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Old 03-27-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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10 Must Have Products for Safe RV Travel

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Top 10 Must-Have Products
for Safe RV Travel

With RV travel, getting there may be half the fun, but getting there safely sure makes it better. We compiled this list of RV products and accessories (they make great gifts, too!) to help you stay a "happy camper" and reach your destination safely.

While we can't recommend or endorse specific brands, a simple Internet search will help you find plenty of sources for these products. If you have a personal favorite, please share it on our Facebook page!

1. "Trucker style" phone headset. We all know using a headset is safer than holding a mobile phone while talking. However, most traditional headsets are not loud enough for RV travel, especially if you are hearing challenged. A trucker style headset allows for a clearer conversation, fits over your ear and works with most hearing aids.
2. A towing and hitch system for heavy loads. To prevent damage and add support to your existing tailgate cables, as well as for transportation of oversized vehicle, consider a system that attaches directly to your RV’s receiver and eliminates strain on your tailgate.
3. Motion-activated security system. Whether it’s a piercing siren or the sound of a barking dog, a motion-activated security system is easy to install and can be effective at keeping the bad guys away from your RV. Some high-tech systems even send a message to your cell phone with a video of the intruder!

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Some really good ideas there; thanks, Mike!
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I have most of those.. I do not use the "Trucker's headset" I either use hands free or let wife take the call (That is what a co-pilot is for right?)

Fire Extinguishers... The little toy Damon installed, 25 pounds powder and 2 "All-Fire" I got from Mac the Fire Guy.

The emergency tool.. IS basically useless since it's never in your hand when you need it (The hand has other things to do just prior to need and thus can not hold it) It is more likely to fly around and cause injury than be useful.. Still I have 2 of 'em. somewhere. (Secure).

The single most important thing you can have is alternative communications. Some of the places we RVers go. Cell phones can not be counted upon. And communications is the key to survival.
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IMHO, the only way I would have that C*** (the exception being 6,7, and 8) is if they halved my insurance rate for having them.

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IMHO, the only way I would have that C*** (the exception being 6,7, and 8) is if they halved my insurance rate for having them.
Ed, Thank you. What would be your 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 & 10.
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Some really good ideas there; thanks, Mike!
I agree. It did give me a list of stuff to consider and there are a number of good recommendations. I like the TPMS for example.
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Rather than the headset, I would opt to replace the stereo with a Bluetooth capable one. Your phone then automatically connects with the stereo when you get in range.
When the phone rings, the stereo automatically turns off the radio and conversation happens through stereo speakers and a microphone on the stereo.

I do see one advantage of the headset in that it gives you free hands if you are working on a project.
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I would like to add one more to the list if i may #11 a storm weather radio we have a portable one so we can take it outside with us its always set to auto
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There are some good ones there but there are also others that I wouldn't call "must haves"

1, 2 and 3. First off, no one has to take a call while driving. Let it go to voice mail and answer later is always an option.
2. Guess it depends on whether you tow or not
3. Help I guess but since the majority of RV's probably don't have one, can't really call it a "must have"

4 through 9 agree

10. Better to just make sure you are familiar with escape routes and make sure they work. In the mayhem of a real emergency like driving into a lake or a car accident, you aren't likely going to lay hands on such a thing quickly unless you mount it on the wall.

Some extras I think are must haves
Several Flashlights
Spare Bulbs for turn signals, headlights and such
Fuses
Fluids that might be needed such as Oils, Rad Coolant etc.
A road hazard triangle to place behind vehicle in case of breakdown.
A good quality Auto Association type RV service.
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1. "Trucker style" phone headset. We all know using a headset is safer than holding a mobile phone while talking. However, most traditional headsets are not loud enough for RV travel, especially if you are hearing challenged. A trucker style headset allows for a clearer conversation, fits over your ear and works with most hearing aids.
If it covers the ear and keeps you from hearing normal traffic noise then it's illegal here in WA state.
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I would tend to agree with sirpurrcival. I do tend to take a little different view, as I am in a 5er rather than a MH.

1) I will generally ignore any phone calls, especially when or if I have my hands full driving. Why not, I ignore phone calls if I don't feel like answering them...
2) doesn't apply
3) If I need a security system that badly, I would re-evaluate my choice of campgrounds. If i'm wally-docking, I'm in the rig, and I have security handled. That said, if the insurance company provided an appreciable discount, I would consider it.
4 - 8) Absolutely.
9) Not a bad idea, if you have a pet... I can't get the image of getting smacked in the back of the head with a 140 pound rottwieler out of my head...
10) I agree they probably aren't that big on my list of priorities, but they are cheap enough, if you can find a good spot to mount it near the drivers seat.

As to other items... After a recent blow out, and sitting on the side of the interstate, a triangle and some flares are high on my list. Also is one of those fancy devices that I can plug the trailer lights into, so I can leave the lights and flashers on if I have to leave it for what ever reason.

I do agree that one of the most important items to never leave home with out is a road service program phone number. Alternative communications can also be helpful, but you may need to be imaginative. if you don't have cell service, your CB may not go very far either. I happen to have a satellite phone, due to professional reasons. A bit far to go for RVers, but could be handy if all else fails.
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