Recreational Vehicle Safety
RV Tips – General Precautions
Prepare an Inventory of your Personal Property
Your insurance company will ask you to provide a list of your belongings if they are stolen or destroyed. To avoid forgetting an important item after a loss it’s a good idea to prepare a record of your personal property ahead of time.
Remember to record new items on your inventory list when they are purchased. It’s also a good idea to take a photograph of each room to accompany your list.
For your convenience you may use our pdf form for recording an inventory of your personal property. This form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. If Acrobat Reader is not available on your computer you can obtain it free from here.
Store Flammables, Poisons and Cleaners Safely
Keep flammable items like paint, varnishes, sprays and glues away from all living areas.
Keep the location of antidotes posted where you store poisons and cleaners.
Protect your Valuables and Expensive Purchases
Valuable items like gold, silver and jewels should be appraised and the appraisal record should be kept in a safe place. Take a photograph of your valuables and keep a copy of your appraisals in a safe location outside of your home (like a safety deposit box).
Keep valuable papers like stocks and bonds, your will, stamp and coin collections and jewellery that you wear infrequently in a safety deposit box.
Make sure you add expensive purchases, such as camera equipment, to your insurance. We can help you make sure your new purchase is covered.
Traveling safely is important to all RV’ers. Make sure your RV is well maintained and ready to go. Remember to obey the speed limits, know your rig height before you go, and use your seatbelts.
Before your trip
- Install a deadbolt door lock on your RV
- Inspect all belts and hoses for cracking and replace where required
- Check headlights, turn signals, tail lights
- Check your tires for the correct air pressure and sufficient tread depth
- Check any hitch or towing equipment
- Verify your insurance coverage
- Check your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms
- Clean your cooking vent hood to avoid a grease fire
- Leave your itinerary with relatives or friends in case of emergency.
Tools to take along
- Jumper cables
- Flat repair spray
- Road flares
- Adjustable wrench
- Duct tape (for temporary repairs)
- Paper and mechanical pencil (for use in case of an accident)
Park in a safe area
Avoid trees and power lines that could fall on your RV. The safest place during a lightning storm is inside your vehicle. If you are in the path of a tornado, you are safest in a tornado shelter.
Avoid parking in low areas that are prone to flash flooding.