Berkley, MA- So you hear bad weather is coming and you have made precautions for your family and home but what about your other loved possession, your RV? Marty's USRV has put together a short list of some tech tips to safe guard your RV and to make life better in case you loose power.
-Have a full tank of fuel for your RV generator or engine on your motorhome. If you have to evacuate you will want all the comforts of your RV around you. If you are stranded at home and have a power outage your RV generator will provide electricity to cook food, lights at night, charge phones or charge your kids IPod's.
-Fill your LP tank. If you loose poewr you will be able to keep your food cold in the refrigerator, have heat with your furnace if weather gets cold, and take HOT showers.
-Your refrigerator can take up to 24 hours to get down to temp, so turn your refrigerator on ahead of time and stock up on the necessities.
-Keep your RV UNPLUGGED from power source. A surge of power could cause thousands of dollars of damage to appliances and electrical items. Your safe bet is to keep it unplugged but make sure your batteries are charged and up to par.
-You should map out the best evacuation route for RV's. Keeping in mind low bridges, possible flooding and any other hazards to get to safety.
-Check your fire extinuishers and make sure they are up to date.
-Keep your RV off grass or dirt. If your not able to park on pavement or a hard surface, place wood blocks to keep tires off the ground. Do not use your jacks!
-Check for possible flying debris such as tree limbs, outdoor furniture or low hanging power lines.
-Bring in your Slideouts!!!!!
-Get up on your roof and inspect your roof seam seals. With hi-speed winds, possible rain or snow you don't want any voids in your sealant that could cause major rain water damage. Don't forgt that sealent can take up to 24 hours for it to dry and seal properly, so if you find void take care of it early.
-While your up on your roof, you should check your TV antenna, solar panels, A/C covers, refrigerator vent covers, vent covers and make sure they are secured and propely sealed. Speaking fo vents; if you have a vent that is thermostat controlled you may want to make sure that it is disconnected so it does not open on its own.
-Confirm that your compartment doors are closed and locked so the wind can not cause them to pop open. You should also check your awning straps and ensure that your awning arms are locked closed.
-Get a visual of your power cords and make sure you have all types of adapters handy.
-If weather permitting, we recommend that you should fill your fresh water tank. If you loose power you can still have fresh running water. I am sure after a few days of no running water a nice hot shower can make anything better.
If you have any issues or need help with your RV, feel free to call USRV serivce department at 508-823-7571. We also have storage in our rally field. If you have other tech tips, feel free to add them to the comments. USRV wishes you and your family the utmost safety.
Good luck and button down the hatches, for it may be a bumpy ride.~Danielle Hanoud