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Traveling Tips For The RV Enthusiast
It's vacation time and if you own an RV,
it's time to travel. Before any departure, take the time to run through
Once you are on the road, keep safety first by
following this Safety First Checklist.
- Disconnect and store electrical, water, and sewer lines.
- Close holding-tank valve.
- Secure LP-gas bottles and turn off gas.
- Turn off all LP-gas appliances.
- Clear counters and tables.
- Close and latch all cabinets and closets.
- Secure refrigerator door and storage compartments.
- Close and secure vents and windows.
- Turn off interior lights.
- Turn off water pump.
- Turn off separate 12-volt system.
- Put window shield, awning and antenna down.
- Lock door and retract step.
- Make last-minute check around RV to make sure everything is on
board, stored and secured.
- If you're departing a campground, also make sure all trash is
picked up around your campsite and disposed of properly in trash
cans - not the campfire pit. Be courteous to other campers coming in
after you by leaving the campsite cleaner than when you got there.
- It's a good rule not to cook in the unit while moving down the
- NEVER have a pilot light on or the unit running at a gas station.
- Try to avoid large cities at rush hour.
- Speed up as you approach a steep hill to make the climb with less
strain on the engine, but do so safely and in a manner consistent
with road and traffic conditions.
- If it's possible, allow one length of your vehicle, between your
RV and the next vehicle, for every ten MPH.
- When there are reports of high winds, find shelter in a campground
or rest park.
- When you are going to be passed by a bus or semi-truck, take your
foot off the gas, pull as far over in the right lane as possible and
steer as straight as you can until the vehicle passes.
- Keep an eye on service station attendants who may inadvertently
fill water tanks with gasoline and vice versa.
- Some long tunnels do not allow LP gas. A five-minute phone call
can save a five-hour delay. Ask for alternate routing.
- Know how to operate your fire extinguisher.
- Never drive when you are drowsy. If you feel yourself getting
tired, switch drivers or take a break with some fresh air.
--article courtesy of BeOutdoors.com
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