Living in an RV is endless fun and excitement because you never really leave home. That said, when you get stuck in the middle of nowhere or in a real emergency, you might start wishing you were living in a regular home just like everybody else. Well, don’t despair just yet because we have information about the tools you need when living on the road.
A reusable flare is a smarter choice over single-use magnesium road flares that have you throwing money away every time you light them up. Plenty of reusable flares are really bright, giving you the necessary visibility to stay safe at the side of the road while fixing your RV.
For handling broken glass, you’re going to need cut-resistant gloves. The gloves provide hand protection when changing a flat tire or handling sharp objects. They should not hinder your hand’s dexterity though so you can still do repairs with ease. High-visibility gloves help other drivers become aware of your presence at the side of the road.
Working manually while holding a flashlight can easily become exasperating especially if the repair job really needs two hands. Get yourself a good headlamp instead with a bright, white LED light and for night vision, a mode for changing to red LED. go for one with rechargeable batteries or at least something that runs on easy-to-find batteries.
Make sure you also have a means of calling for help or rescue during emergencies. When I got rid of paper maps in favor of a quality RV GPS navigation device, I made sure to subscribe to a service plan called SPOT GEN3 GPS Messenger. This GPS for RV has now become my critical, life-saving communication device when I travel beyond cell service boundaries.
Using 100 percent satellite technology, the SPOT Gen3 enables me to inform friends and family that I am okay or if I need assistance. It tracks my GPS location with the push of a button to send emergency responders. All that in a rugged, pocket-friendly unit that goes with me wherever I go. The extras are even terrific, with five free tows per year, emergency tire and battery service, gas or oil delivery, etc.
The extra fee is nothing compared to the peace of mind I get for having the device in my pocket.
Aside from that, I recommend that RVers carry a high-amp lithium-ion battery for jump starting any vehicle from a small one to 10-liter diesel or gas engines. Look for a unit with a voltmeter that helps you know whether the battery is really the issue or if you need to call for professional assistance instead.
A pressure-activated glass breaker helps you get out of your small vehicle so you need not be trapped inside till help arrives.
There are still many different tools out there and I may just have scratched the surface with the ones described above. Feel free to ask fellow RVers about any others worth investing in.