Summer is here! It is time to load up the family camper and head to your favourite campground out on Prince Edward Island or near the stunning peaks of Banff National Park. But before you hit the road, make sure that you are fully prepared for a safe RVing trip with the kids and pets. Some items can be added to your rig, while others take some planning.
Shoulder Belts for the Whole Family
It can be tempting to sit the kids down at the dinette and take off in your motorhome. However, if you are ever in any kind of accident, what your children really need is a proper seat and safety belt. If your RV does not have front-facing seats equipped with shoulder and lap belts for every passenger, think about opting for a full-size SUV and travel trailer.
A Microchip for Fido
Your puppy loves to go for a ride! And camping is the best way to keep your dog by your side even on vacation. But it is all too easy for your furry friend to slip their leash and get lost down a hiking trail. Help keep track of your pet by having a microchip inserted under their skin at the vet. It takes just a few minutes and now any shelter and veterinary across the nation can call you when your dog shows up on their doorstep or is brought in by a Good Samaritan.
CO and Smoke Detectors
Are you renting your RV or have maybe bought one second-hand for your summer adventures? Change the batteries on both your CO and smoke detectors before you leave home. If the detector is more than five years old, pick up a new one at the home improvement store for $20.
How do pool noodles figure into RV safety? How often have you or your kid gone running around the back of the camper and ran right into the extended slide? Pick up a bunch of brightly coloured pool noodles and slice them down the middle lengthwise. Slide them on the edges of any slides. The neon colour will grab your attention and if you still aren’t looking, at least you will bump into soft styrofoam. Best of all, it is a $10 safety tip!
Fuse-Friendly Electricity Options to Run AC (SoftStartRV)
RVing with pets is both rewarding and logistically challenging. You can’t always bring your cat or dog with you while exploring local shops or amusement parks. At the same time, your air conditioner will often trip a breaker while starting up when you are stuck on 30amp service. How do you make sure your dog keeps cool? SoftStartRV is a clever device that lowers the demand on your electrical system during startup. The spike is lowered by as much as 70%, ensuring that the A/C will kick on while you are out. This goes for older folks who may not be able to tolerate the heat and spend more time in the camper as well as little ones who can’t always tell us they’re overheating.
Waggle Pet Temperature Monitor
The SoftStartRV certainly helps, but how do you know that the power didn’t go out at the campground? Add a Waggle pet monitor to your RV. It features a small temperature and humidity sensor that is tied into an app on your smartphone. You can check on the comfort of your pet while you are out and even receive alerts if it gets too hot in the camper.
Sign Up for Swimming Lessons for the Kids
Does it seem like every campground that you pull into has a pool waiting for your family? One of the most effective RV safety tips for children is to make sure that they have completed at least a basic swimming course. Part of the joy of camping is being able to spend the whole day running wild with the other kids. Make sure your children are able to get themselves out of an unexpected dip in the lake or pool with confidence.
Now that you are ready for a safe summer on the road, is there anything else you can do to keep your cool when the serious heat hits? Explore more tips from Explorer RV Club in our fun and informative blog.