RV Safety Checklist
Everyday there are so many things rviers do that put them in harms way. Let's face the fact an RV is a dangerous machine if used improperly. After doing extensive research I decided to post this checklist and I'm asking all fellow RViers to add your safety tips. Remember a few simple steps will provide you with safe, trouble free RVing for many years to come. Your rig is a major investment. Keep it and you safe this holiday season.
*Have your motor checked, make sure there is no gas leaks, coolant leaks, and that all fluids are full, and all engine parts are running properly and in good condition and do not drive in bad weather.
*Make sure all tow vehicles are tightly secure to respective trailers and that all trailers are secure fastened to the tow hitch. Make sure you do not leave the parking brake on while towing.
*Check for propane leaks. You cannot always trust your propane detector to do the job. If you smell gas, shut the propane off and have it repaired immediately.
*Never use the propane when driving. Not even the gas fridge. It increases your chances of a fire by 80% if you should have an accident.
*Always have a fire extinguisher, carbon dioxide detector and smoke detector on board and be prepared to use them. Along with fresh batteries.
Check all propane lines for leaks before you go. Use dish soap and soapy water. If the line bubbles, there is a leak.
*If you are going to have children on board make your appliances are child proof. Children messing with propane is a leading cause of RV fires.
* Check to make sure all grounding wires are perform properly. A faulty ground can be a recipe for disaster. Do not use your power inverter while driving. This is dangerous. Shut off. Many electrical fires have occurred because of this.
*Check tires, brakes, brake lines for leaks or air in the lines.
*If you own an older motorhome or a diesel with the fuel pump mounted on the motor. Inspect the pump frequently to make sure it is not leaking, and is performing properly. If you have any doubts. Replace the pump right away. These will lead to a fire if they are neglected for to long. Leaky fuel pumps are a leading cause of fires in commercial trucks.
Above all be safe and happy holidays.