7 Fire Prevention Tips for RVs, Campers and Motorhomes
A vehicle fire is the last thing any RV enthusiast wants. To help protect you, here are seven fire safety tips for your RV, camper, or motorhome.
Do you know what the worst thing about an RV fire is? In most cases, these disasters could’ve been prevented. Fire prevention for RVs is all about taking the time to prepare before your trip with just a few simple but important precautions. It’s important that you pay attention to these tips, too. You’re not only protecting your recreational vehicle, you’re also protecting your life and the lives of those you love! To help you stay safe, we’ve shared seven fire prevention tips for RVs, campers, and motorhomes.
Tip 1: Regular Inspections
Some enthusiasts never check their vehicle before hitting the road. This is a huge mistake! You need to inspect your vehicle on a regular basis. These inspections often turn up issues that could lead to a fire, such as:
- Loose hoses and connections
- Faulty engine and electrical
- Problems with the propane system
- Grease buildup around radiator and engine insulation
- Old batteries that need to be replaced
If you’re regularly checking for these possible problems, you’ll have plenty of time to get these issues resolved before your trip!
Tip 2: Routine Cleaning
Every RV owner should keep his or her vehicle clean. Grease build-up in or around the engine and transmission can cause them to run hot. This can lead to a fire. It’s also good to keep your RV’s interior as free of dust as you can. Dust buildups, particularly around electrical outlets, wiring, and appliances, also can lead to fires.
Tip 3: Check for Anything That Causes Drag
Anything that drags from your RV runs the risk of creating sparks. These sparks can create a fire. As part of your regular inspections, you need to check out your vehicle’s undercarriage for loose pieces of metal. If there is a short in the wiring on your electric brake, this can cause another kind of drag – brake drag. This overheats your brakes, which often starts a fire. Regular inspections help prevent these issues from becoming a fire hazard.
Tip 4: Check Propane Connections
Propane is a flammable gas, which automatically makes it a potential fire hazard. To prevent your propane from becoming a problem, check the lines and tanks for leaks. Also, shut the valve off at the tank when not in use. This helps prevent a fire getting bigger due to the addition of the gas. It never hurts to shut your propane off while driving whenever possible. Again, this helps prevent a potential fire hazard.
Tip 5: Be Careful Where You Park!
Your exhaust pipe can get very hot, especially after a long drive. You could easily start an outdoor fire if you park on or near tall, dry grass, leaves, etc. That fire could soon envelop your recreational vehicle. For safety’s sake, make sure there’s enough clearance between your RV and the ground when you park.
Tip 6: Have Fire Extinguishers in Your RV
RVs, campers, and motorhomes present many fire hazards. This is why it’s best to keep multiple fire extinguishers in and around your vehicle. The kitchen is a good place, for obvious reasons. We also recommend having one or more fire extinguishers on the outside of your vehicle. In case of a fire, you can deploy these devices quickly and easily.
Tip 7: Smoke Outside Your RV
Everyone knows that smoking can be a fire hazard. How many homes and lives have been lost due to someone falling asleep with a cigarette in their hand? Unless you take precautions, this also can happen in your RV, camper, or motorhome. The easiest way to prevent smoking-related fires is to enjoy your cigarette, cigar, or pipe outside the vehicle. Just be sure to dispose your ashes into a proper receptacle, which helps to lessen the risk of fire.
Stay Safe, RV Enthusiasts!
Fire safety and prevention is important for both the casual and full-time RV enthusiast. All it takes is one wayward spark to destroy your vehicle or worse. Fortunately, a little prevention and some common sense can be enough to keep you safe while travelling to your next destination. Signal Connect wants you and your family to have a safe and enjoyable trip. You will if you use these seven fire prevention tips for your RV, camper, or motorhome.
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