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RV Safety Check List

1. Chassis System
Check
that fluid levels are in operating range (oil, power
steering, engine coolant, windshield washer, transmission,
brake fluid if equipped, etc.).
Check
chassis engine starting battery for clean connections
and proper state of charge.
Check
operation of all lights and flashers.
Check
horn operation.
Check
for proper operation of foot brake and parking brake.
Check
wheel lugs for proper tightness.
Check
and set tire pressure according to actual axle load.

2.
Generator
Check
for cleanliness of the generating set as it affects
efficiency.
Service
the air cleaner as required by the owner’s manual.
Check
oil level and change as required by the owner’s manual.
Check
generator starting battery for clean connections
and proper state of charge.
Keep
governor and choke linkage clean.
Check
manufacturer’s owner’s manual to ensure proper maintenance
has been performed.

3.
Refrigerator
Operate
refrigerator on gas and look at burner to see if
flame is blue. If not, have repairs performed.
Check
and ensure there are no obstructions in ventilation
system.
Check
to see that control knobs are not stripped causing
a false thermostat reading.
When
packing the refrigerator, do not pack so tightly
as to shut off internal air flow.

4.
Air Conditioning
Check
air filters and clean if necessary. Look to see if
cooling unit coils are clean and free of debris.
Check
to see that condensing unit is clean, free of obstructions,
and there is nothing blocking air flow.
Check
voltage at outside panel. Most air conditioning systems
are designed to operate at 120 volts plus or minus
10% (108-132 volts).

5.
Inside the Coach
Turn
off the water pump switch.
Close
windows and vents.
Check
that cabinet doors and drawers are closed.
Check
that refrigerator door is fastened.
Check
that no heavy items are stored in overhead cabinets.
Check
that counter tops, range top, table tops, and shelves
are clear of unsecured items.
Where
is the location of the fire extinguisher(s) and are
they fully charged?

6.
Items You May Want To Take Along
Adequate
supply of prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions.
Prescription
sunglasses and prescription.
Camera
and film, VCR.
Stationery
and stamps.
Address
book with telephone list.
Reading
material. Spare chassis parts, set of engine drive
and accessory belts, fuel filters, oil, highway flares,
light bulbs, fuses, and a 12-volt trouble light with
a cord.
Accurate
tire pressure gauge. Spare parts for generator (spark
plugs, oil, air filter).
Emergency
items: first aid kit, heating pad, ice bag.
Special
pet supplies.
Extra
toilet chemicals and toilet paper.
Maps
for areas you will be traveling to.

7.
Thoughts to Consider
Be
sure motorhome insurance is current and you have
a current insurance card and vehicle registration
with you.
Avoid
carrying a great deal of cash while traveling: Use
travelers’ checks and credit cards.
Confirm
any reservations well in advance.
Make
a clothing checklist.
Secure
home and valuables before leaving.
Discontinue
appropriate home services, mail, and newspaper delivery.
Notify
neighbors and police of departure and return dates.

8.
Unique Cold Weather Operation
LP
gas appliances, furnace and gas operation of refrigerator
are designed with sealed combustion areas. This is
for safety to prevent danger from carbon monoxide
or depletion of oxygen. If frost or condensation
accumulates in closets or cabinets during long periods
of cold weather operation, leave doors to these areas
ajar to provide air circulation.
Be
sure kitchen and roof vents are open when using oven
or burners.

9.
If Towing a Car With Bar
Is
the tow bar hooked up and checked?
Are
the safety chains crossed under the coupling and
hooked?
Are
the towed vehicle lights working?
the
transmission in the proper gear?
the
drive shaft disengaged if need be?
Is
the towed vehicle’s parking brake off?
Is
the ignition in the first “ON” position?
Do
you have a spare set of keys for the towed vehicle?
If yes, lock the towed vehicle.
DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO BACK UP WHEN HOOKED UP! REMEMBER THAT
YOU ARE DRIVING A VEHICLE THAT IS 20 FEET LONGER!

10.
Just Before Driving Away
Disconnect
and stow electrical cord, sewer hose, and water hose.
Check
TV antenna to ensure it is in the retracted position.
For
safety’s sake, the propane should be turned of or
have a device to shut off tank should a rapid leak
occur.
Check
to ensure that items inside the compartments are
secure and the compartments are properly secured/locked.
Are
the leveling jacks in the raised position?
Are
the awning(s) up and secured?
Is
the doorstep retracted?
Is
the outside door locked from the inside?
Are
the rear-view mirrors and driver’s seat adjusted
properly?
Is
your campsite clean?
Is
everyone buckled up?

Educating yourself beforehand will help prepare you for
a medical emergency on the road. There are several ways you
can do that

Educate Yourself

Take a first-aid class. A basic class will teach CPR and proper methods
for treating burns, wrapping sprains, applying splints, and performing
the Heimlich maneuver. The American Red Cross and local fire departments
conduct free classes.

Buy a first-aid book, and read it before you need it. Then review it
periodically as a refresher. Lastly, keep it with you for quick reference
in a medical emergency.

When you’re parking your RV for the night or an extended visit, take
note of what county you’re in just in case of storm warnings or emergency
evacuation. If you know what county you’re in and you hear news or weather
reports regarding that county, you’ll be prepared to react.

Have the Tools You Need

In addition to the first-aid book, you should also have a traveler’s
first-aid kit that you keep stocked and check for expiration dates yearly.
Following are some basic first-aid supplies you should carry with you
in your RV:

Bandages

Adhesive bandage strips or surgical tape in different sizes
Butterfly bandages
Elastic wraps for wrists, ankles, knees, and elbows
Adhesive tape
Eye patches and gauze pads (assorted sizes)
Absorbent cotton
Adhesive gauze, wrapping, and rolls

Medications

Syrup of Ipecac (use only as directed by a poison control center)
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin to relieve pain and fever
Antihistamine to relieve allergies and inflammation
Antiseptic solution to disinfect wounds or clean hands
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection in burns, cuts, and scrapes
Hydrocortisone cream to relieve irritation from rashes
Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and clean wounds
Diarrhea remedy
Ammonia inhalant capsules to aid in case of fainting
Bee sting kit
Snake bite kit

Miscellaneous Supplies

Antiseptic wipes
Scissors
Tweezers
Bulb syringe
Cotton swabs
Blanket
Thermometer
Chemical cold pack
Flashlight and extra batteries
Tissues
Soap
Safety pins for fastening splints and bandages
Triangular cloth for sling or tourniquet
Disposable gloves
Bottled water
Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
Change for telephone calls

Important Documents

In addition to having the basic supplies for emergency first aid, there are some important documents you should carry with you at all times. The first is a copy of your Living Will. This legal document lets the attending physician know under which circumstances you want life-sustaining procedures withheld or withdrawn. Your Living Will should also contain the name of the person you wish to make all healthcare decisions if you are unable to do. This is known as Durable Power of Attorney.

You should also carry an Emergency Information Worksheet with you at all times. This sheet lists all pertinent medical information, including your personal information, medical history, medications, allergies, healthcare providers, RV insurance provider, emergency contact information, and medical evacuation plan information. Having this information helps emergency workers to make decisions concerning your care and to reach your family and primary physician in an emergency.



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