A large part of getting the big job done right is doing the little things right. The process of getting your rig from here to there involves a whole lot of little things and a bunch of big things as well. Here are some of the 'little' things to get done right that haven't (yet) found their way to their own page in this manual.
When you head out of a gas station or a parking lot to get back on the road, you will need to cross the gutter at the edge of the road. You might notice a lot of road scars where other people have scraped the road on their way across the gutter. To avoid scraping your sensitive parts and adding to the road scars, take a tip from the off road driver. Never hit the gutter or ditch head on. Try to angle your rig so that no more than one wheel at a time is in the gutter. Walk your way through one wheel at a time.
There have been fires that have destroyed RV's at fuel stops. These often involve the ignition of spillage. There are several things you can do to keep the risk of fire as low as possible when you stop for fuel.
make sure that all rig appliances are turned off so there are no open flames and automatic ignitors aren't trying to ignite anywhere near or in or on your rig when you stop to fuel up.
In mountainous areas, especially after a downhill run, give your rig time to cool brakes and running gear before stopping for fuel. (stop for a lunch or break and then get fuel)
When fueling, don't crawl in and out of your rig, which might create static electricity sparks. Keep your feet on the ground and, if away from the pump, touch the rig away from the pump handle before grabbing the handle.
Watch out for potential fire hazards that other fuel stop customers near you might present.
Plan your fuel stops to provide needed travel breaks and avoid going below a quarter tank so you will always have a reserve to get to the next town for fuel if necessary.
At every stop, take a tour around your rig looking for potential trouble. Check tires, wheels, rigging, windows, vents, and anything else that might get loose or fail on the road.
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