Henderson’s Line-Up & Safe-T-Plus: A Winning Partnership for RV Safety

rv safetyHappy Friday, Safe-T-Plus blog readers! The weekend is only a few hours away, so you’re probably ready to make like lightning and bolt. Thanks for devoting a little bit of your Friday afternoon web-surfing time to your friends at Safe-T-Plus. (And if you’re reading this after Friday, no worries; better late than never, right?)

What happens when you combine top-of-the-line products with outstanding service? Happy customers, of course! So when you have the Henderson’s Line-Up team providing stellar service — and Safe-T-Plus products, of course — what do you expect? It’s a combination made for the road!

If it seems like Henderson’s Line-Up rings a bell, there’s a good reason: We’ve mentioned them several times before, and we did a two-part profile on them back in April and May. (Check out Part I here and Part II here.)

To see the kind of service that Henderson’s Line-Up provides, as well as the kind of results you can get with Safe-T-Plus (Hey, we don’t mind tooting our own horn every now and then!), take a look at this video:

The first Henderson’s Line-Up customer that is interviewed in the video, after having a road performance assessment on her rig done, says something that places her right square in the middle of Safe-T-Plus’s target audience: “I like to be comfortable [while] driving and I insist on being safe.” That pretty much says it all, folks; we may as well put it on a T-shirt!

We’ve found that if we take care of the “being safe” part, the comfort issue follows. When RV drivers are confident in the knowledge that they are protected from severe side winds, potholes, shock from front-tire blowouts, pavement drops, and road ruts and bumps, then they’re more likely to be able to relax and enjoy the ride. When we focus on accident prevention and making your RVing experience more pleasant, you can rest easy.

For more examples of what kind of difference Safe-T-Plus can make in how your RV handles, check out these comments from satisfied Safe-T-Plus customers. And as always, thanks so much to our friends at Henderson’s Line-Up for their top-notch work and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Do you have any stories to share on how Safe-T-Plus or Henderson’s Line-Up have demonstrated their commitment to RV safety?

For extra peace of mind and safety, install the Safe-T-Plus product that’s right for you.

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RV Safety: Some Thoughts on Road Rage and Accident Prevention

rv safetyToday’s RV safety topic is one that’s very serious: road rage.

Those are two words that, when placed together, project some very scary images: roadside confrontations, hit-and-runs, shootings, etc. The term “road rage” covers a wide range of offenses, making it difficult to quantify, but it’s often included in the category of “aggressive driving.” More common offenses, such as speeding, failing to observe signs and regulations, and tailgating fall into this category, as well, and according to the AAA Foundation, aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities. That’s right: more than half.

Though you can’t predict — or control — the behavior of others, you can have a game plan for dealing with it. With that in mind, here are  a couple of important things to consider when it comes to the topic of road rage.

Simply the fact that you’re driving an RV can make you a target of road rage.

Through no fault of your own, you may be the recipient of more road rage than the average driver. “Why me?” you ask. Well, it’s simple: You have the nerve to be behind the wheel of an RV. (How dare you?)

No, it’s not fair, but it’s just the way it is. Your RV’s size keeps it from being as maneuverable as smaller vehicles. You can’t weave in and out of traffic with the ease that drivers of more compact vehicles can (You shouldn’t be weaving about willy-nilly anyway, but you catch my drift.) You can’t accelerate as quickly as other drivers, so if someone is in a hurry to pass, they’re more likely to get frustrated with you than they would if you were driving, say, a Ford Focus.

No, it’s not rational, but hear this: There’s nothing rational about road rage. Which leads us to our next point…

Control what you can and be prepared for what you can’t.

What can you control? Well, you can control two things: your behavior and your response to the behavior of others.

The most personally responsible thing you can do to reduce road rage is to make sure that you’re not a perpetrator of it. Abide by the rules of the road, and be considerate of others. Following those two guidelines religiously can greatly reduce the odds of doing something that will set off another driver. Simple steps like using your blinker before you change lanes — and doing so with plenty of notice — can help prevent the kind of frustration from which road rage stems.

If another driver does something that frustrates you, take a deep breath and remember that responding in kind does not help the situation. It’s completely understandable to become frustrated behind the wheel, but how you deal with that frustration can be the difference between a minor annoyance that’s forgotten in no time to a potentially tragic situation resulting in injury or loss of life.

When another motorist exhibits signs of road rage, whether due to a mistake you’ve made or to something that’s not your fault, do not engage them. While you’re behind the wheel is not the time to indulge your ego. Let it go and move on. Accident prevention trumps any momentary satisfaction you receive in “showing them.” It’s not your job to teach anybody a lesson; it’s your job to be a safe and responsible driver.

Check out this article for more suggestions on how to prevent road rage — as well as defuse it when necessary.

How serious of a problem do you consider road rage, as it relates to RV safety?

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Elderly RVing: Honestly Assessing Your Abilities

RVingToday, we’re going to tackle one of those oh-so-sensitive subjects: senior citizens behind the wheel. Like many touchy issues, it’s one thing to deal with when it’s someone else — someone you know, your parents, or someone else’s parents, for instance — but as you creep ever closer to AARP eligibility yourself (or if you’re already there), it can start to hit home a lot more.

Even the most level-headed and sensible among us can find our mindset shifting from, “Wow, that guy is just too old to be driving,” to, “You can pry my keys from my cold, dead hands!” as we make the transition into our twilight years. And who can blame us? The ability to drive is the first true taste of adult independence many of us experience, and to have it taken away would be more than just an inconvenience — it would be a major blow to our dignity.

Any issues that older drivers face can be magnified in an RV. If failing eyesight or decreased cognitive abilities can cause tragedy in the blink of an eye behind the wheel of an automobile, just imagine the damage they can cause if the impaired driver is behind the wheel of a large recreational vehicle. Contemplate the ramifications of that kind of scenario for a moment, and it’s easy to see why the an elderly RVer’s ability to honestly assess his or her abilities behind the wheel is so important for accident prevention.

There are multiple factors to consider when determining one’s effectiveness behind the wheel while RVing. Here are a few questions that can help you assess your abilities and needs in relation to driving an RV — or any other vehicle, for that matter:

1. How is my eyesight?

Have you been having difficulty with your vision while driving? Has driving at night become more difficult for you? It’s important to make regularly scheduled visits to have your vision checked and to have modifications made to glasses or contacts, if necessary.

2. What kind of shape am I in?

The older you get, the more important it is to make sure you’re in good enough physical shape to drive. Joints become stiff and bones become brittle, both of which lead to an increased susceptibility to injury. Cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility are important to keep you fit for driving. Consult your doctor about an appropriate fitness program for you.

3. How do my medications affect me?

It’s extremely  important that you’re aware of how your medications affect you. Do they make you prone to fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, or nausea? If you’ve just started taking a new medication, refrain from driving until you know how it affects you.

4. Am I being prudent in my preparation?

There are steps you can take to reduce the negative impact aging can have on your driving. Whenever possible, plan your route to minimize night driving, bad-weather driving, problematic road work areas, and high congestion. Plan your route ahead of time when possible.

5. Is there someone in my life I trust enough to tell me when it’s time to put it in park?

Ideally, you’ll know when it’s time to make the transition from RV driver to RV passenger. But sometimes we need a little nudge. Whether it’s a family member, a close friend, or a physician, you need someone in your life who knows you, your abilities, and your limitations well enough to be able to perform the difficult duty of telling you, “It’s time.”

Looking for more information and advice about senior citizens behind the wheel? Check out this article from the CDC. It mentions some positive facts and statistics related to elderly drivers, as well.

We would be remiss if we didn’t put it a shameless plug for our prouct here. Remember that a Safe-T-Plus steering control device can automatically stabilize your RV, enabling you to safely maneuver through an unexpected perilous road situation before you’re even aware of it. This makes it perfect for elderly RV drivers looking for every advantage they can find while behind the wheel!

What are your thoughts on elderly drivers behind the wheel?

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Thanks from Safe-T-Plus: A Recreational Vehicle Company’s Attitude of Gratitude

recreational vehicleIt’s the first day of November, which means it’s time to put away the styrofoam tombstones, gauze ghosties, and the plastic pumpkins full of candy until next year. Kidding. The candy is probably all gone by now.

As far as notable holidays go, next up on the calendar is Thanksgiving. If you’re much of a Facebooker, you may have noticed the “30 Days of Thankful(ness)” trend that made the rounds during November of last year. The basic idea is to post something every day that you’re thankful for. It’s a very positive, worthwhile, and humbling thing to list the things for which one is thankful, particularly when the list is as long as the one we here at Safe-T-Plus have. So with that in mind, your favorite recreational vehicle company is going to take this opportunity to list just a few of the things we’re thankful for this year. We may not do it every day, but just taking the time to count our blessings every now and again can remind us how good we actually have it.

We’re thankful to be able to do business in an industry that’s about as American as it gets. Whether RVing is an occasional pastime or a way of life for you, it’s an activity that celebrates values we as Americans hold dear: independence and adventurousness.

We’re thankful to be able to serve our customers with a top-notch steering control product that gives them peace of mind, offers an improved RV experience, and can even save their lives. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.

While we’re talking about customers…WE’RE THANKFUL FOR OUR CUSTOMERS! Without you, we wouldn’t have a job, a business, a purpose, or a product. Without you, well…I wouldn’t even have a reason to be writing this.

We’re thankful to be able to work with a wonderful network of dealers and distributors. Without them, Safe-T-Plus would not be Safe-T-Plus.

And lastly, we’re thankful that Halloween candy is at least 50% off today at any grocery store and drugstore worth its salt. Has anyone tried the Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Pumpin Pie Pumpkins? If you can find any, trust me: buy them. And if you happened to want to send any to your favorite blog writer (That’s me!), well, he wouldn’t turn down any, either.

What are you thankful for this year, Safe-T-Plus blog readers? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Recreational Vehicle Funnies to Brighten Your Day!

rving-funniesIt’s safe to say that many RVers tend to march to the beat of a different drummer. It takes a different sort to be willing to just “up and go” instead of just talking about doing it or traveling by more traditional means.

Luckily, we RVers know we’re a different sort. In fact, we revel in it, and we can even have a chuckle or two at our own expense. After all, if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you don’t have any right to be laughing at someone else, right?

Keeping that in mind, your favorite RV steering specialist has picked out a few recreational vehicle funnies for you. So take a break from whatever it is that’s causing you stress or anxiety today, and just take a few minutes to laugh. Happy RVing, everyone!

1. Getting Away From it All

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Other times, you just want to feel like you’re getting away from it all. Or maybe “it all” just means “people who annoy you.” In any case, you either know some folks to whom this cartoon could be referring, you are these folks, or you have been at some point!

2. Rising Fuel Cost = Shrinking RV?

It’s a fact: Fuel cost is the bane of the RV owner’s existence. This particular cartoon brings home this point expertly and succinctly.

3. Got Gas?

While we’re talking about fuel cost, this RV dealership ad shows you the right way and the wrong way to go about alleviating the problem. (Warning: Slight potty humor ahead.)

4. Custom RV

Have you ever known someone who took RV customization perhaps just a tad too far? I’m guessing they don’t have this couple beat!

5. Visiting Mom

When your parents are RV enthusiasts, going to visit them can be a challenge, as this cartoon illustrates.

Did any of these recreational vehicle funnies make you chuckle? Do you have any of your own to share? Please let us know in the comments!

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The RV Lifestyle: 3 Tips for Celebrating Halloween on the Road!

rv lifestyleI know, I know: There’s still another Friday before Halloween hits, so we could wait until next week to share this post. But why wait? Halloween makes us at Safe-T-Plus a wee bit giddy. Don’t judge; some of us just never grow up.

Look at it this way: This gives you some time to plan ahead. Of course, that doesn’t mean you will, but hey, we’ve done our part. So check out these ideas for ways you can celebrate Halloween while living the RV lifestyle, and you’ll be the envy of everyone at the RV park. Of course, you can eliminate that envy by inviting those around you to share in some of the fun!

1. Trick-or-Treat Tour

If you’re a kid, what could be better than going around the neighborhood and extorting free candy from those in your neighborhood? How about extorting free candy from other people’s neighborhoods! If your RV travels have you in a location with safe subdivisions nearby, take advantage of it! Your kids will end up with a truckload of candy! (Just be sure to ration it. It’ll last longer, and so will your kids’ tooth enamel.)

2. Homemade Halloween Treats

If you’re not near neighborhoods during your trip — or if you’d rather just stay in — not to worry: There’s still plenty of Halloween fun to be had. With your help, your kids can make their own treats!  It’s a great way to have some family time, and the kids will get to work on the best kind of crafts project: one they can eat when they’re done!

3. Haunted House on Wheels

If you find yourself at an RV park for Halloween, turn your RV into a miniature haunted house! Have your kids help you come up with the various attractions, and if other campers are interested, they can do the same with their RVs. Pretty soon, you’ll have a progressive haunted house! Let other kids who are at the park tour your Camper of Carnage (with their parents’ permission, of course), and you’ll be the toast of the park!

Will you be living the RV lifestyle for Halloween this year? Share it with us in the comments, and happy RVing!

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On Tire Blowouts and Tragedy

Many of our posts for the Safe-T-Plus blog tend to focus on the RV lifestyle, and we often tend to take a fun, upbeat approach to things. Today, though, please bear with us while we broach a very serious subject that’s at the heart of what Safe-T-Plus is all about: accident prevention.

Though we all know that travel of any sort carries with it a certain amount of risk and that serious accidents happen all the time, none of us ever expects it to happen. So when something tragic does occur on the road, it’s a wake-up call for all of us.

On October 2, a horrific accident involving a collision between a church bus, a tractor trailer, and an SUV occurred in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Eight people were killed and fourteen were injured.

Investigators initially stated that the chain of events that triggered the tragedy may have been caused by a tire blowout on the bus. At a later news conference, the wording was changed from “blowout” to “tire malfunction.” Whatever the specific nature of the tire’s failure, the accident is a somber reminder of the type of worst case scenario that can occur when something goes wrong with a vehicle. We’re conditioned to hearing about accidents caused by poor choices — driving while impaired, road rage, texting while driving — but most drivers seldom reflect on the fact that something as simple as a malfunction — tire blowouts, etc.– can cause catastrophic results.

Anytime such a senseless tragedy occurs, amid investigations, the recovery of those who were injured, and the ongoing grief of those who lost loved ones, the question arises, “How do we keep this from happening again?”

While there is a certain amount of risk inherent every time you get behind the wheel of any vehicle, Safe-T-Plus believes that its our job to reduce that risk as much as possible. Safe-T-Plus has the utmost confidence that its product gets the job done when protecting its users from tire blowouts. It’s designed to allow the driver to maintain control in the event of just such an occurrence.

We at Safe-T-Plus would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those affected by the tragic accident in Tennessee. We also encourage you to educate yourself about what to do when you experience tire trouble while behind the wheel. Please check out this previous Safe-T-Plus post, Tire Blowouts: Myths and Truths, to educate yourself about what to do in case of a blowout. And if you’re ready to add an additional layer of protection from road hazards, please visit Henderson’s Line-Up, one of Safe-T-Plus’s top distributors.

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The RV Lifestyle: More People You’ll Find at RV Parks

rv lifestyleWe recently talked about a few of the various personalities you’re likely to run into at RV parks: Friendly Frank and Smiley Sarah, Awkward Adam and Alice, and “Extra” Edgar. They all have their quirks, but they’re certainly not the only ones. The list of folks you’ll run into who have chosen the RV lifestyle is endless, so we’re going to let you a know about just a few more.

Frank and Fannie: The Fans

Frank and Fannie are the ultimate fans, and they want to make sure everyone knows it. Streaming from their RV are pennants touting their sports team.  Their rig is covered with decals, and they have a personalized plate supporting their team.

Frank and Fannie’s bodies boast as much team spirit as their RV does. They’re usually covered head to toe in apparel plastered with their team’s logo, and they may even paint up for games. They may get a bit rowdy from time to time, but they can also be a lot of fun — just as long as you don’t bother them during game time or talk smack about their team.

The Asphalt-Burning Andersons

Chances are, if you own an RV, you enjoy traveling. These guys don’t just love it, though; they live it. They’re obsessed with RVing. They can’t stay too long in one place, because there are just so…many…places…to see! Displayed prominently somewhere in their RV is a huge map with push pins denoting all the places they’ve been already, and they won’t rest as long as there’s a single square inch of map space left unpinned.

The Traveling Troubadours

They’ve sold everything they own to purchase that barely-roadworthy thing they’re calling an RV. It’s all worth it to travel and play together — assuming that garish rattletrap gets them to their next gig. They’re likely very amiable folks, and they’re likely to kick off a jam session at any time, so if they’re any good, hey…free music! And if they’re not, smile and nod, anyway; chucking it all to chase a dream takes chutzpah. Also, if you can, grill up an extra dog or two for ’em. Because chances are, they barely have enough scratch to pay for gas.

What other characters have you run into who are living their version of the RV lifestyle?

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The RV Lifestyle: 3 Types of RVers You’re Likely to Run Into

RV lifestyle In general, stereotypes aren’t a good thing, and this holds true when it comes to people who RV, too. Lots of different types of people enjoy hitting the road in an RV. That said, there’s nothing wrong with categorizing a bit. There are certain categories of people who tend to gravitate to RVing, so we’re going to cover a few of those right now. Their motivations for being on the road may not be exactly the same, but they are bound together by an adventurous spirit. Trek on, RVers!

Road-Hardened Senior Citizen Couple

These folks have been there, done that, and got every version of the T-shirt – and they can probably tell you where the cheapest place to get one is. They’d have to do some serious figuring to determine the last time they slept anywhere that doesn’t have wheels. They’ve been to all of the continental 48 – most of them multiple times – and can speak at length about how to get the best gas mileage out of your RV, proper RV maintenance, the best state parks, the best grub for your buck, and…well, pretty much anything else about RV travel. Come to think of it, the real trick is getting them to stop talking about the RV lifestyle.

The Young Family

They have decided that simply reading about famous historical events and important landmarks aren’t going to cut it for their children, so they’ve decided to home-school their kids while trekking across the U.S. Maybe it’ll be for a month; maybe it’ll be for a year. Who knows? All that’s certain is that they’re going to have some SERIOUS family bonding time. If you see them out and about, offer them any help you can, especially if they’re just starting out (and are receptive to it, of course). In a society that values a constant go-go-go! approach – all too often to the detriment of the family unit – they have decided to do go on an adventure together. Kudos, Young Family.

Burning Man Couple

If you’re traveling near northern Nevada around Labor Day, you may run into Burning Man Group. They’re on their way to or from Burning Man, a huge event that combines experimental art, the desert, and fire. (That’s an oversimplification. If you want to know more, just ask Burning Man Couple; they’ll be happy to tell you all about it.)

Burning Man Couple are likely to be wearing anything or….not much at all. There’s a decent chance they’ll have some really cool wardrobe or art pieces on board with them, so if you happen to run into them at a truck stop or see any of them camped somewhere, strike up a conversation and be ready to have your mind expanded.

Have you spent time with RV lifestyle aficionados who would fit any of these descriptions? Please share your experiences in the comments!

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Know Your RV Terms: The ABCs of RVing (Part IV)

RV termsAlrighty, folks. It’s about time to wrap up this lesson. Hopefully you’ve managed to read Know Your RV Terms: The ABCs of RVing (Part I), along with the follow-up posts. If not, go do that first.

Right now.

No, really; it’s cool. I’ll wait.

All done? Great! Now go read through them again. Don’t grumble; just do it! You want this stuff to stick, don’t you? Of course you do!

Alright, NOW you’re ready. And guess what? There are only a few left, because we’re at the tail-end of the alphabet, where the terminology for…well, for pretty much ANYTHING gets sparse. (Quick: Thing of a “Q” term that’s used in football that doesn’t end in “uarterback.”See?) Go ahead and put your thinking caps on and memorize the rest of these, so you can get to the FUN part of RVing. You know…the part where you’re actually on the road.

T – tongue weight

Tongue weight is the force that the tongue of the trailer exerts on the hitch ball of the tow vehicle (through the coupler).

U – Underbelly

The underbelly is the RV’s under-floor surface, which is protected by a weatherproofed material.

V – Vehicle

As in the “V” part of “RV.”

W – Wide Body

Wide body RVs are RVs that exceed eight feet in width.

X – X-Ray

X-rays are what you’re likely to need if you attempt repairs on your RV when you’re not knowledgeable about what you’re doing. If you want to GET knowledgeable, then check out this book.

Y – Yaw

Fishtailing, side-to-side motion of the trailer caused by external forces.

Z – Zzzzzzz…

What I caught you doing towards the end of this article. As punishment, go back and read through all four of these posts again. I will not rest until you know all of these terms!

If you’re still hungry for more after you’re done, check out Trailer Life Directory’s RV Term Glossary.

Do you have any questions about any of the RV terms we’ve covered? Ask away in the comments!

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