We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are.
One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory.
However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection,
Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have
1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into your contact list for fast retrieval. Cell phones are also helpful to have when under stressful conditions like a traffic accident or injury.
2. Fire extinguishers (note the plural) – Mount your primary extinguisher just inside the entry door and another in the kitchen/galley. Carry one in your tow/toad also.
3. Fire alarms – One in the bedroom and one in the kitchen/galley area. Test monthly and replace batteries before they die.
4. Carbon monoxide detectors – CM is a gas that can become fatal quickly when undetected. Your rig likely comes with one, but install a second, both as extra security and as a back-up if one fails. Check regularly and replace batteries often.
5. Emergency braking system – For RVers in the West who drive lots of mountainous terrain, extra stopping power on long downhills is essential, especially in the hot summer months. If you have a diesel rig, install an engine exhaust brake (Jake Brake) to help slow your descent. Also include an auxiliary braking system for your dinghy.
6. Warning triangles – Your rig is big and you may not be able to get it safely off the road in case of breakdown. Place triangles well behind your RV to warn coming motorists.
7. Flares or Electric strobe lights – Like warning triangles but more noticeable, they will warn oncoming traffic of your presence. Learn how to use them safely before the emergencies occur. Place them a great distance behind your RV.
8. Emergency repair and tool kit – A pre-packaged kit usually includes the most essential tools. Add fix-it items like duct tape, electrical tape, and other items that, when used, may get you to safety or the nearest repair facility.