RV Safety and what can you do to minimize safety issues

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We have all seen images on the web of RVs that caught on-fire. Why did this happen and was there anything the owner could have done to prevent this tragedy? You have also seen RVs on the side of the road with a blowout. Why? 

Since we don’t know all the reason for RV fires and blowout issues with tires, there are things you can do to minimize the risk.

1st – DetectorsYou need to ensure that your detectors (Propane, Smoke and Carbon Dioxide) have not exceeded their life span. Most RV detectors have a life span of 5-10 years depending on the detector type. It is easy to find out if they have expired. Just remove the detector and look at the stamped expiration date on the back. If you need to replace a detector for your RV, do not use a detector made for home use (from the big box stores). RV detectors are made to withstand the rigors of road vibrations, etc.

2nd – Tire blowouts – Most RV equipped tires are rated for a max sped of 65mph. Even though your motorhome tires may be rated for a higher speed, if you are towing a vehicle on a tow dolly or a trailer, those tires may have the warning, do not exceed 65mph. I cannot tell you the number of folks we see traveling, towing a 5th wheel or a travel trailer, exceeding that 65mph limit. It is an accident waiting to happen. Weight balance of an RV can affect how tires perform as well. If a towable RV is overloaded it can have an adverse effect on the performance of the RV tires. Every tire has a born-on date, you can visit: http://www.tiresafetygroup.com/ to determine if your tires may have a recall on them.

3rd – Propane tanks – Almost every RV made has a propane system installed on it. There are some “all electric” RVs which don’t have a propane system but the average RV has a propane system. We use it to run our furnace, to heat our water and to operate our RV refrigerator while traveling down the road. For people that boondock (stay in locations without hook-ups) it is necessary to have a resource like propane. Is it safe to travel with your propane turned on while traveling? There are pros and cons to this. If you must travel thru a tunnel, all propane tanks must be turned off while in the tunnel. It has been tested that most RV refrigerators will maintain an average cooling temperature for approx. 8 hrs. being turned off. So, the decision is yours if you travel with the propane on or turned off. FYI – Most RVs made in the last 10 yrs. or so have built in safety features to turn off the propane source in the case of an accident.

4th – Emergency exit windows – Do you know where your safety exits are in your RV? Do you know how to operate those exit windows? Have you taught your kids, grandkids, your guests that might spend the night, how to exit your RV in case of a fire? Most people don’t think of this until it is too late. Some RV safety exit windows are a “one and done”, meaning if you manually open the window or kick it out, it is no longer of use unless it is caught before it hits the ground. Many RV exit windows are hinged so unless it is damaged while being opened, it can be reattached to use again. Make it a practice to check your detectors for expiration dates, educate those around you how to exit an RV in case of a fire, check your propane systems for leaks and please slow down to arrive safely to your destination!

Safe Travels. Al with www.inspectmyrv.com

Al Pearce

Al Pearce

With many options out there, why should you choose us to perform a pre-purchase inspection for you? We have been a certified RV Inspection company since Nov, 2016 and have performed RV inspections on Class A, B and C Motorhomes. We have also inspected Travel Trailers, 5th Wheel RVs and Toy Haulers. We have Liability insurance to protect everyone during our inspections. We are an independent, 3rd party, unbiased inspection company. We are a Level Two (2) certified RV Inspection company by the “National RV Inspectors Association” and are certified to handle all types of RV Inspections. We perform yearly, RV related, continuing education to maintain our certification. We were honored to be the “Inspector of the Month” by our Inspectors Association. We were recommended by a client in 2017 to receive the NRVIA “Star Award”. This award is given to inspectors who excel in their profession. Our attention to detail is crucial to give our clients the most through inspection we are able too. We use the NRVIA approved inspection software (Homegauge) to ensure we inspect all components on an RV and the software also provides you a detailed listing of the condition of all items inspected along with pictures. In the winter of 2018/19, we performed RV inspections for FEMA in the Wilmington, NC area. We were selected, along with other certified inspectors, to perform inspections for displaced residents from Hurricane Florence’s damage in North Carolina. We are located in Central Florida and frequently perform RV inspections around the state of Florida. Due to an RVs location, mileage rates may apply. Our goal is to “Protect your RV investment” so you can make an educated buying decision. Let us help you protect your hard earned money. Contact us @ sales@inspectmyrv.com. Thanks for visiting. Our goal is to assist buyers of an RV, enabling them to make an informed buying decision. We hope you'll give us the opportunity to service your RV Inspection needs. You can visit us at: www.inspectmyrv.com.
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