Give me something better than the following scenario, I'll wait: You and your family are going on a road trip in a gigantic RV which seems like a mini-home. You turn on the music and your father opens the packet of cracker while your sister brings the finger-licking dip. All of you sing along the song that you religiously listened to while growing up. Life is good.
For almost every American family, one road trip in their lifetime is a must-do. Going on a road trip is an unforgettable experience and we recommend everyone to have this experience at least once. You'd love watching scenic beauty while sharing good times with your family.
However, it is also important to realize that bad times wait for none. Because what is a vehicle anyway? A machine. And a machine can break down at around any time. This is not to scare you or to throttle your enthusiasm. All you need to do is to prepare yourself to deal with any unexpected incident and you're good to go.
Going on a road trip in your RV is obviously a lot different than going in a regular car. Therefore, in case of an emergency, you have to be extra careful. In case your RV breaks down in the middle of the road, the first thing that you have to do is to repeatedly tell yourself not to panic. And, without thinking of all the ifs and buts of this option, call the towing company to receive roadside assistance.
Here are some tips that you can follow if you find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere - okay enough for the dramatic effects, we meant in the middle of the road.
1. Safety First
As soon as you feel that your vehicle has ditched you midway in the journey, you should first make provisions for your and your family's safety. An RV is a big vehicle and its presence on the road can pose danger for other vehicles. For the safety of other road users, you should get your RV to a safe side. Drive it to the nearest rest stop or just anywhere away from the road. Drive slowly but put the blinkers on so that road users can be timely warned. Once you are at a safe spot (that can be the shoulder on the road), call the towing company for assistance.
Spotting an RV is not a problem. It's a big vehicle that is quite visible. However, it can be hard to spot people standing right next to it, especially when vehicles are driving by fast. It is, therefore, advisable to keep high visibility cones or vests or any piece of reflective clothing to increase the visibility. It is also wise to stand away from the vehicle to reduce all sorts of risks.
3. Check for Vehicle's Issue
It is important to thoroughly inspect your vehicle as much as you can to avoid the situation from turning dangerous. For example, if there's smoke, stand far away from the vehicle in case it catches fire.
When going on a road trip, it is always better to prepare yourself for the worst. In any event, it is always better to call professionals for help.