RV Travel Safety Tips

With RV travel season in full swing, it’s important to be aware of some key safety tips. Danger never takes a vacation, so stay safe while on the road and enjoy your family’s trip courtesy of Harvey Sarles Insurance Agency. 

1. Wear Your Seatbelts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a great list of states that have varying seat belt laws for adults and children. In addition to this, each state has its own car seat law. It’s important to check these laws before you travel with kids in your RV. 

2. Know The Height Of Your RV

The height of your RV is a crucial part of keeping you and your family safe during an RV road trip. You’ll want to know the maximum height clearance for your specific RV, as well as any aftermarket additions that increase the height of your rig. Depending on your state, the maximum RV height can range from 13 feet 6 inches to 14 feet. Alaska has a cap at 15 feet, so be sure to check local and state regulations. 

3. Make Sure Your RV Is In Good Working Order

Your RV is a big piece of your family’s life, so you want to make sure it stays in good working order. Whether you’re traveling full-time or just taking it on weekend trips, keeping your RV in tip-top shape will ensure that you and your family have a safe and memorable time. If you don’t have an RV maintenance schedule, it’s not a bad idea to get one and follow it. The right RV maintenance routine will keep your RV running well and help you to spot issues before they become too big. 

4. Carry The Right Luggage

The right luggage can mean the difference between a dreadful experience and a dream trip. Oversized bags and expensive bag fees are a pain, and even a simple misplacement can lead to a frustrating travel day. For most road trips, a carry-on is the best option. However, if you are going on a longer journey or will be staying in an RV for a while, consider investing in a duffel or soft bag that you can wheel through airports. Additionally, you should also bring some small medical essentials with you. These include a first-aid kit, pepper spray, and bear spray (if you’re camping in the wild).  

5. Have RV Insurance

RVs are great ways to travel and explore, but they can also be dangerous if you don’t have the right RV insurance. Many people assume they can just add their RV to their auto insurance policy, but this can be a mistake because it doesn’t address some of the risks that come with owning an RV. For example, if you keep your RV parked in a garage or shed while you’re not using it, an insurer will need to know where that’s located. And, if you travel full time in your RV, they’ll want to know where it stays when you’re not using it, such as a campground or a rented lot. Contact us today!

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