerator cool. However, this is not a great idea. In the event of an accident or collision, the gas line could be compromised and a fire or explosion could occur. You can always keep your perishables on ice while rolling down the road.
Fire Extinguishers – All RVs should have fire extinguishers on board as standard equipment. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has mandated a rule stating that RVs must have a 5-lb BC-rated fire extinguisher near each exit. You should also keep fire extinguishers within reach of the kitchen, the driver’s compartment, the bedroom, under the coach in the storage compartment, and in the vehicle being towed (if applicable). Be sure to show any children traveling with you the location of the extinguishers, and teach them that they are not toys to be played with. If the children are old enough, teach them how to properly use the extinguishers should a fire occur.
Emergency Kits – Every motorhome or RV should be equipped with an emergency kit that contains items that will sustain the traveling party for three days without the help of any outsiders. The kit should include enough food, water and any medication that may be needed for each traveler in the party. Also, sanitary items should be remembered in the kit as well, for the sake of good health practices.
Communication Devices – There is a school of thought that claims that it is noble to toss away the cell phones while on a trip. This is not prudent. They should be carried and well charged so that in the event of a breakdown, an illness or an accident, you can communicate with officials who can send help. Using a GPS unit, or a GPS application on your smart phone, you will be able to report the exact coordinates of where you are
Carry a Tool Kit – Keep a set of tools on hand in the event that you need to make repairs to your RV should it break down in a remote area. You may not know a thing about vehicles or how to repair them but there may be a passer-by that stops to help you who does know how, but has no tools.
Carry a First Aid Kit – If someone becomes ill or injured on your trip, a first aid kit becomes priceless. Any recreational vehicle should have a supply of first aid items at all times. Included in the kit should be bandages, antibiotic cream, medical grade wrap and rubbing alcohol for disinfection if needed. If anyone in the traveling party has special needs, such as food or insect sting allergies, diabetes, or sudden onset diseases, special medications should always be on hand for them.
At SellMyRVToday.com, our business is to purchase RVs. However, we are always looking after the safety of the camping community. If you decide to leave that community, or sell the RV that you currently have so you can up or downgrade, we will purchase your RV (2002 or newer) quickly. Just let us know what you have to sell, and we will make you a fair offer based on market value. Once you accept, we will bring you the certified funds and drive away your RV. That is it. No additional insurance needed, no time sitting on a lot. Call us, and we will take care of you.