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Whether you are traveling this winter or you don’t plan to go out in your RV again until spring, it's important to make sure you have the emergency supplies you need. Being prepared for unexpected situations, be it weather, vehicle trouble, or other issues can help alleviate the problem before it becomes unmanageable. This can be especially true if you need to use your motorhome as a shelter for an extended period. Here are some items you’ll want to have.

Roadside emergencies are probably what comes to mind first when we think about unexpected situations on an RV trip. A lot of the same emergency supplies you have for your car also apply here. Things like jumper cables, jacks, roadside flares, and extra vehicle fluids are all useful to have. Having a tool kit with you such as Lippert’s 15-piece set allows you to make easy repairs without having to find a hardware store. If you’d rather not use road flares, reflective warning triangles are another option. They are available separately or as part of a roadside emergency kit. A tire pressure monitoring system can help you be aware of potential issues before they become a major problem. It uses sensors to monitor the pressure in your tires so you’ll be aware if they need air or if there’s a leak.

If you’re going out for a winter trip, or if something else happens and you need to be in your RV longer than expected, survival needs shouldn’t be overlooked. Have extras of basic supplies, including clothes, batteries, water, and non-perishable food. Survival ponchos are made of a waterproof material that is also reflective. It helps retain body heat while also making it easier to be seen. In case electrical power is limited, having a hand crank radio to keep you informed of local conditions is important. A generator or solar panel system would also be a wise investment, providing you with power in case shore power is not available. Just as you would at home, make sure you have working smoke and CO detectors, as well as an operational fire extinguisher.

Prevention of emergencies can start with ample security measures. First of all, having light when and where you need it helps both inside your RV and out. The Tri-Lynx courtesy light can be mounted anywhere extra illumination is needed inside your RV. Various types of outdoor lights also feature motion sensors so they will only come on if movement is detected. Door locks, hitch locks, and coupler locks can prevent theft of not just your belongings, but your whole trailer. Cameras can be installed to keep an eye on your RV, whether you are in the vicinity or not.

Having these items with you on your next RV trip can help give you piece of mind. With a little preparation and planning, you can minimize or prevent the effects of unexpected situations when they arise, before they become bigger problems.

Be Prepared for Emergencies with these RV Supplies