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July 9, 2018

5 Tips to Ensure that you’re Alberta RV Trip is Safe

Come summer, there’s really nothing better than a fun family adventure in the RV. Make sure your travel plans go off without a hitch with the following five tips that’ll help you keep your family safe.Man fastening seat belt in car

  1. Practice your driving

Driving a motorhome isn’t quite the same as driving a car. Practice driving your motorhome a few times before heading off on your vacation so you can get comfortable with the differences in steering, braking, turning and reversing.

  1. Slow and steady

The key to driving a motorhome safely is to take it slow. Maintain a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you and don’t speed. A motorhome requires more time to come to a stop than a smaller car and may tip if you take a corner too fast. Just remember, slow and steady wins the race.

  1. Mind your size

Underestimating the height and width of your vehicle is one of the leading causes of accidents involving motorhomes. Take your extra length into consideration when turning or pulling into an intersection and learn the height of your rig so you can avoid tunnels and bridges with inadequate clearance. Never carry or tow more than the maximum weight your RV is rated for, or not only will you put yourself and your passengers at risk, but you could end up with a hefty ticket.

  1. Use electricity carefully

In most motorhomes, you’ll have to be careful not to turn all your electronics on at once or you risk overloading your RV’s electrical system.  Most RVs are wired for between 30 and 50 amps at a time, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual for the exact electrical output you can use and try to stay well beneath that limit.

  1. Buckle up

The interior of an RV is designed to make you feel right at home, but it’s important to remind all your passengers that they’re in a moving vehicle. Everyone should be seated and preferably buckled up while you’re on the road to avoid injury during unexpected turns or stops. 

  1. Have your RV serviced

One of the best ways to ensure your trip is accident-free is to have your RV serviced before you head out. Bring it into Happy Trails RV today for a complete pre-trip inspection in our state-of-the-art service department.

With over 25 years of experience, Happy Trails RV is your source for the sale and service of new and used RVs and motorhomes in Alberta. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer, or to schedule a service visit.