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The World Of Recreational Vehicles
RVs and motorhomes are a lot of fun, but they also come with a lot of responsibility. Here’s what you need to know to safely navigate the world of recreational vehicles.
RV Safety Statistics
On average, RVs are significantly safer than other types of vehicles.
- Average of 75,000 injuries each year due to RV accidents
- Average of 26 fatalities a year due to RV accidents
- Average fatality rate for RVs is 1/3 of all vehicles – 0.44 per 100 million vehicle miles versus 1.48 for all vehicles
Leading Causes of RV Accidents
- Inexperienced/overtired drivers
- High winds
- Overloading/too much weight
- Runaway trailers
- Rollover caused by high center of gravity
- Poorly calculated stops and turns
- Improperly balanced loads
5 Ways to Protect Against Fire and Gas Explosions:
- Don’t paint your propane tank a dark color (may cause tank to overheat and explode).
- Never travel with the stove, oven or heater burners lit.
- Never refuel while the engine or any propane device is running.
- Make sure all propane tanks have an overfill protection device.
- Install a propane gas detector in your RV.
5 Ways to Avoid Unexpected Blowouts
- Cover all tires when storing your RV.
- Check tire pressure at least once a month.
- Block and level your RV when storing for more than a few days.
- Always repair nail punctures from the inside.
- Replace any tire more than seven years old – even with good tread remaining.
What To Do Before You Buy
- Decide what type of camping you want to do (and where)
- Consider the total cost of ownership: price + fuel + maintenance/storage
- Determine if a motorized RV or trailer best suits your needs
- Check with different insurance companies to get the best rates
- Make sure you have a place to park your RV when not in use
Choosing the Right RV for You
- Visit an RV show to learn about different types of motorhomes
- Determine whether new or used fits your budget
- Decide whether or not you want a kitchen
- Make sure the RV can be wired for mobile Internet and satellite TV
- Buy from a reputable dealer and ask for a limited warranty