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Five Tips for Safe RV Travel

SmartPlug was designed with one main goal – to improve safety standards of RVers and Boaters. When traveling or spending leisure time in an RV, there is nothing more important than the safety of all passengers on board. With millions of RV enthusiasts enjoying the RV lifestyle, it’s increasingly important that all RVers take the time to understand how to safely enjoy their travels.

Here are SmartPlug’s five tips for RV Safety:

1. Security

A major concern for RVers is the lack of security options for protecting their RV and their belongings from theft or invaders. The most important precaution to take is to keep your doors, windows, and bays locked. Avoid displaying flashy or expensive items to keep yourself from being made a target. Another option is installing a camera security system. Lastly, check in with trusted friends or family members to make sure they know your intentions for timing and location. By sharing your updated location and planned schedule, you’ll not only give them peace of mind but you’ll also be creating a back-up plan if you go unheard from.

2. Know Your Height

This tip sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed by the amount of people who forget the extra height of an RV while driving. In fact, hitting a bridge or overhang is one of the most common RV accidents. A simple trick to ensure you’re always aware of your height is by putting a bright colored sticky note on your dashboard with your exact clearance. In addition to height, keep in mind the width of your RV. Getting stuck under a highway overpass will certainly ruin your RV season!

3. Traveling with Kids

RVing is a great way to spend time together as a family. While traveling with kids, it’s important to give constant reminders to remain seated. During long RV trips, it’s easy to forget you’re in a moving vehicle, but keep in mind that turns, bumps, braking, and unexpected movement can cause danger for the passengers who are not seated. In addition to being seated, being buckled in is the safest way to travel.

4. Be Cautious

Being a cautious driver will help you avoid a great deal of accidents. Always use turn signals, signal in the last 100 feet before you turn, and always drive with your headlights on. You would expect a vehicle this big would be easily seen, but accidents are regularly reported as being caused by drivers who “never saw them coming.” Finally, always slowly approach your turns. You can never be too careful when it comes to the safety of you, your family, and others on the road.

5. Updated Electrical Connection

The last thing you need during an RV trip is an unexpected fire. The best way to prevent RV fires is by making sure you have the proper electrical connections. Many RVers are still using the outdated and problematic twist-type connectors. The SmartPlug provides greater protection against loose connections and corrosion – the leading causes of park power failure and fires. Make sure your RV’s electrical connection is minimizing electrical transfer, has solid sleeve connection, and has weatherproof seals. We hope you follow our tips to enjoy a fun and safe RV season! Remember, SmartPlug offers top of the line inlets, connectors, cordsets, and other electrical accessories designed specifically for RVs. For more information or for help safety-proofing your RV, visit us online.