Putting Together a First Aid Kit for Your RV

At CCRV in Corpus Christi, we want to make sure that everyone is traveling safely, which is why we want to talk about the importance of having a first aid kit in your RV.

First aid kit

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A first aid kit  has many things inside that can save lives or make small injuries feel better. You can design your own kit or purchase one that is already put together.

The Red Cross has suggested these items for first aid kits:

  1. Adhesive bandages of varying sizes (for small cuts and scrapes)
  2. Sterile gauze pads of varying sizes (these help hold pressure on larger, bleeding wounds)
  3. Triangular bandages for hard-to-reach areas
  4. Sterile roller bandages of varying sizes for wrapping wounds
  5. Scissors
  6. Tweezers
  7. Needles
  8. Alcohol wet wipes
  9. Thermometer
  10. Tongue blades
  11. Sunscreen
  12. Safety pins
  13. Antiseptic
  14. Latex gloves (or nonlatex, if you’re allergic)
  15. Aspirin and pain relievers
  16. Anti-diarrhea medication
  17. Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting)
  18. Laxatives
  19. Activated charcoal (for poisoning)
  20. Lubricants
  21. Nonprescription drugs

You might also want to add additional items like an Epipen if you or someone you travel with is highly allergic to bees or foods, glucose for diabetics, or prescription medications like albuterol for asthmatics. Having more than you need is always better than not having what you need when it’s an emergency, so creating a comprehensive first aid kit is fine.

When you travel, you never know what type of accidents will happen. Having a first aid kit after an auto accident can save lives; likewise, having access to antiseptic and bandages can be helpful if you’ve cut yourself or have been burned while camping. You can add items like ice packs that are activated when they are shaken, or use warming pads that activate when open, depending on the areas in which you travel.

From all of us at CCRV, have safe and healthy travels in your RV, from Corpus Christi to wherever your road takes you!

RV Driving Safety: Driving While Tired

 

A long drive in your motorhome can soon make your eyelids feel heavy. They used to call it road hypnosis. That is when the open road and passing lane markers can start to lull you into a very tired state. While everyone knows the dangers about drunk driving, there is not much said about driving while tired. Studies have shown that driving while tired is as dangerous, if not more so, than driving after a few drinks. Since many RVers travel from one part of the country to the next, this is a huge risk for them.

While you may have set a schedule to get to your destination by a certain time, you must realize that trying to fight off your drowsiness may not always work. If you find yourself behind the wheel having a hard time keeping your eyes open or concentrating on the road then it is time for you to pull over and take a break. It is recommended that you pull over and take a breather every two hours. If you are feeling tired then you may want to take a quick power nap. These are naps that take between 15 and 30 minutes that are a great way to refresh your batteries.

It is best if you have someone else who is able to drive your RV. This will allow you to take turns driving and keeping a fresh pair of eyes on the road. While it is great to have a thermos full of hot coffee with you while driving, do not go overboard and drink the entire thing in one sitting. This may keep you awake, but it can also impair your driving skills. The best way to combat tired driving is with regular breaks to stretch and keep your mind functioning.

While we all love making great time on the road, the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers should come first. Make use of your new RV and take a break in the back if you need to and you will be able to drive across the country in safety and comfort.

What to look for when getting new tires for your RV

One of the things that needs to be properly checked and maintained on your travel trailer is the tires. The condition and type of tires that you have on your rig can impact the way that your RV works and moves. If your tires are worn out or show signs of aging, then it is time to replace them. If you keep putting off getting those new tires, then you are putting yourself at risk for an accident, and you may actually be spending more money on the road. Keeping your tires at the correct pressure and checking on their condition can go a long way in making you a happier RVer.

Whenever you stop to fuel up your RV, you should always check the pressure. If you are driving on under inflated tires, then you are not only wearing your tires out faster, but you are also losing fuel efficiency. You may also face issues with how your RV handles, and may face the risk of a blow out. You should always keep an eye on your tires for any issues concerning air pressure and tread wear.

When you do notice that it is time for you to get new tires, it is easy to simply get the same type that were on your rig before. Before you just tell the guy at the shop to throw on another pair of the same tires, you should instead make sure that your tires are designed to carry the weight of your rig. If you are a full timer or carry a lot of things with you, you may be overloading your tires which can lead to big problems down the road. Before you have new tires installed, have your RV weighed with everything in it to choose a tire that is correct for what you are hauling.

Be sure to take care of the tires on your new RV. If you do, they will take you far.