How To Drive Your RV Safely Like A Pro?

Oct, 2017
How To Drive Your RV Safely Like A Pro

When you are driving your RV, the most important thing you need is to drive your car safely, particularly while ascending a higher altitude or mountain passes. If you are navigating up the steep grades, you may feel nervous or stressed. You should keep in your mind that you are responsible for the safety of the passengers in your RV and also of the passengers of other vehicles.

Therefore, you should be well-versed in certain tips that will make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. You can then drive your RV like a Pro.

1. Go Slowly

This is the first and foremost precaution you should take to avoid any chance of an accident. Keep our RV under your absolute control.

2. Drive Defensively

Some drivers may race ahead of you and come to your lane abruptly. Anticipating this action, you should be prepared to put your brake.

3. Keep Extra Distance

Keep Extra Distance

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RVs are bigger and heavier and take extra distance for coming to a stop. Avoid riding on the brake, because they may stop working by getting hot.

4. Beware of Blind Spot

To reduce the blind spot, position the mirrors and backup cameras properly

5. Practice Maneuvering

Fine-tune you’re driving and maneuvering skill by going in for more and more practice, particularly for backing up your RV. Try turning to the opposite direction you desire to go. If you want your trailer to go the right, then turn your wheel to the left. Inspect the campsite before backing. Take care that there are no overhead branches.

6. Co-Pilot

You can take your spouse or grown-up offspring as co-pilot. Besides helping in navigating, they can assist you by directing you to the campsite. Practice this in a parking lot.

7. Don’t Cut the Corner

Since the size of your RV is big, you should take wide path while making the turns. If you don’t do this, there is a chance that you hit anything or someone at the corner.

8. Know the Height of Your RV

Know the Height of Your RV

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If you have a Class A motorhome or a large fifth wheel, you may be confronted with height issues. While planning your trip, make sure that there is enough overhead clearance on the way. The RV-specific GPS system can sort out this issue.

9. Thorough Check

Ensure that the trailer is connected to the hitch and the brake lights and signals are working properly. The tongue on the trailer needs to be attached to the hitch, with the locking mechanism. You can check it by pulling the connection. There should be two chains between the trailer and the vehicle.

10. Be Patient

As you are required to drive slowly, you may get impatient. Know that other drivers are expecting you to drive slowly. Turn your hazard lights for alerting other drivers that you are going extra slow; say between 20 to 30 mph.

11. Downshift before Ascending

Before starting to go up the hill, downshift to a lower gear, so that you have extra power.

12. Use Tow Haul Mode

This mode uses different gear shifting for keeping your engine in a more optimal range.

13. Descend Slowly

While going down a mountain pass, bring down the speed to 30 mph and stay in the Tow Haul Mode. You can use more engine braking and can increase your speed safely.

14. Downshift before Descending

In case your RV does not downshift automatically, press the brake firmly for forcing the transmission to downshift. The engine will do some braking, thus minimizing the time required to use your brakes.

15. Minimize Braking

Minimize Braking

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While braking, press the pedal only for 15 to 20 seconds each time and allow time in between so that your brake is not cooked.

The above tips will take a long way in maintaining safety and inner tranquility while driving your RV. Equally important is the equipment for RV toolbox. However well-maintained your RV is, there may be some eventuality that may require tightening, loosening, pounding flat, cutting or prying. The following are some basics that may help you in dealing with any unexpected eventuality.

  • Set of standard and metric Socket wrench to tighten and loosen bolts or nuts.
  • Large, medium and small Philips head and flat bladed Screw Drivers
  • Standard Pliers to hold machine nuts for removing or installing items together.
  • Medium and large Channel-lock Pliers to deal with over-sized machine nuts
  • Set of Small Drill Bit of sizes 1/6 inches to ¼ inches; to deal with metal and wood items.
  • Cordless Drill to drill the drill bits which make holes
  • Sturdy Claw Hammer for straightening, driving nails and pulling them again.
  • Pocket Knife to cut rope and twine or to cut wire insulation
  • Hobby Knife, extremely sharp with blade protector and extra blade to make very precise cuts on canvas, plastic, paper, wood or vinyl
  • Wire Cutters to cut electrical wires or to turn metal coat hangers into marshmallow skewers.
  • Mini Hacksaw to cut twisted bolts damaged metalwork, where knife does not work.
  • Folding Tree Saw to cut trees that have fallen across the road
  • A bundle of removable plastic zip ties for clinching things together.
  • Spare Cabinet Door catches for preventing toiletries from flying throughout the bathroom. 
  • A miniature Voltmeter to trace shorts and to measure voltages of your battery.
  • Head-mounted Flash Light to work in the dark.
  • A dozen piece of latex or rubber gloves
  • Wire Brush for cleaning lug nut threads on the wheels of your RV
  • Battery Charger of sizes between AAA to D
  • Fire Extinguisher, fully charged
  • Spare Tire
  • Hydraulic Jack heavy duty for lifting your RV for changing the tires.
  • Lug Wrench for changing tires
  • Compressed Air Tank to add air to the tires
  • Spare Bulbs and Fuses

Your RV is your home, while you are going out for camping. But, the inside of your RV collects dust and dirt while moving. Therefore, it needs regular cleaning by the best RV vacuum cleaner. There are different kinds of vacuum cleaners. You should first identify the kind of vacuum cleaner that you need. The most important factors are the carpeting area and flooring area of your RV. Other factors for consideration are durability, ease of use, performance, storage, filtration, the level of noise and cost. The high-level fibers with a HEPA marks trap microscopic particles such as pollen and dust mites. You can make your choice from any of the following brands of the vacuum cleaner.

Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vacuum (HV292), Dyson DC 44 Animal Digital Slim MK2, H-P Products 9614 Black, Stanely Black and Decker FHV 1200W, Shark Rocket( HV292).