Motor Home Travel Tips
When you live in the Northeast, it can sometimes feel like the warm weather will never arrive. But summer is finally here, and RV owners everywhere are getting ready to hit the open road with their home-away-homes in tow. But before you leave your driveway, consider the following travel tips to keep you and your motor home safe this season.
- Inspect the inside and outside of your motor home before you hit the road. RVs typically experience damage in transit due to items moving in or outside the vehicle. Be sure that all doors and windows are closed, all items and hoses are securely fastened, and there are no air/gas leaks.
- Enlist the help of a passenger. Whether it’s to take over driving if you get tired, double-check your blind spots while out on the road, or direct you as you back into a parking area, having the help of another person is always a good idea.
- Be sure to give yourself extra time and space. Motor homes, on average, can weigh up to three or four times as much as a car. To compensate for that increase in vehicle size and weight, give yourself extra time and space when accelerating, breaking, and merging.
- Bring a lockbox. While “burglary” may not be at the top of your list of summer vacation concerns, it happens. Be prepared for the worst by safely storing and securing any valuables while you’re traveling.
- Stock Your RV with Safety Equipment. Accidents happen everywhere, so ensure your home-away-from-home is prepared. Stock your motor home with a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit.
- Plan-out your route. While it can be tempting to get caught-up in the freedom of it all, make sure you have a plan for your motor home vacation. Take time before you leave to map out where you’ll be stopping for food, gas, and to rest.
- Get Motor Home Insurance. Many insurance companies, like Preferred Mutual, offer motor home coverage* as an endorsement that can be added to your existing auto policy. This coverage will protect your RV against damages as well as protect you against liability or underinsured/uninsured motorist situations.
Summer takes long enough to get here; don’t let a motor home accident or damages shorten an already short season. Follow these tips and talk to your independent agent about adding a Motor Home endorsement to your existing auto policy. No matter where your home is, when you live prepared, you can live assured.