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8 Steps For Safe RVing

At National General, we wrote the book on Common Sense RVing. Well, actually it is an ebook. Our Common Sense RVing ebook will save you time, energy and a whole lot of headaches. Written in short chapters, this guide will help you avoid unnecessary challenges. Read it from your phone, tablet or computer as a reference whenever you need a little help.
Here are a few Tips Every RVer Should Know:

1. The Daily Walk Around

Perform Daily RV Inspections
Every day you travel your RV experiences an earthquake as it shakes, rattles and rolls down the interstate. Daily inspections before, during and after a trip are an essential way to avoid concerns. Intentional walk arounds are key. Train your eye to look for anything that might need repair or cause issues while traveling.

Know Your RV Weight
You will be driving over bridges and roads that may have weight restrictions. Always know your gross vehicle weight and use scales at truck stops to weigh your rig. Traveling when overweight can do significant damage to your RV. Know your ideal RV weight and stick to it.
 

Know Your RV Height
Knowing your RV's total height is essential. If you own an RV GPS, program your height, weight and width, so that it will automatically direct you away from roads with concern.
 

Know Your RV Width
Just like weight and height, you need to know your total RV width for a variety of roadway obstacles. It's a good idea to put these vital statistics somewhere you can find them in a hurry.
 

RV Driving Safety
Owning a recreational vehicle means driving the great unknown. Confident drivers save lives so learning to drive your RV is an important first step to success.
 
The most important RV Driving skills are:
  • Turns
  • Backing Up
  • Brakes
  • Towing
  • Going Uphill/Downhill
These skills and the exact steps to master them can be found in our ebook.

Inspect Your Tires Regularly
Tires are the foundation of your recreational vehicle. In case of incident, National General Insurance recommends that customers hang onto any tire involved in a claim.
 

Protect Your RV From Power Surges
Today's RVs are larger and need more power. Many campground pedestals struggle with your rigs required voltage. When demand is high, your power can sag and dip.
When a power line transformer senses low voltage, it will attempt to boost the power load, which can cause a dangerously high surge.
For most RVers, the answer comes in the form of surge protectors. Even if your RV has a built- in protector, add an external unit as a precaution.

 

No Charge For New Parts
Common Sense RVers know you should always prepare your RV for the winter. Winterizing focuses on protecting your water system. This is key regardless of the temperatures where you live. A few proactive steps now can keep you from making a claim later.
 

If you plan to store your RV anytime of the year you may be eligible for significant savings with National General. Call 1-800-462-2123 to speak with an agent about our RV storage option.

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