Living and/or traveling in an RV is such a great way to live and travel. Many people we visit on our travels invite us into their homes to spend the night. And while we so appreciate the offers, it is so much easier to stay in our own “home,” with all our things at hand. We have gotten so we dread having to stay in a hotel because we’re afraid of forgetting something! I’m sure many of you identify with what I’m saying. We get spoiled having everything at our fingertips in what my Mom called “our traveling home!” While all of the above is true we also need to be prepared just as we would in a sticks and bricks and plan for contingencies like what to do in case of Emergency Evacuations. A faithful reader and tip sharer has written this article to make sure you are all thinking about how to prepare and then to practice! I read years ago that you should be able to pack up your RV in 10 minutes if need be so you need to know exactly what you would do to make that happen.
Prioritize….prioritize…. prioritize…..PLAN AND DISCUSS….. Fire extinguisher…. see # 6 below.(Note… we have a 30 foot Class C…. adapt your list to suit your specific needs )
1. Consider time available…. and work off a written list, from top to bottom as time permits. Keep a master list posted somewhere handy. Have the A and B sections available to grab and take . Under pressure it is easy to forget something important.
We have divided our list into 4 parts. A1, B1 and A2 and B2. “A” is my responsibility… “B” is my husband’s. (Basically it is mine inside and his outside.) A1 and B1 is 10 minutes or less to evacuate. A2 and B2 is for 30 minutes or less. Lay breakables on the bed, if it is easy to get to. Use the sinks and bathtub as a quick place to grab & stash.
2. Keep keys, Rx, meds in the same place at all times.
3. Plan precisely what needs to be done…. slides, awning, antennae, hookups, etc. (some hookups are hooked to RV and will be more important, than those that can be unhooked and left. Have extra wrenches or necessary tools in the hook up storage pod, for quick usage. , SHUT OFF PROPANE. EXTINGUISH CANDLES
3A. Designate who will be responsible for pets… don’t waste time chasing… leave under the bed or??if necessary. Keep their leashes easily accessible, and maybe an extra one in the toad or tow vehicle.
4. Don’t stop to lock storage pods, close and latch only, if possible, or just lock one side.
5. DO NOT hook up toad… each vehicle will travel quicker and safer separately. Know who is going to drive which vehicle.
6. FIRE EXTINGUISHER…. Do you have time to use it? is it up to date? Is it all purpose (ABC) Is it accessible? Do you know how to use it …….. PULL extinguisher pin. Aim at BASE of fire. Squeeze handle. Sweeping motion across base of fire. Do you need more than 1 in your rig….and one in your toad or tow vehicle? Editors note: No less than 4 extinguishers please…one in the bedroom area, one in living area, one in a quickly accessible outside compartment and one in your toad/towed vehicle.
7. Have you planned your escape routes, and do you know how to open the emergency windows if you are trapped inside your rig?
8. Leave expendables- outdoor chairs, tables, rugs, etc. if need be. They are replaceable…
Hope this provides you with some “food for thought” and some planning ideas.
Thanks so much for this wonderful article Danise. Great information for us all. For additional information visit Mac the Fire Guy and his website http://www.macthefireguy.com/articles and if you get a chance at a rally be sure to attend one of his seminars.
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Great TIP: If you are looking to purchase something or planning a trip or whatever and looking for reviews, you want to make sure they are trustworthy and not something written by the company selling the service or product. These are some great suggestions on how to find those reviews.
*Look for trustworthy reviews…1) Check for fakes on Amazon before buying a product. Copy and paste the website address of the item you want into the searchbox at FakeSpot.com. It lets you know the percentages of reviews that can be trusted. 2) Look for reviews from verified buyers! More and more sites are featuring verified buyer review…OpenTable.com, Amazon.com and Expedia.com are a few that have a label of “verified buyer” by the reviewers name. 3) Check other reviews. On many sites you have to have an account and login to write a review. By clicking on a persons name you can read other reviews they have written and can get an idea if they are legit. 4) Look for hidden reviews. Some websites automatically place “rave” reviews at the top. Scroll past the 5-star reviews to see what others have written. Visiting Yelp? Click the link at the bottom that says there are more reviews ‘that are not recommended.’ Often these are hidden for a reason. * Taken from Woman’s World Magazine 6/16.
Cleaning Hacks…some of these we know but others are new to me and worth a try. https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/cleaning-hacks-that-are-borderline-genius?
Great Tip from a reader: I use small plastic baskets for our socks, underwear, etc its easier to find and stack in cabinets. Thanks JoAnn…a great idea. Editors note: Make sure you use straight-sided baskets so as not to lose space.
Product On Sale: On Sale in August Guacamole Bowl and Salsa Bowl.
Regularly $12.00 each now ONLY $10.00 each while supply lasts. These are ceramic and look much more expensive than they are. Great for serving dips and salsas and make great gifts. They are the only glass things we carry in the motor home because they are so well packaged to keep from breaking. Purchase now and receive my special recipe for Pomegranate Guacamole and my daughter-in-law’s yummy salsa. https://rvspacesavers.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&path=35&product_id=160
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Great Places to Visit: Who doesn’t love the beach? Growing up land-locked in Montana and being a Pieces, boy was I missing the beach. Here at RV Space Savers we always “brake for the beach.” It still is my very favorite place and wish we could live in our RV right on the beach forever. Here is a list of some of the best under the radar beaches you may not know about. http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-under-the-radar-beaches-in-the-us?ref=news_fd_072316&bt_email=mgalex65%40gmail.com&bt_ts=2016-07-23#!2-carova-beach.
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