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Common RVer Issues

 

Road trips in RVs aren’t always the adventures you hope they will be. You may encounter some unfortunate issues that can put a damper on the whole trip. These issues can be caused by nature, human error and carelessness, or mechanical faults. Below we list some common RVer issues that owners experience.

Fire

RV Insurance providers often deal with claims involving fire. Fires can start whether your RV is on the move or stationary. Most fires ignite due to poor maintenance in the engine compartment.  Sparks from tire blowouts, locked wheel bearings, and bad wiring can also cause an RV fire. The most preventable fires are usually caused by the passengers themselves. There’s an abundance of claims where fires were started due to candles, cooking, and heat sources.

The best way to avoid fire damage is to properly check the engine, tire levels, and fluid levels on your RV before you get on the road. Also, be mindful of any fire or heat sources in your RV and avoid leaving them unattended or operational for extended periods of time. It’s also advised that you store multiple fire hydrants in accessible parts of the RV.

Wind

Strong winds are an RV’s worst enemy; especially if they have hitched travel trailer attached. Because of the size and shape of RVs, wind affects them differently than they do small vehicles.  Well-placed wind can cause your RV to topple. Hitched trailers can also pull an RV off of the road in the wind.

If you do find yourself in a high-wind situation, the safest option is to pull to the side of the road and wait. Overpasses can provide you protection from the wind as well. If you can’t pull over, reduce your speed until you find somewhere to stop.

Height

RV Insurance providers regularly receive claims involving RVers who attempted to drive under a sign, bridge, tree, or into a parking garage, without realizing that their RV was too tall. Some RVs have air flow systems and racks on top of them which increases their height.

To avoid any clearance issues, be sure to know the height of your RV. Remember this number or write it on a piece of paper for quick reference. Always be mindful of posted clearance signs and low hanging objects.

Crime

Unfortunately, every city has a “bad part of town” where you are likely to be a victim to crime. Theft is one of the more common RVer issues that owners face. Since RVers often travel with money and valuable possessions, they are easy target for thieves.

The best way to avoid being a victim to theft is to always be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for suspicious individuals and never make your money or valuables visible.  Also remember to lock important documents, money, and possessions in a safe or hard-to-find location.

Animals

Another one of the common RVer Issues involves animals. This issue is most experienced by avid campers, but can also happen when your RV is parked in a residential area. Since many people store food in their RVs, it’s not unusual to encounter rodents, stray cats, birds, dogs, coyotes and bears inside of them.  When animals get into your RV, they can leave behind droppings or urine, or they can completely destroy the interior and anything inside.

To prevent animal infestations, ensure that all food is securely sealed and stored. Also remember to lock the doors to your RV and close any openings when you’re not inside.

If you want the best experience as an RVer, watch for these common RVer Issues. Sometimes, these are unpredictable and unavoidable, which is why you should have an RV Insurance policy for your camper. SkyBlue Insurance is an authorized representative for Foremost Insurance. We can help you find the best rates on Foremost RV Insurance in no time. If you are seeking coverage, contact us and request a free Foremost RV Insurance quote today.