From RV Lithium Batteries to Interior Safety Features: 4 RV Travel Tips Your Senior Parents Should Follow
If your parents have just retired and are planning to take a series of RV road trips, then you likely have mixed feelings. On one hand you are excited for them to have an opportunity to live out their golden years having exciting adventures on the road, but at the same time you want them to be safe anHd mindful. Afterall, when asked to comment on retirement, Fred Rogers once said, “Often when you think of retirement, you’re at the end of something, and at the beginning of something else”. Your parents have likely worked for most of their lives, and now they have invested in an RV to have endless fun on the road. Here are four RV tips for seniors that you should review with your parents to make sure they stay as safe as possible, and to help guarantee they have the best time with zero inconveniences.
1. Invest in One of Many High Quality Enduro Power RV Lithium Batteries
Selecting the perfect option from a short list of potential RV lithium batteries is going to be critical to the overall experience that your parents will have. The RV battery (sometimes called the “house battery” or “coach battery” powers everything from the refrigerator to kitchen appliances, and all the household electronics we have around us. When you go to buy one of the best RV lithium batteries, you will need to make sure it is powerful enough to keep the juice flowing throughout the RV, it should be able to hold a long charge time, and it is ideal to get RV batteries that are lighter in weight. The reason for the latter is that multiple RV batteries can be wired together in a battery bank to give you increased power (and run-time), so having light-weight batteries and smaller battery banks are a major advantage of lithium batteries. An Enduro Power 12v lithium RV battery will have a significantly longer running time than a lead acid battery.
Don’t let your parents get fooled by price; sure, there are cheaper off-brand RV batteries out there, but you get what you pay for (the quality is poor, have less features and they don’t perform nearly as well as a name brand RV battery). Enduro Power Lithium Batteries are maintenance free, have built-in safety features and twice the power of lead acid RV batteries. The last thing you want is to hear that your parents went to see the Grand Canyon and the power went out because there wasn't enough juice to keep the RV running. Something like that could destroy their vacation. One of our 12V 100AH lithium RV batteries will definitely add value to your outdoor adventures, and these batteries are more affordable than other high quality batteries. Call Enduro Power if you aren't sure which of our RV lithium batteries to get, and we will hook you up and make sure your parents have the best battery to meet their needs.
1. Install Special Safety Features in Your Parent’s RV
According to data collected by AARP, there were more than 70,000 injuries that occurred in RVs in 2020. You can make sure your parents don't become such a statistic by doing the following:
Safety Handles and Rails - install safety handles and rails in the shower and in the bathroom. Most RV accidents that seniors experience involve slipping on wet surfaces.
Non-Slip Flooring - If your parents have a bathroom floor that gets slick when water spills out, it would be smart to install a porous surface that won’t get slippery.
Non-Slip Shower Stickers - It is also a good idea to put non-stick shower stickers on the floor of the shower. Make sure they are big and brightly colored so your parents can easily see them and know where to step.
Install Motion-Activated Lights - Hundreds of people get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night and fall because they can’t see. Keep your parents safe by installing some motion-activated lights that run from the bed to the bathroom, and to the kitchen.
These inexpensive little additions will likely play a huge role in ensuring your parents safety.
2. Make Sure They Have a Good Roadside Assistance Plan
Like any other automobile, engine and other mechanical problems can cause RVs to break down, so you will want to make sure your parents have a good roadside assistance plan that includes help in rural areas. Buying one of the best RV lithium batteries will ensure your parents can stay comfortable in their RV, even if it isn’t drivable. So even if it takes roadside assistance a day to get to them, they will have enough power to keep their climate control at a comfortable level and their food won’t spoil. Tape the roadside assistance contact information somewhere in the RV that is easy for them to see and find.
3. Get Your Parents a Satellite Phone for their RV
Not every stretch of the road is going to have good phone tower signals, and some locations don't have wireless service at all. To really help ensure your parent’s safety, get them a good satellite phone that’s easy for seniors to use, and be sure that you teach them how to properly use it. Many services offer a lower-price option with limited minutes that is perfect for “emergencies only.” Look for phones with large buttons, and that’s as basic as possible.
4. Before they Take Off on Their RV Adventures, Make Sure They Have Their AAA and AARP Memberships Up to Date
Finally, it is important for your parents to save as much money as possible and having an active AARP and AAA membership will ensure they get discounts at attractions, as well as discounts at restaurants and shops. You can even do some research and chart out their trip while identifying various restaurants and attractions that offer AARP and AAA discounts.
Call Enduro Power for RV Batteries that Will Empower Your Parent’s Road Trip!
Mediocre batteries simply won’t suffice if your goal is to make sure your parents are protected and comfortable on their RV road adventures. Call Enduro Power to learn about our line of RV lithium batteries, and let us hook your parents up with a high-quality, powerful RV battery at a great price that will keep every single component of the recreational vehicle at full power from the moment they pull out of their driveway, to the second they return home!