RV Safety: 6 Tips for a Smooth Trip

RV Safety Tips

Is it time to hit the open road? Recreational vehicles or RVs are a fun and convenient way to travel. You will save money by avoiding paying for expensive hotel lodging and dining out while travelling. Plus, motorhomes can be parked overnight at many campsites, which means you will have access to plenty of activities and things to do – without the hotel bill. If you plan on taking an RV vacation, here are some RV safety tips to consider before you pack up the motorhome.

1.   Practice driving before the trip. If you have never taken your recreational vehicle on a vacation before, practice driving it before you depart for a trip. Test out the brakes, adjust the mirrors and get a feel for driving a larger vehicle. And don’t forget to practice backing up, which can be tricky for first-timers.

2.  Drive your RV safely. When handling your RV, there are a few things to remember. Allow plenty of extra space for braking, as a motorhome will require more space to slow down than a car. Pay attention to your blind spots, too. RV’s come with large mirrors, but there will be parts of the road that you will still be unable to see. Keep this in mind and make sure to use your turn signals.

3.  Protect yourself and your motorhome with insurance. Make sure you stay safe with RV insurance while you are on the road. Consider towing and labor coverage, liability coverage and medical payments coverage when looking for an insurance policy. Check out RV insurance rates to find an affordable option that meets your needs.

4.  Inspect tires often. Check your tires every day that you drive, if possible. Before you depart, double check the air pressure and make sure your tires are ready for the trip. Overinflating can affect braking, and underinflating can cause blowouts, so maintaining good tire pressure is important for a safe trip.

5.  Bring an emergency kit. Expect the unexpected when travelling. Since your RV is your lodging, it’s a good idea to stock up for an emergency situation. Bring a first aid kit, flashlight, non-perishable food, bottled water, blankets and emergency contact information on your RV vacation.

6.  Check your RV’s weight. Your motorhome’s weight matters. Avoid overloading the vehicle as it can cause damage to tires or even result in a breakdown. Also, remember to distribute weight evenly on both sides of the vehicle, and keep the heaviest items closest to the ground to make it easier to maintain control.

With these RV safety tips, you will be well-prepared to have a safe and fun vacation on the road. For RV vacation ideas, check out the Travel Channel’s list of RV road trips for an exciting recreational vehicle adventure.

Christina Miller loves to write, especially about business. She holds a B.A. in Marketing. Christina’s favorite things include traveling, reading and exploring new restaurants in Cleveland.


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  1. Great post and wonderful tips. One of my life long dreams is to RV across the country. Hopefully I will get to do that soon so that you for sharing!

  2. I would love to own an RV and will keep these tips in mind in case I ever do buy one, thanks!

  3. Thanks for the tips. We’ve been thinking of borrowing our parent’s RV for a trip!

  4. I went on an RV trip with my extended family when I was a teenager. It was definitely an adventure!

  5. I have always wanted to go on an RV road trip. Sadly, hubby doesn’t love the idea. :) I think the idea of an emergency kit is great for however you are traveling, though!

  6. These are great tips. A lot of them are the same for those who are tent camping and driving their cars as well.

  7. I’ve never even been in an RV, but would love to take a cross-country trip in one, some day. :)

  8. I haven’t been in an RV in so long but these are some great tips.

  9. That would be scary for me. I’d definitely practicing driving a lot. A lot. Like A LOT.

  10. I’ve never been in an RV before, but I would love to get one of these to travel with the family!

  11. I always wanted to go on an rv trip. Thanks for the tips!

  12. I just saw a news snippet on how RV’s are selling like hotcakes again now. Not my idea of a vacation LOL, but I can see how being on the road in ‘your own place’ would appeal to a lot of people.

  13. I would definitely need practice driving an RV before a trip. I’d be scared to drive it because of how big they are!

  14. my uncle used to have an RV and we used it a lot.

  15. I’ve never taken a trip in an RV but it would be kinda fun.

  16. Those are great tips!

  17. I don’t own an RV – but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to go inside and look at them.

  18. I especially like that 1st tip. Practice driving would be a good idea.

  19. I’d like to go RVing some day. Hubs will have to do the driving though.

  20. My parents have an RV and we always have so much fun when they take it camping.

  21. I don’t have an RV but I can see us renting one some day for trips — these are great tips to keep in mind!

  22. Great advice to follow!

  23. I would love to get a RV one day

  24. I’ve always wanted to take a road trip in an RV!

  25. My husband I have talked about renting an RV. I think it would be nice.

  26. We’ve never vacationed in a RV, but thanks for the tips. You never know when the opportunity will arise :)

  27. Really smart to bring an emergency kit and to practice before going on your trip. They’re things I might not have thought of.

  28. I don’t have an RV, but it would be so fun to have one!

  29. I would love to travel cross country in an RV someday but I would absolutely NOT be the one driving.

  30. My husband wants to take an RV trip across the Us sometime. I’ll all for it as long as I have a shower, toilet and kitchen. I’m not much of a camper. Okay, I don’t camp.

  31. I’ve never been on an RV! I’m tempted to rent one the next long family vacation though!!:)

  32. Catherine Shaw says:

    I’ve always fantasized about taking an RV road trip and now that we’re retired, maybe we’ll actually get around to doing it. These are great tips. Safety first!

  33. Lisa Kerr says:

    Thank you very much for all the wonderful travel tips (trailer travel tips) that is. My family & I just recently purchased a 29′ travel trailer and will be going on our first trip around the middle of July. This will be the first time we haven’t had to rent a cabin or a hotel room, so I am looking forward to this trip! Thanks again.

  34. Christina Kelbel says:

    Great tips that I will have to remember. I have always wanted to take an rv road trip, it’s a dream of mine actually to visit all 50 states. it’s on my “:bucket list”……..lol

  35. My husband says he’d like to travel by RV. I’ve never done it. But with safety and planning like the advice you included, especially about insurance, I’d consider it.

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