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					Staying Safe While Traveling in an RV
Once you camp with an RV, you never go back. It would be like downgrading to a Port-a-Potty after
using a toilet your whole life. In fact, it is exactly like that or worse as when you are camping without an
RV you have to make do with what you have. However, camping with an RV doesn’t automatically make
everything easier. Here are a few tips to keep your
camping safe.

Practice, Practice, Practice
If you have never driven an RV before, make sure
you clock a lot of practice hours in before making
the big trip. Maneuvering an RV and maneuvering
a regular car have a lot of differences. Backing up
and only using mirrors to see behind you is just
one. Get the hang of the RV before taking it out for
a spin.

Confirm Reservations
Once you’ve found a suitable campground make a reservation and specify that you have an RV, not just
a car and a tent. Confirm reservations over the phone beforehand to avoid closing hours and keep a list
of other nearby campgrounds in case they are fully booked or there is bad weather.

Keep Clear of Construction
Double check traffic conditions on the way to the campground. Construction could keep you on the road
longer than you anticipate and you can avoid it by taking alternate routes.

Don’t Weather the Weather
Don’t take your chances just because you have an RV. Stay safe and check the weather before you even
make your camping plans. If there’s a storm, stay home.

Calculate Amps
Homes on wheels are not as capable as homes not on wheels when it comes to amps. They are limited
to 30 or 50 amps, so you want to keep track how many you’re using in order to avoid losing electricity
altogether. The formula to convert watts to amps is watts divided by volts equals amps.

Weight Distribution
There are legal weight limits that your RV is allowed to weigh. You can weigh your RV at a commercial
truck stop and calculate how much water and fuel you can carry based on that.
RV Insurance and Road Service
Double check your insurance policy before making any trips. In case of any accidents or emergencies, it
is also good to know the local towing services that are available. If you have auto insurance in Long
                                                        Beach, you need to be aware of how far towing
                                                        companies are willing to take you. 25 miles goes
                                                        a long way on the East Coast, but not as far in
                                                        Long Beach. Make sure you know if your
                                                        insurance will cover the cost of the towing or if
                                                        you will need separate road service coverage.
                                                        Some policies will even cover the motor home
                                                        and your truck but not your trailer and leave it
                                                        behind.

Be sure that the next trip you take with your RV is a safe one by following all of these simple tips and
educating those with you about RV safety.

Photo Credit: Trey Ratcliff, Kuster & Wildhaber Photography

				
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Description: Camping with an RV doesn’t automatically make everything easier. Here are a few tips to keep your camping safe.