Do you have the right roadside safety gear should you get into an accident, have a breakdown or just need to pull over to the side of the road? This comprehensive RV roadside emergency and safety gear guide will help keep you and your RV safe on the road.
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Must Have RV Roadside Safety Gear
Whether you’ve been RVing for many years or you’re just beginning your RV adventures, having the right roadside safety gear is a necessity. And, while you hope you’ll never have to use them, having them readily available for those breakdowns or emergencies will help keep yourself, family and your RV safe.
So, let’s jump in to see what roadside safety gear we recommend to keep in your RV or camper.
In our opinion, fire extinguishers are one of the most important RV roadside safety gear! But, you should have several fire extinguishers, not only in your motorhome or camper, but also your toad or tow vehicle. There’s no such thing as having too many fire extinguishers!
We’ve had them inside our fifth wheel as well as outside basement compartments and our Ram 3500 truck. And now, we have them in our small motorhome and Jeep.
They are ready-for-use inside our RV door entrance, easy-to-get-to exterior cargo compartment(s) and our tow vehicle or toad.
We highly recommend reading the instructions and familiarizing yourself and your family the proper way to use them.
Also, it’s important to inspect all fire extinguishers at least once a month to insure they will expel the chemicals when needed. Make your RV fire extinguishers are not blocked by obstructions that could interfere with immediate access in case of an emergency.
We highly recommend reading Fire Extinguisher Care and Maintenance.
Tire Pressure Safety Gear
Additionally, to keep your tires’ pressure consistent, we highly recommend a good air compressor. To find the right size air compressor based on your RV’s size. They also can be used to put air into your toad or tow vehicle’s tires.
And, since we’re on the subject of tire pressure, you’ll need a reliable RV tire pressure monitoring system that also measures and monitors your RV’s tire temperature.
Whether you have a motorhome, towable camper or even van, you need to have at least one pair of wheel chocks for your RV. They are designed to keep your motorhome or trailer in place to avoid forward or backward tire roll.
Get in the habit of putting these in front of or behind your RV tires each time you park, even when your parking brake is engaged.
Now for those with dual or triple axel trailers, it’s smart to have two X-Chock Wheel Stabilizers (one for each side).
The X scissor chock fits between tandem tires by locking wheels and applying force to both tires. They aid in trailer stabilizing and prevent tire shifts. The chocks also can act as a theft deterrent as they need a special tool to manipulate and remove them.
A hand-operated plated ratchet wrench (included) turns a drive nut, extending the chocks against the tires for locking and retracting the chucks for removal.
We glued a magnet on the wrench and stuck it to the inside of our truck bed so we always knew where it was.
Our leveling blocks were actually the very first RV accessory we bought for our first fifth wheel. Sometimes we end up parking or boondocking in sloping spaces.
One side of our RV may be on a slight tilt that couldn’t be alleviated by our fifth wheel’s leveling system. And, now that we travel in a small motorhome without a leveling system, this is our go-to RV accessory.
These leveling blocks protect your jack pads as well as function as a multi-use leveler, jack stand and tongue wheel support. The attached handle acts as a transition to the next step for a smooth ramp.
Our leveling blocks can hold up to 40,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight on a firm level ground or 10,000 lbs. per wheel. They can be used under your RV’s jack pads or tires.
Oh, and for a great article explaining how these work, check out our friends at TechnoRV How to Properly Use RV Leveling Blocks
Unfortunately, there’s an uptick in RV and camper theft. So, while your travel trailer or fifth wheel is disconnected from your tow vehicle, it’s a good idea to lock your RV towable using a hitch lock. Because coming back to where your camper or RV was parked and it not being there will do more than just ruin your day! You’ll be homeless!
So, protect not only your investment but also your pet’s inside.
Here’s our recommendations of a travel trailer hitch lock or a fifth wheel pin lock.
For Fifth Wheels:
For our fifth wheel Cyclone toy hauler and Landmark fifth wheel, we used a fifth wheel king pin lock as a theft deterrent.
To install a king pin lock, simplyslide the King Pin; locking fully onto the trailer King Pin. Then, push the lock cylinder in until it stops and turn the key counterclockwise approximately 3/4 turn to the locked position. Once your king pin lock is properly installed and locked, remove the key.
For Travel Trailers:
There are several different trailer hitch locks. For installation, seek hitch lock manufacturer instructions.
For those with motorhomes who tow a dinghy or toad, I can’t stress to you the importance of locking your tow bar one travel days. As well, you’ll want to lock your tow bar to your motorhome’s receiver after you’ve disconnected your toad from your motorhome.
Read more about our motorhome tow bar at CURT Rambler Tow Bar for Motorhomes.
Mobile Towing Scale
One of the most violated towing safety issues amongst RVs is exceeding your RV’s GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating).
GVWR stands for Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. What does GVWR mean? It is the maximum loaded weight of your vehicle (or trailer), as determined by the manufacturer. GVWR isn’t just the weight of passengers and cargo but also the vehicle itself. The gross vehicle weight rating is all about safety.
So, instead of having to track down a CAT scale or truck weigh station, you can weigh your RV setup with your smartphone.
A mobile towing scale is a small device that you can plug into your ODB II sensor. It pairs with an app on your smartphone to measure your vehicle weight. And the best part is it costs about $100 and you can use it anytime and anywhere.
Having a good, sturdy flashlight will light your workspace and compartments where you keep your tools and gear. They also serve as a good beacon to inspect your tires and the under-belly during a night time driving stop.
Take our advice, don’t cheap out on your flashlights. After our own research, we decided on a multi-function LED tactical flashlight. It will easily light up an entire room or focus in on objects up to 1000 feet away. Because it’s LED, the flashlight is multiple times brighter than the old incandescent lights we used to have. And, due to it’s small size, it’s perfect for keeping in your pocket when not in use.
But sometimes, you may need a good freestanding LED lantern to light your focus point; allowing you to use both of your hands to work on what you need to.
Also, it will prove it’s worth even aside from your camping activities such as nightly strolls through the campground, walking your dog or getting something out of your RV’s basement.
Road Safety Lights & Triangles
Flasher lights are one of our favorite RV roadside safety gear accessories we absolutely love! Seriously, we don’t know why we didn’t buy them earlier! We keep our flashing roadside safety lights stowed in both our RV and our tow vehicle or toad.
Due to fire concerns, road flares are pretty much a thing of the past and illegal in some states. But the flashing lights are a much safer alternative and are a great visual alert to oncoming or passing traffic by both, day and night. Also what’s great about these flasher lights is they’re magnetic. They will stick to metal on your vehicle.
Along with your flashing lights, we also recommend adding a few breakdown warning triangles to your roadside safety kit.
First Aid Kit
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