Avoid any delays and unexpected problems when you take your recreational vehicle out for what should be a relaxing trip. Follow some of our suggestions below, and consider investing in some maintenance and safety classes to help ensure happy travels.
Take Care of Your Tires
- Check your tire pressure before setting out on the road, while they’re still cold.
- Never exceed the maximum tire pressure indicated on your tire sidewalls or your owner’s manual.
- Keep tires covered to protect them from the sun and weather when you’re not traveling.
Weigh Your RV and Tow Vehicle
Find a certified platform scale and get weighed to make sure weight is properly distributed and that you are within legal weight limits. Fully load your RV with passengers, cargo, fuel, personal belongings and full fresh water and propane tanks to get an accurate weight.
Understand Propane and Gas Systems
Inspect your propane and gas systems every spring for leaks and proper appliance operating pressure. Be sure you know how your RV alerts you to leaks, and know what to do if one occurs. Here’s some easy things to do if you smell gas or propane:
- Extinguish any open flames and pilot lights.
- Do not touch electrical switches.
- Shut off gas supply at the tank valve(s) or gas supply connection.
- Open the doors and windows and leave until the smell clears.
- Have the gas system checked and repaired by a qualified technician before using again.
Use the Onboard Generator Sparingly
The onboard generator gives you extra power when there’s no shore power available, but be wary of carbon monoxide.
- Never sleep with the generator running, and before you start the generator inspect the exhaust system.
- Test the carbon monoxide detector, and know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning so you can watch out for it.