Tip of the Month


May Tip of the Month from RV Basic Training.

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Memorial Day has come and gone, summer has officially arrived and it’s time to get your RV out of storage and on the road.

Before starting on any trip remember your ride is all about your tires so if for some reason they are not in good condition, you could be by the side of the road watching traffic go by. 

The three things you should be checking in your pre-trip tire inspection are I, C, D:

I – is for inflation, does each tire have the correct pressure?

C – Condition of each tire, any cuts or abrasions, cracks in the sidewalls, is the tire wear even?

D – Depth of tread, at least 4/32 “on the front tires and you CANNOT have retreads on the front tires.
At least 2/32 “on the rear tires and while you can have recaps on the rear, there is NO WAY I would.  

Recently I have become aware of a number of tire failures caused by the D most people do not think about, Date of Manufacture.  If your tires are more than five years old, no matter how good they look, replace them.  The tire pictured above is a new tire that replaced a six year old tire that looked perfect but blew-out at 60 mph on the freeway.  As you can see, the blowout caused damage to the RV and could have been much worse had not the experienced driver had both hands on the steering wheel. 

It’s so much easier to be pro-active, rather than re-active.  Keep safe and enjoy your trip!


What To Do Before You Move

This past Friday I had a call and it went something like this.  “Hello Gary, I think we need your services!”  This always means only RVTC Inspectionone thing; someone has had an accident with their RV or Mobile Clinic.  (For those of you not familiar with Mobile Clinics, they’re just RV’s with medical exam rooms and dental chairs instead of bedrooms and kitchens)  In this particular situation it seems the driver drove off with the awning extended, which tore the awning totally off the unit!  So much for a Pre-Trip Inspection or Safety Check.

There is a safety protocol that all commercial drivers are taught to do in order to keep safe and that is the Pre-Trip Inspection.  A PTI is always done at the start of a drivers shift and at the end.  It begins with an ENGINE CHECK, checking the engines fluid levels, belts, hoses and making sure there are NO leaks.

Next is the LIGHT CHECK.  Starting at the front and top of the vehicle you check the clearance lights, five amber in the front, five red in the back.  Working your way down the front of the vehicle you check the left and right turn signals, 4-way flashers, high and low beams on your headlights and your horn, (you never know when you’re going to need it).  Going round the vehicle, in a counter-clockwise direction you then check the vehicles Marker lights, (amber on the side, red at the back).  At the back of the vehicle you check running lights and work your way down the vehicle to the left and right turn signals, 4-way flashers, brake lights and license plate light and license plate sticker.

Last but not least, do a SAFETY CHECK.  For an RV or Mobile Clinic start your SAFETY CHECK at your entrance door, closing the door to make sure the steps retract.  Moving in a counter-clockwise direction check the passenger (Curb Side) front tire for I, C, D. - Inflation, Condition, Depth of Tread.  Check to make sure all of the wheel nuts are tight and all there. Check to make sure the Oil Hub is NOT leaking.  Check your Curb Side mirror for adjustment and that it is tight.  At the front of the vehicle make sure the windshield is clean, the wiper arms are tight and the wiper blades are in good condition.  Going down the driver’s side of the vehicle (Road Side) check the Road Side mirror for adjustment and that it is tight.  Check the front tire for ICD, check that all compartments doors are securely latched and locked.  Check that the slides and awning covers are secure.  At the rear tires check both the outside and the inside rear tires for ICD.  Check that the power cord is fully retracted and the compartoor is locked.  At the rear of the vehicle, if it is a diesel pusher, make sure the
engine cover is securely latched.  On the Curb Side check the outside and inside rear tires for ICD, check that the compartment doors are latched and locked, check that all awning covers are tight and secure.

Now for the MOST IMPORTANT check of all, make sure the levelers are fully retracted, the awning is retracted and secured, the power cord is stowed, all antennas are down, all slides are fully retracted and the vehicle clear of any obstructions in your departure path.  If you do these simple checks every time you return to your vehicle, I guarantee it will save you BIG BUCKS.

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Gary Lewis, The RV Guy

Always Do A Pre-Trip Inspection!

 Tip of the Month - Always Do A Pre-Trip Inspection!tip of month july 2012

Summer is here and its RVing time but do you always do a Pre-Trip Inspection before starting out?

Remember, there are three parts to your Pre-Trip:

#1 is the Engine Check.  

#2 is the Light Check and

#3 is the Safety Check.

To learn more about the Pre-Trip checks and I, C, D, order our Motor Home Training Manual today.

This week I was showing a new RVer all the items they need to check before beginning their journey.  As we came around the coach, counter-clockwise, (so we always will be facing possible on-coming traffic) checking the compartment doors and tires, what did we find but a missing wheel-nut on the passenger-side front wheel!  

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t’ head out on any long journey without having that  wheel nut replaced and all of the other wheel-nuts checked for tightness.  When it comes to wheels, remember I, C, D.

As a matter of interest, on this particular Pre-Trip inspection we also found that only one of the latches on the refrigerator vent was secure, the other was not connected.  If you ever arrive at your destination and the vent cover to your refer is missing, it’s because you failed to do your Pre-Trip.  

Have a safe and fun-filled RV journey and remember, DO YOUR PRE-TRIP INSPECTION!



A Mobile Clinic and a Pole

This month we review why every large vehicle driver MUST ALWAYS do at the very minimum, a Safety Check before moving.

tip_octTo review, there are three checks every driver should make before beginning any journey. The first is an Engine Check, the second is a Light Check and the third is a Safety Check. This is a walk around your vehicle, checking to make sure everything is ready for


travel; tires, compartment doors, mirrors and most important, there is nothing in the departure path that might come in contact with the vehicle.

As you can see from this picture, there is a hazard next to this vehicle that the driver must take into consideration when leaving this parking space, it’s a steel pole! The vehicle must travel beyond the pole before turning or it can come in contact with the pole!

Now, if the driver had done a Safety Check and kept this hazard in mind or, if the driver had their passenger act as a Spotter to make sure the vehicle was clear of all hazards, it would have been almost impossible to have an accident.

This driver DID NOT do a Safety Check, the passenger was parking their car and this was the result.




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