RV Emergency Kit: What To Pack

Posted on Sep 6 2013 - 12:15pm by Jessica Johnson

Auto Camper. Motor HomeIn an ideal world, every vehicle would have an emergency kit stowed in back. In reality, most drivers keep nothing more than a spare, a jack, and maybe some jumper cables. Either that or a AAA card.

RV owners can’t get away with that kind of blasé attitude. RVs really cover the miles; something is sure to go wrong eventually when you’re on the road for days or weeks at a time.

It’s important to have not only emergency vehicle repair equipment on hand, but also important articles to help you survive in remote areas or in cold temperatures.

DMV.org offers a quality emergency kit checklist that will get RV owners started off in the right direction. The list includes everything from a folding shovel to toilet paper. Not to mention duct tape.

Camping by fjordStart by collecting everything on that list, and then add the following RV-specific items and items not included on the checklist:

  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Toilet chemicals (for toilet-equipped RVs)
  • Wood blocks and levelers to help level your RV
  • Rock salt to soften water
  • Power inverter
  • Windscreen wash
  • Engine coolant

It’s also important to stay hydrated if you end up stranded; pack several gallon jugs of water. And don’t forget the first-aid kit. Include bandages, scissors, tape, gauze, antiseptic ointment, painkiller, bug spray, and sunscreen.

Truck and trailer crossing a riverOur next post will discuss what kind of box you should put all this gear in.

Is there anything else RV owners should include in their emergency kits? Have you had to use any or all of these supplies on the roadside?