RV Information from Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
Make RV Safety A Priority
Your bags are packed, the kids and dog are in the back of the wagon, and the RV is on the hitch. You're all set for a great camping trip, right?
Wrong, if you haven't taken the time to think about safety.
Our campers tell us that safety is their #1 concern when planning their camping trips and vacations. That's why KOA goes to great lengths to ensure our campgrounds are safe, secure places for your family to enjoy. But there are things you can do to make your camping trip safe. Here are a few tips:
- Smoke alarm - If your RV doesn't have at least one, get one and install it before your next trip. And don't forget to push that little "test" button before every trip and change the battery at least once a year.
- Fire extinguisher - You'll need at least two; one for the galley and one for your sleeping area. Be sure to get a chemical extinguisher good for any type of fire.
- Propane leak detector - Get a detector, and install it close to the floor (LP gas will settle to the lowest point).
- Carbon monoxide detector - Have all of your exhaust systems checked, then install a detector at shoulder level. The battery needs replacing at least once a year, too.
- Get a cell phone - That monthly fee will be worth it the first time you have a problem on the road.
- Personal security - Put locks on all of your RVs sliding doors and windows. You should also double lock your doors (just like at home) and leave your outside "security light" on at night. But the best security is to not travel alone. Staying in rest areas or parking lots can give RVers a false sense of security. The best bet is to stick together with other RVers and campers in regular campgrounds such as KOAs.
- Practice, practice, practice - RVs are typically a lot longer than the vehicle you usually drive. Take the time to get use to the vehicle before hitting the road.