Safe on the way in the (rented) RV

Many holidaymakers are traveling with a rented motorhome, and not just in the summertime. If you do not want to risk anything, you should make a short safety check before departure and have yourself carefully instructed in the motorhome for his and her safety.

That's what matters:

  • Where are the quick shut-off valves for the gas pipes?
  • How is the gas cylinder changed or the gas tank filled?
  • Where are the electrical fuses and replacement fuses?
  • Is the gas acceptance certificate in order (gold-colored sticker on the rear of the vehicle and yellow test certificate)?
  • Are there operating instructions for cooker, water system and electrical system?

The caravan and RV industry has brought a number of innovations to the market in recent years. These include, for example, reinforced insulation, extended battery and tank capacities and optimized heating systems.

Nevertheless, anyone who really wants to enjoy his "new freedom" should pay attention to the following:

  • Safety check for the liquefied gas plant
    For the LNG system, both in summer camping and in winter, the principle applies: Safety check by the specialist every two years. The valid inspection sticker can be obtained from a state-approved expert, for example TÜV, DEKRA, dealers or through workshops.
  • Check porous electric cables
    Connecting hoses must be replaced after a few years, as they can become porous due to the heat in the drawbar box or from sun exposure in the open air (free guidance is prohibited anyway). This may possibly accumulate in the drawbar box, a gas-air mixture: Explosion hazard! Ever better insulating materials make a sufficient ventilation of the caravan, motorhome or tent during cooking necessary throughout the year. In summer, especially the refrigerator thanks a sufficient air supply. Because: to be able to dissipate the operating heat of the cooling unit, a certain amount of air is needed, otherwise the cooling capacity of the unit decreases. Caravan connection cables must be routed so that they can not be torn off, run over or pinched in the awning. Do not dig rubber tubes on parking spaces! They could be easily damaged. Between the tents and caravans there should be a sufficient safety distance and not everything around the tent or caravan with tables, chairs and other camping accessories. Otherwise you can not leave your accommodation fast enough in an emergency.
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