railway crossing safety tipWhen approaching a rail road crossing or an intersection make sure there is enough room for your RV and tow car to clear the tracks or the intersection when you move out.

Be thinking ahead,don't get trapped and always, keep safe!

This is the time of year when many Snow-Birds head south from Canada to find the California and Arizona sun.  It is also the time when many RV drivers are reminded what happens when they forget about “Off-Track” and “Rear Swing out”.

When going through a border crossing or entering a Toll Booth, always ensure you are lined up in the center of the lane or your mirrors or other parts of your RV can come in contact with the Toll Booth or Inspection Station.  This is because your RV will not bend and if your approach is not Straight-On you will hit something or get caught up on the K-rail.  

If you’re coming south from British Columbia, our trainer in Washington State would be happy to spend the day with you, getting your RV driving skills honed for the 1300 miles you have ahead.

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We know from your phone calls and emails that many of the visitors to our website are either new to RVing or are looking to become RVers. Read on First-Time RVers because this is the MOST important tip you will ever receive and one that will keep you out of trouble.

If you’ve read through our Tips, you may have noticed that there is one cause of damage that we keep coming back to: #1 cause of RV damage is failure to do a Pre-trip inspection, which includes a Safety Check, before moving the unit. For anyone who might have forgotten or did not know, a safety check is a walk around the coach or trailer, in a counter-clockwise direction, so that you are always facing on-coming traffic. You are looking to make sure the steps are retracted, the storage doors are closed, the tires are inflated, all is clear around the vehicle and the departure path is clear.

tip sept rv stepsI mention this only because we recently dropped in on my Cousin Jack and as we approached the gate to his property I noticed a strange gash in the gate. We visited for a while and when it was time to go I asked Jack about the damage on the gate? It appears his son-in-law forgot to do a Safety Check on his trailer before leaving and attempted to go through the gate with his trailer steps extended. This is what trailer steps look like after coming in contact with a gate. Amazingly, the steps still go up and down, it’s just that now they are at a slight angle. The steps are much stronger than I had ever imagined.

Of all the Tips we can give, doing a thorough Pre-trip is at the top of list because failure to do it is the reason for most RV damage.

Always be “Heads-Up” when using your storage compartments.  NEVER store anything on the drivers side of your RV that you might need in an emergency!  You DO NOT want to be on the side of the road or freeway trying to dig out tools or other emergency equipment with traffic roaring past you.  Anything you might need in an emergency should be stored on the passenger side of your RV.

At this time of year, also be aware of the location of your furnace exhausts.  

The driver of this RV forgot the furnace can come on in the winter and opened a compartment door that came in direct contact with the exhaust outlet.  He was VERY lucky the only damage was paint discoloration; he could have set his RV on fire!

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