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Used RVs And Safety First: What To Do Before Hitting The Road

By Julie Jacobs

Safety must be a top priority whether you are about to take your first trip or your 30th. Used RVs may need extra care and attention before taking them on the road. Follow the safety measures below for used RVs and new RVs. You will be able to drive safely with less worry.

Used RVs and Safety: Before Leaving

1. Before you leave, check all used RVs for rotten belts or hoses. Replace any damaged items in all used RVs that could prevent a smooth run.

2. Have someone help check the used RVs lights, including tail lights, head lights, turn signals, etc.

3. All used RVs have used tires, so check the tread and make sure all tires have the appropriate amount of pressure.

4. Make sure to make sure you have appropriate, working towing equipment, if you plan on towing fifth wheels, travel trailers, or another car. Some used RVs will need new towing equipment.

5. Pass on your important contact information to friends and family so they know where to contact you for emergencies.

6. If the recreational vehicle has a fire extinguisher, it should not be expired. If there are fire alarms, make sure the batteries work and that you take extra batteries with you.

7. Clean the hood above the oven to avoid kitchen fires.

8. Make sure your insurance papers are not expired and that you have a copy in the motor home.

9. Write down the used RVs height and weight dimensions and limits to avoid issues when driving.

When on the road:

1. Make sure you and your passenger have seatbelt fastened every time the RV is in motion.

2. Look around and stay aware of your surroundings when on the road.

3. Don’t forget to use the proper signals when turning. Check distances before hitting the brakes, remembering that driving a recreational vehicle is different than driving a regular automobile. Letting other drivers know what your plans are through proper signal use will help protect yourself.

4. Adjust your speed when you are approaching hills and curves, as well as when you change lanes.

5. It is important not to increase your speed when you approach a yellow light. This could be very dangerous.

6. If, perchance, you break down on the side of the road, use your hazard lights and place your orange warning triangles out. This includes flight tires.

7. Pay extra attention if you are driving on a wet or snowy highway or path. Pull over if you cannot see clearly.

8. And, always, stay off of your cellphone when driving new or used motor homes. Let others in the RV call and answer to avoid accidents.

Julie Jacobs enjoys writing about Used RVs. Read additional articles on RVs at

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Jacobs, Julie "Used RVs And Safety First: What To Do Before Hitting The Road." Used RVs And Safety First: What To Do Before Hitting The Road. 26 Aug. 2010. 24 Sep 2014 <>.

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