safety first! All RVs should be equipped with emergency roadside kits and safety products. Here’s what we recommend for RVers…
The inner Boy Scout in all of us tells us that we need to be prepared for emergencies. But we often ignore that inner voice, especially when it comes to emergency preparedness.
No one likes to think about all the bad things that can happen on the road. So it’s easy to adopt the “it doesn’t happen to us” mentality. We know each other well, but we don’t get along very well.
Another pitfall we fall into is procrastination. We put “buy a roadside emergency kit for our RV” on our mental to-do list…and never get to it. Make it easy by collecting some of our favorite items on this Amazon list – RV Safety Essentials
In fact, I’m sure there are many who do the same after reading this article. To avoid that, we’ve included helpful links to help you quickly and easily purchase the emergency supplies you need.
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Emergency roadside kits and selectable products
Since you’re traveling in an RV, you probably already have the tools every RVer needs. As such, most basic road emergency kits are redundant in terms of some of their content.
So I include one complete roadside emergency kit that I don’t think is redundant. Next, we’ll list individual items that will help you create your own emergency roadside kit to supplement supplies you may already have in your RV.
1. Emergency roadside kit with air compressor
I think this is a well-rounded kit that has all the major “bigger” items you need without the fluff that other big kits have. Highly rated and created by a veteran owned company called Everlit Survival.
Unlike standard roadside kits, this one comes with a digital air compressor, which is very handy when RVing remotely. A slow leak in a tire can quickly turn into a major problem. That’s where the air compressor comes in.
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Other key items include a 12ft jumper cable, tow strap, orange triangle reflector, window break tool and first aid kit. In addition, there are some useful accessories such as gloves, ponchos and thermal blankets.
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2. Sturdy tow strap
Tow straps included in emergency roadside kits (including the kits listed above) typically only have a 10,000 lb break strength. This is great for cars, not RVs.
So it’s a good idea to carry a sturdy tow strap with your RV in case it gets stuck in mud or snow. Indeed, no vehicle can pull you out. But if you have fellow his RVers with tow trucks around…you’re in luck.
This Rhino USA tow strap has been lab tested with a breaking strength of 31,518 lbs. This covers almost all Class B and C campers, as well as many Class A campers (typically between £16,000 and £30,000).
3. Cartman Warning Triangle (3 pieces)
These fluorescent triangles are highly rated on Amazon because they are DOT approved and come in sets of 3. These are great supplements if you already have most of the tools and first aid supplies.
The RV is big so I think people can see it easily. But if you’re cornering or sticking out onto the road, these can help guide the car safely.
4. High visibility safety vest
It’s also worth having a high-visibility safety vest in your roadside emergency kit. There is nothing when it is folded, so you don’t have to worry about space. It’s also under $10 and will last forever.
I also think it’s a great item to keep in your RV anyway, especially if you’re traveling with your dog.
(By the way, I have other pet travel accessories, including a pet first aid kit you might want to check out.)
5. Emergency Keychain Car Escape Tool
The emergency kit above includes an escape tool. However, we recommend getting this keychain version. Because the kit’s keychain is useless if you’re locked inside the cab.
Jennifer and I first learned about this tool in 2013 after a violent crash that claimed the lives of six people when it failed to break the safety glass of a car.
This keychain keeps the tools you need for your escape within reach, including the seatbelt slicer and glass breaker.
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Bonus: RV Roadside Assistance
RV Roadside Assistance is highly recommended in addition to the Emergency Roadside Kit. At some point all her RVers end up on the side of the road. It’s a fact of the RV lifestyle.
Jennifer and I have used Good Sam Roadside Assistance and are very happy with it. However, there are other road service clubs you can join.
don’t procrastinate any longer
There are many roadside emergency kits and products available. Some are overkill, some are underkill. But all is better than nothing.
Therefore, we recommend that you carefully consider the items on this list. One item on this list is useful not only for roadside emergencies, but also for other items encountered while travelling.
If you find yourself needing or buying something, don’t wait! Don’t put it on your fictitious to-do list. Get it done now so you can travel with real peace of mind, not ostrich head peace of mind.
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