On the Road Again…Safely

Summer is on the horizon. Plan now for a trip the whole family will enjoy and remember.

Travel safely…and stay away from road-gaiters and orange barrels. Photo above Mt. Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Plan to hit the open road with the kids in tow. But before you go, take necessary safety precautions.

Have a plan if you do break down. Carry your cell phone and know the emergency numbers to call. Also, leave your itinerary with relatives or friends so they can contact you in case of emergency.

Avoid these common causes of RV accidents:

  • Fires that occur from leaking LP gas (propane)
  • Tire blowouts due to overloading or to under inflated or worn-out tires
  • Ensure that you retract outside steps prior to traveling
  • Antenna down?

Having your recreational vehicle road-ready and smart planning often helps the RVer in avoiding a disaster as the following five incidents illustrate.

RV fire closes mall exit

Barboursville, West Virginia: The Barboursville Fire Chief responded to an RV on fire off the west bound mall exit on Interstate 64. The driver was taking the RV out for a test drive when the fire started under the front seat. They believe it started in the engine. The driver was able to get out of the RV with no injuries. The fire chief says the owner told the test driver that he recently took the RV on a trip and there were no problems.

Carbon monoxide kills 2 people

Safe travels and keep your wheels on the road. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Easton, Texas: A medical examiner says carbon monoxide killed two people, both of Frisco, Texas, at an RV park in Rusk County. Deputies were dispatched to Gator Run RV Park after a relative of the victims called to say they never arrived at their Denton County residence as planned. The victims were dead in their trailer. The Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas on Monday confirmed the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fire destroys travel trailer

Victoria, British Columbia: View Royal firefighters rushed to the Fort Victoria RV Park and Campground Sunday where they found a travel trailer completely engulfed and extinguished the blaze within 10 minutes. No one was injured or home when fire broke out, but the RV was completely destroyed, with an estimated $80,000 in damage. Preliminary investigation suggests the fire might have started in an electrical panel under the trailer.

Early-morning electrical fire destroys RV

Hyannis, Massachusetts: A passing motorist called 911 after spotting a recreational vehicle’s roof on fire shortly after midnight at 266 Megan Road. The fire left a shell in the driveway within six feet of the house, Fire Lt. Richard Knowlton said.

He estimated damage at $30,000 for the RV and its contents, plus $10,000 damage to the house itself. The house is habitable; neither the owner nor her pets were injured.

The cause of the fire appears to be electrical but it is still under investigation by Barnstable police and the Hyannis fire department. The cause does not appear to be suspicious, Knowlton added.

Blow out leads to motorhome fire

Enjoy your summer travels...safely. Pictured above Helen, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Roanoke County, Virginia: Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department was dispatched to mile marker 143.5 of Interstate 81 in Roanoke County. When firefighters first arrived they found a 1997 Pace Arrow motorhome with flames coming from the exterior and inside. A man, woman, and their dog were traveling from Vermont to Georgia in the motorhome when the right rear tire blew apart and wrapped around the axle, causing friction, and then sparking the flames. After pulling off the road, the man tried to extinguish the flames with no success.

Career and volunteer crews from the Hollins and Fort Lewis stations had the fire out in about 15 minutes. As a result of this fire, a small fire started in the brush and traveled up the embankment towards Lockhaven Road. Additional crews from the Masons Cove Station were called to extinguish the brush fire.

No injuries were reported; however, the motorhome is a total loss.

The couple was traveling to Atlanta to visit their son and meet their new grandson when the tire blew out. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the couple with motel and rental car arrangements.

Remember, Safety First, and Happy RVing!

Worth Pondering…
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

— Anonymous

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